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New Contemporaries gives artists who are still studying or have only recently graduated from art school the chance to show their work in professional galleries. There’s an annual exhibition, with a history stretching back to 1949.
Heather Phillipson, one of the poets who has read for us at SoPo, also works as an artist. She’s involved with New Contemporaries Haiti, a fundraising effort that has mobilised many artists. Here’s her piece, DOG 2009, a still from a DVD.
All the artists have donated an A4-sized piece. Interested parties bid a minimum donation of £100. Then the bidders’ names will be drawn out of a hat to allocate the artworks at random. Find out more at http://nc-haiti.com/#/page/about/
Under Waterloo station, there’s a cavernous network of tunnels. Dark, dank and mysterious, they’re now a venue for underground (in both senses) cultural events. The Old Vic Theatre acquired them earlier in the year and has put the space to fantastic use. The Old Vic Tunnels, as they’re known, have echoed to a screening of Banksy’s film, Exit through the Gift Shop, and experimental gigs and theatre.
Next up is a Dark Carnival on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 August. It’s a ‘festival celebrating the theatrical experience and the possibilities therein. Showing a range of artists who are crossing boundaries and play with the very form of art itself. Whose projects are constructed in the liminal frameworks between aesthetics and utility, object and the operative, architecture and performance. Wondrous art and artists to be found in the village of vignettes, bringing you a night never to forget.’
If you go along, look out for the lavishly graffitied underpass on your way out. It’s quite something.
The building was once a dairy, later a recording studio. Now it’s a museum. Not just any museum, mind, but The Museum of Everything. Founded by James Brett, it’s a showcase for what he calls ‘Unintentional Art’, art that’s created for the love of it rather than as a professional pursuit. He’s been collecting it for almost a decade and now feels it’s time to show some of it off. James has asked people like Ed Ruscha, Annie Morris and Jarvis Cocker to help him curate.
The exhibition, which is affiliated with Frieze Art Fair, has been winning rave reviews. It’s well worth heading down to the corner of Regent’s Park Road and Sharpleshall Street in Primrose Hill to see it if you get chance. Here’s how they describe Exhibition #1 on the website: ‘In tiny crevices and under dusty beds, there lies a secret creativity by the unknowns of society. Unexpected, delicate and profound, this democratic work has inspired the world’s greatest artists. In Exhibition #1, the museum presents over two hundred drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, selected by leading contemporary artists, curators and cultural figures. Come see their discoveries revealed for the very first time – at London’s only public space for art by the untrained, unintentional and unseen creators of this, our modern world.’
When Good News!, an exhibition at London’s Orel Art opened, people were intrigued to discover two new artists. Yuri and Konstantin Shamanov had a long and detailed biography. Soviet army conscripts who’d gone on to work in secret space labs and as salesmen on Cherkisovski market, they listed other places they’d exhibited. So how come no-one had heard of them before? And why did their publicity photos look a bit iffy?
The mystery was solved when the brothers turned out to be Jake and Dinos Chapman, the ‘notorious and often brilliant’ Brit Art duo, in disguise. Remember, things may not always be as they seem…
Follow Paper Beats Internet’s lead, an ‘analog’ social networking site that uses hand-rendered drawings as communications tools. Users post an initial drawing on the site, and others create comment and response-drawings that work off the first drawing’s theme. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, the time and care that goes into the drawings themselves adds a little depth to the usually quick, off-the-cuff social media world. The project is a collaboration between the New Directions in Pictoral Design class at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and a group of invited collaborators.