Junko's Top Five
Our run down of the best exhibitions to see over the Christmas holidays
"A combination of exhibitions, ranging from political stances and ever changing urban landscapes to the importance of place."
We've pulled together a handful of exhibitions that will be carried over the Christmas period, shown at various galleries across the UK. The list of artist’s works draw on differing matters, from current concerns surrounding globalisation to the process of image production from start to finish. With varying practices, approaches and concepts, the list of exhibitions caters for everyone’s artistic desires.
Canoe built by The Manor Makers: artist Christopher Jarratt, carpenter Tom Collier and designer Paul Reardon at Site Gallery, Sheffield.
Trade Routes, Site Gallery, Sheffield
Sheffield- based artist Christopher Jarratt has come together with designer Paul Reardon and carpenter Tom Collier to create the unique exhibition, ‘Trade Routes.’ Alongside a group of people, The Manor Makers, they have designed and constructed a functioning piece of artwork. Using traditional tools and techniques to build a land and water going vessel, the group designed the canoe, drawing on inspiration from Sheffield’s waterways and by retracing old trade routes. Launching the exhibition, The Manor maker’s will be towing the boat and inviting guests to walk from the Manor to Site Gallery, where the work of art will then be presented for the coming month.
The exhibition will run from 10th December 2016- 14th January 2017:
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5.30pm
Alicia Reyes McNamara, Tutti Frutti, 2016, from artist's website:
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London
The New Contemporaries takes centre stage at the ICA in London from 23 November 2016 – 22 January 2017, supporting emerging art practices and displaying the works of recent graduates. The exhibition showcases a blend of contemporary techniques as well as traditional practices, drawing on the themes of mass-production, socio-economics, gender equality and cultural identity.
Exeter born Michael Cox, a graduate of Falmouth School of Art, explores the ever-changing, growing and degenerating, urban landscape of London. Cox’s paintings focus on the irony of council estates that appear to be enduring but face demolition.
Another recent graduate, this time from The Ruskin in Oxford is American Alicia Reyes McNamara, whose work addresses the current changing identity of Latino diaspora in the US. McNamara’s complex paintings and sculptural works are abundant in colour, textures and visual triggers that combine memory with cultural stereotypes.
The exhibition, spanning over the course of two months, consists of over 40 artists from various disciplines and delivers a diverse range of art work to be seen.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, from 23rd November 2016 – 22nd January 2017:
Tuesday- Sunday 11am – 6pm, except Thursday, 11am – 9pm.
Lucy Raven: China Town, 2009; Photographic animation 51:30 mins; image courtesy and © 2016 Lucy Raven
Lucy Raven: Edge of Tomorrow, Serpentine Gallery, London
The Serpentine Gallery plays host to New York- based artist, Lucy Raven, for her first UK solo exhibition. The focus of the exhibition is image production, Raven documents the happenings behind the camera and in between frames, analysing the whole process of how images are constructed and consequently, how they reach their audience.
The exhibition features site-specific installations enabling the viewer to follow the production of copper wire, used in the construction of image making in the American West to southern China in the short film, ‘China Town (2009).’ Other elements of the exhibition display the technicians responsible for post-production in Chennai, India, as well as an animation by the artist herself, ‘I Felt As If I Had Actually Been To China (2007).’ An animated film ‘Curtains (2014),’ plays on loop in the center of the exhibition to give the viewer a full cinematic experience, by becoming three dimensional when viewed with 3D glasses. The exhibition takes the viewer on a journey of where and how images come to be produced, how they are consumed and demonstrates how the manipulation of film has developed over time.
Edge of Tomorrow runs from 8 December 2016- 12 February 2017:
'Santa Maria de Nieva #1'Oil on Canvas, Hermione Pakenham from the series: 'Fuente Amarga: A Space Between'
Hermione Pakenham, Fuente Amarga: A Space Between, Lacey Contemporary, London
Hermione Pakenham has produced a series of paintings in response to her experience of living in Fuente Amarga, a dry river bed in Southern Spain, of which the exhibition is titled. The show, held at Lacey Contemporary, presents a combination of drawings and paintings that reflect the surroundings, the light and space of the river bed. Time is an ever present concept in the series as Pakenham found herself influenced by the heat in peak summer and the cold in the extremity of winter. The absence of colour becomes significant conveying a moment of reflection in the exhibition for the viewer, as well as for the artist creating it. Pakenham’s work hones in on the importance of place, the layering of paint in her images seems to represent the layers of ground in which we choose to situate ourselves and forces the viewer to look beyond the surface. The exhibition draws on many aspects of place and time, as Pakenham responds directly to her surroundings.
Fuente Amarga: A Space Between, from 14th- 21st December 2016:
Monday to Friday 10-6pm, Saturday 11-5pm.
Keith Piper, Robot Bodies. Installation Shot © Brian Roberts - Gallery: Keith Piper: Unearthing the Banker's Bones
Keith Piper: Unearthing the Banker's Bones, Bluecoat, Liverpool
Creative centre, Bluecoat in Liverpool, are currently hosting a new solo show by UK artist Keith Piper, ‘Unearthing the Banker’s Bones. The works exhibited are a response to the current economic climate, featuring three video projections throughout, media-installations, drawings, paintings, and digital works. Piper’s work addresses his own political concerns and anxieties about globalisation that are also being felt beyond the exhibition in the current political climate. Piper’s work appears to convey a dystopian narrative utilising an engaging variety of media, constantly reflecting on past work as well as focusing on hypothetical future events.
Unearthing the Banker’s Bones will run until 22nd January 2017:
Monday - Saturday 9-6pm, Sunday 11-6pm
Written by Louise Higgs
Dec 14th 2016