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This week World Event for Young Artists [WEYA] will bring a staggering 1,000 young artists (18 ? 30 years) from 120 nations to Nottingham. Over a period of 10 days, these artists will bring the city to life with creative activity across all art forms including visual arts, music and gastronomy. We zoom in on four of them here.
Brit artist Jenny Saville’s show at Modern Art Oxford, the first solo show of the artist’s work in a UK public gallery, traces her practice from the early nineties to the present. Here Jenny Saville discusses her highly gestural new paintings of children, inspired by Renaissance Virgin and Child.
A year ago, Jotta member Craig Barnes and Dmitri Galitzine were each looking for a way out of London and dreaming of a perfect place to be. Invited to run a contemporary art gallery in rural Herefordshire, they decamped. This exhibition is the artists? response to the reality of life in a remote village. Utopia is rarely what it seems.
The early summer degree show period is a breeding ground for high anxiety, increased adrenalin, excitement, awkward conversation, regrets and second guessing ? all mixed in with a huge amount of relief and happiness.
Wimbledon College of Art is always a highlight of the London Fine Art degree show circuit, and this year Theresa Bruno found that painting was particularly strong, amongst other stand-out print and time-based media and sculpture. Read about her highlights here.
We’re at the midway point of the degree show season, the undergraduate show period is now a near memory and all eyes are turning to the fast approaching MA shows. Now is the ideal time to draw to parallels between works across the London art schools. By head to head, we don’t mean versus, instead we draw out shared concerns and approaches among this years graduates.
Jotta curators Ellie Grieg and Dave Charlesworth tell us the London degree shows they will bit hitting over the next two weeks. Which will you be seeing? Let us know in the comment box below which ones we’re missing.
It?s almost that time, students will be in the final throws of degree show prep, poised to break out from the art & design institution and unleash their untainted enthusiasm on the world. Jotta gained a peek inside the install as Wimbledon College of Art students prepared for their degree show.
Two weeks, two exhibitions, two chances to explore the work of some of London’s brightest up and coming artists.
ACOUSTIC MIRRORS is a dynamic weekend of events and live radio broadcast organised by students from the curatorial post-graduate programmes at Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London at the Zabludowicz Collection. Tonight is the opening event, featuring Christopher Thomas along with guests Gil Leung from LUX, performances from Patrick Coyle, and a surprise DJ! The event will continue on Saturday 4-Sunday the 5th 12-6pm, or you can listen live online.
On the 27th of January 2012 online exhibition space bubblebyte.org will celebrate its first birthday. They join forces with South London Stalwarts Lucky PDF and Sunday Painter for the launch party and exhibition. Watch the party promo by jotta collaborator Daniel Swan.
jotta curators Ellie Greig and new addition Dave Charlesworth ruminate over jotta’s past exhibition programme and curating strategy. And then peer into 2012, which for a host of reasons, is going to be a significant year for cultural events. There are likely to be bounces in national pride, political debate around the use of public funds, art education and increased political activism in the backdrop of government austerity measures. Which begs the question, How can we as curators react to such an environment?!
You wouldn’t say the UK is really crying out for yet another art prize to add to the long list already in existence, but this new arrival, being tailor made for artists working with digital, caught our attention.
The famous Odessa steps sequence of Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin was reenacted by a flash mob and directed by twin sisters Jane & Louise Wilson.
An oil spill that clings to the surface of water, caught in rays of sunlight, or a computer screen saver inspired by the early 1990?s revival of a New Age aesthetic? Bianca Brunner?s series of fifteen images that make up Spill 1-15 (2010) where exhibited at BolteLang?s space at Sunday art fair last month. The series is luminous in colour, abstract in design and ambiguous in creation and has risen some interesting questions regarding how digital media is influencing artistic practice.
I know we are supposed to get lost in Pipilotti Rist?s playful, provocative and totally immersive exhibition, but the truth is, I spent a lot of the time staring at the projectors rather than what they were projecting. This wasn?t totally unexpected, my interest in the role of gallery tech and production has grown since working on four exhibitions with jotta?s curator Ellen Greig this year.
Ten private views, four art fairs, thirty exhibitions, two performances, one talk, a screening and two holes in the bottom of my shoes. The last week has felt more like a test of physical endurance as I attempted to see as much art as was humanly possible.
At 4pm this Thursday LuckyPDF TV will be broadcast live from Frieze projects. The collective have an impressive roster of artists, presenters and live acts lined up for the week, including jotta artist Daniel Swan, Cory Arcangel, Tai Shani, Bo Ningen and Paul Pieroni. Beaming live from the fair straight to your iPad.
A cross-section of a two tonne bronze bell and a sculpture inspired by the dark history of Chelsea College of Art and Design are the joint winners of this year?s CASS PRIZE for emerging artists.
