ORGAN: Five Recommended Art Things – The Art Car Boot Fair goes viral, Zachari Logan back at New Art Projects, Kathryn MacNaughton’s Heatwave, D*Face at StolenSpace, David Shillinglaw at Jealous East…


It goes it goes it goes it still just about goes like this, well something like this, five art things in this still forming new world? That Hannah Lingard painting up there is the 195th of 260 pieces of art you can find in the fourth and (maybe not quite) final Cultivate on-line show durng this lockdown period, a show that is now live and can be viewed here on the Organ website via this link.

So five art things, five more art things happening righ here, right now, or coming up any moment now, five art shows to check out in the coming days . Hey, I know we said it last time but we will try to do it most weeks now we appear to be coming out of lockdown (or maybe not?), and yes this admittedly rather fractured Five Art Things feature was and (maybe) still is intended to be a regular, almost certainly weekly, or something like something near weekly thing but then everything is fractured and xracking and well you know, it goes. An almost weekly round up of recommended art events. Five shows, exhibitions or things we rather think might be worth checking out. Mostly London things for that is still where we currently operate and explore, and like we said last time (and the time before that), these five recommendations come, as we already said somewhere or other, these five recommendations come with no claims that they are “the best five” or the “Top Five”, we’re not one of those annoying art websites that ignore most things whilst claiming to be covering everything and proclaiming this or that to be the “top seven things” or the “best things this weekend”., no, this is simply a regular list of five or so art things coming up soon that we think you might find as interesting as we do, five art things coming in in the next few days in no particular order…

Well we say in no particular order but hey, rules are for breaking, for once, there is a number one in terms of recomendations –

1:The infamous Art Car Boot Fair has gone viral – Sunday September 20th, midday until 6pm – “The first ever Viral Art Car Boot Fair is coming to a screen near you on Sunday 20th September, from 12-6pm. We’re incredibly excited to announce that, in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve developed a new online version of our famously exuberant one-day event.  Artists such as Gavin Turk, Polly Morgan, Marcus Harvey, Sara Pope, Helen Beard, Pam Hogg and Pure Evil will be creating and selling original artworks through our new bespoke website, all for astonishing ‘car boot’ prices. And you won’t want to miss our programme of incredible virtual events. There will be countdowns, waiting rooms, live links direct to artists’ studios, quirky interactions – and more than a few surprises along the way”.

Now the Art Car Boot Fair is very artist-friendly, there is a cast of around 100 invited artists participating, it all happens on-line on Sunday 20th September, lots lots more information on these fractured Organ pages in the build up, meanwhile head to the official website for lots more information about how you can come along from anywhere on the planet (well almost anywhere) and take part and buy art direct from the artists at prices that in most cases are going to be far more enticing then they are when the art hits the more formal galleries. The physical Art Car Boot Fair events are always one of the highlights of any art year, lets hope that a good part of the spirit and the excitement can be captured on line, we’re rather looking forward to this one  – 

Gavin Turk at the Art Car Boot Fair…

2: Zachari Logan – Tales from the Bone Garden at New Art Projects – The show opens on Thursday 17th September although we’re told there will be no opening night event – “We are delighted to announce our third solo show by Canadian Artist Zachari Logan. For this new exhibition he has created new works that fit into two distinct categories. The first is his response to the covid 19 pandemic, where he has created a series of beautiful drawings based around the sentence “go back inside”. As part of his considering the impact of the virus, Logan has imagined a “Bone Garden” where his signature wildflowers become combined with skeletons. The second series is a stunning continuation of his “wild man” series and here the wild man is seen involved in shamanic magic, casting spells and holding the delicate balance between man and nature in his furry hands”

We haven’t been to New Art Projects for ages, have we even been there this year? We’ve walked past a hundred times, last year it seemed like we were dropping in every week, but last year was the old world and the old world is gone. The previous Zachari Logan shows were excellent, especially that first one back in late 2016 when we really didn’t know much about his leaves and what to expect. New Art Projects has been one of the more constantly rewarding London galleries of the last few (post Vyner Street) years. New Art Projects is at 6d Sheep Lane, Hackney, London, E8 4QS.  Just beside Broadway Market, not far from the Regents Canal and a stone’s throw from Beck Road.. The show runs from Thu 17 Sep – Sat 24 Oct 2020, opening times via the website.

