London’s independent spaces support, exhibit and provide the infrastructure for unrepresented artists in the capital. And quite often, they’re were the best artists and shows are to be found. Here’s ten of this week’s best.
Takeshi Shiomitsu – You Are Beautiful
Opening this week, Peckham-based Chelsea graduate Takeshi Shiomitsu presents a solo show at LimaZulu. This Manor House project space is rooted in critical foundations that supported artists including Holly White (curated by Ben Vickers) and hosted discussions on subjects from Bitcoins, money and credit to ASMR.
11 Dec, 6.30-10.30pm, LimaZulu, London
Ilja Karilampi – Medulla Oblongata
The Berlin based artist lands this Friday at the former GP surgery-turned-artist-studios in Bermondsey. Karilampi’s jingle runs alongside the show title, lifted from Wiley´s lyrics to Hoodlife (3d Attempt) and is presented as their outdoor commission. Inside the space is a collection of works under the title Boiled Angel including obscene cartoons that were deemed so offensive as to be illegal and a seductive voice over that lilts through scenes of a sexual nature, taken from a text by writer Ariana Reines.
Showing until 8 Dec, The Woodmill GP, London
Samuel Jeffery, Lawrence Leaman & Jacques Rogers – Sellotape Bard
This small but perfectly formed space also opens an exhibition on Friday with a trio of artists. The gallery/studio in Elephant & Castle has previously invited artists including Dazed/Converse 2012 nominee Pio Abad as well as artists Viktor Timofeev and Paul Kneale demonstrating size is by the by; it’s thought that counts.
6 Dec, 6 to 9pm at PLAZA PLAZA, London
Stefania Batoeva – Still No Masterplan
Artist Stefania Batoeva presents her combination of sculpture and wall works loosely hung, painted and strewn across the gallery. The formal compositions based on bodies and gestures come together in the relatively new East London project space on Dalston Lane which presents mainly solo shows by young artists including Yves Scherer, Charlie Wooley and Dazed/Converse Emerging Artist Award 2012 winner Samara Scott.
Showing until 22 Dec at Almanac Projects, London
Fellow East London based project LEGION TV is a contemporary arts network dedicated to cross-discipline collaboration. Focussing largely on individual artist works, as well as exhibiting in the space, they also specially commission online projects from artists, including Totalflex 2 by RA graduate Adham Faramawy and the newest Reliable Communications (collapse.su) by Yuri Pattison.
6 Dec 2013 - 31 May at Legion TV, London
Cell Projects – Comrades of Time
After an experimental collaboration over Berlin Art Week, Chewday’s curates this exhibition of artists including Berlin-based Florian Auer and Marlie Mul at this long-established space and East London art scene staple situated near the well-trodden Mare Street path by Bethnal Green Road.
Showing until Dec 22 at Cell Projects, London
Rachal Bradley – After Venice
Nestled in a warehouse space in Whitechapel’s Greatorex Street, Piper Keys currently showing a photographic exhibition by Glasgow based artist Rachal Bradley. Black and white images semi-recognisable of monuments and water sources are hung amidst a misting system the artist has installed which gently suffuses the air with water particles. The fog in turn creates its own mechanised water-cycle that in turn comes to rest on the viewer and works.
Showing until Jan 12 at Piper Keys, London
It’s About Time
The Southwark-based Artist Studio Company has been established as a charity since 1995 and has housed a gallery since 2010 that have on average 5 shows per year. Over summer Josephine Callaghan and Joey Holder exhibited in the ground floor gallery that now hosts a large group exhibition with of mostly new or specifically imagined work by international artists including Tereza Buskova and Christina Niederberger, who explore the nature of time and timescales.
Showing until 21 Dec at ASC Studios, London
Tom Crawford/ Leo Fitzmaurice/ Ben Garrod/ Anna Chrystal Stephens/ Lee Stone/ Laurie Storey/ Carla Wright – Project/number/3 with Vulpes Vulpes: Comfort Tones
Stoke Newington based P/N team up with fellow East London artist-led group Vulpes Vulpes to present an exhibition of works which plays with the domestic and the studio function. A take on the language of space using influence from urban planning to skeuomorphic resonance, the group quote Marshall McLuhan’s mantra "we march backwards into the future". Artist Berry Patten has produced a series of poster commissions that can be seen on the lightbox on the street outside.
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Arcadia Missa – Random House
Flying the flag for Peckham and situated just around the corner from Rye Lane in an arch is Arcadia Missa. The current exhibition Random House juxtaposes the formal work of 3D printing enthusiast and artist Jasper Spicero with Emma Talbot's illustrative drawings and text and complement them with the work of Bunny Rogers and Jill Magid. Only a few days left to see this one before we all close down for Christmas...
Showing until 7 Dec at Arcadia Missa, London