Autumn Art

As things get colder you might be able to drink the impending winter doom away with a free bottle of beer or two at some unsuspecting art show. Here are a selection of some interesting shows in London for the end of October, start of November and beyond. Including private view dates where possible.

 Solo Exhibitions:

Ben Turnbull, Eleven Gallery

Eleven Gallery – Ben Turnbull I Dont Like Mondays Exhibition dates 21st October to 7th November 2009

“First solo show with London-based artist Ben Turnbull. Turnbull perverts objects associated with childhood to both reveal a darker side of youth and critique the way it’s often pictured in the media. His new series of works – seven school desks on which images of weapons have been painstakingly carved – is a direct comment on contemporary school life, alluding to the horrific crimes repeatedly splashed out in headlines, from knife murders in South London to the Virginia Tech and Columbine massacres. By whittling the desk down to expose these deadly shapes, Turnbull also hints at a latent feeling of violence, it’s as if the weapons were already there, waiting to be used.”

Fred Gallery: – Brian Montouri – Till 8th of November. Brian Montouri’s quirky paintings capture a strange moment in American history when in a bid to increase tourism the twin towns of Niagra Falls pushed a raft over the Falls with live animals and human dummies on them. Work by Peter Davis also shown.

Group Shows: 

Fitzrovia Pop Up Space: ‘Unrealistic Expectations’ is a ‘pop up’ exhibition of works by young and emerging Dutch and UK artists: Zakia el Abodi, Marcel Dingemanse, Caron Geary, Roderik Henderson, Alex Hudson, Claire de Jong, Kate Mayne, Stefan Sjouke, Anami Schrijvers, Joke Vrij, Martin C. de Waal.
24 October to 14 November 2009
Private View, Friday 23 October 17:00 until 21:00
Opening hours: Thursdays to Saturdays, 12:00 until 18:00
40 Riding House Street, W1W 7ES

The Vyner Street Gallery – ‘Archaeology of Subject/Object’ – a group show curated by Beata Kozlowska, the exhibition of painting, sculpture and photographs by exciting international and London artists.
Kalyi Amoto, Daphna Alon, Karima Al Shomely, Nandita Chaudhuri, Sivan Cohen, Lucy Cierniak, Beata Kozlowska, Bo Magnus, Agnieszka Pytlik, Margarita Trushina                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Exhibition runs 2nd-8th November 2009 
Private View : Friday 2nd Nov 6.30-8.30
Late Night Opening: November 5th ‘First Thursdays’ until 9pm                                                                                                                                                   
JT Project 09 is: The James Taylor Gallery has invited six local artist-run organisations to each occupy a room within their vast Victorian warehouse organised by Fieldgate Gallery, Five Years, James Taylor Gallery, Katie Guggenheim, Supine Studios, The Centre of the Universe and Transition Gallery. Spread over two floors of a huge building, the project provides the opportunity to see shows by these peer organisations simultaneously.  Exhibition runs 14 October – 1 November

Peru Ana Ana Peru, Lava Collective

The Lava Collective – ‘Cityscape’ – Focussing on cities and urban culture, Cityscape features works by Cleon Peterson, Seripop, Peru Ana Ana Peru, Ashes 57 plus more TBA.  LAVA Collective [London Audio / Visual Art Collective] was founded in Summer 2009 to provide a platform in London for emerging artists from around the world. At the Old Truman Brewery. Preview on November 5th will be followed by an after party at the Princess Alice pub, 42-44 Commercial Street. LAVA Collective have invited dubstep luminaries Loefah, Mala, Pokes and Skipple to provide the soundtrack for the night.  To get free entry to the after party, just go along to the art show and put your name on the list. Capacity is limited so get there early. 5th to the 15th of November.

