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Petite enveloppe urbaine no. 20 Launch at Banner Repeater – Friday 16th Nov

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 13 November, 2012

Friday sees the launch of the 20th edition of Petite enveloppe urbaine at Banner Repeater, which is based on the theme of Game. I met organizer (or Coach) Douglas Scholes while he was on SPACE studios Canadian artist in residence program in London, as 1/5th of artists collective Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) he invited a number of artists he met during his time in London to participate.

Mudlarks
Unique lino and digital print on paper with acrylic paint (edition of 70 with hand painted colour varations)
13 x 19 cm
2012

‘Game’ for me spoke of childhood pleasures and timeless boys pursuits which the romantic inside would like to think can still exist in childhoods dominated by the digital. The piece I created takes a Victorian etching of boys mudlarking on the banks of the Thames as a starting point, which I made as a lino and printed over a digital print of a WW2 propaganda image of the Royal airforce flying over a naval convoy. I wanted to make an image which transcended the centuries to show the ageless nature of boys games and messing around in mud, while the war time background image (war games?) possibly featuring boys of a not dissimilar age heading off to war on ships. The figures of the original etching are now wearing Wellington boots, a subtle nod to the shift of era.

Petite enveloppe urbaine no. 20 is a serial artists’ publication organized through the Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) that uses standard sized postal envelopes (A5) to distribute ideas across cultural networks. The edition for this issue is 70 for which the invited participants were asked to produce a work based on the theme GAME.  The eleven participants include Daniel Canty & Patrick Beaulieu (Montreal, Canada), collectif_ fact – Annelore Schneider & Claude Piguet (Geneva, Switzerland), Emotional Driven Process Based Parallel Identities (London, UK), Levin Haegele (London, UK), Lukas Heistinger (Vienna, Austria), Pekko Koskinen (Helsinki, Finland), Alan Magee (London, UK), James Prevett (London, UK), NaoKo TakaHashi (London, UK), Andy Wicks (London, UK) and YKON (Helsinki, Finland).

Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) is a symbiotic (parasitic) research group with no exhibiton space of its own.  It uses the pre-existing exhibtion network to present diverse projects.  The CRUM is an artists collective of five members dedicated to exploring links between art and urban space.

Friday also sees the launch of The condition of things, a book documenting Douglas Scholes’ project of the same name that was developed during his residency at SPACE Studios, Hackney, UK (March to August 2012).

The one night only launch is at Banner Repeater on Friday 16 November 2012 from 7 – 9pm, I’ll release details soon of how you can get hold of the publication/print portfolio.

Banner Repeater
Platform 1
Hackney Downs Railway Station
Dalston Lane
Hackney
E8 1LA

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Painting-Versus-Object, Standpoint Gallery 9th Nov – 8th Dec

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 13 November, 2012

I’m currently showing new paintings in the latest Standpoint Gallery exhibition ‘Painting Versus Object’ which opened last week. It ‘looks particularly at the territory negotiated between painting, painters, objects and the world they inhabit’, with works from Sean Edwards, John Holland, Clare Mitten, Katja Pudor, Mia Taylor as well as my own.

Thanks to all those that made it to the opening, it was a great busy night and first airing for the new paintings from the Skeleton Architecture series which were well received. The exhibition continues for another month so if you find yourself in the area, do take a look.

Sean Edwards ‘ Painting of Empty RS Box’ 2008 Oil on photocopy on board

The exhibition is on until 8th December, open Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm.

Standpoint Gallery
45 Coronet Street
London
N1 6HD

Sluice 2012 – October 22nd – 24th.

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 23 October, 2012

The 2012 edition of Sluice art fair will manifest itself as a publication and an exhibition in which all of the work will be auctioned. The whole event will function as a fundraiser for Sluice art fair 2013. The Sluice publication will be launched on the evening the auction draws to a close on the 24th October at HANMI GALLERY in Fitzrovia, London.

I have donated my painting Otto to the auction which is available to view from Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th October at Hanmi Gallery.

Edwina Ashton / Kerim Aytac / Cat Bagg / Stuart Barnes / David Blandy / Matthew Burrows / Suzanne Bybee / Michael Callaghan / Cordelia Cembrowicz / Marco Chiandetti / Ami Clarke / Toby Clarkson / Wayne Clough / Paul Cole / Gemma Cossey / Emma Cousin / Emma Coyle / Rosalind Davis / David Dipré / Annabel Dover / Alastair Duncan / Brian Dupont / Bella Easton / Karl England / Susan Francis / Alistair Gentry / Steph Goodger / Gabriel Hartley / Jeremy Hutchison / Phil Illingworth / Tom Juneau / Natasha Kahn / Rob Leech / Hayley Lock / Cathy Lomax / Iavor Lubomirov / Ian Maslen / James McMeakin / Whitney McVeigh Hugh Mendes / Phoebe Mitchell / Eleanor Morgan / Emma Molony / Steve Nelson / Michaela Nettell / Kim L Pace / Kate Keara Pelen / Ryan Riddington / Bobby Sayers / Brian Sayers / Mark Scott-Wood / Robin Seir / Andrew Seto / Alli Sharma / Corinna Spencer / Annabel Tilley / Kirsty Tinkler / Andy Wicks / Rachel Wilberforce

