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JANE WACHMAN – Walking the Neon

3 Dec – 7 Dec

www.janewachman.com

Walking the Neon brings together a collection of recent abstract paintings and prints by Jane Wachman.

Rooted in the landscape, Jane’s gestural paintings exude energy and movement. Through the exploration of mark making and the process of layering she exposes the fragility of the environment we inhabit. The use of bright, fluorescent colours that often spar with each other, capture the essence of the ever changing landscape, while the thin translucent layers, showing traces of what’s gone before, enhance the feeling of transience.

Walking the Neon contains a very real sense of place, inspired in equal measure by the rugged coastlines and structural shapes found within the Ring of Beara on the West Coast of Ireland, a place Jane frequently visits, and the hustle and bustle of London where she has lived for many years. The amalgamation of these contrasting environments is reflected in the process of deconstruction and reconstruction evident in her work. Indeed, for Jane the very act of painting is a continuous process, always changing as layers are applied and taken away to create something new.

Before becoming an artist, Jane worked in fashion, a career that clearly influences her work.


 

 

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Antonia Aviva Caffrey – Before I die for Glamour

2rd -8th December

Private view 4th December 6-9pm

At first glance Antonia Aviva Caffrey’s technicoloured mixed-media images are like something from a Disney fairytale, but there are no doe eyed innocents here. Her women are sexualized to the extreme – starved to the point of anorexia and unrelenting in their voracious appetite for men. Antonia’s unsettling and provocative images are replete with a zany sense of humour and a palpable narrative – equivalent to the raging screams of a meltdown.

Born in Ireland in 1989, Antonia spent 8 formative years in Wicklow, living in splendid isolation in Roundwood where she produced her first set of works. Despite her country upbringing, Antonia is a highly attuned to the techno urban landscape: You Tube, Facebook, cinema, TV and glossy magazines. She is profoundly disturbed by the relentless quest for beauty as a product, the compulsive need for her generation to share a highly artificial narrative of their lives, and how readily available porn confounds modern relationships. All this comes pouring out in her work, like a live torrent.

For more information or interview requests please contact Yona on yona.agent@gmail.com or call 00353 87 419 2274

 

 

 

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PASSION FOR FREEDOM

5 Nov – 15 Nov

12.30 – 6 pm daily

PRIVATE VIEW Sat 8 Nov. 6-9.30  rsvp@passionforfreedom.co.uk

Festival’s programme

Tues 11 Nov 6.30 -9 pm ‘Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus’

Film screening followed by Panel Discussion.

Thurs 13 Nov 6.30-9pm ‘The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz’

Film Screening followed by Panel Discussion.

Sat 15 Nov 6.30 – 9pm ‘Freedom Short, Music and Teasers With ‘Ai Weiwei: The FAke Case’ bonus clips

Closing Night

 

 

The art competition is organised by Passion for Freedom, an independent group of friends standing up

for freedom of speech and artistic expression.

The annual international festival is a rare collection of works of “courageous artists” in the categories of

film, photography, painting, sculpture, publications, journalism, book, performance and other forms of

artistic expression. So far the competition has featured hundreds artists from all over the world, including

Sarah Maple, Steve Rosenthal, Robb Leech, Firoozeh Bazrafkan, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou among others.

“Brave” artists from around the world such as Ai Weiwei (who spent three months in prison and is banned

from contacting the media), Jafar Panahi (several times arrested on charges of propaganda against the

Islamic Republic), Johan van der Dong (no galleries in Europe have courage to show his work for the fear

of attacks), Ferri Farahmandi, Azadeh Behroozi and many others, showed their works at the PFF festival

and still have the courage to create despite the threat to their lives and the safety of their family. Some are

forced to hide behind a nickname, others withdraw their works or self-censor themselves to avoid

“offending religious feelings”.

 

WHAT IS FREEDOM?

HOW EASY IS IT TO LOSE IT?

HOW HARD IS IT TO GET IT BACK?

 

www.passionforfreedom.co.uk

 

 

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London Independent Photography 26th Annual Exhibition

 

Tuesday 21 Oct – Sunday 2 Nov, 10am – 7pm
Friday, 31 October until 8pm as part of South London Art Map
Last day Sunday, 2 November closing at 4pm

Breakfast Private View: 8am – 10am, Thursday 25 October, free coffee and croissants.

www.londonphotography.org.uk

 

Now in its 26th year, this is a must-see event for anyone interested and involved with photography in London. The exhibition, showcasing more than 90 images from 51 photographers, demonstrates the extraordinary diversity, breadth of talent, and craft for personal expression within the London Independent Photography membership.
Our independent selectors this year were Staurt Franklin (internationally renowned photographer, member of Magnum Photos and a former President of Magnum Photos), Bill Jackson (award winning photographer winning the RPS International Print Awards three times; exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, London and Museum of Contemporary Arts in Argentina) and Sophy Rickett (visual artist working with photography, video installation, sound and text; MA in Photography Tutor at LCC; exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally)

Our independent curator is Christine Santa Ana (co-founded Underground Gallery curating over 25 exhibitions and produces pop exhibitions with photography magazine Of the Afternoon).

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SEX SELLS

13 – 19 Oct

Private View Thursday 16, 6 – 9pm

www.andrewshoben.com

www.michellemildenhall.co.uk

www.jesseaton.com

 

Major new art show from three exciting artist, exploring the sexual, the sensual, and the sinister.

Three acclaimed artists put their latest work on show in a central London gallery. Encompassing the macabre, the kinky and intensley sexual, each artist explores the erotic realms, each in their inimitable style.

Celebrated designer Jess Eaton has saturated the national press with her subversive and potently erotic work which empowers women and transcends both art and fashion.

After wowing the world as the woman behind ‘Roadkill Couture’ – which has garnered a huge following from fashion titans including Lady Gaga and Kate Moss- Eaton’s focusing her attention on the passion at the heart of her work and life -sex.

The Brighton based artist’s work echoes her own inimitable thirst for life, love and lust. Her new pieces are the first in a larger body of work named COITUS that includes sculpture, jewellery and culminates in a fashion show in 2015. COITUS celebrates her wild and imaginative approach to sex, all given her trademark ‘dark edge’. ”

Andrew Shoben is the founder of greyworld, a world renowned artists’ collective who create public art. Whilst greyworld’s work has increased in size and scope over the last 20 years, Andrew’s personal work has begun to focus on the private, the personal, and the hidden.

Whilst both bodies of work are playful, Andrew’s personal work explores more sensual themes, and seeks to allow interaction on a smaller, more intimate scale. Working in a variety of media, including neon, large format prints, and new mechanical works, the results are unusual, sensual art that hold the gaze.

After lecturing at the Royal College of Art for four years, he became Professor of Public Art at Goldsmiths University. Andrew is a regular contributor to television, radio and print, and lectures extensively around the world. Most recently he presented a show on BBC Radio 4 entitled “Change of Art,” and was nominated President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Michelle Mildenhall is a UK artist with a distinctive style. She creates provocative art that combines stylised imagery with her passion for latex in a new and innovative way. Michelle’s work is highly recognisable, as each artwork is meticulously constructed using sheet latex, a material that she works with in order to create her compelling art.

Michelle seduces the viewer into a world of disconcerting beauty and mystique. By using popular but somewhat taboo themes of sexuality, fetishism and subversion, she creates work in which a fascination with the subject evolves and an underlying element of sexual association develops purely because of the medium in which she creates her art.

Michelle’s work has been exhibited throughout the UK and in America and has appeared in international publications. Her artwork is being featured in a BBC interior design program this Autumn.

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