A tattoo parlor, Teen Angels, an after party + more at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Feb 23 – 26

23 February 2017

Printed Matter‘s LA Art Book Fair is on at Los Angeles’ The Geffen Contemporary of MOCA, running February 24 to 26, with an opening preview on February 23.

For its fifth edition the companion event to NY Art Book Fair invites over 250 international presses, booksellers, artists’ merchandise distributors, antiquarians, and independent publishers into its space.

There will be an opening night preview at Geffen with special musical performances by Seth Bogart and Kembra Pfahler & Christian Music from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, as well as a keynote address by artist, General Idea co-founder and past Printed Matter director AA Bronson called ‘MY LIFE IN BOOKS.

An exhibition of art, issues and other miscellany by the late Teen Angel — the Lowrider artist and writer behind Teen Angels Magazine focusing on life in the streets of the Varrios of California and the Southwest — will be on show, including unpublished, never before-seen original pieces of artwork. 

Gagosian Gallery will present an exhibition as tattoo parlor called FLASH FLASH FLASH, and Slow Culture & Deadbeat Club have a pop-up installation of a vintage drive-thru photo kiosk with 24-hour film developing services called ‘THE FOTOMAT.’ XE(ROX) & PAPER + SCISSORS will be presenting over 100 international artists, zines, and small presses, while some publishers and titles to look out for include Dirty Looks, Hesse PressHonor Fraser, Sternberg Press, an audio project by Linder & Maxwell Sterling at Blum & Poe, Emalin and many more.

The official after party, on February 25, will be at The Regent, and feature performances by SophieGAIKA, Yves Tumor, Bill Kouligas, Juliana Huxtable among them. 

See the FB event page for the full programme and more details.**

Image courtesy Maxwell Sterling.

Temporal narratives + the annals of Western art in Quayola’s Fragments at bitforms, Feb 25 – Apr 9


Quayola is presenting solo exhibition Fragments at New York’s bitforms gallery, opening February 25 and running to April 9.

Quayola‘s process “begins in the annals of Western art” where historical themes and technological apparatus are located and synthesized. The show will be a series of sculptures called ‘Laocoön Fragments’ and based on the Hellenistic sculpture ‘Laocoön and His Sons‘. 

Quayola, originally from Rome, explores the “grandeur and decay of ancient sculptures and Renaissance masterpieces that he encountered at an early age,” and the fluidity of temporal narratives.

See the bitforms website for details.**

Quayola, ‘Laocoön Fragment B_001.001’, (2016). Courtesy the artist + bitforms gallery, New York.

Radically challenging the solidified body with The Virtual Self at New Art Exchange, Feb 24


The The Virtual Self discussion is on at Nottingham’s New Art Exchange on February 24.

The evening is free to everyone, and takes the form of a talk between UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time co-curator Hansi Momodu-Gordon and artists Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, where they will discuss “how social constructs such as class, race, gender and politics can be solidified or radically challenged in the digital realm.”

In an exploration of technology and identity, the event will look at the bodies place within future representation of our virtual selves.

See the FB event page for more details.**

Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, ‘Finding Fanon Part Two’ (2016) film still. Courtesy the artists.

Studio practice in progress at How to be being at Super Dakota, Feb 23 – Apr 8


The How to be being film program is on at Brussels’ Super Dakota, opening February 23 and running to April 8.

Co-conceived with Alex Clarke, the event features three films by Gareth Long showing ‘Work in Progress’ (2010), Jaakko Pallasvuo‘s ‘Blue’ (2016) and Elsa-Louise Manceaux & Balthazar Berling‘s ‘Debouts, Salis, Cernés’ (2017).

How to be being is part of larger series of shows of the same name on studio practice, which opened January 12 and is also running until April 8. In addition, Clarke is also exhibiting solo show This Happened To Me, which also opens on February 23 and runs to April 8.

See the Super Dakota webiste for details**

Georgia Horgan explores precarity + resistance in relation to labour + gender in All Whores are Jacobites at Public Exhibitions, Feb 23 – Mar 31


Georgia Horgan is presenting solo exhibition All Whores are Jacobites at London’s Public Exhibitions, opening February 23 and running to March 31.

The show will also present a performative lecture alongside, which will take place on the opening night at 7:15 and “discuss the stories of radical women from three different times, over a period of six hundred years.” In addition, there will be a film element that follows characters who were all residents of the now-named Borough of Tower Hamlets. 

Exploring precarity and resistance related to ideas of labour and gender, the lecture and exhibition looks at these ideas through the lens of a capitalist structure relating to the global textile industry, and will be experimenting with non-linear narrative.

See the FB event page for details.**

Georgia Horgan, ‘Mechttttthild’, (2016). HD video. Installation view. Courtesy the artist + velyn Yard, London.


The anxiety-inducing architectures of physical + psychological boundaries at Concrete Jungle at Annka Kultys, , Feb 21 – Mar 18


The Concrete Jungle exhibition is on at London’s Annka Kultys, opening February 21 and running to March 18.

