This new exhibition, featuring graduating RCA Contemporary Art Students, explores the indistinct spaces that reside between chatter and silence. Open 6 until 23 March at the Royal College of Art galleries, it features the likes of John Cage, Alexandrina Hemsley and Lina Lapelytė.
American photographic artist Roger Ballen has spent most of his adult life living in Johannesburg documenting what he calls his “interior”. The startling image-making intercourse with the darker layers of Africa that this entails delivers more than a Roger Ballen Interior; it is the kind of art that hits so hard that it demands a confrontation with the viewer’s interior, too. Having worked for many years as a geologist, Ballen’s work asserts the need to descend to the disturbing dimensions of human experience in order to mine the baffling anatomies of instinct that animate us all. On the cusp of the release of Asylum of the Birds his twelfth book, Ballen talks to Aesthetica about how his artistic evolution is currently in the mood for a party.
Michel François is renowned for being a conceptual artist in the fields of sculpture, film, paintings, print and photography. His work illustrates the artists conviction that the meaning of art is determined through its combination with others in relation to an exhibition space. This exhibition, which will be running from 30 April until 22 June 2014, will be integrated throughout the whole Ikon Gallery.
This February Lexington Art League, unveiled NEW MOON at Triangle Park, Kentucky, as part of Luminosity. Running until 28 March, NEW MOON, by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, is an interactive outdoor installation built from steel, electronics, and 5,000 incandescent light bulbs (both new and burnt out). The fourth in a series of light sculptures utilizing re-appropriated domestic light bulbs, the piece is both a departure from the duo’s archetypal CLOUD installations and a further exploration of communal interaction, the social nature of light, and play. Aesthetica speaks to the pair about working in Kentucky and the ideas behind their art.
The Festival International D’Art Toulouse was founded initially last year bringing together major artists, some of whom had never had a significant exhibition in France before. This 2014 edition of the Festival running from 23 May to 22 June presents projects made for unusual venues, which are placed in a sequence around the River Garonne. The festival also showcases exciting performances and concerts presented over its opening weekend. This event a highly varied and inclusive experience with a packed programme oriented towards today’s young scene whilst offering a refreshing variety of genres.
With February coming to a close, make sure to mark the beginning of March with a visit to one of the brilliant contemporary art exhibitions showing this weekend. With highlights including previously unseen photos by Robert Capa in New York, a diverse survey of contemporary Australian artwork in Sydney, and an exciting and thought-provoking look into the power of capitalism by Isaac Julien in London, there is something to see wherever you are. Here are our top five picks of current exhibitions.
Arab Contemporary is the second in a series of exhibitions by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art focused on the integral connection between cultural identity and architectural design. The exhibition will attempt to draw out unifying themes within the broader cultural notion of an Arab world. In an area divided in religion, politics and landscape, Arab Contemporary examines the effects of architecture in expressing common themes and concerns.
Opening next week on 4 March at The Little Black Gallery, London, is a new exhibition from Australian artist Vee Speers. Bordello is a searing vision of Parisian decadence, taking inspiration from the interiors and vibrancy of the city in the 1920s and 1930s. Shot on location in Paris, Speers’ work is set against the backdrop of surviving bordellos, where the lavish interiors have been preserved. Her photographs provide a seductive exploration of the female form and are produced using a hand-rendered Fresson charcoal process, lending Speer’s images an authentic quality.
The Design Museum has announced the nominations for the Designs of the Year 2014. This platform for cutting-edge innovation and original talent showcases the best in global architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphic, product and transport design. This year’s 76 nominees include diverse designs such as Kate Moss’ favourite app, a floating school in a Nigerian lagoon, friendly lamp posts and virtual mountain rescue teams.
David Bailey is known for his iconic portraits of celebrities, but Bailey’s Stardust at National Portrait Gallery, London, of around 300 pictures reveals the true depth of his work. From East End clubs to West End parties, through Aboriginal peoples and the sights of New Delhi, Bailey captures the richness of human life with affection and precision.
Several variants of abstraction are investigated in an excellent exhibition of drawings, Abstract Drawing, curated by Richard Deacon, the current Last Words artist in Aesthetica. The show at London’s Drawing Room features 57 works made between 1907 and 2014 by artists including Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra, Jackson Pollock, Eva Hesse, Kasimir Malevich and Sol LeWitt.
A group exhibition, featuring work from John Akomfrah, Phoebe Boswell and Rashaad Newsome, will run from 7 March until 10 April at the Carroll / Fletcher gallery in Central London. Drawing on issues of identity, class, race and gender, these three artists explore the construction of identity on both a personal and cultural level, working in mixed mediums to tell their own narratives and those of the people around them.