Where were who or what? Where were we? Drowning in a sea of press releases from artists and galleries jumping on the NFT bandwagon while we carry on poking at things rather like we did here last week? Same stuff, different day (or week or year). We already said all this, we almost certainly do need to (or maybe don’t need to do?) do the five art things thing again don’t we? We probably should? The art of repetition? Where were we? No one ever reads the editorial at the top, we could say anything here. We are kind of still repeating ourselves whilst under stress, 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? Who reads this? What is this Five Art Things thing? We said all this last week didn’t we? And the week before…
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, 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 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 up in the next few days in no particular order, and still not a hint of selfie of any of us hanging out at the damn show next to a piece of art either, just five art things coming up…
1: Billy Bagilhole – Pint & A Ritual at Blue Shop Cottage until 6th October 2021 – “Billy Bagilhole grew up in a household full of his father’s paintings and prints, from a young age drawing native Americans, animals, religious figures imitating those images created by his father upon the walls. They continue to be a fascination as his father passed away when he was 6 in the year of 2001. His experience is embellished as a time capsule of creativity for works ongoing. He often states that the reason he continued to persist within art was because of his father and this is why his empathy for mark-making, for creating is so strong.
Bagilhole predominantly works through the mediums of painting and filmmaking. Often covering canvases with salt and thick paint, he enjoys the technicality within painting, within colour and within the eye of the lens. Bagilhole frequently works through internal gestures and hints of nostalgic representations on abstracted life. Often colliding colour with imagery of sinisterness. He feels that painting becomes an expressionistic form of understanding and that by leaving the work as an open question, an unknown metaphor, meaning within painting or film making, within art becomes infinite.
The attraction to painting Bagilhole states is the ability to create the unknown, the unimaginable and the uncanny, creating a sense of bewilderment. With sequencing themes such as the often seen fish bones, his occurring character “Edwin” or the bull, we can start to see a hint at relations between these often differentiated pieces of imagery. Bagilhole believes that we are inherently curious and that the pursuit of art offers an expression for this curious nature. Making art becomes a medium for wonder, something unsolvable a sensory koan that engages both artist and viewer.
PINT AND A RITUAL – This exhibition features a reflection of Billy’s thoughts and feelings as they emerged over the past two years of global pandemic and lockdown that imposed a sudden transition into social confinement, new pressures and multi layered anxieties. Hand in hand with these difficulties came also new experiences of small freedoms and liberations. Billy perceives the new normal in everyday life and shapes these into something new, continuation and repetition are viewed afresh, small snippets of the everyday emerge as gestures articulated through colour, movement and symbolism.
Threads of repetition emerge as pints of Guinness, matchstick boxes, the sun, dying daisies and palm trees. For Billy these are rooted in personal narrative but hold within them a symbolism that is timeless. Billy’s father Robin Bagilhole was a painter and screen printer whose prints frequently featured pints of Guinness, that also happened to be one of his many favourite drinks! The symbolism in Billy’s work acts as a bridge between his paintings, fragmented thoughts and stories conjoin and combine forming Billy’s signature for story-telling. His repeated use of symbols act as guides for the viewer along an ancient and yet contemporary pathway helping to connect the dots between each piece emphasizing the weft and weave between each story. Art writer Daniel Scheffel offers the observation when looking at the series that they are reminiscent of treasure maps. The small mysterious symbols that often occur in the corner of the paintings subliminally encourage the viewer to decipher secret riddles within the work, to make connections both universal and at the same time intuitively personal. The viewer is invited to open to connections rather than to make sense of the work, Billy’s work encourages a subjective visceral connection where explanations become limitless. Further Reading
Blue Shop Cottage is at 113A Grove Lane,Camberwell, London, SE5 8BG. Pint & A Ritual is open daily. 11am-7pm right now until 6th October 2021
2: Holon at Hoxton 253 art project space – a group show featuring work from Alexis Milne, Carmen & Luisa, Irma Carrol, Diane Edwards, Sophie Sekine. An exhibition that “explores the depths of consciousness within the orb of today’s society. The idiosyncratic voices span from painting, sculpture to video, collage and CGI, into a polyphony of abstracted realities”. The show runs from 30th September until October 3rd, find it all at 253 Hoxton Street, London, N1 5LG
2: Linda Stupart & Carl Gent: This way is very hard, but not insoluble at Kelder, opening on Saturday October 2nd – “Multimedia installation activated with workshops and performances attempting to unpick the urgencies of our climate crises through lo-fi experimental theatre and myth”.
