Piero Gilardi: Collaborative Effects, Nottingham

Turin-based artist Piero Gilardi comes to Nottingham Contemporary to present Collaborative Effects. Running from 26 January until 7 April, Gilardi has engaged with ecological and socio-political issues for years. A pioneer of socially-aware art practices, his work emphasises concept, process, site, collaboration and participation.

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Review of Three Points of Contact, Penzance

An important part of a museum or gallery curator’s role is to engage with the visitor and make their experience an exciting and fulfilling one. Three Points of Contact is the first of a new “roving residency” concept that focuses on the collaboration between artists, curators and gallery visitors and allows the latter not only to view artworks in an exhibition, but also to witness the creative process and the environment in which they came about.

Interview with Photographer Guillaume Simoneau

Montreal-based photographer, Guillaume Simoneau opens his solo exhibition Love and War this week at CONTACT Gallery, Toronto. An intimate portrayal of a young U.S. Army Sergeant’s love life, Simoneau followed Caroline Annandale’s development between the ages of 16 and 25. His thoughtful and telling portraits represent Annandale’s transformation as she learns to balance her personal world with her deployment to Iraq. With work that centres primarily on transitional spaces within universal themes, Love and War is a unique look at youth and the poetry of romance. Aesthetica speaks to Simoneau about his approach to photography and his new exhibition.

Review of Tim Walker: Storyteller

In his unique and extravagantly innovative way, photographer Tim Walker has yet again captured style and narrative in his recent works, currently on display at Somerset House until 27 January. The photographer’s newest exhibition Storyteller, collates his images featured in Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, representing exactly how he can click fashion into life. With the use of large-scale props and installations the exhibition brings you inside the mind of a truly fascinating artist.

Nadim Karam: Shooting the Cloud, London

Already located in Damascus, Beirut and Dubai, the newest Ayyam Gallery opens in London with its first show by Nadim Karam. The Ayyam Gallery is committed to exhibiting the best in emerging Middle Eastern artists, and as such opens Karam’s Shooting the Cloud this month, running 25 January until 9 March. The Lebanese artist and architect will inaugurate the gallery’s first European location at 143 New Bond Street, London. Incorporating painting, drawing, sculpture and writing, Karam’s approach is a multi-disciplinary exploration of various cultural influences that transcend social, political and national borders. He creates a unique picture based language, full of recurring symbols, original characters and innovative narratives, that form a somewhat absurdist exploration of the power of dreams.

Review of Jonas Mekas, London

In 1999, Jonas Mekas, the Lithuanian-born American film-maker, artist and poet, wrote, “I am a film-maker and a poet / I am a huge image projector / I make up, in my mind – or is it in my heart? – images, all the time… Some images I pick up from the ‘real’ world / and I film them; some others come from much deeper / and I do not have any control of them.” How was it possible that Mekas identified and defined his work so thoroughly yet so plainly? How was it possible that despite all the cruelty he witnessed in this world he succeeded in becoming and remaining a productive, self-assured and constructive artist?

Interview with Sculptural Artist Lucy Whitford

Opening tomorrow, London-based artist Lucy Whitford presents her first solo exhibition at Zabludowicz Collection in north London. Running until 24 February, Whitford creates beautiful sculptures that challenge the divide between art and craft. She works with natural materials including fired and unfired clay, wood and ink, as well as man-made materials such as plaster, concrete, steel or cloth. Graduating from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2012, her installation at the Zabludowicz Collection’s 18th century former Methodist chapel is a reflection of her love for materials and their sensory characteristics. Whitford’s show is part of the Zabludowicz Collection Invites series which offers an opportunity for emerging artists without representation to produce a solo show. Aesthetica finds out how Whitford feels ahead of the show and the inspiration behind the pieces.

Rana Begum Review, London

Rana Begum’s current solo show at Bischoff/Weiss consists of a selection of the artist’s recent wall-mounted metal works interspersed across the gallery’s two small rooms. The works can be split into two distinct series, both produced in 2012, and which see each work entitled with an individual three-digit number. The series’ are influenced by the geometry, symmetry, and repetition of Minimalist sculpture and the Islamic art and architecture that surrounded the artist during her childhood in Bangladesh.

Interview with designers Katie Eary and Agi & Sam on Crane.tv

The arrival last year of the first devoted men’s fashion week in London emphasised the importance of the risk-taking British man to the fashion industry. In anticipation of London Collections: Men AW13, Crane.tv talks to some of London’s most celebrated young designers, Katie Eary and Agi & Sam. Capturing the spirit of their idealised modern man is pro BMX rider Kenzo de Witte, who rides around North London in this short film wearing pieces from their latest collections.

Interview with Chris Honer, Director of re:play Festival

Director of the innovative project, re:play Festival and Manchester Library Theatre Company, Chris Honer speaks to Aesthetica about his work and the events involved in re:play 2013. Taking the tiny productions that appear momentarily in pubs and small venues around Manchester, re:play gives emerging writers, directors and actors the chance to perform for a longer period of time at The Lowry. Featuring Manchester’s emerging talent in the theatre scene, the festival seeks to offer opportunities to many (as well as the selected plays) and includes a variety of events, ranging from an Open Space discussion Talking Shop to NewScript Night (a performance of four new short plays.)

London Art Fair

Celebrating its 25th edition, the London Art Fair opens on the 16 January and runs until 20 January. Bringing together over 130 leading galleries from across the UK and overseas, museum-quality Modern British art is presented alongside contemporary works from the world’s top artists, spanning a vast range of works from the 20th century to the present day. Aside from the Main Fair there will also be two curated sections, Art Projects and Photo50, putting the spotlight on younger galleries, new work and contemporary photography. With an inclusive atmosphere and a taste for quality, the London Art Fair will provide viewers with exceptional work from over 1,000 artists all in one location.

Interview with Fashion Photorgrapher Heiko Laschitzki

Ahead of Berlin Fashion Week, beginning 15 January and running until 20 January, Aesthetica takes a moment to speak to fashion photographer Heiko Laschitzki. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Heiko made the move to Berlin where he lives and works. Shooting portraits, people and fashion for more than a decade, he has become increasingly known for his stunning portraits of artists, actors and musicians. In approaching a fashion portrait, Heiko cares more about personality and character than just the clothes. He has been commissioned by different international agencies and magazines across Europe. During fashion week Heiko will be capturing backstage moments and style reports.