Just off Regent Street, where the heaving bodies and flickers of colour that illuminate the shop windows and populate the pavements collide, is the Bartha Contemporary Gallery. The current exhibition, Economy of Attention by Mike Meiré is a symphony of heightened dynamics and geometric minimalism produced through a variety of painted assemblages and sculptures. A native German, Meiré is perhaps best known as the creator of the critically acclaimed magazines Eins and Econy, praised for their ultra-modern aesthetics. His work focuses on, as he describes it “life’s evolutionary processes” which he has divided in to three distinct phases: Birth, Biography and Death. The work aesthetically tackles an intriguing and subtle but very concentrated juxtaposition between Meiré’s own highly refined artistic process and the utilization of mundane everyday materials.
Art’s Complex is a gallery and studio space for over 300 artists in Edinburgh. Opening today, the studio’s first Summer Show will showcase some of the most exciting works being produced in the space, which have been selected from a huge volume of artistic activity taking place within the distinctive red brick walls. This group exhibition has been curated by resident artists Sophia Lindsay Burns and Trina Bohan Tyrie, with support from Art Director Derek Gray. We spoke to Sophia ahead of the opening to find out more.
Katie Paterson’s practice involves close collaboration with specialists in different technologies from astronomers, electrical engineers to amateur radio enthusiasts. Her latest work, Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky, is one of three major new art projects commissioned for Exhibition Road Show, a nine day festival taking place until the 5th August. Presented alongside live music acts, pop-up ballrooms, dance and circus extravaganzas, large-scale vintage board games and food stalls, Paterson’s work offers a unique blend of art and science and an expanded sense of reality. In Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky Paterson has taken a meteorite that has been travelling through space and time for 4.5 billion years, cast it, melted it and then re-cast it back into a new version of itself. The iron meteorite was found in the Formosa province of Argentina, in the Campo del Cielo strewn field, and was buried 12 feet below the earth for 5600 years.
Shimmering eclectic waves, the magic of visual oceans high up a ceiling, endless skies of light flickering and changing in time, impressions created by the new LivingSculpure 3D Module System by Christopher Bauder from WHITEvoid. The award winning and Berlin based designer has teamed up with PHILIPS to design a revolutionary modular system of light installation by using OLED’s (Organic Light Emitting Diodes), a breakthrough in lighting that fascinate by their endless possibilities to create new forms of light as they are emitting light in form of super flat (1,8mm) panels when electricity is applied. The new technology has made possible what Christopher Bauder’s dream in design has always been: using technology and transferring bits and bytes into real spaces of offices, museums, bars, and airports and by re-interpreting this light technology in his art and design. Aesthetica spoke to Christopher about The LivingSculpture 3D Module System.
Archipelago Cinema, a floating auditorium designed by architect Ole Scheeren, will form part of the official selection of collateral events in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition. This evocative outdoor theatre is set to be located within the old harbour basin Darsena Grande of the Arsenale, Venice’s historic shipyard. This modular raft will act as a mobile stage for public events, including the premiere of the film Against All Rules.
This wonderful series from photographer Brigitte Lacombe Hey’Ya: Arab Women in Sport is currently on show at Sotheby’s London until the 11th August. Photographer Brigitte and her filmmaker sister Marian have spent months meeting more than 50 athletes from 20 different Arab countries, participants in everything from handball and cycling to shooting and weightlifting. The resulting pictures and videos aim to portray personal stories played out against a backdrop of different cultural codes and they are superbly powerful – simple but steeped in narrative, or narratives, as the show cautions us against making generalisations when it comes to this complex, nuanced issue.
Brigitte Lacombe and Marian Lacombe: Hey’Ya Arab Women in Sport, Presented by Qatar Museums Authority, 25 July – 11 August 2012, Sotheby’s Gallery, St George Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2FB. www.sothebys.com
Opening today, The World in London is a major exhibition for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. Initiated by The Photographers’ Gallery, the project set out to commission 204 photographic portraits of 204 Londoners, each originating from one of the nations competing at the London 2012 Olympics. The portraits are exhibited as large-scale posters at two sites close to Olympic venues: on the external wall surrounding the BT London Live site in Victoria Park in East London, and across a city-block in Central London covering the façade of the new Park House development in Oxford Street.
