Isaac Julien’s nine-screen installation, premiering at Victoria Miro, traverses a collection of Lina Bo Bardi’s most iconic buildings, offering a meditation on the iconic work and on the legacy of the visionary modernist architect and designer (1914–1992).
Lina Bo Bardi ‘A Marvellous Entanglement’
Exhibition 7 June–27 July 2019
Full info: https://www.victoria-miro.com/exhibitions/543/
Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW
When objects are removed from their original context, they can be arranged, collected, misunderstood and exotisized. Blue Curry and Fernando Martín Godoy, two artists from abroad living in London, bring their divergent practices together to consider the role that context plays.
Curry‘s work is playful and direct in its use of materials and in the symbolic possibilities of the found objects he works with. Martín Godoy’s paintings and drawings are more guarded in their approach to the object, obscuring it almost entirely and demanding the viewer’s time and observation skills before its presence materialises. In the conjunction of their works a conversation takes place, where elegance and humor lead to a number of reflections about the real and the fictive, the superficial and the transcendental.
This summer, the National Gallery, as part of its Spanish season, will show a select number of works by Bartolomé Bermejo (about 1440–about 1501), one of Spain’s most innovative and accomplished painters active in the second half of the 15th century.
Immortality it’s possible. At least for the Turritopsis dohrnii, popularly known as the immortal jellyfish. Silently invading our waters, this creature will reproduce and then, faced with the normal career path of dying, it will opt instead to revert to a sexually immature stage. And not just once: it will do it over and over again, eternally flowing into the sea. With no organs or brain to focus on, the only way to research on this creature is by observing its movements that constantly repeat.
The first major exhibition in the UK for over a century of the artist known as Spain’s Impressionist, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923), opens at the National Gallery next 18th of March. Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light (18 March – 7 July 2019) includes portraits, and genre scenes of Spanish life, as well as the landscapes, garden views, and beach scenes for which he is most renowned.
Halcyon Gallery presents a new exhibition by contemporary Spanish artist, Pedro Paricio, Paricio – Picasso. Over two years in the making, this seminal exhibition sees Paricio take up the gauntlet through new paintings, sculptures, works on paper and print, that are both a dialogue with and a homage to one of the greatest artists in history, Pablo Picasso. Paricio takes his inspiration from David Sylvester’s provocation: ‘Picasso is the one to beat, Picasso is the fastest gun in the West, the one every budding gunfighter has to beat to the draw in order to prove himself’ (David Sylvester, About Modern Art: Critical Essays, 1948-1996, 1997)
Paricio – Picasso
9th March – 24th April at Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, in London’s Mayfair.
Full info: www.halcyongallery.com/exhibitions/paricio-picasso
It all happens at home, indoor. When you get in, you take off your coat, leave the things. You lower the guard, the strength falls down. And time is more still and there are mirrors, and the night falls, too. It is then, here inside, when the soul expands for a bit and you start glimpsing, again, the fears you have been switching off during the day. The uncertain, unruly mental zones that you try to escape.
A fountain that seeks a river is the first solo show by Javier Chozas at Chalton Gallery. Here, the artist presents a series of new-made sculptures that inhabit this instant of sudden and permanent fragility. The exhibition parts from a reflection on social rejection, the fear that this provokes in us, and the effects of this fear in our internal landscape. Plaster, látex, and steel materialize this impact in small and connected cores, giving life to elements of a broken story that we’re invited to reset.
Expanded throughout the two gallery rooms, the set of works reverberates in their physical presence just as much as in the invisible fluencies that affect and shape their bodies. Each piece has its own strength and, at the same time, coexists with the rest in the same continuum plane, in a new autonomous universe. Javier Chozas has the strange and unique capacity to insert emotional qualities in the materials until they spin inside and with them, almost becoming palpable. Avoiding the figurative, his production translates a complex psychological maze into the plastic language of scratches, folds, of exact and alive imperfections.
Possibly more intrigued by the process of digging deeper than by the wish to reach conclusions, Javier Chozas’ work carries out a constant, deep, and radical exploration of some hidden parcels of the human identity. Chozas’ incessantly works and confronts the materials as if he had found a secret passage through this fog, and as if he could discover, across it, an authentic parcel of our emotional skeleton. And magically, bring it to life, turn it physical.
In line with the processes and interests of his practice, A fountain that seeks a river does not pursue a univocal representation of the human body or psyche, but the generation of a stage device, full of potential, where these emotional energies are actualized and come forward to be transited, escaped, perhaps touched.
Exhibition from Feb. 13th to 23rd
WeCollect, Scan and Spain Now are pleased to announce the opening of Matter, a group show with works by 13 international artists living and working in London: Holly Hendry, Ernesto Cánovas, Gracjana Rejmer, Robert Cervera, Patricia Pisanelli, Alan Sastre, Nora Aurrekoetxea, Antoine Langenieux-Villard, Silvia Lerín, Pablo Castañeda, Saelia Aparicio, Kristian Kragelund, Pablo A. Padilla Jargstorf.
“Matter” is the word for physical substance; it occupies space and possesses mass. At the same time matter is a subject for consideration, what happened, an incident, an episode; it is only a matter of time. But then again matter is also active, a state of significance, possibly fleeting; some things matter; it “Matter” to me. All three matter meanings are linked by a thread of weight or a measure of significance. If material “Matter”, if it is worthy of consideration, it may be as register of the development of an idea, or line of work. Reasoning is the act of thinking about something in a logical manner; material reasoning might be a manner or practice of thinking through material investigation, repetition, play or studio procedures. The artists participating in Matter pursue varied practices but share an interest in the investigation of material and work matter with and against meaning. Material and apparent meaning sometimes align, but not always; “Matter” are not what they seem. Like Peter Pan’s shadow, meaning can slip off, come unstuck. Peter’s shadow comes off when he flies out a closing window. What kind of synthesis occurs when meaning breaks loose? “Matter” holds meaning and lets it go. The thought moves on. The material remains, on the floor, the table, the wall. Maybe a new process begins. New Materialisms places matter at the centre of art practice and emphasise production over discourse and preferences the value of physicality and materiality over conceptual models based on language or syntax. Matter is what we see, and what we use to make. The works in Matter explore the possibilities of making and of material and play thoughtfully with what “Matter”.
Text “Matter” by WeCollect, Scan and Spain Now