ORGAN: Five Recommended Art Things – Yoon Hyup at StolenSpace, Katinka Lampe at Workplace, Hulda Guzmán at Stephen Friedman Gallery, Grrrl Zine Fair at Newington Green Meeting House and Things will Continue to Change…

Another shot from SaiakuNana’s rather excellent exhibition/residency happening right now on East London’s Redchurch Street

Five more art things. five art things, five more art things happening somewhere around right now or 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, 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 recommended things coming up soon that we think you might find as interesting as we do.

And while we’re here, working out which galleries to go to this week, galleries in Ukraine are being destoyed, artists are carrying guns to defend themselves, lives are being destroyed. and like we said last week, it seems wrong to be thinking of going to an art gallery, then again, fuck you Putin anf go fuck yourself Russian warship.

Five art things happening now and coming up in the next few days in no particular order, just five art things happening around about now

Yoon Hyup

1: Yoon Hyup – Light and Shadow at StolenSpace   11th March until 29th May 2022 – We had to view his work on line via StolenSpace back in April 2020, now we get to see some of his work in the flesh, “Yoon Hyup returns to London to present his new body of work, Light and Shadow. He takes us on a journey through his daily life in the city, capturing every day moments through lively flows of light and colour that whisk us along for the ride”.

Yoon Hyup is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1982. He is known for his vibrant use of lines and dots to create minimalistic and abstract city scape paintings. From a very early age, influences of skate culture and Hip-Hop helped to shape his unique view of the world. Yoon Hyup’s distinctive style is expressed through the improvisation, rhythm and flow that he feels when skateboarding and listening to music as he traverses the city. Geometric shapes in bright, bold hues dance vibrantly off on his canvas. For the artist, his images are also tied to personal feelings of hope and perseverance and as such his artworks become bridges that connect his experiences, from the action to the canvas, through light and shadow and positive rhythmic adventures. An important factor in shaping the artist’s unique abstract line and dot work, derives from his experience in using different creative tools from indoor to street, such as paint brushes,  computer graphic programs, spray cans, paint markers and so on. Improvisational expression is an essential element for Yoon Hyup. Now returning to London to present his new body of work, Light and Shadow, Yoon Hyup takes us on a journey through his daily life in the city, capturing every day moments through lively flows of light and colour that whisk us along for the ride.

StolenSpace is at 17 Osborn Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 6TD. The gallery is open 11am until 6pm Tuesday through to Sunday (so it says, pretty sure they don’t open on Sundays though, you might want to double check that)

2:  Katinka Lampe – Anima Mundi at Workplace Gallery – 10th March until 19th April 2022 – “Workplace is delighted to present its first solo exhibition of Dutch painter Katinka Lampe, opening at the gallery’s central London location – For Anima Mundi, Lampe presents a new series of paintings in which her subjects are tightly cropped or placed in arresting poses, often revealing just a detailed part of their body. This unorthodox perspective and framing acts as a device that shifts our focus away from the identity of the subject towards formal aspects of painting. By inviting the viewer to see beyond what is represented, Lampe’s uncanny depictions of people become vehicles to explore the masks we wear to fit in, and the challenges of looking past the surface both in paintings and in human relationships. Anima Mundi, as the title suggests, is Lampe’s attempt to represent what transcends physical appearances”. See some of ther work from the show here

Workplace is 40 Margaret Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 0JH. The gallery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, midday until 6pm

3: Grrrl Zine Fair is happening at Newington Green Meeting House on Saturday12th March, midday until 6pm. We’re promised “a Zine Fair, Grrrl Zine Library Pop-up, Art Exhibition, Music and Workshops for all ages/genders/abilities”. Hey, have some links, consider them sign post, use then and go find out. Zines are good for you, Organ started life as a very handmade handpainted screenprinted photocopied zine back in the last century, zines are good for you especailly proper old school hand made photocopied ones that tell you things. The links – Eventbright page / GrrrlzinefairNewington Green Meeting House is at 39A Newington Green, London, N16 9PR

