Martin John Callanan
Anetta Mona Chisa
This exhibition showcases the most dynamic work being made in London in 2012. Take a journey through a selection of the latest art trends and see potential stars of the future amongst 35 artists chosen by a panel of international artists, curators and collectors. Also, 'Artists Film International' with video by Liu Chuang, Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkacova, Dan Finsel and Sriwhana Spong.
The London Open
This exhibition showcases the most dynamic work being made in London in 2012. Take a journey through a selection of the latest art trends and see potential stars of the future amongst 35 artists chosen by a panel of international artists, curators and collectors.
Political and social subject matter is a theme in many works. The show features artists using performance and DIY approaches to making work whilst others investigate kitsch, outsider art and countercultural groups. The exhibition includes Arnaud Desjardin’s live printing press, Leigh Clarke’s negative casts of masks of political figures often worn during demonstrations, Nicholas Cobb’s photographs showing fictitious model riot scenes at Bluewater shopping centre and Pio Abad’s work featuring Saddam Hussein’s gold taps printed on an imitation Versace silk scarf.
The London Open includes work in a diverse range of media from painting, sculpture, film, textile and photography to installation and performance. It includes Paul Westcombe’s intricate illustrations on takeaway coffee cups, Alice Channer’s body-based sculptures, Lucienne Cole’s pop culture-inspired performances and Martin John Callanan’s conceptual works, such as International Directory of Fictitious Telephone Numbers (2012).
The London Open is a chance to see some of today’s most innovative artists. The Whitechapel Gallery’s open submission exhibitions have shown artists including Grayson Perry, Bob & Roberta Smith and Rachel Whiteread early in their careers.
Artists: Pio Abad, Peter Abrahams, Caroline Achaintre, Greta Alfaro, Sol Archer, Thomas Ball, Martin John Callanan, Dale Carney, Paul Carter, Alice Channer, Leigh Clarke, Nicholas Cobb, Lucienne Cole, Beth Collar, Chris Coombes, Shona Davies, Jon Klein & Dave Monaghan, Arnaud Desjardin, Sarah Dobai, Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson, Ana Genoves, Mark Harris, Emma Holmes, John Hughes, Nikolai Ishchuk, Robert Orchardson, Heather Phillipson, Ruth Proctor, Amikam Toren, Charlie Tweed, Roy Voss, Paul Westcombe and Rehana Zaman.
Selectors: Patricia Bickers, editor of Art Monthly; artist Rodney Graham; collector Jack Kirkland; curator Marta Kuzma; and Whitechapel Gallery curator Kirsty Ogg.
Artists Film International: Liu Chuang, Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkacova, Dan Finsel and Sriwhana Spong
This season of artists’ films looks at performance – from interventions in the city to early modernist dance and 1970s and 80s pop culture.
Liu Chuang’s two films bring choreographed poetic sequences into everyday places by using urban materials from roadside litter to cars driven in parallel along a city street. While Manifesto of Futurist Woman (Let’s Conclude) (2008) by Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkácová sees a group of majorettes broadcasting in semaphore based on Valentine de Saint-Point’s 1912 manifesto of the same name, where she calls for the recognition of strong women in society.
Dan Finsel’s video, I Would Love Farrah, Farrah, Farrah (1) (2009) shows the artist inhabiting a frenetic character based on an amalgam of TV and film personalities, using performance to explore the construction of identity. Alongside this Sriwhana Spong’s film Costume for a Mourner (2010) is a reconstruction from archival photographs of the dancing and costumes from Le Chant du Rossignol, originally performed by the Ballets Russes in 1920.
Artists’ Film International showcases international artists working with film, video and animation, selected by 12 partner organisations around the world. Liu Chuang is selected by Para/Site, Hong Kong; Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkácová by n.b.k Video-Forum, Berlin; Dan Finsel by Ballroom Marfa, Texas, USA and Sriwhana Spong by City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand.
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