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Katie Torn’s Low Tide is an imagined ocean of Mermaid selfies + yoga poses before the tsunami hits at Upfor Gallery, Jul 26 – Aug 19

24 July 2017

Katie Torn is presenting solo exhibition Low Tide at Portland’s Upfor Gallery, opening July 26 and running to August 19.

The show features eight works on paper and two video installations of “overwhelmed female bodies, desperately trying to adapt to a decaying, physical world that is consumed by image and simulations.”

The press release comes with a text describing a seductive space at the ocean floor, revealed when the water recedes during the calm period before a tsunami hits. This “imagined ocean at low tide as their setting” features a series of 3D renderings, and photos the New York-based artist’s sculptures, paint, and found images, to depict yoga poses in plastic and Mermaids surrounded by the detritus of ‘Snapchat-like’ filters and special effects. 

Low Tide is the last of a series of three exhibitions — including Morehshin Allahyari and Brenna Murphy — which will culminate in a collaborative presentation, opening August 23 and running through September 2.

See the Upfor Gallery website for details.**

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Emma Hedditch explores the cooperative method for artists an institutions in ‘Public Meeting’ at The Showroom, Jul 26

24 July 2017

The ‘Public Meeting: Cooperatives and their potential for artists and art institutions’ event is on at London’s The Showroom on July 26.

Emma Hedditch, an artist researching cooperative work and organisations who’s practice “focuses on daily practice, materiality, and distribution of knowledge as political action,” will share her research into this area and open up the discussion to the audience in exploring skills and other training needed to create and live in cooperative structures.

Looking closely at “how these methodologies can be brought into a context of artistic production,” the New York-based artist often works with other groups like feminist film and video distributor Cinenova.

The cooperative method is “an act of resistance towards current forms of investor owned, corporate, for-profit business models that dominate most areas of life, including artistic practices and institutions” and will be explored in depth through conversation and sharing.

Visit the Showroom website for details.**

Emma Hedditch, Claim a hand in the field that makes this form foam (2014) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Norwich Outpost.
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Aleksander Hardashnakov, Parker Kay + Brittany Shepherd in The Ghost in The Machine at Motel, Jul 22 – Aug 20

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The Ghost in The Machine group exhibition at New York’s Motel opens July 22 and is running to August 20.

Organized by Roberta Pelan, the show includes work by Aleksander Hardashnakov, Parker Kay and Brittany Shepherd.

Aleksander Hardashnakov is a Toronto-based artist who c0-directs The Loon, Parker Kay is a Toronto-based artist and writer who  works across a number of disciplines to explore ” the systems and structures that operate within art, architecture, and communication theory.” And Brittany Shephard is a video artist who also founded and directs exhibition platform The Table in Toronto.

Visit the Motel website for details.**

 

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Crawling out from the earths core in Cabin Pressure at BBQLA, Jul 22 – Aug 12

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The Cabin Pressure group exhibition at Los Angeles BBQLA opens July 22 and is running to August 12.
 
Curated by Quinn Harrelson, the show includes work by Janiva Ellis, Manuel Arturo Abreu, Carlos Reyes, Ser Castro Serpas, Bea Fremderman  and Purvis Young. 
 
The exhibition asks the questions, “To what extent does a group of works construct an environment? an ecosystem?  To what extent are they truncated into mechanisms of the jungle? into a single human body?” The press release leaves little to be revealed about the works presented, but rather paints us a post-apocalyptic narrative with a different spin, where something else “crawls out from the earth’s core” and offers another alternative.
 
Visit the BBQLA website for details.**
 
Janiva Ellis, ‘Co-Panicing’ (2017). Install view. Photo by Joerg Lohse. Courtesy the artist + 47 Canal, New York.
 
 
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For one night only: CAVE3000 + M.I/mi1glissé present Times New Romantic July 22

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The Times New Romantic group exhibition at address Kurfürstenstraße 14, 10785 Berlin is taking place on July 22.

Initiated by Grażyna Roguski and Peggy Pehl, and hosted by CAVE3000 and M.I/mi1glissé, the group show will be for one night only and will also be available as an online release. Featuring 33 artists, the evening will include works by Armand Lecouturier, Anne Fellner & Burkhard Beschow, Matt WelchNatasja LoutchkoAurora Sander and Bhenji Ra among others.

Cave3000 is a private apartment and studio run by Natasja Loutchkos that aims to “investigate the balance between private and public through dialogue with other artists by invitation to make changes to the space via performance and exhibition while encouraging public interaction.” 

Visit the FB event page for details.**


Header image courtesy Tomasz Skibicki.


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A sonar-social architecture + synchronicity: join Young Girl Reading Group 144 at ICA, Jul 21

Thursday

The Young Girl Reading Group 144 at London’s ICA is taking place on July 21.

