Art Picks: Winter Edition
Before the city slowly grinds itself to a tinsel covered halt, the impending festive period often produces an excess of hyperactivity and indulgent pursuits. The gallery scene is no different ahead of the Christmas break, breathing a final sigh of artistic exertion pre-shutdown mode. Although a notoriously chaotic time of year, the uninterrupted moments spent browsing an exhibition can be a welcome sanctuary from the event filled agenda of the outside world.
This is our inclusive guide to the most exciting female-led art shows taking place in London this side of the new year:
Jillian Mayer: Impressions
Installation view: Jilian Mayer, Impressions, Anna Kultys, London, 24 October – 24 November 2018. Images courtesy of the artist and Annka Kultys.
Presenting the first London solo exhibition from American artist Jillian Mayer, ‘Impressions’ explores the role of technology in modern society. Displaying six video works on varying digital devices, Mayer looks at how advancements in the technological realm are shaping the future of human existence. Examining our reliance and relationships with the virtual world, her videos recognise the indisputable function computers play in determining physical identity and experience.
Gabriele Beveridge: Live Dead World
Installation view: Gabriele Beveridge, Live Dead World, Seventeen, London, 3 November – 15 December 2018. Images courtesy of the artist and Seventeen.
Redefining materiality, Gabriele Beveridge offers fresh purpose to surface matter in ‘Live Dead World.’ Transforming commercial display fixtures into contemporary sculpture, retail’s previously supportive elements take centre stage in an unexpected shift of precedence. Beveridge aesthetically upgrades familiar objects including laminated shelving, in store posters and metal panels with experimental form and a modern palette of muted tones.
Joy Labinjo: Recollections
Installation view: Joy Labinjo, Tiwani Contemporary, London, 7 November – 21 December 2018. Images courtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary.
Revisiting collections of old family photos, Joy Labinjo uses these archived moments as the basis for her large scale paintings. Featuring images taken both before and after the artist’s birth, ‘Recollections,’ includes scenes of parents, friends and other relatives over the years. These pictures are rearranged in a collage style compositions by Labinjo, before being translated onto canvas. Connecting the geographical links between her dual British-Nigerian heritage, fragments of inherited identity are claimed ownership of and pieced together from personal perspective.
Shadi Al-Atallah: Roadblocks
Images: Shadi Al-Atallah, Roadblocks, Cob Gallery, London, 8 November – 1 December 2018. Images courtesy of the artist and Cob Gallery.
Drawing inspiration from Aristotle’s theory of ‘catharsis,’ mixed media artist Shadi Al-Atallah paints emotionally charged works, delving into the dark corners of the human psyche. Communicating a personal approach to spiritual growth, ‘Roadblocks,’ presents a series of paintings exploring the idea of deep-rooted release as a means to reach internal balance. At-Atallah conjures distorted figures, twisting their bodies under the weight of raw feeling, a spotlight on the ‘self’ and the reflections of others.
Lindsey Mendick & Paloma Proudfoot: PROUDICK
Installation view: PROUDICK, Hannah Barry, London, 8 November – 12 January 2019. Images courtesy of the artists and Hannah Barry.
Joining forces to present their first collaborative exhibition, ‘PROUDICK,’ is the twisted lovechild of artists Paloma Proudfoot and Lindsey Mendick. Treating viewers to a garish spectacular, adorned with graphic tapestries, brazen ceramics and a set of food-covered single beds, harking back to Emin’s infamous piece from the 90’s. The pair offer up all the unsightly details of their private lives on an unapologetic plate, serving boldness to the idea that audacious women should be feared.
Evy Jokhova: Weighed down by stones
Installation view: Evy Jokhova, Weighed down by stones, Lily Brooke, London, 14 November – 13 January 2019. Images courtesy of the artist and Lily Brooke.
Responding to its domestic setting, Evy Jokhova invites viewers to interact with her latest installation ‘Weighed down by stones,’ through a merging of sculpture and sound. Providing clues to a wider narrative, Jokhova explores how memories become entwined in the bodies of objects, giving multiple meanings to each personal experience. An unexpected score activated by the movement of visitors, accompanies the collection of stones, sculptural ceramics and tapestries on display, adding a pivotal layer to archived connotations.
Installation view: Jess Fuller, Herald St, London, 14 November – 9 February 2019. Images courtesy of the artist and Herald St.
Working intuitively, with the canvas as merely another textural component, Jess Fuller creates large scale paintings, adding and removing layers of fabric, paint and line to reveal animated forms. Open to interpretation, expressive movements resonate with individual stories, connecting the viewer to the work with a visual language, riddled in abstract definition. Much like the titles of the work, taken from overheard segments of conversation, Fuller removes context from the everyday, transforming it into a reactive perception.
Katja Seib: dear diary
Images: Katja Seib, dear diary, Sadie Coles, London, 16 November – 5 January 2019. Images courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles.
Presenting the first London solo exhibition from German artist Katja Seib, ‘dear diary’ features a body of paintings rich in enigmatic intensity. Depicting strange and alluring female figures, Seib paints primarily from portrait photographs taken in Los Angeles, capturing a haunting, dreamlike quality from her subjects. Blurring the edges of fantasy and reality, each portrait is lined heavily with symbolic seduction, snakes, veils and darkness make for a dangerous and entrancing invitation into another world.
Hannah Rowan: Bodies of Water – Age of Fluidity
Installation view: Hannah Rowan, Bodies of Water – Age of Fluidity, WHITE CRYPT, London, 17 November – 8 December 2018. Images courtesy of the artist and WHITE CRYPT.
In the first solo exhibition from London based artist Hannah Rowan, ‘Bodies of Water: Age of Fluidity,’ responds directly to its crypt exhibition environment. Constructing sculptural works that consist of liquid filled tanks, metal clamps and cables, Rowan explores the significant differences in process and time, comparing the natural world and the technological realm humans have created.