What's On: Central London

Opening This Week

Niru Ratnam – Nell Brookfield: When the Knife Hits the Plate, Scream

(27 May – 25 June, 2022) Nell Brookfield makes paintings that convey the heightened specificity of a moment. Her paintings often have nocturnal settings at parties or social gatherings. In her works, the people present, who usually would be the most noisy and animated elements there, seem momentarily frozen in their poses. In their place, the incidental elements around them take over, taking a life of their own, moving slowly, changing and morphing in organic shapes. The pattern on someone’s dress, the curls of hair on a pet dog, the wisps of smoke from a cigarette or candle. It is as if the human world pauses, and the world around us, take over, knowing that when we are gone, they will still be there.

Closing This Week

Sadie Coles HQ (Kingly St) – Seth Price: Art Is Not Human

(13 April – 28 May, 2022) Seth Price has rarely shown in the UK; this exhibition marks his first solo gallery presentation in London since his film and video survey at the ICA London in 2017. Born in 1973 and based in New York, Price works in many media, experimenting with contemporary materials and themes to evoke a sense of “increasing abstraction, the alienated self, all the weird ways that material and immaterial go back and forth,” as he explained in a recent interview.

Soho Revue – Amy Steel: We Are The Ones Who Know

(4 May – 28 May, 2022) Steel’s practice combines painting and performance to create expansive, sensual environments where women unravel and viewers are encouraged to explore the limitless potential of female sexuality and identity.

What's On

Alison Jacques – NICOLA L.

(13 May – 23 July, 2022) Alison Jacques is delighted to announce an exhibition spanning 50 years of work by Nicola L. (b. 1932, Morocco; d. 2018, US), which opens today from 6–8pm. Presented in partnership with the Nicola L. Collection and Archive, Los Angeles, this is the artist’s first UK solo exhibition and anticipates a forthcoming monograph, published by Apartamento in Autumn 2022, and a major survey at Camden Art Centre, London, in 2024.

Hollybush Gardens – Charlotte Johannesson: Circuit

(12 May – 18 June, 2022) Charlotte Johannesson’s third exhibition at Hollybush Gardens provides an account of her extensive practice with digitally-conceived textiles and recent paintings alongside plotter prints and digital slideshows. The exhibition explores Johannesson’s continued engagement with symbolism, science, and the human pursuit of innovation.

König London – Ayoko Rokkaku: Imagination For Flying Adventure

(13 May – 11 June, 2022) IMAGINATION FOR FLYING ADVENTURE is Rokkaku’s first solo show in the U.K. Its title refers to emotional flights her paintings make possible. Rokkaku’s supple images transcend the conventions of both figuration and abstraction. Across the exhibition, bodies become vehicles for inspiration through careful attention to their capacity for nuanced sensation. Recurring motifs in Rokkaku’s paintings include manga-inspired, cartoon-like girls who play within the liminal spaces between them and their surroundings — their eyes brimming with both coquettishness and curiosity.

Amanda Wilkinson – Oisín Byrne: Act Natural

(12 May – 18 June, 2022) Oisín Byrne’s work considers how the self can be expressed or contained in the many layers that make up a person. The audience enters the gallery to a space where colour, sound, language, and texture collide. Standing on a carpet illustrating the edges of Byrne’s notebooks, with fluorescent post-it note tabs poking out, marking pages, and busily mapping the artist’s thoughts, there is a sense of exuberance, generosity and sharing. The sensory and affective exchange presents a queer performativity that is at once empowering and fallible.

rosenfeld – Levi van Veluw: Symbols of Persuasion

(10 May – 16 June, 2022) Levi van Veluw’s second solo exhibition at gallery rosenfeld will feature a new site specific installation entitled The Archive that will engulf the entirety of the downstairs space. Created in a darkened atmosphere where a repository of the artist’s objects are amassed together, exploring the relation between the rational, the spiritual and the material.

Workplace (Margaret St) – Olivia Jia: Ex Libris

(12 May – 17 June, 2022) The exhibition will include a series of new small-scale paintings in which the artist brings together an array of images and objects sourced from her own archive onto the pages of fictional manuscripts, creating personal and poetic narratives.

BEERS London – Peter Matthews: Shape Shifter

(22 May – 11 June, 2022) Peter Matthews’ works have always been about how we, as individuals and a greater society of people, have to keep adjusting to the uncertainty and ambiguity of life and the natural world. Matthews presents his fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, and as always, the nomadic artist effortlessly combines painting and drawing with a greater holistic view of the natural world as it shifts around us.

Tj Boulting – Boo Saville: Ma

(6 May – 11 June, 2022) TJ Boulting is proud to present our fifth solo show with Boo Saville. Ma is her most personal show to date, incorporating her renowned colour field paintings and detailed drawings with a narrative that draws on her own reflections on motherhood and journey of involuntary childlessness.

Mamoth – Of Foxes and Ghosts

(7 May – 11 June, 2022) Featuring works by seven artists: Maya Bloch, Henry Curchod, Veronika Hapchenko, Antonia Kuo, Julia Maiuri, Maciej Nowacki and Areum Yang, opening on May 7th, 2022. The title of the show is inspired by Pu Songling’s Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, a collection of fantastic tales aimed at criticising 18th century Chinese society.

Edel Assanti – Nour el Saleh: Underfoot

(13 May – 2 July 2022) Edel Assanti is pleased to present Underfoot, a solo exhibition by Nour el Saleh comprising five large scale paintings and work on paper. The exhibition contemplates life in the extremities deep below or high above ground level.

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