9th || Monday
Showcasing the outstanding art graduates of 2016, selected from across the country by members of the Federation of British Artists, the exhibition will be a mix of degree shows and newly made paintings, sculptures and original prints, all exploring contemporary figuration and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship. Some of the colleges included are: Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, City & Guilds of London Art School, Edinburgh College of Art, The Falmouth School of Art, Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London.
11th || Wednesday
The solo exhibition of an Italian artist, mainly a painter. His works embody variegated and often contradictory range of styles, interests, and approaches, from pointillist figuration to a kind of urban realism to brushy or geometric abstraction. He is in inexhaustible seek and experimentation, continuously differing from himself. In his latest show, he presents the series “Signs”, together with new works.
12th || Thursday
The exhibition – the third of five that make up Pi Artworks London’s Curatorial Season that has been running since October 2016 until July 2017 – is made up of new commissions by Ana Čvorović, Anna Fasshauer, Alice Hartley, and Jack Killick and existing work by Brian Griffiths and Siobhán Hapaska. Strike Site attempts to set a generous stage, to stage a site that mirrors the contradictory but nonetheless palpable sense of the temporary that comes with an exhibition of art. Curated by Sacha Craddock.
A free tour of Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade’s Whitechapel Gallery commission Medium Median (28 September 2016 – 25 June 2017) led by Whitechapel Gallery Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies Daniel F. Herrmann, that allows to learn about the key themes and interests that run through her practice. Free, booking required.
13th || Saturday
In this group show curator Henry Hussey draws on the sense of exile, trepidation and loss in the first Canto of the Inferno, using the idea of the dark wood to bring together a group of artists who have each inhabited such a place in their practice. Confronting anxieties and fears, both creative and personal, works in this show disrupt, contort and conceal. Whilst the dark wood is fraught with danger, it is also free from convention and constraint. Featuring: Amelia Barratt, Sara Berman, Laura Davis, Johnny Höglund and Dean Melbourne.
18th || Wednesday
This talk by writer and art critic Gilda Williams is an experiment in examining the art and life of artists from a spiritual perspective, from Andy Warhol to Amalia Ulman. it is a response to the theme ‘transpersonal’, which relays states of consciousness that go beyond the limits of personal identity. This may include peak and spiritual experiences such as near death phenomena and the expansion of awareness beyond the usual remits of individuality, which may be brought on by experiences of crisis related to the spiritual, ethical and relational extremes of contemporary life.
21st || Saturday
A special event dedicated to the art of the Essay Film, featuring the work of four diverse filmmakers shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Essay Film Award and a discussion with writer Sophie Mayer on the rich history of the essay film, and its contemporary diversity as seen in the work of the featured artists. Screening films by Charlie Lyne, Marianna Simnett, Sam Stevens and Sarah Wood. Booking required (12.50/10.50£).
24th || Tuesday
A solo exhibition of the artist and writer Kit Poulson, who is a library residency artist during 2016/17 through a collaborative new commission platform initiated by Book Works with Chelsea College of Arts Library and CHELSEA space. Poulson has taken peculiarities of technology as a starting point for his residency, with the aim to develop from it an idiosyncratic working method to investigate the library at Chelsea as a physical and dynamic space. Using the underlying motif of an analogue synthesizer, the Roland 303, to explore anti-systemic, intuitive and improvisational working methods, she asks what ‘knowledge’ might be and how it is communicated.
26th || Thursday
The first solo exhibition in London by Glasgow-based artist Jamie Crewe, focused on French writer Rachilde’s Monsieur Venus: A Materialist Novel. Exploring what is at stake in historical reclamation, the artist investigates what happens when a queer, transfeminine artist tries to touch, reflect on, or rehabilitate an historical work of fiction which seems to offer them ancestry. For Jamie, the novel’s frequent and nuanced cruelty complicates any wholly positive identification with the lead characters, who may at first seem like prototypes of modern-day transgender figuration.