George Henry Longly

George Henry Longly @ Studio Leigh, Sep 22- Oct 29

21 September 2016

George Henry Longly is presenting solo exhibition Indiscretion at London’s Studio Leigh, opening September 22 and running to October 29.

The London-based artist works across media, including sculpture, video, audio and performance. For his latest body of work, he employs a range of materials, marble and copper-plated aluminium among them, to make sculptures that are both free-standing and wall based. The press release provides some background into his ongoing research into “consumer fantasy, branding and notions of museology” as we are invited to “see his work and a transformed gallery space as a whole and substantively in order to reconsider the status and narrative capacity of objects.”

Longly has recently exhibited We All Love Your Life (2016) at New York’s Red Bell Studios, Volume Excess (2015) at Glasgow’s Koppe Astner, and GHL (2013) as part of London’s Serpentine Park Nights.

See the Studio Leight webite for details.**

George Henry Longly, ‘Touch it, bring it, babe, watch it, Turn it, leave it, stop, format it, Touch it, bring it, babe, watch it, Turn it, leave it, stop, format it’ (2016). Detail. © Sylvie Chan-Liat. Courtesy the artist + Valentin, Paris.
George Henry Longly, ‘Touch it, bring it, babe, watch it, Turn it, leave it, stop, format it, Touch it, bring it, babe, watch it, Turn it, leave it, stop, format it’ (2016). Detail. © Sylvie Chan-Liat. Courtesy the artist + Valentin, Paris.
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George Henry Longly, The smile of a snake (2016) exhibition photos

12 July 2016

George Henry Longly‘s solo show The smile of a snake ran at Paris’ Galerie Valentin  between January 21 and March 21, 2016. The exhibition by the London-based artist calls upon the problem of the physical materialisation of language.

It takes its title from a language tutorial emphasising the pronunciation of the letter ‘s’. A phonetic exercise for learning English as a foreign language, it also highlights the difficulty in the translation of language into its material value and properties. Curator, Clara Guislain wrote a text to accompany the show, delving into thinking about speech as a way for the body to form sounds and test boundaries both in pronunciation and mispronunciation.

George Henry Longly, The smile of a snake. Exhibition view. © Sylvie Chan-Liat. Courtesy the artist + Valentin, Paris.
George Henry Longly, The smile of a snake. Exhibition view. © Sylvie Chan-Liat. Courtesy the artist + Valentin, Paris.

Guislain continues, “‘S’ is also the shape of the serpent. A liminal motif in Longly’s work, the snake is a communication tool used in humanity’s most ancient rituals.” Semiotically ambivalent, and a pharmakon that represents purity and corruption, and flexibility and immobility, the snake and its shape align with Longly’s plastic research, according to the text.

Built as an immersive environment, The smile of the snake plays between the physical and semiotic materialisation of language, as well as the “plastic shaping process” that occurs between meaning and sensation afforded to a viewer in the internal and external experience of something immersive and affective.**

George Henry Longly’s The Smile of a Snake was on at Galerie Valentin, Paris running January 21 – March 21, 2016.


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Frieze 2015 recommendations, Oct 14 – 17

12 October 2015

London’s Frieze Art Fair, running October 14 to 17, brings a new programming addition this year with the Reading Room, allowing visitors to browse and buy a curated selection of some of the best international art publications in a new space designed specifically for the programme by the Frieze architects.

A number of the publications participating at the Reading Room have put together a schedule of events for the fair featuring a group of artists, editors and contributors. They include a conversation with Rachel Rose (winner of the second Frieze Artist Award) and Laura McLean-Ferris, a panel discussion launching Kaleidoscope’s new ART&SEX issue, a temporary tattoo shop by George Henry Longly, Gabriele De Santis and Michael Manning and a conversation with LEAP editor-in-chief and curator of Art Post-Internet, Robin Peckham and artist Zhang Ding.

There’s the book launch of Patrick Staff‘s eponymous project The Foundation, Morgan Quaintance is among the speakers at ‘The End(s) of Post-Internet Art’, and artists Nicholas Hatfull and Holly White are presenting PRET DISCO.

As a response to increasing interest in live work, Frieze London had also launched its own Frieze Live section in 2014, creating a space in the fair for the exhibition and sale of active and performance-based works, and among the six galleries presenting live works this year is Amalia Ulman of Arcadia Missa

That’s just scratching the surface though, and here are some of our top Frieze 2015 recommendations for this week:


The Smart Home by ÅYR

Rachel Rose

The Social Life of the Book by castillo/corrales


Energy as Clickbait: Douglas Coupland in conversation with Emily Segal, Oct 14

Anicka Yi in conversation with Darian Leader, Oct 15

Bad. Planetary-scale. Delicious: Metahaven in conversation with Justin McGuirk, Oct 16

Off-Centre: Can Artists Still Afford to Live in London?, Oct 16


The fair also brings more exhibitors than is wise to recount (without separate links to the exhibitors on their exhibitor page) but some of the ones we are watching out for include: Allied Editions, as well as Antenna SpaceCarlos/Ishikawa, C L E A R I N GCroy Nielsen, The Breeder, Project Native Informant and The Sunday Painter.

See a more booth picks below:


303 Gallery, New York
The Approach, London
Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
The Breeder, Athens
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York
Buchholz, Berlin
Cabinet, London
Canada, New York
dépendance, Brussels
Hollybush Gardens, London
Ibid., London
MOT International, London
Peres Projects, Berlin
Galeria Plan B, Berlin
Rampa, Istanbul
Rodeo, London
Salon 94, New York
Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Standard (Oslo), Oslo
The Third Line, Dubai
Vilma Gold, London


47 Canal, New York
Antenna Space, Shanghai
Bureau, New York
Carlos/Ishikawa, London
Clearing, New York
Croy Nielsen, Berlin
Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles
Grey Noise, Dubai
High Art, Paris
Koppe Astner, Glasgow
Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna
Project Native Informant, London
Société, Berlin
Stereo, Warsaw
The Sunday Painter, London **

Header image: Rachel Rose, ‘A Minute Ago’ (2014). Video still. Courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias, London.


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Société @ ALAC, Jan 30 – Feb 2

30 January 2014

Berlin’s Société is one of the exhibitors at the fifth year of Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) this year, running January 30 to February 2.

The gallery will be presenting work by Josh Kolbo, Sean Raspet, Timur Si-Qin and Ned Vena, along with 70 other international blue chip and emerging galleries at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Tabor Robak and Cory Arcangel representative team (gallery, inc.) will also be there with a selection of its other artists, while Jonathan Viner will present work from George Henry Longly, and Brenna Murphy represented by Portland’s Upfor gallery.

Read our interview with Timur Si-Qin and see the ALAC website for details. **

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