Cristina Iglesias: Metonymy, Madrid

Since the beginning of last month, the Museo Reina Sofía is hosting the largest retrospective to date of the work of Cristina Iglesias, one of Spain’s major artists. Her work began to be widely known in the 1980s. She represented Spain at the Venice Biennials of 1986 and 1993, and received the National Prize for the Arts in 1999. A key figure in the innovation of contemporary sculpture, she is one of Spain’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Aside from her work, which can be seen all over the world, Iglesias (born in San Sebastian in 1956), is also known for having been the wife of the late Juan Muñoz (1953-2001).The current exhibition spans her whole career, from her early mature works right through to her latest creations.

Interview with Film Poster Designer Sam Smith

For Carlos Reygadas’ new film release Post Tenebras Lux, the ICO commissioned American graphic designer, Sam Smith to produce the poster artwork.  Both an artist and a musician (Smith is the drummer for Ben Folds) he approached the project as a film fanatic and an admirer of Reygadas’ Silent Light. Smith’s bold, abstract and colourful designs tap into Mexican and European illustrative poster traditions. Aesthetica speaks to Smith about his ideas for this project and his continued love for film poster design.

Jan Dibbets: Land Sea Colour, London

Land Sea Colour is a solo exhibition by Dutch artist, Jan Dibbets, examining his focus on Land-Sea horizons and Colour Studies. Running until 20 April at the Alan Cristea Gallery, London, the show exposes Dibbets role as a pioneer of conceptualism in the 1960s. As one of the first to question the traditional perceptions of the photographic image, his work seeks to deconstruct the role of the camera as simply a mechanical tool whose primary function is to capture three-dimensional images to be printed onto a two-dimensional surface. 

SPILL Festival of Performance, London

Collating experimental theatre, live art and performance, SPILL Festival of Performance is a presentation of exceptional artists from around the world. Now in it’s fifth edition, the event was established in 2007 by performance maker Robert Pacitti and is now recognised as the UK’s premier Artist-led festival of innovative live work. The event opens 3 April and runs in various venues across London, including the Barbican, National Theatre Studio, Soho Theatre and the Whitechapel Gallery, until 14 April. This years event is curated around the notions of contact and explores ideas of connection, exchange and advocacy. 

Asian Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), on at the recently revamped GOMA in Brisbane, Australia, is a pastiche of works from the many regions of Asia, the Pacific, and Australian Aboriginal communities. Because of the vastness and variation of the regions and styles covered by the triennial, APT curators focus for each event on a loose theme, this year’s being ephemeral structures based on the Spirit Houses of the Papua New Guinean people of the Sepik river region.


NOMADIC FURNITURE 3.0. New Liberated Living

In today’s world, do-it-yourself culture is practically omnipresent: be it fashion, furniture, cooking or communication—hardly a single area of everyday life and our material culture has not been swept up in the DIY revolution. With its emphasis on the field of furniture design, the exhibition NOMADIC FURNITURE 3.0. New Liberated Living is the first to examine this movement situated on the threshold between the subcultural and the mainstream including a look at its historical context: as early as the first half of the 20th century, home-built furniture came to be regarded as a suitable approach for socially conscious and (since the late 1960s) ecologically sustainable design.


Andy Warhol, Belfast

This exhibition at The Mac, Belfast, is the first significant Andy Warhol exhibition to be presented in Northern Ireland and brings together pieces drawn from the Artist Rooms collection, which was acquired by the Tate and the National Gallery of Scotland in 2008. The works are thematically grouped into three sections, the first of which focuses loosely on the subjects of war, religion and death. Displayed within this section are large-scale canvases in monochromatic tones, which offer a contrast to the artist’s quintessential colourful aesthetic. In the second exhibition space, an expansive array of framed posters jostle for attention. With little breathing room in terms of hanging, the display forms a concentrated exposition of how Warhol dissolved the borders dividing commercialism and fine art.

Interview with Heidi Kilpeläinen, HK119

Heidi Kilpeläinen, or HK119 as she is otherwise known, has a new album out on 25 March. Her third album, Imaginature embodies nature in a surrealist and spectacular recording of electronic chirps and howling lyrics. With each song named after an aspect of nature, IcebergWhale and Milky Way for example, Kilpeläinen was inspired by a holiday in her native Finland. Both an artist and a musician, she approaches her work under the identity HK119, a hyperreal character invented to front her performance-art pop project. Aesthetica speaks to Kilpeläinen about her work on Imaginature and the influence of the Finnish text, Kalevela, on the final work.

Scotland + Venice 2013

At this year’s Venice Biennale once again Scotland + Venice partnership will be present and their 2013 presentation is curated and organised by The Common Guild, Glasgow. The exhibition will feature new work by Hayley Tompkins, Duncan Campbell and Corin Sworn, three of the most consistently interesting artists working in Scotland today, all of whom studied at The Glasgow School of Art and have earned growing acclaim and attention in recent years.

Hans-Peter Feldmann at Simon Lee Gallery, London

Simon Lee Gallery’s new show features a solo exhibition by the influential German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann from 5 April. The exhibition follows the success of Feldmann’s recent travelling solo survey at the Serpentine Gallery in London and BAWAG Contemporary in Vienna (both 2012), which is currently on view at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. Feldmann has had a life-long fascination with, and an obsessive attitude towards, collecting everyday images and ephemera which he often assembles in the form of books, posters, postcards, paintings and installations. His works present a blend of readymade material and minimal artistic intervention, achieving unexpected, humorous outcomes that often verge on the absurd and challenge our aesthetic sensibilities.

Birds Eye View Preview: Wadjda

In advance of the Birds Eye View film festival, the BFI preview Wadjda, which tells the remarkable story of a young girl growing up in modern-day Saudi Arabia, and her quest to buy her own bicycle. Seemingly unaware of just how unconventional her interest in owning a bike is, Wadjda tells anybody who will listen about her plan to save up for a bike, encountering the ridicule of her mother and just about everybody else in the process.


Interview with Reid Peppard: Roadkill Cats and Dead Rats – From Kerb To Catwalk, Gutter To Gallery.

Crafting ornate, delicate and sometimes shocking body adornments from the tiny frames of lifeless animals, the work of artist, jeweller and taxidermist Reid Peppard is truly unique. Her work is split between a fine art practice creating artworks including actual taxidermy animals; and her jewellery label, RP/Encore for which she makes intricate metal castings of fragile bones and beaks, hearts, tongues and other minute features.