Prophetic Diagrams reopens at George and Jorgen after the winter break and has been extended till Saturday 16th February. The large survey exhibition of drawing/ diagrammatic mark making features artist from UK and New York including a number of established artists often showing rare lesser known/ preparatory works. One of my Plane Sight diptychs features alongside works by Sarah Lucas and Dan Perfect, a piece I felt was made for the show when I read the brief. I’ve been following George and Jorgen for since they opened at the end of 2010 and have been introduced to some great artists through their program, personal favourites include – Peter Ainsworth, Martin Newth and Tom Pope who have each had stand out solo shows with the gallery in past 2 years. I highly recommend you take the time to see this diverse and rich exhibition while you have the chance. George and Jorgen sits just off Bermondsey Street (a short walk from London Bridge) and next door to the new White Cube space.
George and Jorgen
9 Morocco Street
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm or by appointment 0203 583 8825
Chris Baker, Mike Ballou, Nathaniel Mellors and Chris Bloor, William Corwin, Rose Davey, Julius Doehner, Claire Dorsett ,Clara Fialho, Paddy Gould and Roxy Topia, Noah Landfield, Ronnie Landfield, Sarah Lucas, Paulina Michnowska, Roxy Paine, Simon Patterson, Bruce Pearson, Joyce Pensato, Elise Co and Nik Pashenkov, Dan Perfect, James Pimperton, Nathalie Provosty, Fiona Rae, Nick Roberts, Bob and Roberta Smith, Ellen Stanford, Carin Riley, Gaetan Sigonney, Sandi Slone, Lucy Skaer, Pinky Tesfay, James Trimmer, Jessica Voorsanger, Tom Webb, Andy Wicks, Holly Zausner.
William Corwin’s essay for the exhibition is inspired by the illustrations in an 18th century book of black magic that he discovered in a dumpster in Greenwich Village in 1993. Assembling a diverse group of established and emerging artists from the UK and New York, he invited them to respond to his essay. The artists then created or chose a piece from their own collection to put in the show.
The exhibition explores the role that drawing plays within an artist’s practice. Corwin explains that “drawing is so often subsumed as a very practical preparatory act of the artist, or, in an effort to be very notpreparatory, it can often be very finished—very inky, or very big—but the theme of this exhibition, prophetic diagrams, is more about the artist’s preparing their thinking, not necessarily for anything in particular, but a necessary ordering of the universe, a summoning of the artistic spirits.”
I’ve updated my website with some new works from the past few months you can see a selection below with more on www.andywicks.co.uk
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.
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
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.
Here are a couple of new paintings completed near the end of my time at the Florence Trust. These both featured in the end of Residency summer show which finished on Monday (18th July). A few more new pieces can be found on my website along with these, click here to view them. I’ll be writing about the exhibition and thoughts on my time at The Florence Trust soon.
A busy week for Florence Trust artists past and present, but this is the big one for us current resident artists. The annual open studio, the halfway point of the residency and an opportunity to throw the big old church doors open to the public to come and see what this years crop have been up to.
I’ll be there across the weekend to discuss my work with anyone that wants to chat, details below..
I’ve recently had my new works photographed and have uploaded them to my website as an example of what i’ve been up to over the last few months. It was great to work with a photographer with all the equipment and a proper studio and the results are far superior to anything I’ve ever been able to do myself. For your chance to see them in the flesh make sure you come along to the Florence Trust Open Studio 21 – 23rd January.
More images available on www.andywicks.co.uk
I have a painting in Fade Away opening Thursday 2nd December at Transition Gallery, lots of good painters on show. Take a look if your in the area this December.
“… there is a tremendous interest today in what the art historian Dario Gamboni has called ’potential images’, that is, ‘those established—in the realm of the virtual—by the artist but dependent on the beholder for their realization, and their property is to make the beholder aware—either painfully or enjoyably—of the active, subjective, nature of seeing.’” Barry Schwabsky, An Art of Transition.
fade away is the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions at Transition with guest curators focusing on the diversity of contemporary painting and exploring the ways in which artists are engaged with it.
fade away, which is curated by Alli Sharma, with an accompanying text by Barry Schwabsky, features paintings that oscillate between representation and abstraction. With widely diverse references and subject matter, they all share a strong material presence. Some of the artists work directly from the perceptible world; others use the representational as a point of departure into the abstract, or conversely, explore the abstract, which reveals itself as subject. Whatever the creative enquiry, they make you think about paint and the act of painting. The dialogue between surface and illusion, representation and abstraction performs a paradoxical balancing act where surfaces are brushed, scored, erased, layered, revealed, dripped and collapsed. Compositions teeter on the verge of illegibility where images emerge and fade away.
Henny Acloque, Phillip Allen, Tim Bailey, Nathan Barlex, Mike Bartlett, Alice Browne,Lindsey Bull, Nick Carrick, Michelle Charles, Clem Crosby, Theo Cuff, Kaye Donachie,Sarah Douglas, Sarah Dwyer, Andrew Graves, Paul Housley, Thomas Hylander,Hannah Knox, Laura Lancaster, Robert Lang, Sarah Lederman, Eleanor Moreton,Mali Morris, Alex Gene Morrison, Nadia Mulder, Jill Mulleady, Mahali O’Hare, Scott O’Rourke, Joanna Pawlowska, Joanna Phelps, Benjamin Senior, Shaan Syed, Zack Thorne, Gavin Toye, Helen Turner, Claire Undy, David Webb, Robert Welch, Andy Wicks, Jo Wilmot.
Transition Gallery Unit 25a (second floor) Regent Studios
8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN
3-24 December 2010, Thurs-Sun, 12-6pm Private View: Thurs, 2 Dec, 6-9pm
Michael Ashcroft | Matthew Atkinson | Gordon Cheung | Sayshun Jay | Graham McNamara | David Northedge | Ed Payne | James Roper | Rob Sherwood | David Small | Andy Wicks | Rosalie Wiesner
Edel Assanti is proud to present Superunknown, an exhibition curated by Andy Wicks and David Northedge.
Literature and Hollywood have long been creating dark and empty visions of near future societies in decline. In the present day, materials addressing this subject matter have once again found their way onto reading lists and cinema screens, forming a focal point for contemporary popular culture.
Projections of our universal future are often delivered in cautionary tones and serve as warning of how to avoid the total decimation of society. Notional futures of grim decaying interiors and bleak grey landscapes populated by savage inhabitants are the cultural benchmark for a morbid moribund world limping towards apocalypse.
Superunknown is a group show of twelve artists who produce work that addresses a future full of dreams, illusions and fantasies, celebrating the neglected virtues of the glossy, lurid and bizarre. The combined works on show articulate a hallucinatory collective vision of a future in which illicit vices serve as the connective tissues for a population wheeling recklessly onwards with a stoic apathy toward redemption and self-preservation.
This group show is formed predominately of painters whose work share a common aesthetic of semi abstraction and contemporary landscape. The exhibition also features photography, video, sculpture and installation based works.