If you visit the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, its grand concrete floor space will be speckled with visitors. As well as an art space, it has become a social space; somewhere to sit and lounge, to talk and take it all in. Many of the works produced for the Tate’s Turbine Hall commission, The Unilever Series, have considered and contributed to this setting, not least Olafur Eliasson’s famous The Weather Project, the sun that seemed to turn the hall into an indoor picnic space, or Carsten Höller’s Test Site, five stunning slides that made the hall a playground. Tino Sehgal’s new work, These Associations, takes this trend and runs with it.
The short walk from Oxford Circus to Paradise Row takes the visitor around the outskirts of Soho. Amidst the unrelenting flow of retail worshippers and diurnal revellers, a little knowledge of the area enables a sensual infusion of the manifold variety of human activity heightened by the sense that one is travsersing a hive of creavtivity. It is almost overwhelming. The collaborative projects of popular media seem to give way in their representation, at least at street level, to what,at first glance, seem to be the more modest concerns of personal expression on Newman Street. However, on entering Paradise Row the visitor finds that the thorough-going perusal warranted by the work displayed concentrates the temporarily relaxed engagement of the senses, and one leaves exhausted. Why? The works collected here have in common the aesthetic expression of the ineffable. This is explored through the tension between surface and depth. Six artists are represented here from the Netherlands, Poland, the USA, and the UK.
As a celebration of excellence in art from across the world, the Aesthetica Art Prize welcomes entries from artists working in all mediums. Artists may submit their work into any one of the four categories; Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Video, Installation & Performance.
The prize offers a great opportunity for artists to showcase their work and further their involvement in the international art world. With a prize package including £1000 cash, a group exhibition in York hosted by Aesthetica, editorial coverage in the magazine and publication in the Creative Works Annual, why not submit your work into the competition and see where it takes you?
Previous finalists include Bernat Millet, also shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and Julia Vogl, who won the Catlin Art Prize, was shortlisted for New Sensations: Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4’s Prize and has exhibited at Zabludowicz Collection.
We are always overwhelmed with entries of exceptional quality, making reading the Creative Works Anthology an inspiring and visually stimulating experience. Over the past few months, we have put together a diverse selection of 2011 finalist’s work from the Photographic & Digital Art, Painting & Drawing and Video and Installation & Performance categories. With just over a month to go, here is our final selection of Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture. We look forward to receiving your entry!
The shortlist for the 2012 Film London Jarman Award, selected from a record number of artists entries nominated by experts across the UK contemporary arts sector, has been announced. With a prize package including £10,000 and a film commission from Channel 4, this year’s shortlist has been increased to 10 and includes Brad Butler & Karen Mirza,Marcus Coates, Shezad Dawood, Benedict Drew, Nathaniel Mellors, James Richards, Ben Rivers, Aura Satz, Matt Stokes and Thomson & Craighead.
A UK touring programme showcasing works by the shortlist will take place from 12 September to 3 November at venues across the UK, including FACT, Liverpool, CCA, Glasgow and CIRCA Projects Newscastle. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 6 November at the Whitechapel Gallery.
We’ve put together a list of the shortlisted artists below, click on their names to watch trailers of their work and let us know who you would choose?
York St Mary’s is celebrating its new summer commission by Brazilian artist Laura Belém. Originally commissioned for the 10th Liverpool Biennial and exhibited at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, this evocative and poignant work has been reinterpreted and rehung for York St Mary’s. The Temple of a Thousand Bells, composed of a thousand cast glass bells all individually hand blown, hang from the nave above an array of surrounding speakers where a composed polyphonic sound piece creates a spatial and sensory experience for the viewer.