The intimate psyche of millennial women, the indie British mags shaping culture, personal portraits of Frida Kahlo, rubbish photos by Harley Weir, an immersive goth art show, and much more
DRAWING A BLANK, VARIOUS ARTISTS, LOCATION TBA, HARLEM
Next week, art show Drawing A Blank will pop up in New York City for its third iteration. Featuring a long list of artists from Lotte Andersen to Tyler Mitchell, brothers Frank Lebon and Tyrone Lebon, Rosie Marks, Bolade Banjo, Hanna Moon, and Chase Hall, the show, which runs for ten days, will take over a 5000 square foot old police station in Harlem. Alongside the artworks, Drawing A Blank will host a programme of performances and talks over its duration. All proceeds from the event will be split between Neighborhood Women’s Collective in Harlem and Harlem Children’s Zone. Make sure to tune into @dazed on Wednesday 13 June to watch the action in the lead up to the launch night.
Drawing A Blank runs June 14 – June 24 at a to be announced location in Harlem, New York City
I WAS RAISED ON THE INTERNET, VARIOUS ARTISTS, MCA, CHICAGO
A stellar line-up of artists including Amalia Ulman, Sophia Al-Maria, DIS, Jon Rafman, and Lizzie Fitch & Ryan Trecartin will show works at Chicago’s MCA later this month. I Was Raised On The Internet is a fascinating exploration of how the world wide web has changed how we experience the world around us. Five sections are filled with nearly 100 works, spanning 1998 to the present day. Photography, film, sculpture, painting, and video – both existing and newly commissioned – will seek “to put into language the idea of the ‘millenial’”.
I Was Raised On The Internet runs from June 23 – October 14 at MCA Chicago
MUSCULAR NOTIONS, VARIOUS ARTISTS, COB GALLERY, LONDON
Looking at “intimate movement within public spheres as a means of communication, claiming space, and reaffirming communities”, London’s Cob Gallery has brought together 11 multidisciplinary artists for its newly opened show, Muscular Notions. Adama Jalloh, Phoebe Davies, Olu Ogunnaike, and Abondance Matanda, amongst others, will showcase works that include site-specific performances, recorded poetry readings, photography, ceramics, and screen prints. The exhibition will be complemented by a public programme which will include basketball lessons with Joseph Bond, hair braiding sessions with CBT (Coding : Braiding : Transmission), and a BYOB BBQ.
Muscular Notions runs from June 6 – June 16 at London’s Cob Gallery
SPLASH, SARAH BAHBAH, LAWRENCE ALKIN GALLERY, LONDON
The “you’ve probably seen my art on someone else’s account” artist, Sarah Bahbah, opened her first London solo show, Splash, last week at Lawrence Alkin Gallery. Featuring her dreamy photographs captioned with her signature commentary – which can range from heartbreaking to sassy in the space of a few grid posts – the show promises to be an “explicit exploration into the intimate psyche of millennial women”.
Splash runs from June 7 – June 22 at London’s Lawrence Alkin Gallery
THE WAY WE LIVE NOW, VARIOUS ARTISTS, APERTURE, NEW YORK CITY
“How do photographs express a moment of rapid change in society, politics, beauty, and self-expression?” That’s the question that Aperture’s Summer Open, The Way We Live Now, will attempt to answer through the lens of 18 photographers and artists. Featuring Gowun Lee, Diego Camposeco, Maria Sturm, and Tyler Mitchell, amongst others, the issues covered will range from the opioid crisis to mass incarceration, gender, the environment, as well as Latinx, Native American, and queer communities.
The Way We Live Now runs from June 27 – 16 August at New York’s Aperture
SOUND & NOISE, SORT ZINE, SPACE_31, BERLIN
Hot on the heels of the release of the short film, Techno Goth, on NOWNESS, SORT is heading to Berlin to present an immersive installation of its universe as part of curator Erik Raynal’s Sound & Noise collaborative exhibition, of which Slava Mogutin, Naked, and Amy Gwatkin will all take part in. Performance artist Alobhe will also perform alongside a set designed by Joshua Höareau. Expect sound, sight, touch, and smell to all be present, and keep an eye on @dazed on Friday June 15 for a live takeover from the launch party.
