Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London

The highly anticipated Light Show has opened to the public at the Hayward Gallery running until 28 April. The exhibition sees some of the finest works of light art illuminate the Hayward in a fantastically exuberant manner. The chosen art spans across the 20th century, ranging from well-established names like Dan Flavin to comparatively undiscovered gems such as Carlos Cruz-Diez. But there is more to the Light Show than just an offering of colourful lights. It is easy to see in the early 20th century, from the use of naked bulbs, a rise in the incorporation of neon, while the latter half of the century is immersed in commerical driven concerns, most evident in Pop Art.


David Jablonowski: Tools and Orientations, Gateshead

Now open at the BALTIC, Gateshead, David Jablonowski presents Tools and Orientations. Running until 2 June, this is the first solo exhibition by the German artist in a public gallery in the UK. Jablonowski’s work investigates the history and potential of communication in visual culture. His sculptures, videos and installations explore cultural aesthetics, display systems and information transfer, from calligraphic manuscripts to TV advertising and the World Wide Web.


The Dark Rooms, South West Cornwall

The Dark Rooms is an exciting project by Newlyn-based curator and artist Jesse Leroy Smith that took place in the near derelict Passmore Edwards School of Science and Art building in Helston, South West Cornwall on 2-3 February 2013. Viewing contemporary installation art and mixed media sculptures in museums and galleries is inevitable, for many of us, but “discovering” works of art; sculptures, installations, videowork, conceptual and performance art scattered about in a large, dark, disused building is both eerie and exciting.


Aesthetica Art Prize Interview: Vasilisa Forbes

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. Previous finalists include Julia Vogl, who was shortlisted for New Sensations – Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s Prize – and has exhibited at Zabludowicz Collection; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist who joined a legacy of artists by featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns, and Bernat Millet, also shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The 100 longlisted artists are published in the Aesthetica Art Prize Annual and the shortlisted artists will appear in an exhibition at York St Mary’s from 8 March until 28 April. We spend some time with long-listed artist Vasilisa Forbes. Vasilisa’s work focuses on humanities relationship with surrounding environments and technology. Her winning work comes from The Hours series, which focuses on a narrative created by the trauma of a recent event.

Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs, London

Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs opens today at the London Transport Museum and will showcase 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced. Supported by Siemens, and forming part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the London Underground, the exhibition will feature posters by many famous artists including Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash, and designs from each decade over the last 100 years.

5 To See This Weekend

Besides all the fantastic showcases already running, there are so many exhibitions opening this weekend, and it is the perfect time to absorb contemporary art. At Aesthetica we have compiled some of the best current exhibitions for you to enjoy with your time off. From Istanbul to Los Angeles, we take you through the most exciting art from across the world. We begin with Whitney Hubbs’ The Song Itself is Already a Skip, at M+B, California running until 9 March.

Pakpoom Silaphan: Empire State at Scream, London

Pakpoom Silaphan presents his third solo exhibition Empire State at Scream from 22 February. Silaphanʼs practice examines notions of globalisation, mass consumerism and the universal reach of cultural icons across the world. Primarily using found-objects such as old metal advertising signs collected during his years living in Thailand, and showing a new body of sculptures made with vintage wooden Pepsi and Coca-Cola crates, reminiscent of Warholʼs Brillo Box installations; Silaphan re-works these objects to create a fresh interpretation of Pop Art and opens a discourse on the effects of advertising and mass consumption.


David Maljković: Sources in the Air, Gateshead

Croatian artist, David Maljković comes to the BALTIC, Gateshead, this March to present an overview of his large body of work. Moving from his early work to his present day pieces, Sources in the Air includes his famous, Scene for New Heritage trilogy. This epic series of films brought critical attention to the artist. The exhibition also explores the artist’s continued interest in collective memory and amnesia, as well as the inherent problems of the production of exhibitions and the display of art. Running from 15 March until 7 July, Maljković’s work includes collage, installation, film, video and works on paper.


Interview with Tullycraft, new album out March

US band Tullycraft will release their new record Lost in Light Rotation this March. Following their 2007 release Every Scene Needs  A Center, their new album is produced by Phil Ek (The Shins, Band of Horses, Built to Spill, The Halo Benders, The Shout Out Louds, Fleet Foxes, The Walkmen). Aesthetica speaks to the band about the new album, their relationship with Ek and their future plans.


Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan: A Tool for the Making of Signs, Cardiff

Recently Shortlisted for the 2013 Northern Art Prize, artist duo Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan’s current exhibition at Chapter in Cardiff continues the artists’ interest in the construction of meaning, and in this particular instance, explores a notion of “Welshness” through a cunning concoction of text, image, object and curatorial strategy.

Tribute to Richard Artschwager

This video documents the installation of Richard Artschwager’s Blps on the High Line at Avenues and around the High Line,  as well as the curator’s info-session with the students. Artschwager passed away this weekend at the age of 89 – only days after his retrospective at the Whitney Museum came to a close. For decades, Artschwager’s work has continued to influence people to see the world, think, and create art differently and this video serves to honour his legacy.

Mark Boulos: No Permanent Address at Lisson Gallery, London

Showing as part of an impressive spring programme, spread across Lisson’s two London locations, Mark Boulos’ No Permanent Address is an exhibition that deserves special recognition.

For his latest project, Boulos travelled deep into the Filipino jungle, where he spent eight weeks filming and learning about the NPA (New People’s Army- the militant branch of the Communist Party of the Philippines), its members, and activities. The NPA follows a strict ideology based on the theories of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and aims to bring about a proletarian revolution through guerilla warfare and the collection of revolutionary taxes from local businesses.