West End Gallery Crawl
Sep
26
11:30 AM11:30

West End Gallery Crawl

Join us for a walk around a number of West End galleries to see the newest art offerings of London's busiest season.

We start at Sadie Coles HQ to visit Ugo Rondinone's new bodies of work "clouds + mountains + waterfalls", comprising of paintings and sculptures inspired by natural phenomena;

Second is a solo show by Varda Caivano at Victoria Miro Mayfair, with abstract paintings and drawings of a monochromatic palette;

Then we move on to Joanna Kirk's rich and colourful pastel drawings at Blain|Southern;

And we finish at Houser&Wirth with two exhibitions by painter Anj Smith and sculptor Tetsumi Kudo. 

As usual, we'll wrap up the day with a drink. We meet at Sadie Coles HQ at 11.30am and take it from there. You can leave or join at any time, just give us a shout when you're in the area. 

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/225187395/.

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Chrom-Art Presents: #Tribe15 Alternative Art Festival
Sep
6
3:00 PM15:00

Chrom-Art Presents: #Tribe15 Alternative Art Festival

Join us for a visit to this group show in SE1, at the suggestion of Annie Zamero, one of our artist members. Organised by Chrom-Art, Tribe15 is an "alternative art festival" themed around belonging which takes place at a 12,000 square feet venue in SE1.

"Featuring close to 100 international and UK-based artists from the world of contemporary art, music, dance and performance this is a ‘living exhibition’ encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration among artists from different backgrounds." 

The show runs over the first weekend of September and we are visiting on Sunday 6th.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/224966170/.

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The London Open 2015: The Whitechapel Triennial Exhibition
Aug
27
6:30 PM18:30

The London Open 2015: The Whitechapel Triennial Exhibition

'Celebrates all that is most vital, most striking, and most radical about the capital’s emerging art scene, is as madly varied as it is exuberant’ The Times 

The Whitechapel Gallery’s triennial open submission show presents the most innovative art made across the capital. Discover the latest trends in contemporary art, and see paintings and sculptures, film and photography from 48 artists working in London today.

A panel of high profile art world figures, including writer and critic Ben Luke, artist Angela de la Cruz, collector Nicoletta Fiorucci, gallerist Jake Miller and Whitechapel Gallery curators Daniel Herrmann, Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies and Poppy Bowers, Assistant Curator selected the artists from a record number of 2,133 applicants.

The exhibition includes a brick sculpture built on site by father-daughter team, bricklayer Brian Watts and artist Demelza Watts; a tense video by Nelmarie Du Preez of a robotic arm, programmed by the artist to repeatedly stab a knife between her spread fingers; and the surreal altered photographs of Eva Stenram. The strong resurgence of abstract and figurative painting is shown by the vibrant murals of Lothar Gotz, the vigorous brushstrokes of Mary Ramsden, and Caroline Walker‘s intriguing views of swimming pools, while participatory art is thriving in the haunting sound performances of Sam Belifante and the MUSARC choir.

We are visiting on a late Thursday and staying for a drink in the Brick Lane area if you so wish.

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UTOPIA: Immersive Installation at the Roundhouse
Aug
18
5:30 PM17:30

UTOPIA: Immersive Installation at the Roundhouse

Award-winning filmmaker, writer and artist Penny Woolcock has taken over the main Roundhouse space with a major new installation realised in collaboration with Block9, the designers famous for creating the extravagant fantasy worlds of Glastonbury’s after-hours stage. 

Utopia is a city experienced through imagined environments peppered with narrative soundscapes that will reverberate with stories that are personal, political and pertinent to the parallel lives being lived in the world’s biggest cities.

Woolcock’s curiosity and craft for storytelling underpins all her work. For Utopia, she spent many months uncovering the stories of Londoners from the most wildly diverse of backgrounds to reveal the hidden narratives of our city.

Inequality, consumerism, housing, gentrification, education, crime and social media loom large in a fascinating, multi-sensory world created specifically for the site.

