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Showing: Sickboy – ‘Dreamworlds’ @ That Art Gallery

Sickboy (interviewed) is currently presenting an exhibition of 16 new works at That Art Gallery in Bristol. Dreamworlds is the first solo show back in his adopted home-city since 2010 and represents a further progression in the development of the painter’s studio practice. Familiar motifs from the artist’s lexicon are still present, such as the fluttering birds which featured more heavily in his early work, depictions of the ephemera and curios which the artist collects and the walking heart that has more recently been made into an […]

Showing: Katrin Fridriks – ‘Grey Area’ @ JD Malat

Returning for her first London exhibition in three years, Katrin Fridriks is currently exhibiting a new body of work at JD Malat. The show, entitled Grey Area, consists of 30 works which both span a wide area of her existing practice and introduce new elements and techniques.   As a starting point for the exhibition, the Icelandic painter has taken inspiration from Nikola Tesla who sought to harness the world’s potential through an understanding of frequencies and vibrations, which were largely incomprehensible to people in […]

Showing: Tomoo Gokita – ‘Untitled’ @ Massimo De Carlo (London)

Over the last month, Massimo De Carlo Gallery has been hosting Tomoo Gokita‘s first London exhibition. In Gokita’s post-conceptual paintings, meaning is not so much ambiguous as it is deliberately absent. The focus is entirely on the aesthetic form and the only thing that matters is the acrylic gouache which clings to the surface of the canvas. The brushwork, which ranges from velvety soft to richly expressive, creates works which are arresting on a purely visual level. The trademark use of monochrome throughout his practice purposefully harnesses the […]

Showing: Migrate Art – ‘Multicolour’ @ Cork Street Galleries/Phillips (London)

Following a two week run at Cork Street Galleries, Migrate Art‘s Multicolour group show has now transferred to Phillips‘ exhibition space ahead of the works being auctioned on Thursday in aid of organizations working to help those affected by the ongoing global refugee crisis. The show brings together an impressive array of 31 artists including Turner Prize winners Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, Jeremy Deller, Mark Wallinger and Richard Deacon. The Calais Jungle encampment in northern France was at one point home to over 7,000 refugees and migrants. […]

Interviews/Showing: eL Seed – ‘Tabula Rasa’ @ Lazinc

Recently in London, eL Seed opened his first UK show called Tabula Rasa at Lazinc. The featured works draw together ideas and influences from many of the projects that the French-Tunisian artist has been working on around the world over the last seven years. The exhibition’s title references the epistemological concept that the human mind starts as a blank slate and that our reason and knowledge come from our own experiences, rather than anything innately inside us from birth. The social constructs within which we live […]

Showing: Invader – “Into The White Cube” @ Over The Influence (LA)

Invader (featured) returned to Los Angeles recently to open his new exhibition entitled Into The White Cube (previewed) at Over The Influence. In The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus declared that “great works are often born on a street-corner.” In a literal sense, this is perhaps never more true than with the French artist, who has often favored these locations for the work he has created in nearly 80 cities around the world. The 10th wave of the Invasion of Los Angeles has just been […]

Showing: Rammellzee – “A Roll Of Dice” @ Lazinc

An exhibition of the work of Rammellzee entitled A Roll of Dice closes this week after a two month run at Lazinc in London.  The multi-disciplinary artist originally made his name from the mid-1970s onwards as king of the A Line, painting the subway trains which ran from his native Far Rockaway to the heart of Manhattan. But while other graffiti artists appropriated military terminology such as ‘bombing’ to describe their artistic actions, Rammellzee considered writing to be a literal act of war. The Gothic Futurist sought […]

Recap: José Parlá – “Echo of Impressions” @ Ben Brown Fine Arts (London)

José Parlá returned to London recently for his third UK solo show entitled Echo of Impressions (previewed). The Brooklyn-based artist’s practice continues to be primarily concerned with the documentation of the urban landscape but the show’s title references a particular emphasis at this time on the sights, sounds, noises, smells and tastes of the city as a marker for the lives which are experienced within that space. While these are essential components of how we experience the built environment at any given point in time, […]

Art Focus: Invader – The Elegant Nexus

Invader’s work is made from conventional, individual tiles whose simplicity and uniformity belies the intangible mass of history, knowledge, and experience with which these mosaics are imbued. The artist’s practice is intimately associated with both graffiti and video games, which have proven to be two of the most dominant and enduring strands of youth culture over the last half-century. Out on the streets, graffiti has had a bigger impact than almost any other art movement in history;1 while indoors, gamers have clocked up billions of plays on […]

Studio Visits / Interviews: Rowdy

Rowdy is perhaps best known for his crocodiles, which stalk the urban landscape with a quiet menace, and his cast of other characters which abound with abrasive energy. But the Bristol-based artist’s abstract landscapes, which can be read as both highly political but also deeply personal, represent a far more reflective and contemplative side to his work. An entire building is depicted by an individual mark such as the smudge of a fingerprint, the stroke of a paintbrush or the squirt from a spray-can and […]