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Art • I just saw your mystery face... – GoSee Loves Jessie Makinson: Dangerous Pleasing, 27 March – 10 May | View Online

02.04.2020 • Lyles & King is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition of London-based artist Jessie Makinson (b. 1985), Dangerous Pleasing – if only for online viewing.

The gallery on the artist: “Teasing threads from art history and literature, Jessie Makinson re-addresses a patriarchal past from a female perspective. Plucking themes and narratives from historical precedent, she creates a bold new context for the motifs she selects. Vivid colors describe tense, erotic scenes in which women are dangerous active participants, not passive permission givers. Makinson’s characters practice rituals, they embrace, plot and conspire. They hold sexual power and disrupt expectations, inhabiting a universe that surprises, delights and tests its audience.”

And Kate Neave continues: “Makinson’s characters seem motivated by jealousy, narcissism, and, desire. Her paintings bring to mind conspiracies and betrayals, invoking plot lines that could equally have been plucked from Tudor England or Instagram stories.”

About – Jessie Makinson (b.1985, London) has had recent solo exhibitions at Fabian...

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Art • GoSee loves... ‘Death Magick Abundance’ – Akasha Rabuts photographic portrait of New Orleans and its community such as the biker gang Caramel Curves or the Southern Riderz, published by Anthology Editions

01.04.2020 • Akasha Rabut’s wonderful illustrated book ‘Death Magick Abundance’ documents the residents of New Orleans, who brought the city back to life after the devastating hurricane Katrina. To do so, the photographer accompanied the biker gang Caramel Curves from New Orleans for her documentary project. Founded in 2005, the year the southern metropolis was struck by the natural catastrophe, the gang is turning the world of motorcycle clubs and their traditional masculine image completely upside down wearing stilettos on pink bikes. The focus of the book is also on the urban cowboy group Southern Riderz.

“A connection that was made through this trauma with each other. It’s forced them to be really creative. Living through that really inspires people. I feel like they are luminaries,” says Akasha Rabut. “People here live everyday like it’s their last day and that’s beautiful to me. Everybody here is very friendly and there’s a real sense of community. We have a lack of infrastructure here and the people are the ones taking care of each other.”

The project appeared in an illustrated book by

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Art • GoSee book tip :‘Polar Night’ by Mark Mahaney documents the rough and fascinating Alaskan town of Utqiaġvik, falling into a deep, two-month hibernation

18.03.2020 • Photographer Mark Mahaney visited Utqiagvik in Alaska, the northernmost city in the USA and one of the farthest north in the world. The sun doesn’t rise there for 65 days each winter and baths the area in grayish-purple twilight for only a few minutes. It is also known as ‘ground zero for climate change’. He presents us his poetic and seemingly decelerating observations in the impressive project entitled ‘Polar Night’.

“Mark Mahaney’s Polar Night is a passage through a rapidly changing landscape in Alaska’s northernmost town of Utqiagvik. It’s an exploration of prolonged darkness, told through the strange beauty of a snowscape cast in a two month shadow. The unnatural lights that flare in the sun’s absence and the shapes that emerge from the landscape are unexpectedly beautiful in their softness and harshness. It’s hard to see past the heavy gaze of climate change in an arctic town, though Polar Night is a visual poem about endurance, isolation and survival.”

The short illustrated book was published at Trespasser in the US, and it is available via Kominek Books in Europe (10.5 x...

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Art • Serpentine Gallery, London, presents with Cao Fei ‘Blueprints’ a photo, film and multimedia installation by Chinese artists Cao Fei on automation, virtuality & technology

11.03.2020 • “We are living in an age of rapid technology. We need to know that virtuality has changed the way reality works,” says Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei. In her latest exhibition in London’s Serpentine Gallery (thru 17 May 2020), she creates a virtual world with the aid of film, photography, digital media and installations, themed upon the transformation of the Peking district Jiuxianqiao in which she lives.

“For me virtuality is a means to express myself, to understand reality, which is what I’m interested in. I use writing and film too, but we are living in an age of rapid technology and in this context, we need to know that virtuality has changed the way reality works. And to do this we need to be part of it.” says Cao Fei

Serpentine Gallery: Cao Fei is a multi-media artist and filmmaker based in Beijing. Video, digital media, photography and objects all play a role in the artist’s engagement with an age of rapid technological development. This exhibition brings together new and existing works in an immersive, site-specific installation, expanding the themes of automation,...

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Art • West Contemporary Editions presents: ‘Sweet Nostalgia’ by up-cycle artist duo, SweetArt at Gallery Different

05.03.2020 • West Contemporary Editions presents ‘Sweet Nostalgia’ by up-cycle artist duo, SweetArt at Gallery Different, Fitzrovia, featuring giant iconic sweets and treats made entirely of discarded Quality Street sweet wrappers resulting in meticulously hand-crafted collages set behind glass, as well as limited edition prints. This is the second solo exhibition of the SweetArt husband and wife duo, Vic and Simon Dry. For this show, they invite the public to immerse themselves in the excitement of the sweet shop experience we all recall from when we were children. As well as their signature giant Quality Street collage artworks, other works pay homage to Toblerone, Liquorice Coils, Black Jacks and Fruit Salads, as well as the Lindt Bunny and Cadbury’s Creme Egg.

One of the highlights of the show for which many hold a sense of nostalgia, is the much loved Coca Cola glass bottle entitled ‘The Real Thing’, which has been a new challenge to create for Simon from SweetArt. One of the most iconic objects in pop culture and pop art since the creation of its initial ‘Contour’ glass bottle in 1915,...

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