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If Not Now, Whenever: 7 Cambridge Artists Exhibit at the Gallery on Redchurch Street, London

Redchurch Street, one of East London’s up-and-coming streets, is home to many emerging arty enterprises including the Gallery in Redchurch Street. This week the gallery housed a show by 7 artists from the Cambridge School of Art. Shows at self-hire galleries can sometimes be a little dubious but this exhibition caught my attention because the caliber of all the work was so high. (It helped, too, that Jane Bradley’s wonderful embroidered artist’s book was just inside the front door… like a moth to a flame, I was.) Further inside, Robert Good’s bookcase portraits were a wonderful example of how aesthetically pleasing a good bookshelf can be, while artist Matthew Wilson managed to make a bunch of abject objects (medical equipment) into beautiful, graceful installations. The show was a brief one-week stint but here are some images from the artists and you can get in touch with any of them via their website.

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Christopher Wilson designs for German label Vinyl on Demand

club moral vinyl box

The talented Christopher Wilson (aka Oberphones) has been busy in his Sheffield studio recently, producing some hot hot hot vinyl covers for German record label Vinyl On Demand. The above image is the vinyl cover design for artist Club Moral who describe themselves as “focused on the presentation of art and live events of an extreme nature”. Chris says they make Throbbing Gristle look like The Saturdays. I say they’ll all be deaf by the age of 55. But hey, they’ll still have these sexy vinyl boxes to look at and ya don’t need ears for that. We asked Chris how he achieved the archival-style aesthetic: “Much of the type on the records is xeroxed until it degrades (as per the “1981–1986″ here), then rescanned.” Nice work, we like. See more from Chris/Oberphones here…

Open Evening and Performance by Christina Mitrentse

The artists’ books and installations of Christina Mitrentse have captivated us book-lovers in the past, so we are delighted to announce her new solo show, presented by the Art Work Space in west London.

Add To My Library Vol. II by Christina Mitrentse

Join us for the Open Evening and Performance
Wednesday 7th Sept. 2011 6 -9.30 pm

Art Work Space is delighted to present Add To My Library Vol.II, a solo exhibition of works by established multi-faceted artist Christina Mitrentse. The show consists of five interconnected parts produced over the last two years. A series of large-scale graphite and colour pencil drawings created through an innovative methodology depicting books as the building-blocks of idiosyncratic institutions: STONEHENGE, WWW, NEW TATE, EMBLEM, RUIN I. A BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATA FLOW of favorite book titles/authors, selected by invited international contributors from the art world. METABOOK, a plinth-mounted silk-screened book sculpture;‘10 FLAGS silk-screens extracted from METABOOK form a wall-based installation and a spoken word performance by guest artist Douglas Park who will embody the Library’s body of knowledge as a living Encyclopedia.The man who became a book!
For more details visit: www.artworkspace.co.uk/christina-mitrentse

Download colour publication that accompanies the project

ART WORK SPACE
Lower Ground Floor, The Hempel Hotel,
31—35 Craven Hill Gardens, London W2 3EA

Outsider art fans: Get down to the Tate on Friday June 10th

‘Thou Art’ a film screening of community art practice and debate on Outsider Art
Tate Modern Starr Auditorium
, Friday 10 June 2.30 -5pm

the other side gallery london logo

south london and maudsley nhs logo

tate modern london gallery logo

The wonderful Other Side Gallery is organizing an event in partnership with South London & Maudsley NHS Trust and Community Learning at Tate Modern.

The event will start with a screening of “Thou Art” – a research and development film project exploring community-based art practice and its links to well-being and progression opportunities in the lives of mental health service users.

A panel discussion will follow debating the status of Outsider Art in the age of mass media with opportunity for audience discussion.

The panel will include Art historian Roger Cardinal and Professor Colin Rhodes with artists who will take questions from the audience. They will explore current issues including the blurred boundaries and ‘marginalised ‘versus ‘Outsider’ artists.

Paul Graham at the Whitechapel Gallery: 20 April-19 June 2011

Baby, DHSS Office, Birmingham, 1984 (taken undercover) from the series Beyond Caring

The Whitechapel reminds me a bit of Edinburgh. Everyone knows it exists, everyone knows it’s wonderful, but noone ever seems to go there. When one finally does pay a visit it vastly exceeds expectations.

Such was the case with my visit to the Paul Graham exhibition. This fantastic show displays a breadth of photographic work shot primarily in the US, UK and Japan. Graham has an eye for turning the mundane into the absurd. He captures ordinary moments with such extraordinary honesty that we can instantly recognise the place even if we have never visited there. A Birmingham dole office becomes a familiar scene of British suburban life; a perfectly kept weatherboard house screams of American idealism we all know and loath; and scenes from Belfast are instant reminders of a war we all somehow feel connected to.

If the Whitechapel is on your to-do list now is a good time to tick it off. Read more about Paul Graham at the Whitechapel Gallery / 20 April-19 June 2011

Book Arts Newsletter

For those interested in book arts and artists’ books the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE Bristol produce an excellent newsletter every month or so. It lists all the goings on in the work of bookie arty things: exhibitions, fairs, publications, announcements etc.

Download back issues at http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/banlists.htm or email Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk and be put on the mailing list to receive a hardcopy.

Thanks to Karoline Rerrie for the tip-off.