Please note: you must buy a ticket for this visit. We are going on a Tuesday which means you can pay what you want, but you have to book this in advance of our visit. 

Book your ticket herehttp://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2015/penny-woolcock-utopia/utopia-pay-what-you-like/and see you next Tuesday in Camden! 

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/224558936/

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SPRAYED Group Show: 1929-2015
Jul
4
12:30 PM12:30

SPRAYED Group Show: 1929-2015

Join us for a visit at Gagosian Britannia Street to see their latest group show, Sprayed.

This extensive exhibition spanning four generations explores the myriad ways in which artists have employed the impulsive yet de-personalized and non-gestural forces of spray. Exhibiting artists:

Justin Adian, Richard Artschwager, Tauba Auerbach, Martin Barré, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Batchelor, Dike Blair, John Chamberlain, Dan Christensen, Dan Colen, Ida Ekblad, Jeff Elrod, Urs Fischer, Jack Goldstein, Piero Golia, Kim Gordon, Katharina Grosse, Wade Guyton, Richard Hamilton, Keith Haring, Hans Hartung, Alex Israel, Anish Kapoor, Paul Klee, Jeff Koons, Harmony Korine, John Latham, Joseph Logan, Nate Lowman, Olivier Mosset, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Jules Olitski, David Ostrowski, Steven Parrino, Sigmar Polke, Stephen Prina, Ugo Rondinone, Pamela Rosenkranz, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Mira Schendel, Julian Schnabel, David Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Blair Thurman, Charline von Heyl, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Franz West, Michael Williams, Christopher Wool, Richard Wright.

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Street Art Book Art
Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Street Art Book Art

Dear all,

Some of you might remember the launch of the book Street Art Fine Art, which we attended together many months ago. The author, Ingrid Beazley, has now invited the group to another launch for a special side project, details below:

"I had a number of covers of my book Street Art Fine Art printed blank and asked the artists in the book to paint 5 covers each. Almost all of them did and I have this stunning set of exquisitely hand painted books that Pace London is putting on show. They will be suspended from the ceiling in specially designed acrylic holders. 

I have made an accompanying book, Street Art Book Art, which is basically photographs of all the 70 different covers and some introductory text. Street Art Book Art is being printed with 15 different covers, a separate one for each participating artist. There will be a limited edition of 100 books of each artists’ cover. £10. 

My last year’s book will be on sale, and also an updated, paperback version that includes 6 more artists who have added to the project since. (It costs a more reasonable £20.) 
The painted books are not for sale."

We are going to the launch party of Street Art Book Art on Friday 26 June from 6-8pm. The show will run from Saturday 27 June – Sunday 5 July, 10am-6pm.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/223150349/.

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David Hockney: Painting and Photography
Jun
20
2:00 PM14:00

David Hockney: Painting and Photography

The show is an exploration of David Hockney’s interest in perspective and features a series of group portraits, including those of card players, and other portraits and scenes painted in his Los Angeles studio in 2014 and 2015.

David Hockney’s commenting on the paintings and photographs said:

“Painters have always known there is something wrong with perspective.

The problem is the foreground and the vanishing point. The reason we have perspective with a vanishing point, is that it came from optics. I am sure that that’s what Brunelleschi did. He used a five inch diameter concave mirror to project the Baptistry onto his panel. This gives automatically a perspective picture, just like a camera would. This is why there is always a void between you and the photograph. I am taking this void away, to put you in the picture.

I made the paintings of the card players first. That helped me work out how to photograph them. Everything in the photographs is taken very close. The heads the jackets and shirt and shoes are all photographed up close. Each photograph has a vanishing point, so instead of just one I get many vanishing points. It is this that I think gives them an almost 3D effect without the glasses. I think this opens up photography into something new.

If you really think about it, I know the single photograph cannot be seen as the ultimate realist picture. Well not now. Digital photography can free us from a chemically imposed perspective that has lasted for 180 years.”

