PREVIEWING FROM 10th SEPTEMBER:
Private View: Wednesday 1 October 6-9pm
Josephine King (b. 1965 London) makes ink-paintings on paper. Self-portraits framed by confessional texts which document the often traumatic experiences in the artist's life; her heightened spiritual existence inside 'the atelier', her personal relationships and her day to day experience of living with bipolar disorder. Josephine King's third exhibition at Riflemaker, upcoming for FRIEZE WEEK October 2014, is entitled 'The PAINTRESS'.
Made in France in 2013/14 in two separate series, the new works are inspired by paintings in the collection of the National Gallery, London. King places herself centre-stage in the role of The Artist in The Atelier, a page by page one-woman performance celebrating, in King's case, the all too private, all too intense act of painting; the lone figure against a re-imagined, meticulously ordered, yet claustrophobic stage set - the shrine-like 'receiving-chapel' where it all happens - a seemingly physically perfect chamber plunged into psychological darkness by the storm of the illness. As if directed by Douglas Sirk or Minelli, the scene plays out an almost scripted act of creation within this technicolor world. Tipping life's balance within the act itself.
"Josephine King's festive colours often describe her darkest hours" The OBSERVER
King was nominated for a South Bank Award in the Best Visual Artist category for her debut exhibition Life So Far. Her painting Uncontrollable appears on a UNITED NATIONS US postal stamp issued in 2013. She has been the subject of recent major features in The DAILY BEAST/NEWSWEEK, The OBSERVER and The WEEK.
"I am in the continuing pursuit of inspiration from the ancient painters. I feel their living power operating through me. I feel compelled to follow the way that they are showing me. I feel close to the things that they were close to: nature, required solitude, fervour, the power of colour to evoke feeling. The words I use enhance the moment of intensity. There is the poetry of words and the 'poetry of painting'.
In painting Modern Woman, I am looking outside of myself rather than just looking within. Showing myself naked in both mind and body depicts how it feels for me to be going against the grain of society. As a woman painter, I have nothing to lose"
Josephine King 2014.
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SHOJA AZARI (Iranian, b. 1958)
THE KING OF BLACK
HD colour video, 24 minutes, stereo sound (2013)
Shoja Azari is a visual artist/filmmaker whose use of film with painting and photography has created striking and culturally refenced. Since 1998, Azari and Shirin Neshat have developed a unique collaboration, producing film and art installations together which have received international acclaim including Turbulent (1998) which won the Golden Lion at Venice that year. The work Women Without Men (2010), a feature written and directed with Neshat, won the Silver Lion at Venice. Basel on the controversial novel by Shahrnoush Parsipour, the film interweaved the lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953 - a pivotal moment in Iranian history during an American led coup d'etat. Shoja Azari lives and works in New York City.
Shoza Azari's short film merges live action filmmaking and miniature painting. 'The King of Black' is based on a twelfth century illustrated poem, Haft Paykar (The Seven Beauties) completed by the Azerbaijani poet Nizami in 1197. In the tale, the king visits one of his seven brides, residing in a different coloured dome on successive days of the week. Each bride, in turn, weaves an elaborate story of intrigue and morality, ultimately transforming the king into a 'just' ruler. Azari's film explores the allegory related by the Princess in the Black Dome, one which emphasises the value of patience.
The king searches for the secret meaning behind a city's perpetual mourning and black dress. After one year of searching he is directed to a garden of paradise where he indulges in earthly pleasures for thirty days and thirty nights, yet is consistently denied the affections of the queen of the heavenly realm. Despite her council of endurance the king is impatient. Enable to endure the wait any longer he is returned to earth to forever lament the loss of utopia. Azari's film, and Nizami's poem, meditates on the notion of paradise and the patience required to achieve the promise of heaven.
In order to realise the complex relationship between paradise and patience, the film establishes a visual and an ideological dialectic. The lush setting of the manipulated miniature paintings is realised in the presence of the austerely attired characters. The opulence of the visual narrative provides a counterpoint to the tale of patience and endurance. Yes, within the film's theatrical tension is also a tale which is as relevant today as it was almost a millennium ago.
At the heart of the narrative is the treatise that that neither perfection nor paradise can be achieved so long as the individual is ted to the earthly delights of greed and lust. For the artist and the film, promises of earthly pleasures in heaven - promises which can delude ior manipulate - undermine the philosophical depth of one's triumph over desire and the patience and endurance required to reach such a point.
Adapted from the exhibition catalogue for LOVE ME, LOME NOT, published by YARAT on the occasion of the exhibition, a collateral event of the 53rd Biennale de Venezia. Producer YARAT, curator Dina Nasser-Khadavi
pdf book of works in the exhibition
Riflemaker is pleased to present the debut exhibition at the gallery by WOLFE von LENKIEWICZ
Private View: Tuesday 3rd June 2014
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 11am - 7pm, Saturday 12 - 6pm
Wolfe von Lenkiewicz is a British-born artist of German-Polish-Jewish descent whose paintings use imagery from classical art as well as ideas from contemporary life. Born into a dynasty of painters, his great-grandfather was Baron von Schlossberg, court painter to King Ludwig II of Bavaria, his father was the British painter Robert Lenkiewicz.
