Jeremy Deller and David Shrigley
Last chance: Both until 13 May 2012
Two interesting exhibitions on mid-career British artists – Jeremy Deller
and David Shrigley
– close at the Hayward Gallery on Sunday.
Jeremy Deller, 'The Battle of Orgreave', 2001. Commissioned and produced by Artangel. © the artist. Image courtesy the artist. Photo: Martin Jenkinson.
Deller, who won the Turner Prize in 2004, is represented by all his major works, which, in a variety of different media, represent his collaborations with British cultural groups and communities; for example, a 2001 film documents his re-enactment of The Battle of Orgreave, the confrontation between police and striking Yorkshire miners in 1984. Shrigley’s work is known for its deadpan humour: his illustrations, texts, sculptures and photographs use absurdity to comment on contemporary society.
David Shrigley, 'Lost', 1996, Image © the artist and courtesy of the artist
Tatton Park Biennial
12 May – 30 September 2012
Contemporary sculptures, installations and architectural interventions join the roaming deer in Cheshire’s Tatton Park from this Saturday. Now in its third installment in the 1,000-acre country estate, the Tatton Park Biennial
takes the theme of ‘Flights of Fancy’, with over twenty artists and writers commissioned to present new work in the grounds responding to the human urge to fly.
Olivier Grossetête, 'Pont de Singe'
Projects include a huge, hand-painted tail section of an aeroplane by Birmingham-based duo Juneau Projects, set incongruously in Tatton’s parkland, and French artist Olivier Grossetête’s fragile bridge that is suspended by helium balloons in the Japanese Garden.
Art Fairs on this week
COLLECT: 11 – 14 May 2012
The Other Art Fair: 10 – 13 May 2012
Left: Masahiko Ichino. Courtesy of Yufuku Gallery. Right: Vikram Kushwah and Trisha Sakhlecha. Courtesy The Other Art Fair.
This weekend sees two very different art fairs: COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery
dedicated to contemporary craft and The Other Art Fair
at Ambika P3 – the cavernous space at the back of the University of Westminster on Marylebone Road – which gives the opportunity for 100 emerging artists without gallery representation to exhibit their work directly to the public. COLLECT has about half its stands taken by international galleries who might be new to UK craft enthusiasts, such as Tokyo ceramic space Yufuku and Amsterdam jewellery gallery Louise Smit. The Other Art Fair has the attraction of cheaper prices than many fairs, with a section dedicated to works under £100.
Blek le Rat
Last chance: Until 18 May
The popularity of street art in the 21st century has seen a renewal of attention on some of the movement’s pioneers.
The satirical and surreal spray-painted stencil works synonymous with Banksy and seen now on city walls across the world were first initiated in the early 1980s by Blek le Rat, a French artist who eschewed American-style freehand graffiti for the replication of monochrome images – most notably rats (hence his name) but also figures like soldiers, who would appear in their hundreds across Paris.
There’s now a week left to catch a show of his works on canvas at the Opera Gallery.
Until 30 June 2012
The Drawing Room, the Bermondsey space that promotes modern and contemporary drawing in all its variations, opens a group exhibition
this week on a particularly fascinating theme: automatism, or automatic drawing – drawing without premeditation. Surrealist artists in the 1920s pioneered this free, spontaneous mark-making in the hope that their abdication of rational thought would help the expression of their unconscious. The exhibition also considers contemporary iterations of this method that don’t involve a pen and paper, such as the 16mm film Following the Right Hand of Sigmund Freud (2009) by French artist Pierre Bismuth, in which the psychoanalyst’s gestures are scribbled in light on the film stock.
Pierre Bismuth, 'Following the Right Hand of Sigmund Freud', 2009. 16mm film, black and white, silent. 1 min. 30 sec. Courtesy: Jan Mot, Brussels. Photo: C. Clinckx
Sam Phillips is a London-based arts journalist and contributor to RA Magazine