Kathy Acker’s final published text, Eurydice in the Underworld, harnesses the Greek mythology of the heroic trip to hell; refocusing the story’s centre away from the male hero and onto the dead girl, who has been murdered by a snake. Similarly, Ecco the Dolphin has lost their pod and must (like Eurydice, Orpheus and so on) travel deep beneath both time and space to rescue their missing and possibly dead kin.
In times of climate crisis, hell – the realm of the dead, the scorching, the boiling, the rotting – is also situated at the sea, as waters heat, melt and rise. This way is very hard, but not insoluble sees Linda Stupart and Carl Gent in residence, populating the underground space at KELDER with the props, costumes, images and texts that form parts of All Us Girls Have Been Dead for So Long, a low-fi musical extravaganza commissioned by the ICA that flows between beach and underworld, prehistory and near-future. This built environment will also play host to live events hosted throughout the residency period.
FORTUNE-TELLING FISH: You should know that some of what will have happened to and through you will seem cataclysmic or catastrophic or overwhelming. Everyone is scared of being left behind in hell, but sometimes the only options left are different kinds of death in love.
Kelder is found at 26 Chapel Market, London, N1 9EZ
4: Maria Teresa Gavazzi – Astravagari: paintings rambling in an imaginative zodiac of constellations at The Stash Gallery at Vouts-O-Reenees – An exhibition of paintings and also be a gathering to say farewell as, after 20 years as part of the art scene here in London, Maria Teresa will be moving back to Italy next year.
“The show starts as a playful digression on astronomy: constellations transformed into familiar toys sitting on cardboard carts that come and go across abstract colour fields. But this compositional simplicity, the delicate humour, even the exhilaration in the gesture of painting and the ensuing wonder at the resulting broad, fluid brushmarks can hardly conceal the painful dialogue between desire and frustration, the search for an interlocutor that will activate the self.
So what started as a homely, private zodiac takes on a universal appeal. There are large pastel-coloured canvases as well as smaller diptychs, paired dominoes whose relationship remains unresolved despite the linking threads. If these connections are emphasised, in fact, they also exist to set distances -as in the myth of the bull in fierce pursuit of a forever elusive banderilla, or the melancholy tale of a rooster and hen facing each other across the net of an empty tennis court.
Among other themes explored by Gavazzi in her digressions are travel and the fetishistic value of fashion. In a series of small canvases bold fashion statements are turned into dangling amulets with an extra-dimension provided by photographic collage inserts. As Gavazzi works her way through free mental associations, shuffling and shifting meanings and undoing conventional words through images of the apparently ordinary, the objects represented come to life, engaging the viewer in an irresistible tête-à-tête”. Maria Teresa Gavazzi was born in Milan in 1950. She spent her childhood in Saõ Paulo, lived in Italy for many years and currently lives in London.
The Stash Gallery at Vouts-O-Reenees is found at The Crypt 30 Prescot Street London E1 8BB (down the steps uunderneath the big church, The shoopens on Friday 1st October (6 until 11.30pm) and then runs until October 16th
5: Sonic Ray is a powerful beam of light project transmitting across the River Thames. The sound of Longplayer, a 1000 year old musical composition, travelling at the speed of light, the green laser can be seen from the Faraday lighthouse on Trinity Buoy Wharf. This spectacular visual and acoustic work can only be experienced in London after dark, with a short ferry ride from the Greenwich peninsula. Presented by Artangel, 30 September – 21 November 2021. Days: Wednesday – Sunday. Times: Dusk until late. It all happens at Trinity Buoy Wharf, 4 Orchard Place, London, E14 0JW. More details
And don’t forget that already featured ORGAN PREVIEW: The Turps Banana leavers show, something like 28 painters exhibiting together in Woolwich, South East London, opening this Saturday…