Calling all London based artists!
We are introducing weekly pop up shows at our busy gallery space in Brixton. If you have a framed body of work that is, perhaps, between shows and you would like to give your art extra exposure in south London then please drop us a line.
We are running 1 week shows starting at the beginning of January 2019. You must be able to drop off the body of work on a Monday, for it to be installed on the same day. The show will run through until the following Monday, where it is imperative that you come and collect. A Monday to Monday show.
This represents a marvellous opportunity to showcase your work in a very busy and vibrant market in Brixton, South London.
Please apply today with links to your work to be considered for the Studio 73 weekly pop up show programme!
Introducing #73Takeover, a series of experimental solo shows
Over the last decades, the art world has seen the rise of a new professional figure: The Curator, traditionally a scholar working behind the scenes in a museum environment, is increasingly becoming more and more visible – acquiring agency and power.
Duties shifted from exhibition and collection care to taking on greater administrative and managerial tasks. Yet a more theoretical corpus started to take shape and thus began the establishment of many curating degrees the world over, comprising a history of exhibitions and a variety of approaches within exhibition making.
Curating wasn’t suddenly just an act of care (from its Latin roots, curare), it became a creative act in itself.
Historically, the exhibition that marked a huge change in the curator’s journey was Harald Szeeman’s When Attitude Becomes Form. The core being a celebration of process over artefact: and in doing so, the Kunstahlle Bern venue was turned into a giant artist’s studio accommodating an idea of exhibition as a place for discussion.
The result is a curatorial professional figure that stands between the role of creative and that of a business executive, often blending parts of both worlds, acting accordingly in order to convey the message from artist to audience.
This type of figure has been fully incarnated by Hans Ulrich Obrist: a lot has been said and written about him, his interview marathons, his (literal) sleepless workflow. What matters to us is the way Obrist set an ultimate standard for the overall curatorial discipline, becoming the profession’s face and as David Balzer affirms “[he] could also represent the discipline’s end game”.
Whether or not it happens, it is undeniable that the phenomenon of superstar curator took us from what Paul O’Neil calls curatorial turn to David Balzer’s curationist moment.
In the art exhibitions’ universe, this transition allowed a continuous overlapping of duties between artist and curator. One of the most exemplar cases is probably represented by Mike Kelley’s The Uncanny.
The Uncanny appeared for the first time during Sonsbeek 93, a site specific show taking place in Arnhem’s city park, curated by Valerie Smith: The Uncanny was one of the early examples of an exhibition portrayed as artworks themselves. However, in 2004 Tate Liverpool showcased a rejigged version of the show, which this time saw Mike Kelley taking a curator’s role.
These are the inspirations behind the 73Takeover format, a series of experimental solo shows aimed at exploring the relationship between artist and curator and its potential future developments.
The 73Takeover focal points are:
- Creative Process: unlike a conventional, streamlined solo show, it’ll be likely to find unfinished artworks to that not necessarily enter in a specific body of work;
- Conversation: the show is a result of a six-month long conversation between artist and curator, working within the space with no clear division of role, in order to facilitate a co-creation and a co-curation process;
- Research: the show’s inner nature is purely experimental and could potentially set the groundwork of an artists’ future practice.
Artist Ana Escobar is the first 73Takeover participant artist with #iamawitchbecause.
#iamawitchbecause started as an Instagram account and hashtag sharing insights and encounters about magic and female power in the contemporary scenario. With 73Takeover, we are bringing it from the digital and intangible world to the physical, analog world with an exhibition exploring contemporary witchcraft, the supernatural and photography as a medium of truth.
In Ana Escobar’s words “The exhibition aims to open up conversations about magical thinking and spirituality, belief systems and the photograph, whilst dwelling upon ideas of the inner life of photographs, nature as sacred, inner peace while exposing yourself and photographs as fetishes of empowerment. During the one-month show, Studio 73 will be holding events and talks that review the figure of the witch, consider artists as conduits and entertain the idea of what our aura has to say about our Instagram usage.”
73Takeover: #iamawitchbecause will take place from November 9th till November 30th at Studio 73.
A private view event will be held on November 9th from 7 to 10 PM, and artist Ana Escobar will stage a performance based on Spanish language idiomatic expressions.