22nd – 24th October 2012 / 12 – 6pm
PV 24th 6 – 9pm
at HANMI GALLERY

30 Maple Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 6HA

Beached – Sculpture voyage and install

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 15 July, 2012

My sculpture ‘Beached’ has been installed at WW Gallery’s Patio Project for the last week exposed to the same harsh British summer we’ve all been subjected to. I prefabricated the sculpture in my studio and instead of hiring a van decided to transport all 50 foots worth of timber the 30 minute walk from studio to site by hand. Roping in some muscle for hire we broken it down into parts, strapped it to a couple of dollies and started our journey. Below are some shots of her maiden voyage through to reconstruction at the Patio Project.

Beached is viewable 24/7 at 30 Queensdown Road, London E5 8NN until 29th July.

Many thanks goes to the generous support of Alan Magee for his logistical prowess and muscle along with the keen eye and steady hand of Marion May for her excellent documentation of this wacky adventure.

Sculpture Studio – ‘Beached’ Patio Projects work in progress

Posted in Exhibitions, Writings by Andy Wicks on 21 June, 2012

A little while ago I mentioned an upcoming project which would see me create my first sculpture as part of WW Gallery’s Patio Projects, a temporary public art program. Each month over the past year an artist has been selected to install a piece on the front patio of WW former gallery space in Hackney Downs overlooking the park.

Here are a couple of the previous projects to grace the site –

Lucy May – Three Hundred Pounds of Heavenly Joy

Kirsty Tinkler – Face Off

For Patio Project #9 Andy Wicks has created ‘Beached’, a towering sculptural assemblage and minimalist recreation of the mooring structures which can be found along the banks of our city’s river. ‘Beached’ takes its initial inspiration from the visceral materiality of these wooden structures: which stained by weathering, rusted and rotten, evoke the history of the central artery of London’s trade industry.

Metaphorically ‘salvaged’ from the beaches of the Thames, the driftwood of our forgotten industrial past finds itself re-imagined, stripped back, reassembled and beached on a domestic patio. Removed from its tide-washed context, and juxtaposed instead, with the architectural language of such residential anomalies as recycling bins, estate agent signs and trellis fencing.

Erased of barnacles, ropes, algae and the other ephemera of its romantic riverside associations, ‘Beached’ becomes an inexplicable object in this residential landscape.

Over the last week I have been working non stop on ‘Beached’ and I’m glad to say its now complete. Moving chunky 3 metre long lengths of wood around the studio was a bit of a challenge but I soon found I took it in my stride (albeit a very different type of studio session compared to handling 30 x 20 cm canvases!). For a couple of days the arch of the form was hanging somewhat precariously from the beams of the studio roof but suddenly with some high altitude drilling and a couple of bolts it became freestanding and a real sight to behold as it towered over me and the rest of the studio. Whilst not wanting to reveal too much of the final form, below are a selection of more ambiguous shots of the work in progress. The sculpture will be unveiled on Thursday 5th July 6 – 7pm and will be on display to the public come rain or shine through to 29th July.

WW Gallery Patio Projects – 30 Queensdown Road Hackney Downs E5 8NN

Past and Present, Enclave, 15th June – 15th July

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 15 June, 2012

I have a painting in Occupy My Times’ Past and Present which opens tonight in Deptford. The gallery is part of the new Enclave in Deptford, an exciting arts hub with 9 project spaces, galleries, art offices and a coffee shop.

Artist Urban Action The launch of an experimental new arts venue in London

Opening 15th June 2012, 6 – 9.30pm + afterparty
Exhibition continues 15th June – 15th July, Fri – Sun 12 – 6pm
Late opening Friday 29th June, 12 – 8.30pm
Enclave, Resolution Way, London SE8 4NT
www.EnclaveProjects.com
Enclave commissions: Quarantania with Eva Kotátková / Neha Choksi / Taus Makhacheva curated by David Thorp (main gallery) / Adam Christensen (residency & invitational cinematic events) / Toby Huddlestone (performative lecture installation) / Conal McStravick (residency, selected by LUX) / Oliver Basciano (Writer in Residence) / Jean-Christophe Nicolas (Virtual Artist in Residence) / Lucy A. Sames (publication) /
Enclave resident project spaces: news of the world, a new space by Centre of Attention / Anarch / Divus & Ume˘lec Magazine / ALISN / Occupy My Time & Kitchinsynch.