The collaborative project has been running since 2013 by Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, with this iteration part of #In_formationICA, a hashtag that explores commoning and collectivity. This reading will look at an extract from Folding Beijing written by Chinese science fiction writer Hao Jingfang.

YGRG defines itself as a “sonar-social architecture of shared curiosity and synchronicity” who aim to create a “rhizomatic network of voices, suggestions and references,” and “composed not only of particles and molecules that circulate within, but prefaces, dedications, citations, appendices, illustrations, references, notes, diagrams and thoughts which travel in reverse.”

Performers for this event include Dorota Gawęda, Eglė Kulbokaitė, Safiya LaGillé, Ellenx Tellnobody, Catherine Prieto Österberg and Ari King.

Visit the FB event page for details.**

 

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Housing Is a Human Right. ÅYR’s I’d Rather Be Outside as part of Holland Festival

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ÅYR presented installation I’d Rather Be Outside at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum as part of the Holland Festival running June 11 to June 25.

Housing Is a Human Right. ÅYR’s I’d Rather Be Outside as part of Holland Festival

Installed at the site of Museumplein, the work sprawls across the green open space; free and accessible, the 3-D printed concrete forms create a landscape of rooms. A comment on the contemporary housing situation, the collective explore “issues connected with the global housing crisis, mass production and the relationship between public and private.”

They also created a large scale text work, collaborating with graphic designer Fabian Harb for the font and fragments of poems selected by curator Harry Burke, including excerpts by Joan Larkin, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Carry van Bruggen, Sophie Collins and . In addition, the collective invited Martha Rosler to exhibit her animated billboard Housing Is a Human Right (1989).

åyr, founded in 2014, is made up of four architects who tackle “issues relating to ownership, privacy and sharing within the domestic space.”**

 

ÅYR presented installation I’d Rather Be Outside at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum as part of the Holland Festival running June 11 to June 25.

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Artist-producer James Ferraro is presenting the human folly of his Extinction Renaissance at Stockholm’s Loyal Gallery, Jul 20 – Aug 26

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James Ferraro is presenting solo exhibition Extinction Renaissance: 3D printed biome for the nomadic gluten intolerant at Stockholm’s Loyal Gallery, opening July 20 and running to August 26.

The Los Angeles-based artist, composer, and musician — who has also produced under the aliases Bodyguard, Lamborghini Crystal and early noise duo The Skaters with Spencer Clark — is showing new video, sound and image, as well as a limited 100 copies of unreleased music.

With Extinction Renaissance being Ferraro’s first show of visual work, the artist has been making forays into the gallery over the years, including the live score of his Burning Prius at LA’s Château Shatto, composed in collaboration with Maxwell Sterling last year. 

Visit the Loyal website for details.**

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Examining the motif in Wild Flowers (wildness is contextual!) at Narrative Projects, Jul 20 – Sep 16

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The Wild Flowers (wildness is contextual!) group exhibition is on at London’s Narrative Projects, opening July 20 and running to September 16.

Curated by Carlos Noronha Feio, the show “examines the motif of the flower” and includes work by 18 international artists across media and generations, including Mahmoud BakhshiJuliette Blightman, Harm van den Dorpel, Xiao-yang LiGabriela Machado, Lulou Margarine, and Daniel van Straalen, Sigrid Viir, among others.

Noronha Feio is a London-based artist whose practice is focused on, “transcending the limitations of any single culture through the introduction and inclusion of multiple cross-cultural visual vocabularies.” He often works with performance, video, drawing, painting, photography, rug works and multimedia installation.

Visit the Narrative Projects website for details.**

Carlos Noronha Feio, ‘discursive foundations of sunsight’ (2016) @ Narrative Projects, London.
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Between what was + is yet to come in the middle ages of Medieval-City One at Leicester’s Two Queens

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The Medieval-City One group exhibition at Leicester’s Two Queens, opened June 17 and is running to September 2.

Georgia Horgan, ‘Ut Cum Muliere’ (2017) Courtesy the artist + Two Queens, Leicester.

The show features newly-commissioned video and installation works by Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Ashley HolmesGeorgia HorganPil and Galia Kollectiv and  Medieval Helpdesk (Lara Eggleton & David Steans) that explore, “the constructs of bureaucracy, colonialism, national identity, immigration, ethnicity, posthumanism, the gendered body, and tourism.”

The exhibition is also part of a series of events that studies the idea of the ‘Medieval’ in relation to the future and takes its title from Judge Dredd’s Mega City One.  The programme aims to create a space to open up discussions around the middle ages in popular culture, and as a space to explore the ‘between’ of what was and what comes next.**

The Medieval-City One group exhibition is on at Leicester’s Two Queens, running June 17 to September 2, 2017.

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