Sound & Noise runs from 15 June – 23 June at Berlin’s Space_31, kluckstrasse 31, Berlin, Germany
RUBBISH_1, HARLEY WEIR AND WILSON ORYEMA, SOFT OPENING, LONDON
Dazed photographer Harley Weir and poet, author, and artist Wilson Oryema launch a collaborative show at London’s Soft Opening, titled rubbish_1. Featuring photos of trash that Weir has taken over the past five years, often uploaded on an Instagram called @rubbish_1.2 (previously @rubbish_1), and words from Wilson on the dangers of our overconsumption. The two hope the dialogue will prove a talking point for more people to explore small ways in which they can begin to minimise their own footprint. Keep an eye on @dazed on Tuesday 12 June for a take-over from Marsh and Oryema.
rubbish_1 runs from June 8 – July 1 at London’s Soft Opening
FULL BLAST: 20 YEARS OF THRASHER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL BURNETT, HOUSE OF VANS, LONDON
House of Vans launches a monster show celebrating the past two decades of photographer Michael Burnett’s career shooting for what is undoubtedly one of the most seminal platforms for skate culture, Thrasher. Consisting of a “carefully curated selection of rare and iconic photographs, videos and artefacts”, there’s also a cash prize up for grabs for a bowl competition and a Q&A with Burnett himself. And Vans skate team legends, Geoff Rowley, Pedro Barros and Ronnie Sandoval will head over from the US to mark the occasion, and Jagger will DJ.
Full Blast: 20 Years of Thrasher Photography By Michael Burnett runs from June 14 – July 8 at London’s House of Vans
LABS NEW ARTISTS II, VARIOUS ARTISTS, RED HOOK GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY
In March, Red Hook Labs put out a call for its second edition of Labs New Artists, with the hopes of uncovering 25 emerging photography talents, unrepresented by an agency or a gallery – and it delivered. This week, Tyler Mitchell, Peyton Fulford, Rudi Geyser, Renate Ariadne Van Der Togt, and more, will show their works in the Red Hook-based space with all proceeds going towards funding Red Hook Labs’ community educational programmes.
Labs New Artists II runs from 13 June – 24 June at New York City’s Red Hook Labs
LEAVING VISIONS OF RED, GEORGE ROUY, ANNA ZORINA GALLERY, NEW YORK
George Rouy, a fast-rising painter from London known for his hazy, dream-like nudes, is having his first US solo show at Anna Zorina gallery, New York. Leaking Visions of Red features a set of new paintings that use Rouy’s ethereal figures to explore the colour theory of red, the symbolism it holds, and the stimulation it inflicts. “In “Horse and Apple” (2018), a horse remains in view by twisting backwards to engage with a dazed female figure, biting her finger instead of the apple,” the press release explains. “Her lazy ecstasy against the strained neck of the horse renders an unclear rapport; the bite is both malicious and playful. The intense red shrouding Rouy’s dark realms reveal extremes simultaneously, both adoration and anger.”
Leaking Visions of Red runs from June 21 – August 4 at Anna Zorina gallery
YOUNG AMERICAN, MARIE TOMANOVA, CZECH CENTRE, NEW YORK
In Trump’s America, Czech-American photographer Marie Tomanova believes it's crucial for photography to suffocate the negativity generated by politics with images of an America still rife with hope and freedom through those who know it best: the youth. It’s the driving impetus of her latest show, Young American, on display at New York’s Czech centre as of June 26, that features a set of film portraits showing American youth, such as Jazelle (@uglyworldwide) and Slava Mogutin, simply being. “It is a visualisation of an America in which individuality is valued as uniqueness and not judged as lack of sameness,” explains the press release. “It is work that reverberates with the distant echo of August Sander’s Face of our Time, Malick Sidibé’s exuberant youth of Mali, or, perhaps more closely, with Nan Goldin’s intimacy.”