Zachari Logan, Wreath @ New Art Projects (2016)

3 D*Face at StolenSpace – opening night, Thursday 10th September – Do like a the D.Face pop art slant on things, this looks like it could be interesting.   A spokesperson for the gallery at the top end (or is it the bottom end?) of Brick Lane tells us  “StolenSpace Gallery is excited to present a unique collection of archived and unseen works by D*Face. Curated together for the first time, these pieces are being celebrated after dusting off the cobwebs during a studio clear out. D had to call in professional help to organise his hoarding haven, luckily there were no dead rats – but some rare gems and dead queens were found, editions that were meant to have been released but never were, and a few more misprints tucked away! This is an exciting opportunity to get a peek into the creative world of his studio, as we unmask hidden prints and unique paper pieces. Expect to see his recognisable family of dysfunctional characters and imagery, some of which have been misprinted or played around with to create truly special one-offs. Some truly individual test prints will also be on show, demonstrating the dedication and experimentation that goes into creating the perfect print. The plan chests have been decluttered, the drawers have been opened, so please join us to support D in helping part ways with pieces that have never seen the light of day”years. Stolen Space is at 17 Osborn Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 6TD. The show runs until 4th October.


4:  Kathryn MacNaughton: Heatwave at Beers – 11 Sept  – 10 Oct 2020 – It is rather hard to recommend anything that happens at Beers, what with the way they treat artists and their cynical open call policies and their dubious One-hundred-suckers-who-were-stupid-enough-to-pay-to-be-in-our-book books, especially as we got to watch it all first hand when our art space was directly over the road from a previous Beer s operation. There’s way too many gallery people who see artists as little more than cash cows to exploit rather than people to work with in a positive constructive mutually beneficial way. We could just ignore the Kathryn MacNaughton show that opens this week, we could just ignore the whole thing but the artist here can’t be blamed and we are rather keen to see her work (although last time I did go to Beers I was asked to leave),  we are genuinely looking forward to seeing this show…

– “Just prior to the international lockdown that saw millions working from home, Toronto-based, Canadian artist Kathryn MacNaughton secured a bright new studio with large windows where she created her newest series of works, entitled HEATWAVE” so reads the press release, “MacNaughton’s work is often about tension – between hard and soft, masculine and feminine, playful and dramatic, but also restraint and freedom. During a residency at PADA Studios in Portugal in the summer of 2019, the artist really began to experiment with the formal properties of her paintings; where restriction gave way to the gestural (and vice versa); the result of this period of play is this series, in which the artist really seems to have reached a new height in her art-making. It seems as though the artist, restricted to the confines of her studio during month-after-month of the pandemic, channeled her dreams, exasperations, and revelations into the painted works. They seem simultaneously joyous, free, but confined, breaking and shifting within their allotted space. Heatwave, the young artist’s second solo show with BEERS, began as a group show, but it became evident early on that the works demanded their own space to function within the gallery space. We can’t wait to launch our fall programme with these spectacular paintings and – hopefully – give our viewers some freedom to dream along with MacNaughton.

The new pieces reflect both this sensation of exuberance and light, but also seem to suggest a type of restraint: where colours appear through gradients and bars, and ombré colours seem to burst from the picture plane. Created during the summer heatwave, the works evoke the brilliant vermilions of a setting sun or rays of light beaming through MacNaughton’s studio window”.

Beers is at  1 Baldwin Street, London, EC1V 9NU, I can’t actually bring myself to post a link to the gallery, here’s a link ot the artist herself –  Kathryn MacNaughton

Kathryn MacNaughton – Faming Hearts – 36x48in, acrylic on canvas, 2020

5:  David Shillinglaw ‘Rewilding’, opens Next Week at Jealous East – “David Shillinglaw’s much anticipated exhibition ‘Rewilding’ is just around the corner! The artist has been busy working away on a new body of work for the exhibition opening next Thursday. During these times of isolation, Shillinglaw’s new body of work comments on the adaptability of nature; overtaking man-made areas and given the freedom to grow and be wild in places people are no longer present to control. ‘Rewilding’ will run from 17th-27th September at Jealous East, 53 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT, with a Private View taking place on 17th September between 6.30-8.30pm. Jealous East is at  53 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT.

And while we’re here, ther fourth of this year’s on-line shows put together during the great 2020 Lockdown is alive now,well all the hows are, view So Why Not Do It Again? here, 43 artists, 260 images of pieces of work, a whole bag of links and dignposts so you can go explore….


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