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/222292446/.

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Corporeality, Objects and Other Stuff
Jun
12
5:00 PM17:00

Corporeality, Objects and Other Stuff

Join us as we visit FOLD Gallery in their new location for a very promising group show. Visit followed by drinks!

FOLD is pleased to present Corporeality, Objects and Other Stuff a group show consisting of painting and sculpture. Each artist in this show approaches the material and physical matter of their work using a combination of sophisticated visual playfulness, and a range of carefully considered responses to modernism and abstraction.

The corporeal referred to here is not so much about the idea that we can only understand objects if they somehow reflect the body, nor that when viewing objects we are constantly looking for the body within the work – that the only way we can understand abstract art is by placing it within the context of bodily form. More prevalent in this instance is how the materiality of the work invites us to focus on the body of the artist during the creative process and how the physical space the work occupies affects the viewer.

Elements of performance are utilised to construct some works; continuous painted lines, applied in one stroke, construct others. Paintings are stitched and unstitched – pulled apart. Objects are forged, melted, sheered and moulded. These physical actions and processes are apparent in the effect they have on the viewer.

Encouraged to move physically to interact with what is presented to them, the audience at once becomes aware of the material nature of the object, how it was made and also the space it inhabits. In this sense the artists in this show are presenting corporeal meanings that relate to other, more visceral aspects of the body and the visual language of abstraction.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/222940900/.

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Soho Revue and Lights of Soho
Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

Soho Revue and Lights of Soho

Join us for an evening of art browsing in Soho, to look at two brand new galleries that set up shop in the area: Soho Revue and Lights of Soho.

We will meet at Soho Revue, where the creative director of the gallery, Marine Tanguy, will kindly give us a tour of their current exhibition and explain the ethos behind the project. Currently on show is Rubber Soul, a body of process-based works by artists Georgina Hodgson and Scarlett Bowman. 

Second stop is Soho Lights, a brand new gallery specialised in light works, which promise to be an entertaining objective.

As usual, we will finish with a drink around the area. Come see some art together!

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/222838834/

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The Petrie Project: Art, Classical Music and Wine Fundraising Event
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

The Petrie Project: Art, Classical Music and Wine Fundraising Event

I Know What I Like has the honour to participate in the Petrie Project Art, Classical Music and Wine Fundraising Event, in support of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We will take part with works by two of our artists, Mandy McCartin and Mohammed Sami, and will donate 25% of sales to the Petrie Project to fund blood cancer research and to provide education and patient services. Paintings will be for sale on the night and are part of series that have not been shown before in other contexts.

The event will be accompanied by live classical music, performed by The Royal Academy of Music musicians. Complementary wine & canapés will be served.

You are kindly invited to attend the event and give generously through purchasing artworks. Tickets for this event are on sale now, please secure yours soon as spaces are limited. Tickets here

Location: The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Dress code: Formal/Black Tie

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Art Catlin Prize 2015
May
23
12:00 PM12:00

Art Catlin Prize 2015

Exhibition reveals new commissions by eight young artists one year on from art school 

New work by eight contenders for this year’s Catlin Art Prize will be unveiled for the exhibition. Now in its ninth year, the Catlin Art Prize is a curated exhibition presenting the most exciting new art graduates in the UK one year on from art school. The eight finalists were selected from The Catlin Guide 2015 for their potential to make a significant mark on the art world over the next decade. Each was commissioned to develop a new body of work for the exhibition, and received mentoring and production assistance to encourage ambitious new projects.

This year’s finalists are: Jon Baker (Chelsea College of Arts), Felicity Hammond (Royal College of Art), Oliver Hickmet (City & Guilds of London Art School), Nicholas William Johnson (Royal College of Art), Paul Schneider (Royal Academy of Arts), Lexi Strauss (Royal College of Art), Dominic Watson (The Glasgow School of Art) and Zhu Tian (Royal College of Art).

