ORGAN: Five recommended art things – A Charles Williams book launch at New Art Projects, Hugh Mendes at The Tub in Hackney, Patricia Volk at Canary Wharf, Jonathan St. Void at Punkristocracy, the Art Car Boot Fair is back at Kings Cross and…

Anne Ryan coming up at the Art Car Boot Fair very soon

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 destroyed, 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 it feels more important than ever. 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

Charles Williams

1: Charles Williams will give an artist talk and launch a new book this Saturday April 15th on what will be the final day of his excellent solo show at Hackney’s New Art Projects – “New Art Projects are delighted to announce the launch of our new artist publication for Charles Williams, coinciding with the final week of his current solo exhibition My Animal Nature. Williams’ publication features an essay by British novelist Will Self.  Charles Williams will also be giving an artist talk at 4pm, which will discuss in-depth his current show at the gallery. This publication is the next in our series, accompanying our previous eight. During this launch, we will be selling copies of the book signed by Williams from the gallery. The publications will also available to purchase directly through our website” so say the gallery.

The highly recommended delight of a show was reviewed on these fractured pages a few weeks back – ORGAN THING: Charles Williams at New Art Projects. There’s a warmth here, a feeling of a painter loving what he’s doing, a painter lost, in the best possible way


2: Hugh Mendes presents Mendes and his Mentors at The Tub, Hackney – 20th – 24 April – The Tub is “so excited to announce an incredibly exciting show coming very soon! Hugh Mendes presents ‘Mendes and his Mentors’, a solo show running from the 20-24th April featuring 17 of Hugh’s obituary works. We are especially excited for this show as Hugh has been a great friend and Mentor to us at The Tub! All works will also be available to view and purchase with the amazing @theauctioncollective

The Tub is in Hackney, a relatively new artist-run space in the lane just behind Broadway Market, you head for the canal end take a right if you’ve walked along Broadway, and there, just beyond the Merengue Girls down the lane, is the small gallery/studio. We need these spaces, the more the better, they’re not the most friendly at the Tub though, we have tried, they don’t do art community or communication, they are rather aloof but hey, that’s East London for you (West End gallery people are far friendlier) – they have put on some rather decent shows since they opened The Tub though. shows that have been covered on these pages as have the recent shows of Hugh Mendes. In our dirt-stained book, the few artist led space and operations still managing to hang on or get going in East London should at least speak to each other and vaguely work together and support each other, community is important surely? Art needs to engage doesn’t it? We have tried with The Tub several times now, we all need to pull together, East London is not the place it once was in terms of art or artist-led spaces, curators, shows and such. (we did invite them to bang their tub and join in with the Five Points X Cultivate: Art Show in the Yard in Hackney on Sunday 12 June, they didn’t respond, the invite is still there)

Also at the Tub this week before the hugh Hugh Mendes show – Supple Octopus presents a strange world of ceramics, paintings and drawings by Coral Brookes and Rebecca Elves, created together and apart. 14th until 17th April. 11am until 6pm if they’re as good as their word (never damn well open whe nwe go there)

Previously on these fractured pages.

ORGAN THING: Robert Cooper X Kate Dunn – Fugue at The Tub, Hackney, E8 – The joy of escape…

ORGAN THING: Hugh Mendes, twenty years on from that day, a powerful retrospective, a provoking exhibition, the role of a painter? A dirty job but someone’s got to do it…

ORGAN THING: Poking around Space Studios, London needs artists….

SPACE STUDIOS Summer opening 2016 – Hugh Mendes

3: Jonathan St. Void – The Return of your Imaginary friend in High Resolution at Punkristocracy Pop-Up gallery on Portobello Road from 15th to 30th April.  – Varvara Roza Galleries and The Blender Gallery Present a Jonathan St. Void solo exhibition at Punkristocracy Pop-Up Gallery that will feature abstract Paintings and (some might say rather tediously) NFTs. Here comes more…

“Varvara Roza and Jason Theophanidis view London as one of the most important centres of the contemporary art world, and a global hub for fine art, which is the motivation behind showcasing a carefully curated selection of the most interesting Greek contemporary artists in London.  Jonathan St. Void is one of the art world’s best kept secrets, a very private artist with an inherent aesthetic that effortlessly straddles the fine line between punk rage and regal grace while operating in a realm of revolutionary creative sensibilities. His new solo exhibition at the Punkristocracy Pop-Up, presented by Varvara Roza Galleries and The Blender Gallery, is his first since the Covid-19 pandemic, featuring new artworks that evoke expansiveness and escapism.

Punkristocracy is the brand created by the artist under which he creates paintings, jewellery and NFTs.  St. Void is heavily influenced by the punk movement of the 1970s in New York and London, which he feels is the most explosive creative era of the 20th Century. He explains: ‘I’ve always been into good manners and presenting yourself well, and nobility above Royalty. Because aristocracy is a way to behave, not just something you inherit through a bloodline. So I was thinking about the whole aesthetic of my creative output to be a combination of the punk aesthetic and the aristocratic aesthetic, and I created ‘Punkristocracy’.”

