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Viewing Sophie Barber at Alison Jacques

With a mesmerising tongue twister title, Alison Jacques is presenting How Much Love Can a Love Bird Love, Can a Love Bird Love a Love Bird, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Sophie Barber (b. 1996, St Leonards-on-Sea, UK). The exhibition follows Barber’s solo show at Goldsmiths CCA, London (2020), curated by Sarah McCrory, and focuses in on her lyrical paintings about love, affection and memory.

At first glance the subject matter appears dissonant – A-list celebrities rub shoulders with rolling valleys and of paradise; fragmentary allusions to the artist’s hometown on the East Sussex coast are brought in line with rough-hewn replications of iconic works from art history – yet as a whole, one witnesses a fervid imagination at work. Barber scrapes resonant imagery from the digital and real worlds, yet the materiality of her work with twisted canvases and layers of thickly worked paint reveal the artist’s passions.
https://alisonjacques.com/exhibitions/sophie-barber

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Dates
03 September 2021 — 03 October 2021
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Viewing ‘On The Other Hand’, Canary Wharf

In the shimmery environs of Canary Wharf, the curators at Brooke Bennington are devoting time and space to everyday mundane and discarded objects inviting 15 artists to create works for On the Other Hand Show. The installations dotted around the area create a mystery trail.

The works include an elegant column sculpture, A Bend in the Thames by Simon Linington which is made from material from local building projects along the Thames; Amy Stephens has responded to the iconic architecture of One Canada Square while Victor Seaward’s sculpted anthropomorphic fruit sculptures hang from trees and offer up moments of glee. The bold forms make for arresting viewing in the piazzas and walkways of the area and throw a light on urban development and the human hand.

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Dates
26 August 2021 — 12 November 2021
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Viewing Hugh Mendes at Charlie Smith London

Newspaper design and layout can be the prompt for a flood of memories and it’s the power of news headlines that Hugh Mendes seizes upon in his work. Charlie Smith Gallery at the Truman Brewery in East London is presenting over 100 paintings spanning 20 years of work with a hypnotic line up of Mendes’ political and obituary painting that spin the visual language of newspapers with trompe l’oeil effects.

Mendes found his oeuvre while studying for an MA at City & Guilds of London Art School. The first show of his collaged, juxtaposed newspaper clippings works was on 9/11 2001 when the Twin Towers were struck in a world-shattering act of terrorism. The images of Osama Bin Laden left an indelible mark on Mendes mind and he followed through with an exhibition entitled Into Manhattan’s Memory. It included a pencil on paper piece for which Mendes handwrote the names of all the 3,000 who died in the event. Many of these seminal works feature in the show that also includes his artist obituary series.

Far from locked in time, the work offers up a meditation on the role of the artist in society and a way of recording it through the lives of individuals. On Saturday 11th, Mendes will be leading a Meditation for Peace at the gallery – an opportunity to reflect on the last 20 years of global history. Book direct@charliesmithlondon.com. The exhibition runs from 8 – 12 September.

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Dates
08 September 2021 — 12 September 2021
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