Organ thing, Organ things, things of the day, things things things…. Some footage of Zs in New York last week, some Bach flavours from Patrick Higgins
“The incredible composer and Zs guitar player Patrick Higgins arrives on the Telegraph Harp record label with Bachanalia, a record of luminous and cerebral JS Bach arrangements for guitar. Both artist and label have gone to great lengths to present this music in the most beautiful way possible, clearly out of passion for the source material and for progressive music in general”.
Meanwhile down Vyner Street art is over, well in terms of galleries and spaces….
The second exhibition at Fred Mann’s new gallery, you find the space just behind Broadway and right by the Regent’s canal over in Hackney, East London. The space is called New Art Projects. once again the show, Concrete Fictions, is made up of four solo shows in he four interlinking rooms, four contemporary artists (well five), Ricardo Alcaide, Jessie Makinson, Ayo & Oni Oshodi and show curator Kadie Salmon..
“Each artist has a different nationality and background. Each has a very different practice; their media include photography, painting, sculpture and performance. However they share an interest in the construction of scenarios that reveal a narrative. Through assembling images, often using different kinds of visual and material collage, each artist generates a concrete fiction”. Four rooms and four very different artists, once again this is a show that words as one flowing whole. The basement gallery is almost perfectly set up for these four way four solo shows format, there’s a great dynamic in here, all still very fresh and new and the place feels like it isn’t quite finished yet, two shows in and a second rather impressively put together contemporary art exhibition. Don’t really want to pick out a favourite, the bold bright paintings of Jessie Makinson are a perfect foil to the dark intimacy of Katie Salmon’s wall based pieces, Ayo and Oni Oshidi bring a mischievous element with their interactive music tent and the need to read music. Venezuelan Ricardo Alcaide might not be an obvious fit, then again, he’s the perfect fit, his “projects engage both poetically and politically within a discourse of multicultural exchange”. This is a refined show, an uncluttered confident show, it breathes, it smiles, this is a bright show, a subtle show, a colourful show (with a dark edge or two), four rooms and another four (or five) rather rewarding artists waiting to be explored down the very white basement (SW)
Ricardo Alcaide makes deceptively simple models and photography, referencing urban and dystopian living environments and architecture. His work creates a critique about the made environment and our personal place within it.
Jessie Makinson paints multi-layered scenarios, broken up by iconography, figures and perspective to construct works that reveal the stories and textures of our daily lives.
Ayo & Oni Oshodi stage a new parade of games, soundworks, collage and text. They embrace coded, contradictory positions and aesthetics to conjure a sense of multiple-selves.
Kadie Salmon re-constructs romanticised tableaux through photography, made-models and sculpture. Her own image often haunts her work, evoking enigmatic private fantasies.
The show runs until October 4th at New Art Projects, 50 Sheep Lane, london E8