Things will Continue to Change…

4: Things will Continue to Change… at  The Koppel Project – The Koppel Project is pleased to present Things will Continue to Change… Featuring artists: Judith Burrows, Matthew Burrows, Clare Chapman, Alison Goodyear, Libby Heaney, Suzanne O’Haire, Carol Robertson and Perdita Sinclair

“It is indisputable that the pandemic has brought much change into everyone’s lives. The idea for this exhibition was born out of David Shrigley’s work, ‘Things will Continue to Change’, and thinking about just how much has changed since March 2020. Perhaps the greatest irony of Rishi Sunak’s comment, and the government’s advertisements during the first year of lockdowns, about creatives retraining, is that it is precisely to art that so many people have turned to help them get through this turbulent and destabilising time. The exhibition, which will take place on the second anniversary of the first lockdown, celebrates the adaptive and ever-changing work – across painting, sculpture and digital media – of eight artists who engage directly with the fast-changing and increasingly global dialogue we are all being forced to face. Alongside the artists’ works, QR codes displayed in the gallery link to creative responses by KS4 pupils from Addey and Stanhope secondary school in Lewisham.  A rehang midway, installing similar but different works by the same artists, will emphasise this notion of change. Things will indeed continue to change as we look towards an uncertain future, and artists are often a good barometer for predicting which way these winds will blow”. The exhbition is curated by painter and curator Perdita Sinclair and art writer Anna McNay

This exhibition happens at koppel Project’s Hive space at 26 Holborn Viaduct, ondon, EC1A 2AT. The gallery is open 10am until 6pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Hulda Guzmán

5: Hulda Guzmán – Meet me in the forest at Stephen Friedman Gallery –  16th March  until 14th April 2022, with an opening on March 15th, 6pm until 8pm   “Stephen Friedman Gallery presents Dominican artist Hulda Guzmán’s first solo exhibition in the UK. ‘Meet Me in The Forest’ brings together a body of vibrant new paintings centred on her immediate surroundings in Samaná”.

“Combining modernist interiors with lush foliage, the works conjure a sense of harmony between human and natural worlds. Often mythical and dreamlike in appearance, Guzmán’s paintings playfully capture nature with a cast of imaginary creatures, children, and animals. Though human figures drive her narratives, Guzmán prompts the viewer to recognise nature as a protagonist: the artist is accompanied by a cat on the flute while she paints; dogs line the foreground of a coastal landscape; and cocks dance in a garden.

With elements of surrealism, Mexican muralism, and Caribbean folk traditions, Guzmán’s works echo the paradisial styles of Henri Rousseau and Paul Gauguin. Her technicolour paintings reveal a utopia where humans embrace the spirit of the natural world. Guzmán explains, “I feel that being in nature connects us to the deeper wisdom of life which is ever present and only asks to be lived and recognised within our own hearts. I seek to feel like an instrument of nature, especially when I am painting.” Frequently, Guzmán’s paintings nod to humanity’s role within a vast ecosystem; towering trees dwarf her subjects, and lightning and encroaching plants evoke the power of nature.

Guzmán’s fantastical scenes depict loud and lively moments as well as those that are quiet and contemplative. ‘Jusqu’ici Tout Va Bien’, which shows a smiling motorcyclist holding onto her hat as she is trailed by cantering horses, captures feelings of freedom and joy in the natural world. Meanwhile ‘Verdecito’ portrays an intimate domestic scene as children bathe together under the watchful eye of a large bird. Guzmán often employs wood as a surface for her paintings, allowing textured grain to blend with leaves and skin.  She describes these as “a celebration of nature.” On the other hand, they question our own nature as creators of our ‘reality’ and examine the manifested world in relation to and reflection of the inner world”.

Stephen Friedman Gallery is at 25-28 Old Burlington Street, London, W1S 3AN. The gallery is open Tuesday through to Sunday, 10am until 6pm

Meanwhile on line right here, Book and Books are both open right now, Impart opens on Tuesday 15th March.

Books (a companion exhibition) can be viewed here

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