The London shows to see before the end of the year
Ahead of Art Basel Miami Beach wrapping up the 2017 fair calendar, and as galleries prepare for a much-needed break, we take a look at the London shows to see before the end of the year.
Larry Achiampong, Sunday's Best at Copperfield Gallery | November 23 — December 16
With his Pan African Flag For The Relic Travellers Alliance flying on top of Somerset House until January, the British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong is making his presence felt in London. For his first solo show at Copperfield Gallery, the artist is presenting his 2016 video Sunday’s Best, shot in a Bethnal Green church.
Drawing on his family’s history — the video features the artist’s mom — and its members’ close relationship with religion, as well as his own early understanding of religious imagery, the artist looks at how belief systems within the diaspora are influenced by the history of colonialism, focusing on how Christian imperialism has affected his tribe, the Ashanti. Sunday’s Best is also on show at the Diaspora Pavilion in Venice, open through the end of this week!
Larry Achiampong, Sunday’s Best (2016), 4K colour video stills.
Beatriz Olabarrieta, “The Only Way In is Out” at The Sunday Painter | November 24 — January 6
After a show at Paris’ Galerie Antoine Levi earlier this Autumn, Spanish artist Beatriz Olabarrieta is presenting new works — spanning sculpture, sound and video as well as drawings — at the London gallery. Known for her minimalist work, Olabarrieta’s practice is also defined by its open-endedness and its resistance to facile interpretations; her works inhabit the spaces between symbol and meaning, challenging the visitors’ experience of the work of art and the exhibition space, inviting them to navigate the non-linear narratives she carefully traces throughout the gallery space.
Courtesy The Sunday Painter.
Zach Blas, “Contra-Internet” at Gasworks | Through December 10
Over at Gasworks, Zach Blas is presenting “Contra-Internet”, commissioned by the London institution in collaboration with Art in General (New York) and MU (Eindhoven). The exhibition features the premiere of Blas’ Jubilee 2033, a queer science-fiction film installation, exploring the “growing hegemony of the internet”.
The film, set in a dystopian 2033 Silicon Valley, is loosely inspired by Derek Jarman’s eponymous 1978 film, and depicts the transformation of the web into an “internet of things”, as posited by Objectivism, as well as its inevitable fall. The new film is presented alongside existing works by Blas, which evoke several of the issues presented in Jubilee 2033, and specifically how the totalitarianism of the film is already largely at work in present-day society.
Installation view of Zach Blas, "Contra-Internet" at Gasworks. Courtesy Gasworks.
Mary Ramsden, “Couples Therapy” at Pilar Corrias | Through December 15
For her third solo show at the gallery, British artist Mary Ramsden is presenting new abstract paintings evoking “visual relationships”, as the title of the exhibition itself suggests. By interacting with the works on show, which are often exhibited in couples, the viewer becomes an active part of the “couple therapy” orchestrated by Ramsden, “assessing the compatibilities and discordance between the works”, as per the artist herself.
Installation view of Mary Ramsden's exhibition "Couples Therapy" at Pilar Corrias.