From video to sculpture, photography to painting, April brings a variety of museum and gallery exhibitions featuring works by young and established international artists: capturing the chaos of time, ordinary images and moments happening and fading, and these artists challenge us to find our own narratives and understandings.
The Curve, Barbican
15 Feb – 23 Apr 2017
New works by the Irish artist Richard Mosse are presented at the Barbican Curve: Incoming, a three-screen video installation, created in collaboration with the cinematographer Trevor Tweeten and with the composer Ben Frost is shown alongside photographic works. An immersive 52-minute-long artwork capturing the experience of refugees and migrants from around the world. By producing images through a weapons- grade thermal camera, Richard Mosse forces the audience to “see” human bodies in the same way as missiles would. Blurring the boundaries of journalism and conceptual documentary photography, Mosse captures the painful dehumanisation of refugees with delicacy and poeticism: the result is a challenging and emotive piece, which unfold this human tragedy without any means to intervene.
Richard Mosse FINAL press release_Mar17
Bad Gateway — Gabriel Esteban Molina
Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix Gallery
24 Mar – 1 Jun 2017
Gabriel Esteban Molina, MA graduate at Chelsea College of Arts, presents his first solo exhibition in the UK entitled Bad Gateway, where he exhibits his latest works which consists of a new series of video and digital prints. Using abstraction in order to alter perception, the Canadian artist focuses on the relationship between physical and digital phenomena and the altering of perception. Color, movement, and scale of the works and display are able to generate in the viewer an effect similar to hallucination and altered states of consciousness. Screens become portals which remind us that our virtual experiences are still underpinned by physical ones.
Gabriel Esteban Molina – Bad Gateway – pressrelease – Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix
Dulwich Picture Gallery
8 Feb – 4 June 2017
Portraits, still life and landscape that focus on the most distinctive period of experimentation of the prolific modernist artist Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf’s older sister. Approximately 100 works, displayed in individually themed rooms, which form a concise developmental map of Vanessa Bell’s artistic and personal journey. ‘Studland
Beach’ (1912), ‘The Other Room’(late 30s), ‘Virginia Woolf’ (1912): abstract and stylised, her work is emotional, committed to freedom of expression and pleasure. A radical and progressive approach, bold colours and forms able to vehicle new ideas about gender roles, sexuality, pacifism, social and class mores.
Leo Fitzmaurice, Eva Hesse, Bob Law, Jonathan Monk, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Amalia Pica, Mira Schendel, Samara Scott, Wolfgang Tillmans
The Sunday Painter
31 Mar – 13 May 2017
This group show explores a range of engagements with the medium of paper by artists belonging to different generations. From political, historical, abstract proposition to everyday and functional aspects, the exhibition interrogate predeterminate notions of value and purposes, demonstrating the breadth of formal and conceptual layers related to the medium of paper. Sculptures, photographs, watercolours, ink drawings that address questions in order to subvert pre-existing ideas, and suggest freedom from the rigid system that order our lives.
From Selfie to Self-Expression
31 March – 30 May 2017
The first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from Old Masters as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Velazquez to contemporary artists as Tracey Emin, celebrating the creative potential and the myriad possibilities that this form of expression can take. Showing alongside examples of many influential artists’ work will be selfies that have quickly become icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous.
15 Feb – 11 Jun 2017
A 14th room exhibition of the German Turner Prize 2000 winner encompassing portraiture, landscape and still lives; precise and thought provoking works which show us the artists’s keen interest in formal experimentation and display, his curiosity about the possibilities of abstraction, and his political orientation. Photographs and print playfully juxtaposed together, in different sizes and styles, depicting people and places from around the world and truthful scenes from everyday life; there is also a room that he has curated himself, where we can listen to the recorded music of the band Colourbox. An ever-refreshing approach which brings questions of change and modernity to the fore.
Tofu Dealer (to kill my hunger in daytime wander)
Josh Lilley Gallery
31 Mar – 10 May 2017
The second solo exhibition of Nicholas Hatfulll at Josh Lilley brings together the artist’s new paintings alongside the so-called Bain-Marie sculptures – a restless reshuffling of elements, things which are everyday and as direct and sharp as advertising. Hatfull compositions capture a feeling of joy and leisure interspersed with a sinister and perverse suspicion: a simplified absurdist life imagery, characterised by the idea of promise and failure, able to convey excitement and flatness at the same time.
Nicholas Hatfull PR