Sarah Maple’s God is a Feminist is an exploration of identity, feminism and religion. Her diverse and engaging practice spans video and painting. From 28 February until 15 April Maple’s work appears at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. Aesthetica speaks to Maple about her controversial work and her thoughts on contemporary feminism.
There is no better way to escape the panic of Central London than slipping through the courtyards of Bloomsbury into SOAS’s Brunei Gallery. It’s worth a visit for the Japanese roof garden alone, holding an air of constant unchanging silence as the city pulses and roars below. The current show in this solitary sanctuary is Recalling the Future, an exhibition of Post-revolution Iranian art. Set across two floors of the gallery, the presentation is an eye-opening exhibition of 29 artists, some of which have never exhibited in the UK.
In a city where dining experiences “pop-up”, sales flash, and oysters are a tasteless travel ticket, fashion has had to break from a light jog into a sprint. Ready for submersion into a harsh urban sphere, Bernard Chandran’s AW14 collection channels all of the strongest parts of menswear tailoring, with the cinching and finesse of women’s wear.
Painting Now at Tate Britain celebrates a selection of five contemporary painters, each displaying a synopsis of their unique stylistic vision. The artists that were on display were: Tomma Abts, Gillian Carnegie, Simon Ling, Lucy McKenzie and Catherine Story. Areas of the gallery were confined according to artist, and the works intertwine between abstraction, realism, fauvism and any number of painterly tools from the reaches of art history. Painting Now does not present a survey of the state of painting today where the artists involved are the next generation in a new sweeping movement of painters. What it did offer, was a fleeting glimpse at the ever-evolving boundaries of painting being questioned.
ARCOMadrid opens 19 February and brings together the best art from artists working in Spain and internationally. The fair is for contemporary art professionals, art-lovers and the general public, with initiatives to suit their different interests. The first two days are devoted to collectors, curators, and directors of museums, biennials and art centres, when the fair is the best meeting point and space for sharing projects.
Conceptual artist and filmmaker Shezad Dawood will premiere his latest short at the Marrakech Biennale at the end of February. Shot in Morocco’s Sidi Ifni, Towards the Possible Film examines histories of violence and future dystopias, played out across parallel universes. The 20 minute film follows two blue-skinned astronauts who emerge from the sea and are confronted by the desolate landscape’s local inhabitants, a group of post-apocalyptic cavemen, resulting in a tense stand-off and climactic act of violence. Aesthetica spoke to Dawood about Towards the Possible Film and his affinity with Morocco.
Five key organisations across Bristol join forces to present Bristol New Music from 21 February until 23 February. Colston Hall, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol work together to bring the very best international new music to the city, while working to create opportunities for emerging regional artists. Over the weekend in February there will be a stimulating programme of events to showcase a variety of musical talents.
Darren Almond’s To Leave a Light Impression at White Cube, Bermondsey, includes his photography series Fullmoon and Present Form, enthralling the audience across three large rooms divided by three white walls. Standing at the threshold of the first room, Almond’s large-scale C-type print of Cape Verde, Fullmoon at Cape Verde (2013), moves the viewer from the gallery space to an undefinable realm of winds’ unrelenting quietude. The series of photographs exhibited in this section were taken under the light of a full moon using long exposure in every continent over a period of 13 years.
As winter draws on, escape the cold and blustery weather by making the most of some of the world’s best galleries. From painting to sculpture, established artists and up-and-coming talent, our selection of five of the best current exhibitions provide something for all tastes. Whether it is the playful installations of Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, the photography of Diane Arbus exposing an era of American culture, or the exciting new work of Uri Aran, this weekend provides the perfect opportunity to engage with modern art, wherever you are in the world.
Thirteen is an exhibition of photography by George Chakravarthi, uniting literature and art in one image. Exploring death, drama and identity, the photographer re-imagines 13 characters in Shakespeare’s plays who met their ends through suicide. Opening 20th March at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, the show marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and is the first time the pieces are on display outside of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Samuel Harriman is a British artist based in Oxford. His work has been exhibited across the UK, most recently at Light Night Leeds, the UK’s first and largest Nuit Blanche. His work consists primarily of light, however, by using painterly processes, he combines the mediums of light installation and painting to intonate the point that the use of light is a form of painting. He uses both white wall gallery spaces and sites such as sheds or residential settings to install his work.
Jeremy Hutchison’s i- is heavily invested in the processes and psychology behind consumer culture. Playing with audience expectations and the limits of commercial advertising, i- features professional hand models unexpectedly holding lumps of distorted clay. Until 27 April the project will be exhibited at Rurart in Rouillé, France, before moving to Art Brussels 25 – 27 April.