Where were we, prodding at things? We almost certainly do need to do that five art things thing again don’t we? We probably should? Just a bit more of that glue that holds the who or what together. The art of repetition? Where were we? No one ever reads the editorial at the top so we could say anything here. We are kind of still repeating ourselves whilst under stress, the so-called lockdown is kind of lifting now isn’t? Did you even notice the repeating? Do you just cut to the chase every single time?. And well, we could do it again, we could? We could? We really could? Shall we? The Five Art Things thing? We said all this last week didn’t we? And the week before, and we really can more than almost smell open galleries now, indeed we’ve been to quite a few, we’re not almost in Kansas, any more, we have actually been out to one or two, no actual opening nights, but real walls and art hanging on them. Indeed our in-box is bursting with press releases and galleries telling us they’re open again.
So five art things, five more art things happening somewhere around 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 and now we appear to be coming out of lockdown, and yes this admittedly rather fractured Five Art Things feature was and is intended to be a regular, almost certainly weekly, or something like something near weekly thing – 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 where we currently operate and explore, and like we said last time (and the time before), these five recommendations come, as we already said up there, 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 and not a selfie of any of us hanging out at the damn show next to a piece of art either…
1: Art Car Boot Fair, Flora and Fauna edition – 15th-17th May – The latest edition opens of Saturday May 15th and runs through to Monday evening, it all happens on line, so no need to get your best boots on “Join is at The Art Car Boot Fair” say the organisers, the latest edition happens this weekend, the Flora and Fauna edition, it all happens on like “on our beautiful new website they say”, don’t know about that eye-burning dayglo green but the all new website does look rather good once your eyes adjust to the artist menu. And yes I must declare my interest here, I am one of the artists invited to take part this weekend, lots of new paintings from me waiting for you
“The event begins on Saturday 15 May at 10am with members and ticket holders enjoying 24 hours early bird access. The event will be free to enter from Sunday 16 May at 10 am. With over 200 artists, thousands of artworks created and priced especially for this event you’d be mad to miss it!
Works from £10 – £4200 with many under £500. Exclusive editions and lots of beautiful original artworks. Early bird tickets are only £12 and give you access to all the deals first. Plus! A fabulous programme of the day Plus! Zoom into Live Artists Studio to gain access to an exciting array of artists ready to talk to you about their work and maybe do a deal or two – just like the real art car boot fair!”
And from what I can see behind the curtains, there lots of art on sale at prices you won’t find in galleries. If you really want first pickings you will need an early bird ticket but then I expect there will be lots to explore on the Sunday and Monday when entry to the site is free, there may even be a few new things added on the Sunday and Monday, seems like a more than fair deal to me.. There something like 200 artists and galleries invited to take part, looks like there’s something for everyone, print makers, contemporary painters, graphic peices, photography, fashion designers, street art types, riot grrrl types, big names, new names, old names…
2: It’s Just A Game at Finch Project – a four peason group show thing featuring the art of Cedric Christie, Jost Münster, Pascal Rousson and Gavin Turk, Besides the list of participating artists and what you see on the show poster and the yellow finch, there are very few detsils. It happens at Finch Cafe, 12 Sidworth street, London Fields, Hackney, London, E8 3CD
3: Sofía Clausse – Along the Lines at Kupfer, 15 May – 5 Jun 2021- “Kupfer is pleased to present ‘Along the lines’, the first solo show of Argentina-born artist Sofía Clausse curated by Inês Geraldes Cardoso”
“The exhibition brings together a series of existing paintings and ceramic works alongside an especially commissioned tapestry and new three-dimensional pieces that take as their starting point Clausse’s ongoing research into repetition, loops and cycles as tools for thinking through the power of mark-making and the incantatory potential of text.
Inês Geraldes Cardoso (b. 1990, São Paulo) is a curator and writer currently based in London. Her practice draws on her background in Art History and Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews and her research interests include ecology, feminism, language, text and writing”
Kupfer is found at Unit 5, 2a Belsham Street, London, E9 6NG
4: Julie Curtiss. Monads and Dyads at White Cube Mason’s Yard, 14th May until 26th June – Intriguing show at the smaller West End White Cube Space (just around the corner from the Royal Academy, “White Cube is pleased to present ‘Monads and Dyads’, Julie Curtiss’ first exhibition in London, featuring new paintings, works on paper and sculptures. Curtiss’ paintings are carefully composed, framed and cropped with a cinematographic instinct for arresting image and a keen eye for the absurdities of everyday life. With their saturated colour, crisp detail, and scenarios which are at once banal and bizarre, they have a dreamlike quality”. The gallery is at 25-26 Mason’s Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU
5; Art in the Age Of now at Fulham Town Hall from 20 May to 6 June 2021 – now this looks like it is going ot be quite an event – “Art in the Age of Now is a multi-disciplinary exhibition held in the old Fulham Town Hall. A building which dominates the high street, it has been left abandoned and unused for 20 years. Now as part of a last hurrah prior to redevelopment, it’s been taken over by artists. Curated by Ben Moore, ‘Art in the Age of Now’ makes use of what is a rare space. A place, built in 1890, which at one time was at the heart of civic life in the area. Even now the old court chambers and the ballroom can be visited. Grand staircases illuminated by the light from impressive stained glass windows are still there. Deeper into the building’s basement and old cells can also still be explored. Shut up and closed down for years this space is like a time capsule….”
Featuring in the Assembly Rooms: Charlotte Colbert ‘Mastectomy Mameria’, on the ground Floor: Conrad Shawcross ‘Slow Arc Inside a Cube’, in the Grand Hall: Ben Moore ‘Los Hengeles’ and in the Ballroom: Joe Rush ‘Theatre of Waste’. Also somewhere on the Ground floor: Nasser Azam, Patrick Boyd, Leila Bartell, Ricardo Cinalli, Ariadna Dane, Tim Gatenby, Eliot Haigh, Sam Haggerty, Andrew Hancock, Liam Hayhow, Ru Knox, Anna Kenneally, Thomas Lumley, Peter Mammes, Rachel Megawhat, Chris Moon, Nick Reynolds, Jeff Robb, Ernesto Romano, Schoony, James Vaulkhard, Elena Cecchinato, Gordon McHarg, Rory Rae, Ed Hicks, Tommy Fiendish, Jack Hanson, Hugo Dalton, Adda Soto, Louise Hall, One Slut Riot, Annalisa Mandia, William GC Brown, and Jeremy Wolf. in the Project Spaces: MC Llamas – The Women’s Rooms, Gaz’s Rock n Blues, KCAW and Louise Hall, Art Wars, Stations of the Cross, One Small Step, Missing People Portrait Project, Subway Gallery, Big Issue Guitar Project, Wresting Demons, Queen Themed, Litehouse Gallery. and down in The Vaults: Angry Dan, Ben Eine, Catman, Lucie Flynn, FORCE, Paul Insect, LUAP, Jack Laver, Dotmasters, Gary Mansfield, NERONE, REZ, SPORE, Oliver Switch, Teach, UNVRSL NMD, Webbo, and Paul Don Smith. Quite a mix then, one F in Fulham, there’s only one efin’ Fulham…
rt in the Age of Now is a free public art exhibition held at the Fulham Town Hall. It has been curated by Ben Moore from Art Below and the Lamington Group. The exhibition will take place from 20 May 2021 to 6 June 2021 and tickets can be booked here. The address is 553-561 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1EX.
There you go, another five, meanwhile coming next from us., a fifth (now Monthly by the looks of it) on-line group show, watch this space…