Art & Architecture

  • RIBA opens its monumental installation for Hull UK City of Culture 2017

    A Hall for Hull with ‘Trois Points de Vue’ – a joint commission from The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 – was officially unveiled to the public on the evening of Monday 2nd October. The monumental temporary installation has transformed Trinity Square with sixteen galvanized steel columns arranged in a grid formation in front of Hull Minster to form a new ‘outdoor room’ for the city.

    Chile-based architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen have collaborated with Swiss artist Felice Varini to create the ambitious structure, which responds to the historic heart of Hull and will remain in place until 11 November 2017. It has been commissioned to encourage local people to see their city in new and memorable ways and to become a focal point for national and international tourists.

    The installation provides visitors with a range of different vistas of the square and experiences as they enter each of the six-metre-high columns, which are open to the sky. Perforations across the columns’ frosted-like steel skin create a delicate interplay of light and shadow across the interiors of each inhabited space. Visual and physical contradictions merge as visitors first encounter a series of imposing, static steel columns from a distance, but as they move closer, the perforations create as feeling of lightness.

    The playful optical illusions continue with the artwork applied by international acclaimed artist Felice Varini. Through his practice of op-art, Varini has created three hand-drawn, delicate artworks across the columns that distort and redefine the otherwise rigid geometry of their solid arrangement, challenging perceptions of perspective and scale in this particular public setting. Each artwork aligns from a different viewpoint across Trinity Square, encouraging visitors to meander through the columns, leaving the view of the central axis of the church’s nave untouched.

    Although both Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Felice Varini have previously exhibited in London, this is the first time they have developed an artwork jointly. The practice of Pezo von Ellrichshausen that oscillates between art and architecture, embedded in land-art and often located in rural conditions, forms a complementary relationship with Varini’s op-art practice with the majority of his artworks situated within and upon the urban fabric. This combination here serves to redefine and activate multiple perspectives of a historically-charged public square through a series of experiences as visitors walk around the installation.

    Architects Mauricio Pezo & Sofia von Ellrichshausen said: “This installation forms a temporary hypostyle room without a roof, with massive but almost immaterial columns barely open to the sky and to the immediate surroundings. The empty stone-paved square is challenged by the size and disposition of a regular open grid and each column (two metres wide and six metres high) is in fact an inhabitable room with a single entrance pointed to a different direction. The silent vibration of glimmering lights and shadows, together with the very indifference of the grid, is altered by three delicate motives drawn in the air by Swiss artist Felice Varini, which can only be seen towards precise vanishing points.”

    Marie Bak Mortensen, RIBA Head of Exhibitions, said: “Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Felice Varini have developed an exceptional proposal; one where Varini’s abstracted art applied to architectural space aligns with Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s practice of monumental architecture – carefully considered to the scale of Hull Minster and its surrounding square. A Hall for Hull effortlessly fulfils the commission’s aim to push the boundaries of how we observe art, architecture and public spaces and to facilitate unique experiences for residents and newcomers to the city. I look forward to seeing this installation unfold in-situ as RIBA takes its programme outside its dedicated gallery spaces in London and Liverpool.”

    Sam Hunt, Executive Producer, Hull 2017, said: “The Hull 2017 Look Up programme is about making people see and experience this amazing city in new and exciting ways. A Hall for Hull certainly does that, opening up fresh vistas across Trinity Square. It is helping kick off our fourth season and we hope that it will encourage even more people, both residents and visitors, to head to this key destination in the heart of the city.”

    The Vicar of Hull Minster, the Rev Canon Dr Neal Barnes, said: “This striking, interactive art installation, which is already getting people talking, will be a very different sight and experience and is sure to bring thousands of visitors into the heart of the Old Town. We’re certainly looking forward to welcoming visitors drawn by this spectacular installation through the doors of the Minster to enjoy more magnificent sights and see the exciting transformation taking place under our development project. A Hall for Hull illustrates the opportunities presented by the creation of a stunning, uninterrupted public space in Trinity Square, reuniting the church and the city. Trinity Square is now the perfect place for a work of this scale which promotes Hull as an ambitious, creative city, emboldened by City of Culture.”

