Comical suggestion or playful interaction? Shiver Me Timbers! – the title of Nick Jeffrey’s solo exhibition at Hannah Barry Gallery, London – presented a matrix of dry existential humour courted by an ambiguous collision of materials. Modified canvases question space and form again and again until all that’s left is traces of the artist’s body and mind. The title, Shiver Me Timbers!, is used frequently in fiction, where, in heavy seas, ships would be lifted up and pounded down so hard as to ‘shiver’ the ship’s timbers and startle the sailors. Thus, the exclamation was meant to convey a feeling of fear and awe. Nick Jeffrey deployed this to evoke his own anxieties regarding his presentation of the results of experimental voyages through space, form and application.
The opening of Art Basel Hong Kong on 15 May sees the return of the popular Absolut Art Bar, a collateral project that for the 4 days of the fair turns a cocktail bar into an art installation and vice versa. This year, Absolut is collaborating with Hong Kong artist Nadim Abbas, whose installations often combine the kitsch and the scholarly to create immersive works that challenge commonalities of perception and cultural narrative.
Referencing influences as diverse as pharmaceuticals, cult sci-fi and Kafka, Abbas’ site-specific art bar Apocalypse Postponed will explore the grey zone between peace and war.
Six practices, wildly diverse in culture, generation and medium, are united in their subject: our varying perceptions and measurements of time in the exhibition About Time, currently showing at Maddox Arts until 31 May.
American artist Bill Viola is one of the leading international artists working in video art. For more than 30 years, Viola has been experimenting with video tapes, video installations, sound environments, electronic-music performances and TV productions. In both 1995 and 2007, the artist appeared at the Venice Biennial to much acclaim. However, since his first solo exhibition in 1993 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Lausanne, his work has only been shown in group exhibitions in Switzerland. This April an extensive overview of his practice, Passions, appears at Kunstmuseum Bern and runs until 20 July.
Taking place in Belfast 16 October to 1 November, this 17 day festival will see a high number of international premieres taking place in Northern Ireland for the first time. The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s is Ireland’s biggest festival seeing over 60, 000 people attend from all over the world. Running for over 50 years this mix of music, dance, drama, poetry, literature, comedy and visual arts has attracted some of the most famous names in the arts including Laurence Olivier and Jimi Hendrix.
New York-born contemporary artist Valerie Snobeck’s exhibition titled Le Monde, Le Continent, La France, Etc…, Etc…, La Rue de Bizerte, Moi is currently on display at the Simon Lee Gallery, London.
YIA Art Fair runs in Paris 23 – 26 October during FIAC. Founded in 2010 the event supports the emerging contemporary art scene. The fair seeks out unique venues to allow visitors to experience special spaces and this year the participants take over Carreau du Temple. The juxtaposition between the young artists and the historic environment makes for an event that unites classic and contemporary art.
Jessica Zoob is a British contemporary artist who works from her Lewes home and studio. She exhibits regularly in and around London and has works in private collections worldwide. Recently Jessica launched her exciting collaboration with ROMO black edition who have skilfully recreated Jessica’s paintings for an exclusive collection of printed fabrics, wall coverings and fabrics. Zoob has worked on commissions for Intarya and Linley including works for the entrances: of The Lancaster’s Hyde Park, a palace in Dubai and of NEO Bankside. She is currently working on a new collection Playtime which will be launched at her open studio in August
Almost a decade after the publication of the infamous Abu Ghraib-tortured prisoner images taken during the Iraq war, mac Birmingham will this month be exhibiting a first major solo show from newly elected Royal Academician Tim Shaw (RA). Black Smoke Rising will include some of his most seminal works, on display until 8 June.
Samaris combine glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting lyrics from 19th century Icelandic poems. The Icelandic trio, made up of Þórður Kári Steinþórsson (aka Doddi), Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir and Jófríður Ákadóttir mix computerised sounds with clarinet and sweet vocals. Their new album, Silkidrangar, is released on One Little Indian on 5 May and reviewed in the current issue of Aesthetica. Jófrður speaks to us about the band’s influences and their future plans.
About a decade ago, it seemed Mark Titchner was popping up in every high-profile group show in London, and this exposure naturally led to his Turner Prize nomination in 2006. He didn’t win, but his popularity remains high, bolstered by UK and international shows.
Mark Manders’ Cose in corso is currently on display at Collezione Maramotti until 28 September. Bringing together found, reconstructed and reinvented objects, the exhibition is a kaleidoscopic series of organic constellations. The different elements within the work juxtapose and creative a narrative, like the pages of a diary in a very personal artistic development. The artist often leaves sculptures and objects to settle for long periods of time in his studio, letting them naturally transform over time.