The winner of the Catlin Art Prize 2015 will receive the award of £5000 at a private ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 13th May. This year’s judges are: Aaron Cezar, founding Director of Delfina Foundation; Charlotte Schepke, founder of London art space Large Glass and previously director of the Frith Street Gallery; and George Vasey, independent writer and curator of the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

The public will also have their say, and may vote for their favourite artist via ballot boxes at the Londonewcastle Project Space up until 1pm on Wednesday 13th May. The winner of the Visitor Vote will receive £2000.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/222292157/.

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Camille Joy Johnston: Camille in Wonderland
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Camille Joy Johnston: Camille in Wonderland

Join us for a special artist talk for IKWIL members by Camille Joy Johnston. You will get to see the work, meet the artist and pick her brain about the ideas and processes behind her work. 

In celebration of the 150 year anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland comes a freshly eccentric exhibition following the misadventures of Camille Joy Johnston, a London-based illustrator and photographer. The exhibition, titled Camille in Wonderland, will showcase large-scale watercolour, ink, and gouache works that evoke a distorted fairytale format and chronicle Johnston's travels between London and the American Midwest (on view 4/17-5/28). Please visit camillejoy.com or hawkhurstvault.com for details.

Camille in Wonderland is a show for anyone looking for the excitement and beauty of chance encounters, drawing from personal stories that convey a collective human memory that is philosophically poignant and comically kitsch. Much like Alice's adventures, Camille in Wonderland is brimming with a fascination between reality, our perceptions of reality, and what does and does not appear when one peers through the looking glass. Instead of the Mad Hatter, there’s an aging London Gangster turned property tycoon. Instead of Alice’s ‘unbirthday,’ it’s Camille’s birthday, which involves two men resembling the walrus and carpenter ranting about governmental conspiracy theories. Unbeknownst to our heroine, the ‘drink me’ potion happens to be a psychedelic substance in a water bottle that synesthetically transports Camille into Manet's The Bar at the Folies Bergere. Drawing from both popular culture as well as contemporary art and philosophy, each series provides unique insight into humanity through the lense of the adult fairytale. 

Camille Joy Johnston was born in Troy, Michigan. She has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA from Sotheby's Institute. Her work has featured in various group shows across London, including Art Salon London's Artistic Solitude exhibition. This is her first solo show.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/222476518/.

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Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award

A celebration of exciting new talent in the art world, the Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award is one of the most prestigious competitions for UK artists at the start of their career. In 2015 for the first time, The Royal Academy host work by the winners in their Burlington Gardens galleries.

Uniquely, artists were invited to enter work in any discipline, whether it be video, sculpture, painting, drawing or even performance art. The resulting exhibition promises to be an eclectic spectacle of innovative original work, showcasing the brightest and best new UK artists.

This winner of this year’s prestigious £5000 prize is Lawrence Lek. His work, Unreal Estate imagines a future Royal Academy of Arts in the form of a first-person video game for visitors to play – reconfiguring the RA buildings as a giant, glitzy, dystopian playground for the super-rich.

In an exhibition curated by Susanna Davies-Crook, Lek’s work is exhibited alongside that of the four other finalists; Jonathan Trayte, Rachel Pimm, Tamsin Snow and Sarah Tynan, and Patrick Cole. All five shortlisted artists were given £1000 to create their site-specific work for our galleries. Find out more about this year’s shortlisted artists here.

The award was this year judged by a distinguished panel of experts including Steven Claydon, Sarah McCrory, José Parlá, Javier Peres, Francesca Gavin and our very own Director of Artistic Programmes, Tim Marlow.

Converse and Dazed both have a long history of championing creativity and we are privileged to have them as our partners. If you want to see where contemporary art is heading in this country, this free exhibition is compulsory viewing.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/222292310/

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Studio189 Spring Ball
Apr
25
to Apr 26

Studio189 Spring Ball

STUDIO189 presents the Spring Ball

To celebrate the arrival of spring we invite you to join us for a night of art, music and spoken word. 