‘The Return of your Imaginary friend in High Resolution’ will feature innovative, abstract artworks on vegan crocodile patent leather, and paintings from a series called ‘Prime Ordeal’ which explores the more physical nature of man, the skin and bones, with influences of the primordial style of Francis Bacon’s crucifixions and Pope paintings combined with a Pop Art Keith Haring aesthetic.  Jonathan has worked for 19 years on a diverse range of surfaces such as canvas, wood and plexiglass. Most recently, in his exploration of structured abstraction, he has been using layers of oil and acrylic based markers to draw spontaneous but intricate linear designs on vegan crocodile patent leather with no measurements taken beforehand and a complete absence of planning or intent. Through this method he created his latest series of pieces titled “The Illusion of Explanatory Depth”, evoking esoteric, archetypal imagery in a visually linguistic style that can best be described as primitive graffiti.

Jonathan St. Void commented: “This show is a mini-retrospective of selected pieces from several previous series of artworks through the years, along with a sneak peek at the future, with my upcoming series of digital animated collages both in physical and NFT form. The title of the show – ‘The return of your imaginary friend in high resolution’ – alludes to many things, including getting back in the game after a long hiatus, rejuvenated rather than defeated, as well as a cheeky reference to the audience’s tendency of projecting characteristics, traits, intentions and backstories upon creative figures, making a pastiche of who they want you to be… and I’m happy to be exactly that for every single one of them.”

The pop up is at 230 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LJ. Open Tuesday through to Sunday, 10am until 6pm, although what they’re doing over the Easter holidays aren’t that clear. Maybe more details here

Patricia Volk – Cornucopia

4: Patricia Volk – Cornucopia at Canary Wharf – 18th April until 10th June 2022 – We do rather like the boldness of Patricia Volt, her colour, her form, her lines. This is a show curated by Jacquline Creswell.

“Visitors entering the newly refurbished lobby of One Canada Square will find the expanse transformed into a lively, vivacious and uplifting environment, surrounded by a Cornucopia of vibrant colours and shapes. Sculptor, ceramicist and painter, Patricia Volk fills the space with carefully placed arrangements of dynamic sculptures which challenge the viewer to find their inner child. Jeremy Deller says, “We need to see more playfulness in our cities and public spaces.” However, in reality her work is more complex and on further reflection we see that Patricia’s forms artfully combine strength with fragility and stability with a surprising precariousness. Volk likens this to our own relationships and the complexities and challenges we face in our journey through life.

The artist admits that she is obsessed with form, line and colour, playfully implementing these in her one-off ceramic creations. Working in clay she uses a variety of techniques including coiling and slab building. After the pieces are fired, she painstakingly mixes shades of acrylic paint to finish each element before combining them to create the structure of each sculpture.  Every piece is a unique and individual work of art that surprises and delights. This mid-career retrospective comprises over 40 sculptures which span three decades of the artist’s work, including a selection of sculptures that have never previously been exhibited. Patricia is a Royal West of England Academician and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors. She studied at Bath Spa University receiving a BA in Ceramics and has won many awards.  Her work can be found in private, national and international collections including the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

You find Cornucopia at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB

Patricia Volk

5: The Art Car Boot Fair is back. That’s right, we’re excited to say that the legendasry event that is the Art Car Boot Fair returns in real life on 14th May. Always a highlight of the London art callender, back to Kings Cross here in London for that one Saturday afternoon. There is also an on-line version happening that same weekend. You need a ticket to get in to both events first, both become free to enter later in the afternoon. I do believe there there are Easter early bird ticket deals to be had right now. The full artist line up is to be announced later this month.  

Here’s the lowdown or the early news: The online event will feature different consignments of artworks from those available at the live event and vice versa. If you’re keen to have first choice of all the artworks live and online, you’ll need a premium access tickets for both the live event and the online event. The ONLINE EVENT site opens at 11AM for ticket holders and becomes free to all at 2PM. The LIVE EVENT AT KINGS X opens at 2PM to live event ticket holders and becomes free to all from 5PM.

Tickets for the live event can be bought online in advance and advance ticket holders will have priority access to enter at 2pm. After the initial queue has gone into the event, tickets can be bought at the front desk or online. Everyone will get a wristband so they can come in and out of the event throughout its duration. After the live event closes artists will be welcome to upload extra artworks onto their online pages and the online event will continue for two more days, until Monday 16th at midnight.

ART CAR BOOT FAIR TICKET DETAILS AND MORE

And while we’re here, we’ll quietly mention this East London event we’re busy working on now, we being Cultivate (you do know Cultivate and Organ are from the same team right?)

Five Points X Cultivate: Art Show in the Yard – Sunday 12 June, Midday – 8pm – The Five Points Brewing Company and Cultivate are coming together with artists from all over London and beyond to host our first Art Show in the Yard. Expect a gathering of painters, performers, art stalls, installations, music and plenty of Five Points pints all under the iconic railway arches in the big Five Points yard, just down the road from Broadway Market.

Cultivate, once a gallery based on Vyner Street, now nomadic, founded by artists Emma Harvey and Sean Worrall, Cultivate has been a thing for eleven years now. Art events in condemned warehouses, Edwardian dress shops, in formal white walled galleries, at dog shows, in car parks, in an old greengrocers, on line, on market stalls, at the seaside. Cultivate is about artists coming together to make things happen. Five Points have been brewing with passion and integrity in the heart of Hackney, East London, since 2013. Modern and vibrant beer, always unfiltered and unpasteurised. Bottle, can, keg and cask.. Participating artists to be announced soon, Emma and I have our curating hats on right now pulling it all together….

We’re working on the artist line u right now… more soon, lots more

The Five Points Yard awaits us…

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