Young American is on run from June 28 – August 10 at New York’s Czech Centre
FRIDA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT, MICHAEL HOPPEN GALLERY, LONDON
Have you ever wanted to see personal portraits of the famed Frida Kahlo? Now’s your chance with Michael Hoppen gallery’s Frida: A Photographic Portrait unites images of the artist taken by her contemporaries and a selection of works by Japan’s Ishiuchi Miyako from the series Frida. In Miyako’s documentation of Kahlo, we see the photographer sift through her remaining artefacts to reveal hidden intricacies about one of the 20th century’s most intriguing artists. As the press release explains: “Bright blue pills, hand painted casts and stacked, heeled pink lame shoes suggest the wealth of ailments and immense pain that plagued her. However, many friends noted that the more incapacitated Kahlo became the more elaborately she dressed herself, and reviewed together the portraits and photographs of her belongings create a composite ‘portrait’, an insight into a woman who used fashion and art to channel her physical difficulties into a courageous statement of identity, strength and beauty.”
Frida: A Photographic Portrait runs from June 20 – July 28 at London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery
DAYBREAK: NEW AFFIRMATIONS IN QUEER PHOTOGRAPHY, VARIOUS ARTISTS, LESLIE LOHMAN MUSEUM, NEW YORK
Daybreak: New Affirmations in Queer Photography unites 12 emerging New York-based artists to represent a diversity of experiences, and ultimately the visual definition of what it means to be young and queer in the city of dreams. Hosted by the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian art, the show features works in a range of styles from wheat-pasted posters to large-format black and white photography. Deeply personal, the group of artists show what a queer community looks like today as they lens their lives, families, friends and their surrounding environments to explore themes of identity and belonging. Take Mikaela Lungulov-Klotz who tenderly documents her twin sibling’s transition or Aranibar Molina who uses his lens to explore what it means to date as a young, queer New Yorker, including themes of unrequited love, desire and rejection.
Daybreak: New Affirmations in Queer Photography runs until September 2018 at New York’s Leslie Lohman Museum
PRINT! TEARING IT UP, VARIOUS PUBLISHERS, SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON
With the recent closure of both Interview Magazine and Wardour News, there’s never been a better time in London to reconnect with the roots, and contemporary successors of independent print publishing. You can do so at Print! Tearing it up, a show running at Central London’s Somerset House, which celebrates the independent British magazines that are changing the world. As the first exhibition to trace the evolution of independent magazine publishing in 20th century Britain, the show will display independent press from as early as 1914, with BLAST, the Vorticist journal, and will extend as far as contemporary emerging titles such as gal-dem, Ladybeard, and Mushpit. You can also explore how Dazed has helped influence art and design ideas as one of Britain’s earliest subcultural magazines.
Print! Tearing it up run until June 29 at London’s Somerset House
IF KEISHA JUMPED OFF A BRIDGE, WOULD YOU DO IT TOO?, MEDIUM TINGS, NEW YORK
Medium Tings is an apartment gallery and project space in Brooklyn that hosts emerging contemporary artists, such as Ayana Evans, a performance artist who explores perseverance, love, feminism, and black visibility who is currently on show. If Keisha Jumped Off a Bridge, Would You Do it Too? is Evan’s first solo exhibition and it features two live ephemeral performances and four video works. “I am considering what it means to be a Black body in an art space and what it means to be that same body on the street in Brooklyn,” Evans explains in the press release. ”I am always challenging the viewer to look at my black femme body with respect no matter what I am wearing. The physical struggles in my work represent black pain, feminine pain, and universal/personal pains like heartbreak.”
If Keisha Jumped Off a Bridge, Would You Do it Too? runs until June 24 at Brooklyn’s Medium Tings