Cell Project Space – ‘Lobby’ Stefano Calligaro, Karen Cunningham, Charlie Danby, Lieke Snellen, Mick Peter,  Simon and Tom Bloor, Francesca, Nobilucci                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Private View Friday 6th November 2009- 6.30-9.30pm
November 7th- December 6th 2009 

Core Arts – ‘scare in the community’ – One night event showcasing video, performance, 2D and 3D works by artists addressing issues relating to community care as well as institutional critique both inside and outside the context of art. The theme of the show resonates with current tendencies to prioritise principles of care in the community over extended hospitalisation. The idea of the mentally ill being free to roam the streets and mingle with the general public has caused much fear amongst communities and frequently leads to sensationalist news headlines in the tabloids   Frank Bangay, George Barber, David Blandy, Ian Bourn, Boyle and Shaw, El Vonne Brown, Enda Burke, Leona Christie, CoolTan, Tessa Garland, Julika Gittner, Alex Ingram, IRE-MIND, Stephen Jackson, Terry Jones, Jean-Paul Martinon, Octavia Arts, Jo Panter, Laure Prouvost, Jon Purnell, Natasha Rees, Erica Scourti, Temple of Mithras, Josephine Wood – 109 Homerton High Street – Sat 24th October

 Schwartz Gallery – ‘Celestial Contrakt’ navigates through the terrain of the ‘celestial’ and ‘ethereal’ in an attempt to offer different entry and exit points to the theme, to alternate possibilities of experiential environments.
Dominic Allen, Nikos Alexiou, Alex Bunn, Andrew Hladky, Bern Roche Farrelly, Stine Ljungdalh, Christina Mitrentse, Jonas Ranson, Lee Wagstaff, Marc Wayland.,
12 November – 6 December 2009
Friday-Sunday 12-6pm
Private view: Thursday 12th November 2009. 6-10pm
Guest sound Performers: Existjesus , Douce Angoisse,
Artist’s talk 2pm, Saturday 28th November, 2009

Londonewcastle Project Space hosting RareKind London’s ‘3 Decades’ exhibition, celebrating 30 years of London graffiti art.  Running from 5 – 12 December 2009, the artwork will be exhibited according to decade showcasing exclusive art work, photographs and memorabilia from the ‘pioneers’ of the art form in the 80’s, following a linear history through to the 90’s ‘masters’ and on to the 00’s and the ‘new blood’ artists. 3 Decades is the largest and most comprehensive show of its kind to ever be exhibited in London.  It will include canvases and affordable prints by over 30 artists including Eine, Zomby, Prime, Roid, Tox, RT London, David Samuel as well as many more of London’s inimitable artists who have painted, sequestered in the shadows for more than thirty years, yet inadvertently changed the face of London’s urban art scene forever.  3 Decades will be open daily from 5-12 December 2009 from 11.00am to 7.00pm at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP

Five Storey Projects guest-curate a series of events for the David Roberts Foundation in December 2009. 111 Great Titchfield Street London W1W 6RY
Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann, Lars Laumann,  Sam Craven, Raagnagrok, Susan MacWilliams and others Dec 03.12.09-17.12.09                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Also 2 October – 19 December 2009 The Object of Attack a series of footnotes and infiltrations parallel to the exhibition Sculpture of The Space Age at the Foundation. Deliberately reacting against a linear approach to interpretation, The Object of the Attack will work as an echo chamber to the main exhibition and raise multiple questions about art production and curatorial engagement, translations and communication, avoiding any fixed answers.
Artists have been invited to contribute to a collective and evolving conversation. The space will be constantly re-installed over the three months, hosting every week a new intervention, performance, artwork, sound piece, discussion, etc.
The set of the gallery will reflect this process, providing a space where the audience will be encouraged to have a more active and creative role. Artists Reto Pulfer and Patrizio di Massimo will create, one after the other, a different interpretation of what this space can be. For the final week, the space will host an installation by Roman Ondak.

Arty Party time:

Hunga Munga Halloween Party – Bethnal Green Working Men’s club on Sat the 24th of October

music, art and making stuff with the usual annual monster mash up that is our halloween party, with fancy dress, party games, competitions and prizes as well as the usual arts and crafts materials… perfect place tp make a halloween card or present or trick or treat costume…with live music from our lovely cabaret of crazy friends SLAPPER and more… and a special trick or treat gameshow for some lucky HungaMungarians…
it’s gonna be SPooOKtacular as always!!!
just £6 on the door!

THE DONDON LUNGEON Cosmicmegabrain presents
The horrors of 21st century London this HALLOWEEN Art, Music, Performance EXTRAVAGANZA 31 October from 10pm till late at 31B New Inn Yard EC2A with the support of: Hoxton Loft Society / Wild Life / I May Be Hungry But I Sure Ain’t Weird                   GUEST LIST ONLY! PLEASE RSVP TO:



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