The Peckham Artists Moving Image Festival saw an exciting and wide-ranging programme of events held at galleries and venues across Peckham. The video-centric art festival was programmed with the intention of showcasing local and international artists working in moving image. Though thoroughly ‘local’, occupying public spaces such as Khan’s Bargains, PAMI proved to be expansive in the diverse medley of its concerns.
This Friday September 9th jotta unveil 810 Senses: We always make love with worlds, a group exhibition of six emerging artists; three graduates from Royal College of Art, one from Slade School of Fine Art, and two from University of the Arts London. Find out more about their work and its relevance to the conceptual framework found within Charles Fourier’s utopian ideals.
The South London-based artist collective, Autio Italia, today launch a four day event devoted to the idea and practice of self-organisation, both from within an artistic framework as well as within a wider social-political context. Autio Italia collaborate with Federico Campagna, Huw Lemmey, Michael Oswell and Charlie Woolley, to bring us a curated a series of discussions and events. Tonight from 7pm Mark Fisher will be in conversation with Marina Vishmidt.
bubblebyte.org is a web-specific platform that explores a synergy between imagination and reality, virtual and factual, abstract and actual, leading visitors throughout a multilayered and unexpected wandering.
While the champagne fizz of final shows dies down, our degree show coverage continues. Here Theresa Bruno selects four outstanding works from the Wimbledon College of Art 2011 graduation show, working across time based media, print, painting and sculpture.
We have been trawling the degree show circuit for the finest emerging talent in both art and design. Here jotta curator Ellen Greig gives us her top ten shining stars from the current crop of graduating students of London’s art colleges.
jotta are pleased to announce the winner of the Chelsea Student Award 2011, jotta Award. This years prize goes to Chelsea School of Art and Design (BA Hons) graduate, Sophie Percival.
Hop on your bikes! Here is a break-down of four exhibitions jotta curators are planning to visit this evening. Bischoff/Weiss//Limoncello Gallery//ACME Project Space//New Gallery
Studies for an Exhibition is the fourth show in the Curators’ Series at the David Roberts Art Foundation, London.
For photographer Stuart Bailes, the encounter lies at the starting point of everything and “how we choose to make sense of the world around us is dependent largely on how we negotiate those encounters.” Bailes, one of thirteen artists to exhibit with the Remastered project by jotta and Intel, chose to respond to Johannes Vermeer’s ‘The Astronomer’, with striking results.
Last Saturday night saw the opening of the Studio Artists Group Show, S.A.G.S. at The Woodmill, a vibrant gallery, project space and artist studio?s active since February 2010. S.A.G.S. marks the final chapter of the Woodmill at its Neckinger Deport location, 09.04.2011 ? 01.05.2011.
The Zabludowicz Collection is currently running their The Shape We’re In series showcasing 22 established and emerging artists. The exhibition began on March 10th and features a series of three sculptural exhibitions running through June 12th.
After Arran Gregory?s sell out success at jotta curated exhibition, DEVOUR we are pleased to offer the jotta community a new work by the artist.
One of thirteen artists and designers selected to create new work for jotta and Intel Remastered project, Robert Corish’s creative process begins with recording his constant flow of ideas. His approach to this project, for which he has chosen to reinterpret Kandinsky’s On White II, is no exception.
With a frenzy of sales and gobs of interest in its artists, jotta’s recent DEVOUR exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair opened the floodgates for its exhibitors to become coveted names in the art world.
Concentrating on selected works exhibited in this ambitious curatorial project, jotta invite you on a tour of Remastered.
Embracing both traditional mediums and emerging digital technology, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design graduate Katherine Melancon exhibits her performative photography at the forthcoming jotta exhibition DEVOUR. Melancon tells jotta that she welcomes technology’s ability to transcend the limits of human perception.
Testing Ground | Time Scale, a seamlessly regenerative process of exhibition-making, which prompted response from writers, artists and the visiting public, continues to engage with notions of duration and space through its online read-to-print publication.
LUX hosts What it is Not: New Work UK Touring Programme this Thursday the 9th of December at The Whitechapel Gallery, London. Featuring time based works by Ed Atkins, jotta previous exhibitor, David Raymond Conroy, Mark Leckey, Laure Prouvost, James Richards and Mark Aerial Waller.
Last Saturday’s jotta and Q-Art gallery tour, Explore and Function, lead us to The Sunday Painter where previous jotta contributor, Sam Austen, showcases his delicately handcrafted new work, Angry Film.
