Hottest emerging art exhibitions to see in London this weekend


Marina Gonzalez Gurreiro: Time given

Until December 12, Intersticio, 469 Bethnal Green Road, E2 9QH. Price range: £ 500 – £ 3,500

The sculptures and installations by Spanish artist Marina Gonzalez Gurreiro linger on the theme of time, which is presented in her first solo exhibition in the UK as frozen and inevitable. At the center of the exhibition are two works on the ground, formed from a handcrafted table transported from the artist’s studio in Spain. Around and above are his dirty art supplies, such as paintbrushes resting in pots of cloudy water, as well as accumulations of small found objects including pebbles, coins and children’s jewelry. Empty chocolate wrappers and unwrapped gifts only add to the unsettling feeling of having stepped into an abandoned children’s birthday party. Much of these works are coated with layers of glittering wax, the texture of which appears rotting and vegetal like a mushroom in bloom: the cruel certainty that a certain life will always thrive in the midst of our decay.

The work “effectively condenses the 18 months spent in his studio during the lockdown,” Gurreiro said, adding that the quarantine in Spain was “extremely difficult”. During this period when society as a whole was forced to reevaluate time, she used art as a coping mechanism, making simple works on paper that now hang on the wall next to calendars. With a style that is both gentle and repulsive at the same time, this show seems to consider not how a work of art can capture a fleeting moment, but rather how it can contain a sense of time that has no end.

View of the installation of the go go mirrors at the Ridley Road project space

George Henry Longly: mirrors galore

Until November 6, Ridley Road Project Space, 51-63 Ridley Road, E8 2NP; by appointment only. Price range: £ 5,000

Two mirrors hang on the opposite walls of an otherwise empty white room overlooking the Ridley Road Market in Dalston. Thick straight lines are stenciled on each of them which are joined at perpendicular angles to form a maze map. In their most formal form, that of George Henry Longly mirrors galore (2021) are an invitation for the viewer to consider and play with visual depth. When standing in front of the mirrors, the viewer sees both from the front and the back their reflected figures, each of which is largely obscured by the labyrinth. The effect attracts us and repels us: a direct confrontation with the alienating impetus of minimalist art. This dynamic is further referenced by the respective colors of the works: one is performed in red and the other in dark cyan, chromatically opposed colors used in stereoscopic devices to produce an illusory sense of a 3D image.

Given its context, the show gains a more elegiac note, as it also bids farewell to Ridley Road Project Space, an exhibition venue that was converted from Longly’s studio for 10 years. Next year, the entire building will be taken over by a real estate developer, closing a space that had an important social function alongside an artistic function: the studio, Longly says, was invariably used as a quasi-bedroom place. and-afterparty for his group of friends, which includes performers Prem Sahib and Eddie Peake with whom Longly hosted the party at the traveling queer club Anal House Meltdown. As Ridley Road faces a growing threat from developers, the empty space represents a literal washout of a decade of experience. Perhaps there is a sense of mistrust in Longly et co anticipating this impending erasure, but this gesture nonetheless concedes the inevitable cycles of gentrification and displacement to which artists first contribute and are then victims.

• On November 5, Longly will read two texts prepared for this exhibition, written by curators Milovan Farronato and Cedric Fauq.

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Every two weeks, we provide an overview of the most exciting and upcoming emerging art exhibitions in London, selected by Seb’s art list.

Sophie Vallance Cantor: Bad at life (good at painting)

November 4 to 10, Tripe gallery, Unit 14/15, Penarth Center, South Bermondsey, SE15 1TR

Composed of paintings, sketches and an installation from the artist’s studio, the exhibition responds to Vallance Cantor’s experiences as a neurodivergent person.

The show takes place at the Penarth Center, which also houses Sid movement gallery, the Projects near Orm art center and several artists’ studios. An interview in early 2021 with Vallance Cantor on The Contemporary Artist Podcast.

Martin Seeds: No country for young men

From November 4 to 21 (opening November 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Seen Fifteen, Studio DG1, The Bussey Building, Peckham, SE15 3SN

No country for young men presents a series of portraits found in a 1965 Belfast school yearbook, shot at a time of growing political tensions. This exhibition marks the start of a 12-month curatorial project at the gallery titled The Troubles Generation.

Jack otway Bloom inward

November 4 to December 6 (opening November 6, 5-8 p.m.), Ginny on Frederick, 93 Charterhouse St, Farringdon, EC1M 6HL

For the second ever show at the recently opened Ginny on Frederick, located in a former East End sandwich shop, Jack otway features a group of textured paints (£ 3,000-5,000).

Under your spell
From November 6 to December 11 (opening 06.11 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) – Collective end, 3 Creekside, Deptford, SE8 4SA

Collective of artists present Ending Under your spell, a 10-person, mixed-medium group show exploring Disney’s influence as a social force and visual language (£ 500 to £ 4,500). Combine a tour of the exhibit with also seeing the other exhibits at the five galleries along Resolution Way.

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