    The project, supported by the British Council, has been developed through an invited competition for an architectural and artistic collaboration, with a brief to create a temporary intervention designed specifically for the square. Hull 2017 and RIBA have been working closely with Hull Minster to develop the project, which is helping launch the fourth season of Hull’s City of Culture year, entitled ‘Tell the World’.

    Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Felice Varini were chosen from a pool of eighteen outstanding, emerging and established architects practising in the UK and internationally. Trinity Square has benefited from Hull City Council’s £25 million public realm improvements programme. This latest transformation builds on the drive to bring new life to this historic part of the city.

    A Hall for Hull is sponsored by Hull-based Wedge Galvanizing Group, and is part of Look Up’, a Hull 2017 curated programme of temporary installations in public places and spaces around the city.

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  • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London, 2016

    1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has announced the galleries exhibiting in the fourth edition of the London fair, taking place in Somerset House from 6 – 9 October. 1:54 will showcase carefully selected and diverse presentations by 40 of the world’s leading galleries specialising in contemporary African art.

    The 2016 edition of the fair will feature 40 galleries from 18 countries: Côte d’Ivoire; Denmark; Egypt; Ethiopia; France; Germany; Ghana; Italy; Kenya; Morocco; Nigeria; Portugal; South Africa; Spain; Tunisia; United Kingdom; United States and Zimbabwe.

    17 galleries will exhibit at the London fair for the first time in 2016: 50 Golborn; Addis Fine Art; AGorgi Contemporary Art Gallery; Barnard Gallery; Caroline Pagès Gallery; Galeria 111; Circle Art Gallery; Eric Hussenot Gallery; Gallery 1957; Gallery of African Art (GAFRA); Jenkins Johnson Gallery; L’Atelier 21; Officine dell’Immagine; Sulger-Buel Lovell; TAFETA; Tyburn Gallery; and Village Unhu.

    Over the past four years 1:54 has established itself as a leading voice in the global discussion on contemporary African art, and this year will spotlight the work of over 110 African and African Diasporan artists, working in various different mediums and coming from a unique spread of geographical backgrounds comprising 30 countries: Algeria; Benin; Cameroon; Côte d’Ivoire; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ethiopia; France; Germany; Ghana; Italy; Japan; Kenya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Morocco; Mozambique; Nigeria; Russia; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sudan; Switzerland; Togo; Tunisia; Uganda; United Kingdom; United States and Zimbabwe.

    This year 1:54 will again be accompanied by FORUM, the fair’s extensive talks and events program, including lectures, film screenings and panel discussions with international curators, artists and art professionals. FORUM is curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, Dakar.

    Full List of Participating Galleries:

    50 Golborn (London, United Kingdom)
    Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
    AFRONOVA GALLERY (Johannesburg, South Africa)
    AGorgi Gallery (Tunis, Tunisia)
    APALAZZOGALLERY (Brescia, Italy)
    Art Twenty One (Lagos, Nigeria)
    ARTCO Gallery (Aachen, Germany)
    ARTLabAfrica (Nairobi, Kenya)
    Axis Gallery (New York, United States)
    Barnard Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa)
    Caroline Pagès Gallery (Lisbon, Portugal)http://www.1-54.com
    CIRCA Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya)
    Eric Hussenot Gallery (Paris, France)
    Galeri Mikael Anderson (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    Galeria 111 (Lisbon, Portugal)
    Galerie Anne De Villepoix (Paris, France)
    Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
    Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana)
    Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) (London, United Kingdom)
    GVCC (Casablanca, Morocco)
    Jack Bell Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Jenkins Johnson Gallery (New York/San Francisco, United States)
    L’Atelier 21 (Casablanca, Morocco)
    Magnin-A (Paris, France)
    Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle, United States)
    Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo, Egypt)
    October Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Officine dell’Immagine (Milan, Italy)
    Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)
    Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Madrid, Spain)
    Selma Feriani Gallery (Tunis, Tunisia)
    (S)ITOR / Sitor Senghor (Paris, France)
    Sulger-Buel Lovell (London, United Kingdom)
    TAFETA (London, United Kingdom)
    Tiwani Contemporary (London, United Kingdom)
    Tyburn Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Vigo Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Village Unhu (Harare, Zimbabwe)
    Voice Gallery (Marrakech, Morocco)

