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
This summer, the V&A explores how Frida Kahlo (b. 1907), one of the most recognised and significant artists and women of the 20th century, fashioned her identity. ‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’ it’s the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display her clothes and intimate possessions, reuniting them with key self-portraits and photographs to offer a fresh perspective on her compelling life story.
A month-by-month journey through Picasso’s ‘year of wonders’. Until September the 9th.
First ever solo exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work at Tate Modern, one of the most significant shows the gallery has ever staged. The ‘EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 : Love, Fame, Tragedy’ takes visitors on a month-by-month journey through 1932, a time so pivotal in Picasso’s life and work that it has been called his ‘year of wonders’. More than 100 outstanding paintings, sculptures and works on paper will demonstrate his prolific and restlessly inventive character. They strip away common myths to reveal the man and the artist in his full complexity and richness.
Human – What makes us who we are and what distinguishes us from other living organisms?
One way of examining this is to consider the different and natural ways that we think, feel and act regardless of cultural context. The artists have explored the diverse elements of human identity, consciousness, spirituality, physicality, emotion and behaviour and have interpreted them using their own vision, understanding, feeling and experience.
You will discover the results of their exploration in a variety of media at this exhibition in Bethnal Green.
Espacio Gallery opened in 2012 and and founded by a group of artists working across all contemporary visual arts media who wanted a space of their own specially designed to meet their needs. They host a stimulating programme of exhibitions, talks and events, specially designed to support, promote and strengthen a local community of artists building relationships with existing prestigious galleries to reflect their ethos and aims.
Michele Ashby, Mark Barrable, Justin Berry, Hilary Boardley, Alice Campos, Jenna Fox, Arina Gaisryte, Ronald Hernandez, Eva Merendes, Laurence Morgan, Simon North, Luis Rubim, Yago Ruiz, Jenny Timmer, Mark Timmins, Keith West, Thomas Young.
Cover image © Yago Ruíz. ‘Todra Gorges, Morocco’, 2018 (www.yagoruizphotography.com)
Curated by Carlos de Lins
14-19 August 2018
Private View: Thursday 16 August 6-9pm
Full info: www.espaciogallery.com
To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage and to mark Austria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Austrian Cultural Forum London in collaboration with the Representation of the European Commission in the UK and EUNIC (European Union National Institutes of Culture) presents Another Europe, an outdoor exhibition of photographs, around the Kings Cross area of London, exploring the diversity of European Heritage.
FLIPSIDE: Saelia Aparicio, Roxanne Jackson, Rosie Reed, Rebecca Jagoe, Phoebe Cummings, Joel Chan, Kamile Ofoeme, Laura Dee Milnes, Lindsey Mendick, Kira Freije, Paloma Proudfoot, Lotte Andersen
Curated by Rosie Reed
‘Fragmented Dialogues’, it’s an exhibition at Austin / Desmond Fine Art in collaboration with CF-LART London that brings together the work of conceptual artist Mario Fonseca and photographer Mauricio Valenzuela. Both Fonseca and Valenzuela worked in Santiago, Chile, during the 1970s and 1980s. Despite two seemingly very different bodies of work, both artists intrinsically shared a strong dialogue around the notions of absence and prohibited identity.
Mario Fonseca is a visual artist, art critic, curator, academic, writer, designer and Chilean publisher. Born in Lima, Peru in 1948, he has lived in Chile since 1966. Fonseca enrolled in the School of Fine Art of the Universidad Católica in 1966 but dropped out of the programme to embark on his professional career in graphic design and edition. He also started to experiment with conceptual art in his artistic practice, a topic he would continue to develop for many years, becoming one of the forefront conceptual artists in Chile in the 80s. Only in 2009, did Fonseca obtain his Bachelor of Visual Arts with a degree in Photography.
Mauricio Valenzuela’s studies in Painting and Fine Art at the University of Bellas Artes, Santiago, were violently interrupted on 11th September 1973, the day the military junta toppled Allende’s government. Determined to pursue his studies despite the prevailing political climate, Valenzuela (1951) completed his visual arts education intermittently, in different art establishments, acquiring a degree in Theater Studies along the way. This unusual academic formation and a hitch-hiking trip from the island of Chiloe, South of Chile, to the Peruvian boarder, would define Valenzuela’s personal quest and sensitivity as a leading visual artist in Chilean photography.
Also on display are a selection of works by Edward Burra, Patrick Caulfield, Eduardo Chilida, John Craxton, David Hockney, Peter Lanyon, Tony Longson, Mary Martin, Margaret Mellis, Paul Nash, Victor Pasmore & Terry Pope.
Image ©Mario Fonseca“Negativo del autor / Positivo del autor” Habeas Corpus 7, 1981 Cardboard, kodalith, masking tape 28 x 21 cm each
Fragmented Dialogues: Mario Fonseca & Mauricio Valenzuela (Art and Identity in 1980s Chile)
Austin / Desmond Fine Art, London WC1B 3BN
11 May 2018 – 18 July 2018
Open on Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 June (11am-2.30pm)