Including artists: Jonathan Airborne / ATOI (Amy Thomas & Oliver Irvine) / Leanne Bell / Mark Bell / Sara Bevan / Owen Bowden / Sue Cohen / Thomas Cohen (S.C.U.M) / Alessandro Columbano / Shona Davis and Dave Monaghan / Barbara Dean / Bea Denton / Bella Easton / Raimi Gbadamosi / Ian Gonczarow / Jason Hicklin / Karin Kihlberg and Rueben Henry / Juliette Losq / Iavor Lubomirov / David Martin / Maslen and Mehra / Jem Noble / Paul O’Neill / Jessica Piddock / Pavel Reisenauer / Greg Rook / (SAC) (inc. Simone Hutchinson & Alexander Kennedy) / Alexander Small / Patrick StPaul / Michael Stubbs / Barry Sykes / Dolly Thompsett / Annabel Tilley / Angel Vergara / Marianne Walker / Grant Watson / Andy Wicks

New Talkings, Netil House, 7 – 9th June

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 7 June, 2012

Plane Sight IX
Print on canvas in resin and ink on polyester
(2X) 35.5 x 25.5 cm
Edition of 2
2012

I have a new series of my Plane Sight print/drawing diptychs in a 3 person exhibition opening this week. New Talkings is the first exhibition to be curated by De/Fault Space at Netil House’s impressive 5000sq ft ground floor gallery.

If you’re around for the Private View on Thursday 7th (6 – 10pm) it would be great to see you, otherwise the show continues until Saturday 9th.

Netil 000
Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RL

Private View Thursday 7th June 6 – 10pm
Friday 8th June 12 – 7pm
Saturday 9th June 12 – 10pm

Collectible – Zeitgeist Art Projects 18 – 28th April

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 9 April, 2012

I have a couple of new paintings in this exhibition which also features a whole heap of artists doing interesting things right now. My contributions are part of what will now be known as the ‘Hell and High Water’ series, an expanded body of work continuing the format of my 2011’s piece Irene (below). The images of Hell and High Water come from what were initially my photographic outtakes from Thames walk, structures which I discovered at high tide when the water level obscured the majority of its form. When sorting through these images I realized the abstraction caused by the tide changed the previously functional structures into odd legless stumps, seemingly no longer rooted to the bank but floating just proud of the surface.

Irene (Hell and High Water), 2011, Oil on canvas,
25.5 x 20.5 cm

A high-profile inaugural exhibition of 67 promising, mid-career and established International Zeitgeist artists from across all disciplines; including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and print from £50-£500. These artists in an act of generosity and accessibility have made their works available for affordable prices so that art collectors old and new are able to invest in some of the most promising and established collectible artists whom normally usually sell upwards of £500.

Curated by Rosalind Davis & Annabel Tilley

Zeitgeist Project Space
ASC Bond House
Goodwood Road
New Cross
London
SE14 6BL


Guy Allott, Iain Andrews, Edwina Ashton, Paul Benjamins, George Bolster, Kate Bowen, Andrew Bracey, Tom Butler, Ben Coode-Adams, Emma Cousin, Graham Crowley, Rosalind Davis, David Dipre, Sarah Douglas, Freya Douglas Morris, Annabel Dover, Charlie Dutton, Karl England, Alyson Helyer, Andrew Hewish, Jack Hutchinson, Peter Jones, Nick Kaplony, David Kefford, Sharon Leahy-Clark, Simon Leahy-Clark, Cathy Lomax, Wayne Lucas, Fiona MacDonald, EJ Major, Amy McKenny, Nadege Meriau, Marion Michell, Clare Mitten, Amy Moffat, Kate Murdoch, Elizabeth Murton, Michaela Nettell, Charlotte Norwood, Wieland Payer, Alex Pearl, Edd Pearman, Gaia Persico, Kate Pickering, Chantelle Purcell, Giulia Ricci, Mark Scott-Wood, Alli Sharma, Gordon Shrigley, Lisa Snook, Emily Speed, Corinna Spencer, Melanie Stidolph, Boa Swindler, Freddie Robins, Annabel Tilley, Virginia Verran, Jenny Wiener, Rich White, Andy Wicks, Rachel Wilberforce, Chiara Williams, Sarah Williams, Jonny Williamson, Jo Wilmot, James Wright, Peter Wylie.

London Art Fair 2012

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 9 January, 2012

I’m going to be showing with Rise Art in the Art Projects section (stand P29) of the London Art Fair. My 2009 painting Fred will feature alongside a selection of original works and prints by Avigail Talmor, Ting-Ting Cheng, Chris Shaw Hughes and Edd Pearman.

The Art Projects section features many other project spaces and galleries include Edel Assanti (who hosted Superunknown in 2010) and Hannah Barry while Limoncello and Serpentine will both be showing a selection of their print editions.

The fair runs from 18th – 22nd January at The Business Design Centre, Islington.

Fred 122 x 121 cm Oil on Canvas 2009

December – Upcoming exhibitions

Posted in Exhibitions, News by Andy Wicks on 29 November, 2011

I have work in a couple of exhibitions opening in the next week. If you’re in the area make sure you take a look.