- November 16th. Why Are You a Witch: an informal talk shaped on provocative thoughts, where each speaker will be invited to answer the event’s title question with a 5-7 mins answer, before opening the talk to the public;
- November 23rd. Full Moon Wand Meditation: a performative group ritual hosted by a trained contemporary practising witch followed by a workshop where audiences are invited to create their own magic wands.
- November 30rd. The Aura Selfie: an interactive piece exploring the idea of photographing the soul through Polaroid, based on Carol Mayor’s idea that “Polaroids do not lie”;
Photo credit: @iamawitchbecause
View Point Spring 2018
Art lovers eager to feast their eyes on creative, thought provoking pieces have a calendar of events to put in their diary thanks to the line-up unveiled by Brixton, London, based gallery Studio 73. The diverse collections set to be exhibited come from across the UK and further afield to showcase an electric mix of styles, cultures, and inspiration.
Established in 2010 by photographer Adrian Flower, Studio 73 has built a stellar reputation for valuing and showcasing both UK and international established printmakers, painters, and photographers. For the last seven years in the heart of busy Brixton, Studio 73 has attracted a wide range of cultural audiences and collectors, from as far afield as Asia. Aiming to promote new and exciting artworks the gallery works with a diversified and creative mix of artists from around the world, with the studio providing them with a unique London platform.
Among the top UK artists and printmakers that Studio 73 has worked with are Jaykoe, Andrew Millar, Priscilla Watkins, Andrew McGregor, Oli Fowler, Donk, Claudine O’Sullivan & And Smile Studio, Liekeland, Ben Buchanan, and Martin Grover.
Flower said, “As part of our diverse programme of future exhibitions for this year we’re hosting a dynamic group show at the beginning of February. The show focuses on black and white gestures, abstraction, and figuration curated by CMprojects. Following that we also have a vibrant Women’s Art Show in March and a series of solo shows throughout the next six months, including Matt Saunders, Andrew Millar, and Julika Defouw, ending the summer with a cool group show for August entitled Shark.”
One of the eagerly awaited prints set to launch at Studio 73 comes from South London based illustrator Caroline Harper, who created hand-drawn maps that represent local culture, history, and architectural character. The latest addition to Harper’s witty, creative and decorative maps will be released on Friday 9th February. Entitled The Great Trees of London, the limited edition print features the most iconic trees across the capital.
Art enthusiasts looking for a unique collection that’s thought provoking should add the weekend Friday 23rd to 25th February 2018 to their calendar. American self-taught, primitive artist Eric Polise will be showing his latest collection at Studio 73 Art, which plays on British stereotypes.
Flower commented, “We are excited to be giving Eric an opportunity to expose his latest collection of original mixed media paintings to the London scene and, in particular, to the community of Brixton.”
Polise’s show, entitled Kings, Queens, and Creatures, has been put together exclusively for the vibrant South London gallery. Over a year in the making, the new series offers stimulating, intriguing, and social observational art that will inspire Londoners.
Based in New York, Polise has established a strong presence on the US art scene and expanded his exposure in Europe during 2017. Collectors of Eric Polise’s work have a great opportunity to meet him in London and see his latest style in person, while those that are new to his works can immerse themselves in the primitive and imaginative pieces. Embracing the theme of the show, the king and queen appear constantly throughout the collection. The show will also include original paintings, prints, and books for sale.
Like a trobled bull in a light bulb factory, it’s December. The time of the year when it is OK to eat chocolate first thing in the morning.. Keep an eye on the single numbers though because before you know it we will be racing towards the late 20s and then it ill be all ‘Goodbye 2017’, boom, just like that, and who requested that exactly?
We’d love to know if Lee Scratch Perry’s world flies by (photography by Oliver Holms), and if it doesn’t, what is his secret? We bet he doesn’t live in London. Someone once said that the closer to the core of the earth, the slower time is. Fancy literally rolling into work this morning to see if this idea bears fruit, in this weather? Perhaps this is what the Northern Line is truly all about..
So, our last Group Show of 2017 is up from today. The theme set is Icon, where we asked artists (in-house and new) to showcase people or objects that have inspired and/or led the way for them. To celebrate the opening of the show we are opening later this Saturday (2nd) until 9pm. Glasses of iconic red will clash with white contemplating the speediness of it all, where we will be all ears, and so will yours if you care to join us.
Adrian & Team 73