ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Rhys Coren
Coren, artist, curator and co-founder of bubblebyte.org, deserves special note this month. He has a research project at SPACE entitled ‘Apparel & Ornament’, made in collaboration with SPACE curator Paul Pieroni, which highlights the relationship between 1980s football strips and rave culture. Meanwhile in Seventeen gallery’s basement, a second anniversary group show highlights the best of bubblebyte. (Check out the gallery’s website takeover too.) Coren’s own work is the undercurrent to all of these projects – somewhere bright, moving and vibrant at the intersection of technology, acid house and modernism.
PRIVATE VIEW OF THE WEEK: IMMATERIAL LABOUR ISN'T WORKING: Digital Culture, Digital Work, Digital Insurrection
This is one of those projects that are so interesting and vital that it would be stupid not to attend more than once. AutoItalia, now in Kings Cross, have put together a series of free events over the next four weeks about the relationship between individual, technology, politics and it looks bloody good. The season starts at 6pm with a conversation with Metahaven, who are launching their new e-book ‘Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? Memes, Design and Politics’. The rest of the opening kicks off at 7. If you have a political bone in your body, this is a programme worth digging in to. Booking online essential.
Apr 20 6-9PM, Auto Italia South East, Unit 2, 3 York Way, London N1C 4AE
ART LEGEND OF THE WEEK: Chris Killip at the Photographer's Gallery
In the week of Thatcher’s funeral, it seems fair to honour a photographer who’s central body of work included gritty black and white photographs of the working class communities of Northern England falling apart along with British industries. Exceptionally emotional and raw, Killip’s work has a skewiff sense of violence beneath it. This is simply British photography at its best. Killip is in the shortlist for this year’s Deustche Borse Photography Prize which opens this week.
19 April - 21 July 2013
TALK OF THE WEEK: The Trouble With Artist Collectives
This talk at the ICA coincides with the Bernadette Corporation show (who I profiled as Cult VIPs in Dazed a few months back) and gets to the crux about the pitfalls and possibilities of the artist collective. The panel includes members of Lucky PDF, Simon Bedwell of legendeary British art group BANK, Eastside Projects’s Gavin Wade and should be worth visiting if you are interested in art beyond the confines of the individual.
April 17 6:45pm
EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK: Michele Abeles, Adriana Costa, Kostas Sahpazis, Jordan Wolfson
Sadie Coles rarely puts a foot wrong and her latest group show in the South Audley Street space proves it. The idea holding these artists together is their different use of object-based appropriation whether in film, sculpture, photography. One real thrill is seeing the work of Michele Abeles, who is represented by 47 Canal in New York. Her layered collages bringing together wallpaper graphics, the human form, found imagery and a scrawled sense of splatter or drawing are a perfect illustration of our contemporary visual experience.
Until May 11. Sadie Coles, 69 South Audley St, W1