The last stage is a collaborative installation between two Hal Silver artist’s. Joshua Bilton?s and Darren Harvey-Regan singular practices are hung in duality in the public widow area of the clubs entrance, suggesting a metamorphosis and merging to transpire, promoting a discourse between the artist?s practices.�
jotta and Q-Arts finalise our Gallery tour programme. We invite you to join us as we explore artists studio’s and consider the function of an artist run space, whilst also hearing from gallerists about their current exhibitions, all within the parameters of of Deptford and Peckham
Tonight jotta heads down to APT Gallery, Deptford, to celebrate the exhibition, Q-Art’s second birthday, and their award for Most Enterprising Project at ECCA last night! Showcasing works in progress by 37 artists, jotta are looking forward to seeing new work from past jotta exhibitor, Abigail Box and Saatchi New Sensation Matthew Welch. All in the lead up to our gallery tour with Q-Arts; Explore and Function, next Saturday the 27th of Nov, 1-5pm.
Last month at James Taylor Gallery, as part of JTProject10, previous jotta contributors, Five Storey Projects, curated Mo.ve.ment**, an exhibition that featured a different artist each week who investigated the collapse of a conclusive event within a challenging site of historic inquiry: Featuring artist’s Joshua Bilton, Richard Hards and Josh Whitaker.
Today jottaContemporary visited the Royal College of Art, Battersea, to talk to artist Gavin Toye about his practice, whilst also bumping into previous jottaContemporary exhibitor, Matthew La Croix.
Q-Art continues their programme of convenors, taking the institutionalised art educational crit format to the next stage, where artists can present work for critical discussion and peer-review. This Wednesday the 3rd of November Q-Art Convenor holds a three hour event at the Viewing Theatre at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design on Charing Cross Road.
Tonight jotta presents a night of art, music and performance, hosted by our collaborators at The Hospital Club.
The mammoth Frieze hangover has fallen upon the art world this week; we’re feeling weary and a little dreary after the sensory over load of Frieze. So jottaContemporary have decided to focus on what artworks stayed with us amongst the sensationalist and the hype, and what galleries from around the world occupied some really interesting corners within the mass fair.
It’s always hard to avoid craning your neck and squeezing in where you know you shouldn’t to get a peek at the work which has attracted the swarm. Yet these are the works which manage to succeed in engaging amidst the overwhelming cacophony of visual stimuli. We went weaving through the maze of galleries late Sunday afternoon for a final round up, spotting the artworks and galleries which had the audience vote.
Last night jottaContemporary attended the Jarman Award’s at Whitechapel Gallery, where we viewed films by four shortlisted artists, Spartacus Chetwynd, Emily Wardill, Ben Rivers and Zineb Sedira, and witnessed the announcement of the winner of the 2010 Jarman Award, Emily Wardill.
jottaContemporary’s current curatorial project, The Morouge Room, brings together seven talented young artists. Here we explore each of their singular practices, while acknowledging their exploratory collaborative process within Hal Silver.
jottaContemporary went to visit Blue Firth, artist, writer and attractor of the strange Mark Pilkington, at Firth’s studio at The Royal Academy Schools. We discussed their latest project Vigil, an experiment that explores the a paradox between participatory performance art and parapsychology. Their investigation will take place on the 1st and 2nd of October 2010.
Francis Patrick Brady won the jottaContemporary Award as part of the Chelsea Student Awards, announced earlier this year. Brady is currently working on an exclusive new moving image piece for jotta.com, inspired by his ongoing inquiry into the vast realm of internet culture.
jottaContemporary’s most recent curatorial project with Hal Silver, ‘The Morouge Room’ is currently on at The Hospital Club. Singular and plural, Hal Silver is an exploratory collaborative process between artists who have recently graduated from the Royal College Of Art’s Photography MA.�
As part of Charlie Woolley?s solo exhibition ‘Mysterious Cults’ and his ongoing digital Radio Show project at SPACE, Woolley has put together a programme of events, inviting various organisations, curators, artists, researchers and friends to contribute to the Radio Show project.
On the 19th of May, 2010, The Guardian outlined a promise from the new culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, not to ?hurt? the arts in Britain. Four months later art organisations across Britain, all of which celebrate multiple artistic disciplines, are confronted with a proposed 25 percent cut to arts funding. If these cuts go ahead, many organisations that we as art lovers and enthusiasts take for granted, will be forced to close.
Last night, the fourth NEU! exhibition at SPACE launched an autumn programme, featuring Charlie Woolley’s solo exhibition ‘Mysterious Cults’. While across the field in Dalston, The Haggerston’s new basement gallery space, Drawers Gallery, opened their first solo exhibition, featuring works by Rob Flowers.
This week jottaContemporary took a break from exploring Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art online store, and decided to head down to the Private View at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design at Charing Cross Road.
This autumn, jotta?s platform for contemporary art practice, jottaContemporary in collaboration withThe Hospital Club, London present Hal Silver and The Morouge Room.
jottaContemporary is a platform for contemporary art practice, instigating a critical dialogue around our curated events, group exhibitions and online projects.