Lenkiewicz (b.1966) graduated from the University of York with a degree in Philosophy, specialising in Contemporary Epistemology (the philosophical study of the nature, limits and grounds of knowledge) which has influenced and guided the conceptual side of his work as an artist. He is known for his immaculately rendered (re)mixing of familiar modes and idioms from art history, creating ambiguous compositions which question accepted critical thought and ideas. His work features in numerous international collections.
The artist's chief concern is our use of language and its re-interpretation with regard to the visual arts. Lenkiewicz's disruptions highlight our own complacency toward key components we have come to both accept and rely on. Our knowledge of various artist's 'stylistic signatures' has become so ingrained that we take them for granted. It is not until they are questioned that we realise how much confidence we place in them. Oscillating between painting, drawing and sculpture, the provocative nature of Lenkiewicz's work demonstrates the infinite possibilities which exist by combining and re-interpreting the images of our time.
In one painting at Riflemaker Lenkiewicz makes interventions into the story of Snow White framing the information inside Mondrian's familiar 'grid'. In another, a Picasso-esque late 1960's 'Le Roi'/'Cavalier', Lenkiewicz makes references to Picasso's contemporaries (Matisse, Rousseau) made by the artist throughout his career as well as Velasquez, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Bateau Lavoir-era Cubism, double profiles and literary illustration (John Tenniel) - all contributing recognisable aesthetic to this new 'real thing'. In another series Lenkiewicz creates paintings by the great classical Masters; Chardin, Gericault, which may have once existed, according to various biographical sources, but were unfinished, abandoned or lost.
The history of art can be seen as a series of compromising developments from one movement or style to another. Lenkiewicz operates within the formal structures of drawing and painting. His flawless execution is imbued with a Humanist and Renaissance understanding of iconography, the difference in the freshly made 'masterwork' being the contemporary proposition of this new creation.
On this supposition, the artist considers the destruction of 'classical culture' under the influence of the trivialisation of the world. The works prove that 'subculture' grafts neatly onto even the most formal representation. This crossing of references leads to new hybrids. With his technical ability, the artist seduces and transfixes the viewer. His transcriptions are made with reverence, never mocking or parodying his subjects. Lenkiewicz gives taken-for-granted visual language a free ride into the modern world, liberating art-historical iconography from the shackles of history into a new universe of meaning.
image: 'DRINK ME' by Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, oil on canvas 210 x 160 cm (2013)
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FRANCESCA LOWE(BORN 1979) LONDON
Francesca Lowe's new paintings, from the series titled 'Flush' have just been installed at
The House of St, Barnabas, 1, Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ 0207-437-1894
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FRANCESCA LOWE: 'Flower Paintings' (2014)
This new series of paintings by London-born Francesca Lowe developed through the artist thinking about the term "still life" - the words "still" and "life" and the polarity between them. The paintings explore ways to infect stillness with life and life with stillness.
Visually, a 'cut' bloom, a 'still' photograph, a floral 'motif' (quiet, truncated elements) and applied layers of pattern operating at different physical depths within each painting, create visual oscillations. Some aspects of the images and patterns are familiar (sampled from Op art, wallpaper, clip art, curtains; 'pop culture' references). This familiarity lends itself to the very idea of stillness, perhaps due to its relation to known-ness. The loop of 'known-ness' or 'what we are used to' disrupted, turned unfamiliar and then lost is what Lowe appears to be interested in depicting as it echoes the ebb and flow of "life" itself.
Riflemaker London - 07794-629-188 www.riflemaker.org
WILLIAM BURROUGHS 100is the latest display of William Burroughs' visual art at Riflemaker.
The exhibitioe n celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of the American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, sculptor and spoken word performer.
The works on show at Riflemaker will include his paintings on illustration boards and manila folders, 'stencil' drawings, wooden board sculptures and photography. Just five minutes walk from Riflemaker the exhibition 'Taking Shots' (Burroughs' little known photography work) has just opened at the Photographer's Gallery in Ramillies Street
(off Oxford Street) www.photographersgallery.com
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William Seward Burroughs II (also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, 1914 - August 2, 1997) was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be "one of the most culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century"
Burroughs' influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. He published eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.
Norman Mailer: "William Burroughs may be the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius"
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
'Untitled' (23 Badge)
with 23 bullet holes
black felt marker on canvas (framed) (1993)
100 x 70 cm
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
fluorescent spraypaint and stencils
on illustration board (1989)
62 x 45 cm
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
Silver and white acrylic spraypaint
with gun and net stencils on card
58 x 44 cm, framed (1989)
STUART PEARSON WRIGHT
'LOVE & DEATH'
"Stuart Pearson Wright's work is masterly and contemporary, as well as slightly unnerving and surreal" Sarah Howgate, contemporary curator, National Portrait Gallery, London
Stuart Pearson Wright (b. 1975) is considered the most gifted portraitist of his generation with twenty-seven paintings in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery
But Wright refers to his own paintings as 'pseudo portraits' presenting as they do a subject's 'inner state' rather than just an accurate record of their outward appearance. (ref: Phaidon's 'Painting Today' 2013: Stuart Pearson Wright: pages 37, 180, 437, 420).
The works in the new exhibition at Riflemaker, all made within a specially constructed 'blue room' within the artist's studio, offer a view of the human experience. Wright's powers of observation as a reluctant portraitist circumnavigate familiar stereotypes and settings to create genuinely moving and perceptive portraits of real individuals.