Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Interview with Jonas Burgert at Blain | Southern

Jonas Burgert: Stück, Hirn, Blind
Blain | Southern, London Hanover Square
14 October - 22 November 2014
Down the road from London’s Royal Academy, where the German painter Anselm Kiefer is currently wow-ing the public with his epic paintings on a very grand scale, another, younger, German painter is on show.
Blain | Southern gallery shows Jonas Burgert. Born in Berlin in 1969, he also works on a scale that shocks and surprises. 
But are works on this scale purely the province of museums and the private collectors with foundations of their own? Just who could house a painting like these with their overwhelming power and dominating presence…

Video of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Somerset House
16-19 October 2014

The exceptional environment of London's Somerset House plays host to the second edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

The interest in ethnic art has never gone away, but it is usually the antique and the traditional work that attracts attention.

1:54 is a platform for galleries, artists and curators involved in contemporary African creativity. And it is enticing a growing and appreciative western audience.

And the 27 galleries showing here in the heart of historic London certainly know how to put on a show.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Interview with Keita Miyazaki

Interview with Keita Miyazaki
rosenfeld porcini 

30-year-old artist, Keita Miyazaki, was born in Tokyo and, after studying at the University of the Arts, came to London in 2011 for a three year course at the Royal College.

That same year, Japan was hit by a major tsunami causing widespread mayhem and destruction – and 18,000 fatalities.

In his recent work   on show here at the rosenfeld porcini gallery in London  Miyazaki responds directly to this national tragedy, seeking to create art out of waste and rubble as monuments to the lost – and to suggest an optimism for the future.

To watch this interview, please go to: http://www.state-media.com/state/index.php?q=videos/miyazaki 

Interview with Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon: Call and Response
Camden Arts Centre
10 October 2014 – 11 January 2015

Glenn Ligon (b1960) is famed for his thought-provoking works which combine text, silkscreen painting, neon and video and explore themes of identity, racism, sexuality and civil rights.

His first solo exhibition in the UK, now on show at the Camden Arts Centre, presents new works based on the plight of the Harlem Six and using footage of the comedian Richard Pryor.

A new series of enormous black and white silkscreen paintings are based on composer Steve Reich’s taped-speech work, using the recorded voice of Daniel Hamm, one of the Harlem Six, describing how he had to puncture one of his bruises to prove to the police he had been beaten. Layered up so as to obscure the text, creating a rhythm that recalls Reich’s musical piece, the works dominate the large gallery at the Camden Arts Centre.
A new neon piece takes from the same source material and demonstrates Ligon’s technique of creating ‘black’ neon.

Finally, a seven-screen video installation uses footage from the comedian Richard Pryor’s stand up show, Live on the Sunset Strip, from 1982. Removing the sound, Ligon forces viewers to observe Pryor’s lively and exaggerated body language, exploring an alternative means of communication and self-expression.

Ligon spoke to Studio International before the opening of his exhibition.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Interview with Jo Stella-Sawicka, Deputy Director of Frieze London

Interview with Jo Stella-Sawicka, Deputy Director of Frieze London

As Frieze London revs up for its 2014 edition, there has been a lot of talk about the recent announcements regarding staffing changes at the top, as well as about the new Artist Award and Live section dedicated to performance art. What with hosting three international fairs annually and a seemingly ever expanding remit, Frieze is undeniably becoming a brand – so much so that this even forms the basis for one tongue-in-cheek performance work this year. Jo Stella-Sawicka, deputy director of Frieze London since 2011, is unashamed, however. ‘Of course Frieze is a brand,’ she exclaims proudly. The former director of London’s Stephen Friedman Gallery and one time art curator for British fashion chain Monsoon found some time on the eve of the fair’s launch to talk about all we have to look forward to, both this coming week and beyond.

Anna McNay: You’re coming up for four years working with Frieze now. What have you seen change during your time with the fair?

Jo Stella-Sawicka: Well, we’ve launched Frieze New York, which was obviously a major expansion for the company, and Frieze Masters as well, at the same time, so we've gone from producing one event a year to three. As a result, our activity is much more global. Also, we’re working with galleries that have to do with ancient art, medieval art and modern art, as well as contemporary art, so we’re working across the entire spectrum of 7000 years of art making.