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Summer in London is just around the corner, bringing grass-stained tennis whites, profuse sweating down the centerline and, of course, a whole new batch of emerging artists to check out. And with the under-30 labor market reaching its peak this year, there’s never been a better time to get acquainted with the next cohort of creatives, especially before they move from emergence to the establishment in the blink of an eye. . After all, the stars are rising rapidly in the art world and the prices are even higher. To help you out, we’ve chosen five young artists (ishs) featured during London Gallery Weekend who seem poised to make their mark on the city scene.
Until July 3, TJ Boulting, 59 Riding House St, W1W 7EG
For those accustomed to the lockout still, the Kate Dunn rave-inspired multi-sensory painting installation can prove to be an overwhelming experience. A soundtrack of thumping gabber music (a hardcore genre of distorted electronic dance set to a frantic tempo), accompanies a series of large-scale canvases in the shape of novel altarpieces, on which Dunn slapped a photo-reactive UV paint in frantic gestural brushstrokes. . Above the head, the lights change according to the manic rhythm, transforming the paintings into pulsating bodies of luminescent streaks reminiscent of strobe images found in nightclubs in the 1990s.
“I wanted to do something intense – come back to my body after a period of numbness,” says Dunn. Having trained as a classical artist in Florence, she compares the experience of the rave to religious sermons, drawing direct parallels between the convulsive masses of a gospel congregation and those of a dark dance floor. At 200 BPM, the gabber rhythm pushes the limits of the human heart and leads its followers near the point of physical breaking. But through her relentless drive, ravishing quality is produced, providing a sense of oneness we have been so deprived of over the past year. After such loss and isolation, it seems vital that our artistic spaces offer experiences as primitive and intensely communal as that of a shared beating heart.
Until July 3, Carlos / Ishikawa, Unit 4, 88 Mile End Rd, E1 4UN
Having left school at age 11, self-taught Brazilian artist Antonio Tarsis spent his youth in the favelas of his hometown, Salvador, collecting junk items, painting the city walls and developing an experimental series. which has become a robust artistic practice. It was also here that he learned first-hand the dangers of being young, black and poor. “People like me are shaped to occupy places of subalternity,” Tarsis says. “My job helps me discover that my body, predestined to become cheap labor or be killed by the police, might exist otherwise.”
Tarsis’ first British solo gallery lays bare the social apartheid that structures Brazilian life. At its center is a series of embroidered textile works depicting the coat of arms of the country’s public security services which bear symbols of violence and death. Next to it, a series of 2015 paintings and collages based on Guarany matchboxes, a traditional brand of matches illustrated with indigenous references, commonly found in her neighborhood. Through his work, Tarsis often regenerates what is deemed undesirable or unnecessary. In doing so, he invites us to reconsider who and what constitutes the lifeblood of a city, by diverting our attention from what is monumental and authoritarian and towards the unrecognized value of life which is hidden in plain sight.
Until July 3, PUBLIC, 91 Middlesex St, E1 7DA
Aliens, ninjas and knights are among a host of mystical and fantastical figures who inhabit the paintings of London-born Italian artist Christian Quin Newell, whose first solo exhibition imagines a dreamlike collection of feudal and current scenes . Japan and Europe. Touching on themes of karmic retribution and filled with mysterious semiotic marks, they borrow extensively from historical sources of art, particularly the palettes and underlaying techniques of Venetian Renaissance painting.
Smaller works on waxed paper also draw inspiration from Newell’s formal study of Indian miniatures, using semi-precious natural pigments such as cinnabar and malachite to render colors exquisite and vivid. Painstaking attention to process is apparent in all works, with marks of underdrawing often left visible, emphasizing both a reverence and an antipathy to the discipline of painting. Oddly, Newell says he chooses which scenes he will paint by rolling a dice, and uses the number he lands on to determine which page in a character studies book he will find a figure to portray.
Until July 3, Hannah Barry, 4 Holly Grove, SE15 5DF
Christopher Hartmann paints scenes of physical intimacy: a naked torso grabs another by the neck; the men are lying next to each other on the grass; clothes and underwear lie grouped together on a chair suggesting the promise of sex. And yet it is an atmosphere of unease rather than tenderness that permeates these slightly larger-than-life works. Set in non-places, the characters wear static expressions that never quite match their actions. Hartmann’s compositions, which are typically cropped for a claustrophobic effect, feel hostile to the inhabitants of each scene.
“I want these works to keep you at a distance, evoke the distance that exists between the characters,” says Hartmann, who hopes to capture what he calls “cold intimacy,” a tone that is both erotic and alien. This disturbing effect is reinforced by an oversaturated color palette. The skin is painted in synthetic shades of orange, its surface stripped of body hair and abnormally bloodless, as if digitally smoothed to remove all traces of life. Using an undercoat to mimic the brightness of a computer screen, the work may be commenting on how technology hinders connection, although that’s hard to tell. Offering few answers, they embody moments of miscommunication and desire: an uncomfortable silence with a future former lover.
Until June 12, Carl Kostyál, 12A Savile Row, W1S 3PQ
Brooklyn-based artist Emma Stern takes inspiration from characters lurking in the most shocking sections of the internet, like a pornographic pop-up ad that risks infiltrating your computer with a virus. In Revenge body, a series of ten large-scale paintings and a sculpture coated in automotive paint and urethane gloss, it depicts hyper-sexualized virtual avatars commonly found in video games. To create them, Stern uses the same 3D modeling software that is used by game developers (usually male), and withdraws from “porn and adjacent porn” subcultures, such as furries, as well as game tropes. like the “slutty elf”. Meticulously rendered in a PVC-like sheen and vaporwave-inspired palette, they exist as vessels of pure fantasy and are seemingly devoid of a personal narrative.
But beyond an outright critique of their emptiness, Stern also views these avatars as tools of liberation. As playable characters, they allow men to adopt gender disguises and transcend the boundaries of biology. The blank slates offered by these ostensibly misogynistic characters actually contain the potential for radical sexual exploration and offer an exciting reassessment of how we conceive of personal desire. “I think there’s a fuzzy line between who we want to fuck and who we want to be,” Stern says. “Frankly, I think deep down everyone wants to be a hot girl.”
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