Exhibition Highlights: June
Top image: Installation of work by Gary Colclough, The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery
Julie Becker, I Must Create a Masterpiece to Pay the Rent, Institute of Contemporary Arts
The American dream presented as a nightmare through sculpture, installation, photography and drawing which probe truth, dispossession and the imaginary amidst the precarity of late Capitalism. Becker's suicide last year after a long battle with mental health issues and addictions, add a distinctly personal overtone and rawness to political and social frustrations. Compelling and nuanced. Be sure to pick up the exhibition guide for an insightful essay by Chris Kraus. If you see one exhibition this month, make it this.
8 June- 12 August 2018 | ICA ,The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH | Opening Hours; Monday: closed, Tuesday - Thursday 12-11pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm-12am Sunday 12-11pm | www.ica.art
The London Open 2018, Whitechapel Gallery
This triennial open submission exhibition features 22 artists working across painting, sculpture, performance and video, all of whom exploring the experience of living in a global city. Huge breadth and depth. Lots of highlights to choose from but particularly memorable is Rachael Champion's striking installation 'Blackwell Reach', Alexis Teplin's 'costumes' which deconstruct the limits of painting, sculpture and performance and Gary Colcough's sculptures (or are they pictures?) on plywood, teak and birch.
8 June – 26 August 2018 | Opening hours; Monday: Closed, Tuesday & Wednesday 11am–6pm, Thursday 11am–9pm, Friday - Sunday 11am–6pm| http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/
Tulani Hlalo, Thanks Dad, OUTPOST
Impressively, this is the 140th show presented at this nimble and well established artist-run space. Formed of videos and sculptures, Hlalo draws on her personal experience of growing up with Zimbabwean roots to discuss the reality of being mixed race in England. The floor has been turned into a beach with sand so wear open shoes for full, sensory effect. Since graduating from Manchester School Of Art in Fine Art in 2017, Hlalo has already exhibited widely and undertaken international residencies.
15 June - 8 July 2018 | 10B Wensum St, Norwich NR3 1HR | Opening hours; Thursday - Sunday 12-6pm | http://www.norwichoutpost.org/
Top Row L-R; Images from Julie Becker @ ICA
Bottom Row L-R; Images from Tulani Hlalo, The London Open 2018