    For more information

    1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 
    Websitewww.1-54.com
    Date: 6–9 October 2016
    Venue: Somerset House, London

    Header image: Adejoke Tugbiyele (USA/Nigeria), Homeless Hungry Homo, 2014. Palm stems, Yarn, perforated metal, African mask, one dollar bills, 76 x 152 x 60 cm. Photo: Jonathan Greet

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  • 1:54 Contemporary African Art at Somerset House, London

    Title Image by Jack Bell Gallery via 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

    • Europe’s leading Contemporary African Art Fair returns to Somerset House for a third year (15 – 18 October 2015)
    • Follows successful New York debut earlier this year
    • Bigger than ever before, the fair will now feature 38 exhibitors to showcase work by more than 150 African artists across the East, West and South Wings
    • An extensive programme of talks with thought-leaders from across the art world hosted by 1:54’s FORUM curated by Koyo Kouoh

    Following a successful New York debut earlier this year, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is set to return to London this October (15 – 18) to present its most substantial showcase yet. Taking place once again in the historic setting of Somerset House, the fair takes on an additional third wing this year and will feature 38 exhibitors representing more than 150 contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora.

    The fair will present an opportunity to discover and appreciate contemporary African art in mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and installation with a cross-section of works from across the continent. Highlights of artists (and their galleries) include:

    • Otobong Nkanga (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc) – an Art Review FutureGreat
    • Sammy Baloji (Axis Gallery) – designing an in-situ installation for the gallery at the fair
    • Ibrahim El Salahi (Vigo Gallery) – one of the leading figures that launched Tate modern’s outlook on African and Arab modernism with his inaugural exhibition “A Visionary Modernist”
    • Athi-Patra Ruga (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc) – winner, 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for Performance Art
    • Edson Chagas (APALAZZOGALLERY) – winnner of the Golden Lion with the Angolan Pavillion at the 55th Venice Biennale and soon to exhibit at MoMa.
    • Other highlights of this year’s fair inlcude: Aboudia (Galerie Cecile Fakhoury), Boris Nzebo (Jack Bell Gallery), Gonçalo Mabunda (Jack Bell Gallery), Ibrahim Mahama (APALAZZOGALLERY), Meschac Gaba (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc), Romuald Hazoumè (October Gallery), Sokari Douglas Camp CBE (October Gallery), Virginia Chihota (Tiwani Contemporary)and many more.

    Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director of 1:54 says:

    “It’s a great feeling to be announcing our return to London with a collection of galleries and artists of this calibre. The response to having doubled in size last year and debuted in New York has been overwhelming and as a result, some of the most inspiring contemporary artists from Africa will be represented at the fair. 1:54 London 2015 will continue to celebrate the diversity and growing popularity of art from Africa’s 54 countries and we hope that more people will visit and discover the quality of work being produced in the region and by its diaspora.”

     

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    Omar Victor Diop Ikhlas Khan, Diaspora series, 2015 Pigment inkjet printing on Harman By Hahnemuhle paper 120 x 80 cm Courtesy of Magnin-A, Paris via 1:54 Contemporary African Art

    As well as 32 galleries, 1:54 will feature four special projects and two solo shows including a unique lounge area designed by Hassan Hajjaj’s Morrocan based Larrache Studio. The individual shows include Kapwani Kiwanga’s Flowers for Africa, an exhibition celebrating the independence of the 54 African countries through the reproduction of flower arrangements and a Kinshasa street life photography exhibition by Congolese artist Kiripi Katembo.

