Selection by Giulia Ponzano
James Richards | Requests and Antisongs ICA
4 Oct 2016 – 27 Nov 2016
Requests and Antisongs presents three new installations spread across the Lower and Upper Galleries of the ICA, London, which extend beyond the flatness of the screen and weave into our real time and space. Playing seductively with rhythm and rhyme and combining images and sound, the Welsh artist created a sort of magma, sometimes brighten and tender, other times more dark and gothic. In Radio At Night and Rushes Minotaur Richards assembled existing moving images collected from newscasts, medical documentaries and French erotica with self-shot footage: the results are elegant, profound yet fragile compositions, images as a deep loving intimacy which care and extends towards us.
The Infinite Mix: Contemporary Sound and Image | Hayward Gallery in association with The Vinyl Factory
180 the Strand
9 Sept 2016 – 4 Dec 2016
Ten immersive audio visual installations, including holographic illusions, multi-screen installations and 3D projections, installed into the brutalist building on London’s Strand, allow us to explore diverse and kaleidoscopic imageries: from the adventures of the Japanese dancer called Bom Bom, who travel to Jamaica to partecipate in the local dancehall music scene, to John Giorno rhythmic and humorous monologue and to Elizabeth Price’s dynamic fusion of image, text and music, we are transported into a vivid pop atmosphere. These artworks are created by acclaimed international artists, including Martin Creed (UK), Jeremy Deller (UK) and Cecilia Bengolea (Argentina), Stan Douglas (Canada), Cyprien Gaillard (France), Ugo Rondinone (Switzerland) are being shown in the UK for the first time.
Allison Katz | We boil at different degrees | The Approach
18 Sept 2016 – 23rd Oct 2016
Fantasies, autobiographical digressions, myth, language: freely weaving these themes within a sensibility defined by flux and interrogation Allison Katz creates an eclectic range of reference able to link a timeless imagery to the present moment. Her art oscillates from geometric abstraction to fascinating realism to a seductive figuration and we are immediately caught into this spiral of associations where there is no apparent truth. The exhibition features a selection of nine paintings from 2016, apart from Cabbage (and Philip), which is from 2013: through the overall display, which presents alternated micro and macro Katz puts emphasis on the physicality and psychology of scale, a crucial point of communication within painting’s constraints.
George Henry Longly | Indiscretion | Studio Leigh
22 Sept – 29 Oct 2016
The choreography of objects, lines and colours in Indiscretion allows us to reconsider the status and narrative capacity of the objects themselves. Encompassing a table, a plinth cum sports-bench, phallic hooks, a mirror, the works in the exhibition play with the possibilities of their associative potential and multivalency as autonomous objects. Longly has continued to develop a broad visual language embracing classicism, minimalism and the aesthetics of postmodern design: thanks to this visual ambiguity, the gallery space is transformed and we are able to explore the potential for misinterpretation and misunderstanding.
Peter Wächtler | Far Out | Chisenhale Gallery
16 Sept – 11 Dec 2016
Far Out consists in a four-minute, hand drawn animation film by the Brussels-based artist
Peter Wächtler, soundtracked with a rock and roll song he composed specifically for this exhibition. The protagonist is an obscure and solitary figure, who walks in the moonlight towards a castle on a rock. We don’t know who he is, what he is walking away from and where he is going; underneath a stream of subtitled lyrics saying ‘Sometimes people drop out of my life / Staying here I feel like shit’ or ‘Choose your way, so will I / This road will never ask us why’. The ideas of alienation and the positivity/negativity of the act of leaving are central in this Wächtler’s work: after this experience we start questioning one’s own position, with clues and possible answers remaining unresolved.