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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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London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery: Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September

London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel GalleryThis weekend is one of the most exciting events on the artists book calendar – The London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery. Those with an interest in high-end art books (ie. the most beautiful of beautiful reproductions), wonderfully handcrafted artists’ books and anything to do with the book as art will not be disappointed. There are also a couple of events on digital media and art publishing including a 4pm session on Saturday called Turning the virtual page: The digital future of art publishing A few of the Artypeeps crew will be there on the Friday and Saturday so come along and enjoy the book for reasons other than words!

See the full London Art Book Fair programme here and remember to pre-book your tickets, even to the free events.

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

Brixton exhibition: Daytona 89, Photographs by Andy Martinez

“I asked for water then she gave me gasoline
I asked for water she gave me gasoline
Lord, Good Lordy, Lord”
(Drink of cool water blues – Tommy Johnson 1928)

andy martinez daytona 89 exhibition brixton london

Londoners, if you’re in Brixton before 30 April 2011 call in to Goodbench (14D Market Row, off Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LB) to enjoy a damn fine coffee and some good ol’ Americana by photographer Andy Martinez. Andy shot a series of images at Daytona Beach’s annual Bikers Convention in Florida in 1989 and in this exhibition he shows five large-scale prints. The result is a snapshot of a truly strange and surreal America.

Prints framed and unframed available for sale – enquire with Haroon at The Goodbench. You can also contact Andy direct on 07813891325 or email via the website www.andymartinez.co.uk.