    Over the past three years, 1:54 has established itself as a leading voice on contemporary African art. 1:54 will host its hugely popular FORUM programme – a three-day critical conversations series comprising of artist talks, panel discussions and film screenings curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Companyand curator of 2016 EVA International,Ireland’s BiennialWith a focus on North Africa this year,discussion topics will include the current trajectories of contemporary African artistic production and practice. The conversations will explore the cultural diversity of artistic traditions that form the rich universe of the African experience.

    The fair will be designed by award-winning architectural and design studio RA Projects (Rashid Ali). RA Projects will insert a series of richly coloured sculptural interventions across the East, South, and West Wings of Somerset House.

    Online platform Artsy will be producing an extensive digital catalogue of the fair at Artsy.net and on the Artsy iPhone app making it possible to experience the fair around the world.

    List of exhibitors

    (S)itor, Paris
    Afronova, Johannesburg
    Art Twenty One, Lagos
    APALAZZOGALLERY, Brescia
    ArtLabAfrica, Nairobi
    ARTCO Gallery, Aachen
    Axis Gallery, New York
    CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg
    Ed Cross Fine Art, London
    Fondation Donwahi, Abidjan
    Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
    Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan
    Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
    Galerie Maïa Muller, Paris
    Galerie MAM, Douala
    GALLERY AOP, Johannesburg
    Galleri Flach, Stockholm
    GVCC, Casablanca
    In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris
    Jack Bell Gallery, London
    Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town
    KooVha Gallery, Harare
    Magnin-A, Paris
    Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle
    October Gallery, London
    Omenka Gallery, Lagos
    Primo Marella Gallery, Milan
    Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
    Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis
    Tamar Golan Gallery, Luanda
    Tiwani Contemporary, London
    Vigo Gallery, London

    SPECIAL PROJECTS

    BASMOCA (Basma Al Sulaiman Museum of Contemporary Art), Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin
    Hassan Hajjaj, Larrache Studio, Marrakech
    Qubeka Bead Studio, Cape Town, South Africa

    For more information

    Website: 1-54.com
    Twitter: twitter.com/154artfair
    Facebook: facebook.com/154ContemporaryAfricanArtFair
    Instagram: instagram.com/154artfair
    @154artfair | #154artfair

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  • Urban Journeys: London South Bank

    Yellow Stairs

    WHERE: London, South bank

    COUNTRY: United Kingdom

    WHEN: August, 2015

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  • VICTOR EHIKHAMENOR: Chronicles Of The Enchanted World

    image from the Gallery of African Art

    If you are in London then do go along to Cork Street and check out Victor Ehikhamenor’s Chronicles of an Enchanted Land at the Gallery of African Art 

    WHEN: 21st May -19th July 2014

    WHERE:

    Gallery of African Art

    9 Cork Street,

    London W1S 3LL.

    Tel: +44(0)207 287 7400

    Enquiries: info@gafraart.com

    Opening hours:

    Monday to Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 11am-4pm

     

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  • House 2014 presents Yinka Shonibare MBE

    HOUSE 2014 PRESENTS YINKA SHONIBARE MBE : THE BRITISH LIBRARY AT THE OLD REFERENCE LIBRARY, BRIGHTON MUSEUM & ART GALLERY

    3rd May – 25 May 2014

    A HOUSE 2014 and Brighton Festival co-commission

    Yinka Shonibare MBE’s new site-specific installation explores the impact of immigration on all aspects of British culture and considers notions of territory and place, cultural identity, displacement and refuge.

