Interview with the Director & Curator of Galería Rafael Pérez Hernando

Although its origins date back to 1996, Galería Rafael Pérez Hernando officially opened its doors in Madrid in 2004. It has since concentrated on promoting unknown or little-known artists. The gallery’s main interests lie in young emerging artists. It’s therefore no surprise to see them host an exhibition titled EMERGE. The show is a joint collaboration with Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (a university in the outskirts of Madrid), who annually hosts a prize for graduating art students from all over Spain. This year, they were given the opportunity to see their work shown at this gallery. The exhibition runs until 2 February, Aesthetica writer, Rubén Cervantes Garrido, speaks to  Francisco Carpio (the curator, as well as a professor at the university) and Rafael Pérez Hernando himself.

Richard Wentworth, Lisson Gallery, London

New British Sculpture Richard Wentworth presents an exhibition at the Lisson Gallery, London, from 30 January until 9 March. His seventh solo exhibition with Lisson Gallery, Wentworth continually challenges the way we approach the material world. His artistic language questions the way in which objects are used and experienced in everyday life. Often working with found items, the sculptor transforms and manipulates them into arrangements that change their intended use and, as such, undermine their supposed role and “fixed” nature.

Interview with Young Gods’ Artist, Christopher Kulendran Thomas

Young Gods is a multi-disciplinary presentation of London’s most exciting graduates from the summer of 2012. Curated by Zavier Ellis, director of Shoreditch gallery CHARLIE SMITH london and co-founder of THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, the artists are selected based on their innovation and artistic promise. The exhibition takes place simultaneously across two locations in west and east London, at the Griffin Gallery and CHARLIE SMITH london until 16 February. Aesthetica speaks to one of the selected artists, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, who presents his work, When Platitudes Become Form. Born in London after his parents fled Sri Lanka, the artist’s work offers a unique approach to contemporary art and engages with his Sri Lankan heritage.

Review of Charles Atlas: Glacier at Bloomberg Space, London

The current exhibition at Bloomberg Space, located on Finsbury Square, amongst the suit-filled pavements of London’s financial district, is an experiential exhibition, deliberately distanced from the streets just beyond its walls. The piece, Glacier by Charles Atlas, uses a 360-degree projection to create an immersive environment. Atlas, best known for his work with Merce Cunningham, conceived the project in collaboration with the South London Gallery. Similar to his work with dance composed for film, this piece has an undeniable rhythm. In this case however, the rhythm is not contained in any exterior gesture, but held within the motion of the edit.

The Ultimate Form Trailer

The Ultimate Form is a live action response to Barbara Hepworth’s work. Primarily produced by Linder Sterling, the performance is a unique collaboration between fashion designer Pam Hogg, Northern Ballet choreographer Kenneth Tindall and composer Stuart McCallum. Sterling has been working with collages for over three decades, and in The Ultimate Form she presents a “living collage” in the innovative combination of artistic skills employed. 

Frieze New York 2013: Projects Announced

Today Frieze announced that the Frieze Projects programme of specially commissioned works will be realised at Frieze New York, 2013 from 10 until 13 May and will present over 180 of the world’s leading galleries. The fair is located in the unique setting of Randall’s Island Park, overlooking the East River. The five artists participating in the Frieze Projects program this year are: Liz Glynn, Maria Loboda, Mateo Tannatt, Andra Ursuta and Marianne Vitale. 

Review of Klein + Moriyama, London

It might be considered to be a curatorial risk to combine the works of William Klein and Daidō Moriyama in two mellifluous exhibitions that in effect is one massive display of work, as they are both immensely important and vivacious artists of our time. Though, that is exactly what the Tate Modern’s strong-willed team have managed to pull off with what seems to be great comfort and assurance. The exhibition titled, Klein + Moriyama spread across almost the 2nd entire floor of the Museum. Every film, every painting, every photograph had to be watched and observed… It was all attention deserving, it was all monumental.

Schwitters in Britain, London

Tate Britain open a new show on Kurt Schwitters (1887 – 1948), running from 30 January until 12 May. As the first exhibition to examine the lat work of Schwitters, one of the major artists of European Modernism, the show focuses on his work in Britain which began in 1940 when he arrived as a refugee until his death eight years later. Forced to flee Germany when his work was condemned as “degenerate” by the Nazi government, Schwitters in Britain includes over 150 collages, assemblages and sculptures. 

Aesthetica Art Prize Interview: Mary Humphrey

An international celebration of innovation and brilliance, the Aesthetica Art Prize is an opportunity for emerging artists across the globe to showcase their work to a wider audience. Going on to great success, previous finalists have included Julia Vogl (Winner of the Catlin Art Prize 2012 and shortlisted for Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations), Marcus Jansen (leading modern expressionist who joined a legacy of artists by featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns) and Bernat Millet (shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.) We spend some time speaking to the short-listed artist Mary Humphrey, whose photographic works will appear in the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition at York St Mary’s, York. Her series of images, Roma : Transylvania (2011) narrates the experiences and situations that she encountered whilst meeting and photographing Roma families living on scraps of land situated on the outskirts of a Transylvanian rural village. The portraits represent proud and defiant people who have suffered and are still suffering.

London Art Fair Review

The London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington ran for five days from 16 January until 20 January. Among this year’s participating galleries were The Fine Art Society, Charlie Smith London, Union Gallery, and Nick Hackworth curated A Cyclical Poem, which was part of the Photo50 section. The venue was overwhelmed by a multitude of passages and routes on which to navigate the enormous collections of work. The works themselves ranged from painting to sculpture to photography and everything in between. Dissecting a large spectrum of styles and schools of thought, the pieces offered something for everyone – not just to simply admire, but to buy.

Wolfgang Laib: Pollen from Hazelnut, New York

Pollen from Hazelnut is a constructed pollen field by artist Wolfgang Laib. Running at MoMA from 23 January until 11 March, this work is Laib’s largest pollen-based installation to date,  taking up a huge 18 by 21 feet. The artist produced his first pollen field in 1977 and has since collected pollen on a yearly basis from spring to summer in various locations from forests and meadows near his home in southern Germany. 

Aesthetica Art Prize Interview: Timothy Lee

The Aesthetica Art Prize is an international celebration of innovation and brilliance in contemporary art. Offering entrants an opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, previous finalists have included Julia Vogl (Winner of the Catlin Art Prize 2012 and shortlisted for Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations), Marcus Jansen (leading modern expressionist who joined a legacy of artists by featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns) and Bernat Millet (shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.) The prize is comprised of four categories: photographic & digital art, three dimensional design & sculpture, painting & drawing video and installation & performance. The long-listed artists are featured in the accompanying Art Prize publication, while the short-listed artists appear in an exhibition at York St Mary’s, York. We catch up with long-listed emerging Korean-American artist, Timothy Lee. Raised in New York City and  having studied Neuroscience & Behavior, Studio Art (Drawing), and Biology (Developmental) at Wesleyan University, his artistic practices have been heavily influenced by the imagery of cytology and his research in a neural stem cell laboratory as an undergraduate student.