Autumn Exhibition Notes
It seems all best laid plans go awry every Summer and as the warmer months pass, I come away realising I’ve been on an unintentional art hiatus. True to form, this Summer I have seen very little which makes this research even more forensic and exciting. Delving into gallery calendars has turned up not one, not two but three exhibitions for Mikhail Karikis as this year closes out ( a new commission at De La Warr, a survey at Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art and film on view at Tate St Ives respectively), a stellar looking programme at South London Gallery (no singular show highlighted below but look out for the first major solo exhibition in London by Danish artist Danh Vo) and a fair few exhibitions that will pull me back to the South-West. The latter explains the above image of Plymouth’s spectacular Tinside Lido: one of many distractions that explain said art absence.
This is what I’m most looking forward to seeing across Autumn;
Meriç Algün, Day Craving Night, Spike Island
For her solo exhibition at Spike Island, Stockholm-based artist Meriç Algün presents a series of new and recent works that explore the precarious nature of love in a world obsessed with individualism, consumption and borders. Bringing together a wide range of resources from the Carboniferous period to today, the exhibition takes the form of a spatial collage that draws analogies between love, nature and culture.
28 September to 8 December 2019, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX, Tuesday to Sunday 12–5pm, www.spikeisland.org.uk
Being Human exhibition, Wellcome Collection
A new permanent gallery space entitled Being Human is opening at Wellcome Collection this September. The gallery aims to explore four areas of what of it means to be alive in these uncertain times. Exhibiting artists are to include Yinka Shonibare, known for his design for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and Heather Sewey-Hagborg, who has created portraits using DNA found on cigarette butts.
Opens 5 September, The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE, www.wellcomecollection.org
Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Chisenhale Gallery
Chisenhale Gallery presents a new commission by Sidsel Meineche Hansen, exploring London as a ‘surveillance capitalist’ city. Meineche Hansen’s work focuses on the industrial complex that connects virtual and robotic bodies to human labour within the pharmaceutical, pornographic and tech-industries. Her work combines computer generated imagery and virtual reality production with drawing, ceramics, photography, woodcut prints and sculpture.
20 September 2019 – 8 December 2019, 64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ, Wednesday – Sunday, 12-6pm, www.chisenhale.org.uk
David Spero, Settlements, Kestle Barton
Settlements is a photographic record of self-built homes and structures in a small number of low impact land-based communities in Britain that explores ecologically sustainable ways of living.
Taken between 2004-2018, the images chart a period in the evolution of these communities through their homes, communal spaces, infrastructure, growing areas and a number of community portraits, taken at intervals. The photographs centre around four settlements: Steward Community Woodland, Brithdir Mawr, Tinkers Bubble and Landmatters.
20 July - 8 September 2019, Manaccan, Helston, Cornwall. TR12 6HU, Tuesday - Sunday 10:30am - 5pm, www.kestlebarton.co.uk,
Mikhail Karikis: I Hear You, De La Warr Pavilion
A major new commission by Mikhail Karikis that explores the relationship between listening and care. Karikis’ new moving image installation has developed with Project Art Works, an artist-led organisation in Hastings that collaborates with people with complex support needs. Focusing on interactions between carers and non-verbal people who use Project Art Works’ studio spaces, Karikis invites us to pay attention to the sensitive tuning-in of support workers, artists and family members to those they support – a precarious role that is often invisible, misunderstood and undervalued by society.
Saturday 28 September – Sunday 19 January, Marina, Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex, TN40 1DP, Everyday 10am - 6pm, www.dlwp.com
Delfina Foundation, Autumn Programme
In autumn 2019, Delfina Foundation will launch a new theme that crosses art, science and technology to support interdisciplinary approaches which analyse, intervene and speculate on the world in which we live and its possible futures. Participants include Matterlurgy, NIck Laessing, Victoria Scott and Jaro Varga.
Launch date tba, 29/31 Catherine Place, Victoria, London SW1E 6DY, open for events only, www.delfinafoundation.com
Pan Darling, Tissues, Tate Modern
Acclaimed artist and composer Pan Daijing has created a powerful new performance for the Tanks which brings together aspects of opera, theatre, dance, cinema and poetry.
Driven by the emotional extremes of the human voice and electronic music, Tissues creates an atmosphere of turmoil and melancholia within the subterranean space of the Tanks. It is performed by an ensemble of fifteen opera singers, actors and dancers, who together lead us on a journey into the mind of a single wayward protagonist. Blending the artist's biography with experimental modes of storytelling, Tissues mounts an enthralling narrative of personal transformation.
Tissues is presented in tandem with daily performances of Pan Daijing’s The Absent Hour in the Tanks.
2 - 5 October, Tate Tanks, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, Ticketed event, www.tate.org.uk
Further afield if art pennies allow:
Hassan Khan, The Keys to the Kingdom, Reina Sofia
For his exhibition at the Palacio de Cristal in Parque del Retiro Khan takes the tumultuous populism of the present and its intriguing method of tapping into the grotesque as a starting point. The Keys to the Kingdom is an exhibition of song, flags, glass sculptures, computer generated murals and other forms that lies on the spectrum between the romantic and the vulgar, the sublime and grotesque. The exhibition enters the imaginary landscape of a political economy underpinned by slavery, exploitation and dehumanization
17 October, 2019 – 1 March 2020 , Retiro Park, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid, Spain, www.museoreinasofia.es,
Alexandra Bachzetsis, Chasing a Ghost , The Art Institute of Chicago
Alexandra Bachzetsis proposes the body as an artistic and critical lens through which to look at contemporary image production. For her newly commissioned work, Chasing a Ghost, the artist collaborates with four dancers and two pianists to create a series of duets that revolve around the notion of the double. Bachzetsis draws from the fields of popular culture, literature, art history, and fashion to expand the choreographic archetype of the duet to include references to the doppelganger, the mirror image, and uncanny doubling.
Chasing a Ghost is the third installment of Iterations, the Art Institute’s multiyear series of new performance commissions which feature new works by Math Bass, Cevdet Erek, Ralph Lemon, Paulina Olowska, Cally Spooner, and Evelyn T. Wang.
Registration for the performances opens Autumn 2019, www.artic.edu