    Brighton Museum’s Old Reference Library becomes a repository for those, both celebrated and unfamiliar, who as immigrants to this country, made unique contributions to what we regard as ‘British’ culture. Filled with books colourfully bound in Shonibare’s trademark wax cloth (itself a cross-cultural hybrid of Indonesian design and Dutch manufacture), the gold embossed spines identify individuals such as T.S. Eliot, Henry James, Hans Holbein, Kazuo Ishiguro, Zaha Hadid, Mick Jagger, Darcey Bussell, George Frideric Handel, Hammasa Kohistani, Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher, Amartya Sena, Anish Kapoor and many more.

    Yinka Shonibare MBE’s work makes visible the cultural influences of colonisation and explores the rich complexity of post-colonial cultures. The British Library asks us to evaluate our attitudes to immigration and immigrants.

    The Old Reference Library 
    Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
    Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE
    Sat 3- Sun 25 May
    Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday
    10am – 5pm. Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays, 10am – 5pm)

    www.yinkashonibarembe.com/articles/present/

    www.housefestival.org/house-yinka-shonibare-MBE

    Only a few days left! Check it out!

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  • Urban Journeys: I’m the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy.

    Government Service Centre

    WHERE: Boston, Massachusetts

    COUNTRY: USA

    WHEN: 2009

    This building used as the Police HQ in one of my favourite movies ‘The Departed‘ and it was really pretty cool to see it in the flesh.

     

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  • Contemporary African Art: Sokari Douglas Camp

    Yoruba Ladies– image courtesy of http://www.sokari.co.uk/

     

    Sokari Douglas Camp is a sculptor who works primarily in steel. She was born in 1958 in the Kalabari town of Buguma in southern Nigeria. She studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, earned her BA degree at the Central School of Art and Design, London and her MA from the Royal College of Art. Douglas Camp now lives in London with her husband, Alan Camp who is an architect.

    Douglas Camp is internationally recognised for her large-scale sculptures in steel which has led to her work being acquired by various institutions like the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the British Museum in London, Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo and so on, all for their permanent collections.

     

    Material Salsa– image courtesy of http://www.sokari.co.uk/

     

    She has been awarded many commissions for public memorial sculptures, most notably the “Living Memorial” to Ken Saro-Wiwa. In 2003 her proposal NO-O-War No-O-War-R was shortlisted for Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth.  In 2005, Douglas Camp was awarded a CBE in recognition of her contribution to the arts.

    I have been a fan for a number of years and was glad to see more of her work including the lovely Yoruba ladies shown above at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.

    Please have a look at the beautiful stories told by this artist.

    For more information on Sokari Douglas camp visit: www.sokari.co.uk/

     

     

     

     

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  • Urbanknit Journeys: Boston City Hall

    Boston City Hall

    WHERE: Boston, Massachusetts

    COUNTRY: North America

    WHEN: 2009

    Boston City Hall

     

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  • Fabulous Finds: Nike Art Gallery

    During last week’s Social Media Week, I finally got round to visiting Nike Art Gallery in Lekki. I loved it. It was full of what I can only refer to as treasure! A fantastic array of African art all under one roof.

    Sculpture, painting, metalwork; it had everything. I can certainly not do it just in words so here are a few pictures. There are four levels to discover new favourites. I don’t think it’s a one day only type of visit. I spent quite some time but will definitely be back to take more of it in.

     

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    Joseph Eze Art

    Artist- Joseph Eze

    On the tour we were introduced to many new artists on the scene as well as some of the old masters. I will look further into their work and write about some of them in later posts. One of my personal favourites was Joseph Eze, whose work I have seen before but I was unable to identify.

    He does these beautiful women with threaded hair. They are beautifully adorned and interestingly each and every symbol/motif on the canvases has a meaning. I will explore further!

     

    Red Bull Metal Sculpture

    Red Bull Metal Sculpture

    In the meantime, if you are in Lagos make sure you visit!

    Address: 2 Lekki-Epe Expy, Lekki, Nigeria
    Phone:+234 813 154 8613
    Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    website: www.nikeartcenters.com/

     

     

     

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