This week’s 5 To See looks at the transformation of the familiar to the strange. Roger Hiorns uses everyday items to comment on what is taken for granted, while Hannah Perry’s installations create a physical atmosphere from normal objects which evoke powerful questions of the modern world. A collection from Ken Price, and an exhibition surveying the Russian avant-garde examine pioneering ideas, celebrating figures who spearhead change and alter conventional perceptions. Small is Beautiful transforms the limits of art by imposing a fixed economy of scale.
Hannah Perry 100 Problems, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Perry’s fast-cut films are displayed as video installations, punctuated by structures such as steel scaffolds, duvets and industrial material; a stream of voices and flickering lights create an immersive physical and sensory environment. The show evokes themes of human relationships, adolescence, gender and the position of women in today’s world. www.cfa-berlin.de
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London
This is the 34th edition of the annual exhibition, first established in 1974, which invites contemporary practitioners from a range of mediums to create works measuring a maximum of seven by nine inches. Over 100 pieces celebrate both established and emerging figures in the industry who are testing the limit of artistic practice. www.flowersgallery.com
Ken Price A Survey of Sculptures and Drawings 1959-2006, Hauser & Wirth, London
A survey of Ken Price documents a revolutionary shift in conventional perception of ceramics, from the purely functional to the realm of the “art object.” Finding inspiration in Japanese culture, poetry and jazz, Price’s oeuvre is characterised by psychedelic colour and biomorphic form. www.hauserwirth.com
A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde, MoMa, New York
Tracing the arc of the innovative avant-garde movement from World War I and the 1917 Russian Revolution to the Soviet Union in 1932, ppainting, drawing, sculpture, literature, film, photography and graphic design examine the development of new modes of abstraction, such as Supremacism and Constructivism, as well as poetry and photomontage. www.moma.org
Roger Hiorns, Ikon Galley, London
Through the transformation of everyday materials and found objects, Hiorns comments on various aspects of modern life, exploring what is taken for granted in the contemporary society. The artist uses items such as manufactured machine parts, anti-depressant drugs and copper sulphate to create his pieces which are both beautiful and problematising. www.ikon-gallery.org
1. Paul Tecklenberg, Arbor Vitae (2016).