Hung & Drawn: North Korean girl bands and abstract pieces from the best young artists
For Ok Who Won't, Ever (2013)
Cécile B. Evans
Term has truly begun for the contemporary art world and there are a bunch of group shows opening this week that higlight some of the best of emerging art in the UK. Most notably is V22 Young London and Bloomberg New Contemporaries launching in Bristol at Spike Island (before it heads to the ICA in November) - both opening this Saturday.
Cécile B. Evans at Bold Tendencies
Last year's Frieze prize winner is doing a performance for one night only onn September 14 at Bold Tendancies against her pink fake sunset backdrop inspired by North Korea girl group that references everything from R&B to Philip K Dick to Rite of Spring. There are two performances on the night but book your spot.
Ben Sansbury at V22 Young London
Following an incredible zero gravity installation at Baltic last week - where he made a rock float mid air using sound waves - he is one of the artists showing a big installation of hand made, fucked-up wood, plaster and painted sculptural works at V22. Think Kippenberger meets Brancusi.
Alistair Frost at Kinman Gallery
Frost is not exactly emerging as he's been showing for a while including at the now defunct Hotel. But his approach has had such a reinvention that he deserves a mention. This art is a perfect reinterpretation of emoticons, stationary and the blandness of office life. Frost is showing at Febreze at Kinman Gallery on Curtain Road, which opens this Thursday 12th.
Megan Rooney at Arcadia Missa
After a knockout pop up installation at Space Studios, Rooney is showing alongside Holly White at Arcadia Missa to coincide with PAMI on the 18th. Thee pair have been playing ping pong with each other's practises, producing a novella and installation.
Yves Scherer at Bloomberg New Contemporaries
Swiss London-based artists Scherer is one of the highlights at Bloomberg New Contemporaries and he's a slippery one to pin down with work ranging from photography to sculpture, materials from glass to white radiators.
Joe Frazer at Bloomberg New Contemporaries
The recent RA graduate is definitely one to watch and showing at New Contemporaries. His sculptural pieces use textiles, pattern and repeated forms that feels like a very personal visual language.
Marianne Spurr at V22 Young London
Fingers crossed Spurr will be making floor piece at V22 as these arranged, fragile seeming assemblages are knockouts. Her floor and wall pieces have collage feel but with more of an 80s abstract graphic sensibility.
RCA graduate Richard Sides is getting serious attention with his take on sound installation. He has a solo show at Carlos Ishikawa opening September 17 and is included in V22. Art to be heard in person.
Paul Flannery at Bloomberg New Contemporaries
Flannery is heading up the Bubblebyte.org Spike Island website takeover during New Contemporaries. 'Nuovo Nuovo Vecchio' takes 8 of this years artists and asked them to make reacting to the exhibition's archive. Spikeisland.org.uk
Steven Morgana at Bloomberg New Contemporaries
There is something alchemical in Morgana's light sculptures that use rainbows, science and mirrors in ever interesting ways. Should be one of the standouts at Bloomberg New Contemporaries.