Curated by Alexandra White, the show features video works by Copenhagen-based Brazilian video artist Tamar Guimarães and performance artists Michelle Williams Gamaker and Julia Kouneski. They explore “the physical and psychological boundaries between the human and architectural body within the specific context of Brazil.”

Concrete Jungle is rooted in dichotomy, between the natural and manmade, reality and fantasy. Here, Gamaker and Kouneski will present a performative video work described as ‘anxiety-inducing’ and Guimarães’ will present 16-mm film ‘Canoas’. 

See the Annka Kultys website for details.**

Tamar Guilamãres for ‘Concrete Jungle’ exhibition (2017). Video still. Courtesy the artist + Annka Kultys, London.


V-A-C launches its new Moscow headquarters with the Geometry of Now sound art project, Feb 20 – 27


V-A-C is launching its future home at Moscow’s GES-2 with the Geometry of Now project, opening February 20 and running to February 27.

The V-A-C foundation is dedicated to the “international presentation, production and development of Russian contemporary art” and will be opening a new headquarters at the former power station. Built in 1907,  the building sits along the banks of the Moskva River, and will be revived and re-constructed to house new interventions by artists.

Geometry of Now will be a series of installations, workshops, lectures ad performances dedicated to sound-art to kick off the reconfiguration of the architectural space. Curated by Mark Fell, the ambitious project includes contributions by 75 artists, with installations by Florian Hecker, Theo Burt, Hannah Sawtell and Carl Michael Von Hausswolff among others. 

There will a series of performances, with Stephen O’Malley with Alexey Tegin, as well as an early and late evening program with sets by Equiknoxx, JlinInga CopelandLee Scratch Perry and Dubblestandart, among many others.

In addition to performance, there are also a number of exciting lectures, workshops and in-conversations, including the Modular synthesis workshop with Keith Fullerton Whitman and Jack Adams (aka Mumdance), the ‘Gender – Politics – Sound’ discussion with Georgina Born and Terre Thaemlitz, and moderated by Andrey Parshikov,  the ‘Novel Approaches for 3-D Sound Spatialisation’ workshop with Paul Modler and Markus Noisternig and ‘Approaches to Field Recording’ with Jana Winderen , Gleb Glonti, Katya Reshetnikova, and Christophe Charles moderated by Tony Myatt and more.

See the GES-2 website for the full programme and more details.**

White ppl think I’m radical at Arcadia Missa opens Feb 17

16 February 2017

The White ppl think I’m radical exhibition at London’s Arcadia Missa opens February 17 and runs until April 29.

The show will “approach the problems, possibilities, and violences of portraiture and representation” in a two-person show by Los-Angeles based artist, writer and curator Aria Dean and Australian-based Somali artist Hamishi Farah.

The show will feature paintings by Farah in which he paints himself, and sculptural and digital work by Dean. Both works circle around a “shared search for what is (un)representable and how (not) to represent it.”

Visit the Arcadia Missa webpage fore more details.**

Aria Dean, ‘gear III’ (2016). Courtesy the artist


Lonely words of ‘unpinpointable’ origin at the WOUO launch at Broken Dimanche Press, Feb 18

15 February 2017

The MARIA† editions launch of WOUO, a publication edited by John Ryaner, is on at Berlin’s Broken Dimanche Press on February 18.

jib, jiffy, jitney, jive, joey1, joey2, josh, kibble, kike, kilter, kit, lad, langer, lobscouse, lollygag, lummox, malarkey, masturbate, moolah, mosey, mull1, mull2, nag, nerd, nifty, nitty-gritty, noggin, oodles,

WOUO is an acronym for Word Of Unknown Origin and is a publication of artists’ texts, featuring Susan Conte, Faye Green, Erika Landström, Ingo Niermann, Samuel Hasler, Aniara Omann, Line Ebert, and Ryaner himse;f. Each artist was sent “a large and random group of lonely words of unpinpointable beginnings (267 wouos and counting)” and asked to contribute writing in response. 

The evening will host readings by Eoghan Ryan, Jack Brennan, Luzie Meyer, Zuzanna Ratajczyk, Samuel Hasler, and John Ryaner.

See the FB event page for more details.**

John Ryaner, ‘Untitled (another passing emotion)’, (2015). Courtesy the artist.

Desire and obsession in How far to open up? at Forum Stadtpark Feb 17

14 February 2017

The How far to open up? group exhibition is on at Graz’s Forum Stadtpark, opening February 17 and running to February 25. 

Organised by Florentine Muhry and Cathrin Mayer, the show features works by over 20 artists, including Gina Folly, Hanne LippardPhilipp Timischl, Michaela Schweighofer, Fabian LeitgebSamantha Bohatsch and Rosa Rendl, among others. The opening night will host performances by Alizee Lenox, Anna Barfuss, Barbara Kapusta and Battle-ax.

Accompanying the event is a text by Muhry who analyses the “longing, desire, obsession, and the projections resulting therefrom” that make up the basis of the exhibition. Looking at ephemerality, vulnerability and intimacy, the artists explore what it is to yearn, both physically, as an act of production, and mentally.

See the Forum Stadtpark website for details.**

Philipp Timischl, 2, (2016). Courtesy the artist and Vilma Gold