Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery is to present a selection of artists from its 2018 Bow Open Show, curated by Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner, at the 2019 London Art Fair (16 – 20 January). Part of the fair’s curated Art Projects section, the stand will showcase nine artists, featuring painting, sculpture and performance. The original show – Invitation to a Rave from Mark Titchner – was selected from submissions from Bow Arts’ studio artists, showcasing some of the most exciting and boundary-pushing contemporary art being made in London today.
Titchner, who is known for his attention-grabbing quasi-slogans such as “I WANT A BETTER WORLD, I WANT A BETTER ME”, deliberately selected work that vibrates with a call to action, with artworks that grapple with very current issues. Hun Kyu Kim’s exquisitely detailed painting – using traditional oriental pigment on silk – graphically depicts a cartoonlike rabbit shooting itself in the head, surrounded by a barren landscape of violence and waste. Jaime Valtierra’s painting harnesses the past, as he draws on mythology and iconography to forcefully comment on the burdens of everyday life. Myth also creeps into the work of Justin Pearce as he traces the edges of our cultural borders, drawing out expressions, symbols and taboos that serve to create connotations in his bold sculptures.
The still-prevalent impressions of historical and colonial iconography preoccupy both Victoria Burgher and Sam Wood’s work. Wood animates static material in wall-mounted sculptural cases, creating a socially-charged museum of cultural and historical references. Much of Burgher’s work uses the raw materials of trade, such as sugar and salt, to build delicate and ingenious sculptures, the precarious nature of which express the tragic plights of their meanings. Much of the work is figurative, including the paintings of Kay Bainbridge, Jessica Jane Charleston and Will Reid, who use different techniques to provoke consideration on the part of the viewer.
Marcus Orlandi – whose performances cleverly use everyday objects to poke fun at gender-fuelled expectations – will be performing on Thursday evening (6.30pm) and Saturday afternoon (3.30pm) at the booth.
All works will be for sale, alongside a selection of prints. For a list of available works, contact Sophie Hill, Gallery Director on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8980 7774.
Image: Jessica Jane Charleston – Woman and Horses in a Tuscan Landscape (2018), pastel and gouache on paper