On April 25th Studio189 will be open to a limited number of 50 guests.

Schedule for the Spring Ball includes:

I Know What I Like curated an art display for the occasion, featuring erotic-inspired work by above mentioned artists. They work with painting, photography, drawing and collage to either seduce us viewers, or hold alternative mirrors in front of our desires, sexualities and emotional experiences. Some of the works rely on humour and tenacity, while others allure through contemplation, offering  a thoughtful palette of visual artworks. 

Tickets for the event cost £30 and include complimentary drinks and canapés, an exhibition catalogue, 10% discount on any of the artworks on display and a Spring Ball goodie bag.

Dress code: elegant, spring, erotic.

Date: 25 April 2015, 7pm to midnight and beyond.

Address to be revealed upon confirmation.

Get tickets here: http://www.studio189london.com/april25th.

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Pixel Pancho: Memory of Our Life
Apr
11
11:00 AM11:00

Pixel Pancho: Memory of Our Life

Join us for a gallery visit at Stolen Space and a stroll down Brick Lane to see some of the new street art in the area.

With a formal art education from the Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia, Pixel Pancho is not your typical Urban Artist. Influenced by painters such as Joaquin Sorolla and Salvador Dali, both can be seen to influence Pancho's unmistakable style being both painterly and figurative with a Dadaist twist.

Pancho started painting in the streets while at art college and the theme which expresses a personal stamp on all his works is the focus on humanising the robotic form.

Androids made up of metal, screws, and gears, resembling characters from futuristic films or sci-fi novels. With rusty exteriors and mechanism's exposed, Pancho's robots are extensions of human bodies and the reflections of mankind trying to be gods by creating them.

Known especially for his huge robot-filled murals, his love for graffiti has taken him all around the world. For his first exhibition in London, Pixel Pancho will be transforming gallery 2 with an installation which will transport viewers into a surreal robotic environment.

We will meet at the gallery for the exhibition and then walk along Brick Lane to see one of Pancho's most recent murals and assess the state of the street art together.

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Y Not? group show
Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

Y Not? group show

An exhibition in aid of International Women's Day.

The exhibition will feature work by our own I Know What I Like artist Julia Bellamy, whose work you can see here: http://www.iknowwhatilike.org/julia-bellamy.

Join Sweet ‘Art in March for their next hotly anticipated show Y Not?, a multimedia exhibition in aid of International Women’s Day. Y Not? will explore the theme of femininity, feminine identity and women’s day with a focus on the female form, gender identity, feminist issues, social and political issues and constructs and personal accounts and perspectives. Works will celebrate, critique, challenge, ridicule and reflect notions of femininity in our society and internationally, created by artists identifying as any gender.

Sweet'Art is a non-profit arts organisation based in London, dedicated to the promotion of upcoming and established artists through exciting pop up art events with a difference. Their launch event in 2012 was a celebration of women’s day and they are now going back to their roots in hosting Y Not?

In addition to the thought provoking, well executed artworks guests attending the Y Not? private view evening can also enjoy welcome cocktails courtesy of Courvoisier along with the usual Sweet ‘Art freebies and surprises. Keep your eye out for those now infamous vagina cupcakes!

Y Not? will run in support of the Art’s Therapy project at Solace, a charity that supports those who are survivors of domestic violence. 

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Bob and Roberta Smith: Why I Am So Angry
Mar
28
11:00 AM11:00

Bob and Roberta Smith: Why I Am So Angry

Handel Street Projects is pleased to announce Bob and Roberta Smith’s Why I Am So Angry, an artful stand against government attacks on art. Come and support Bob’s campaign in Surrey Heath against Michael Gove, who paved the governments disregard for the arts continued by Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, with her shocking statement that choosing art subjects held back children's career opportunities.

In his recent article in The Guardian newspaper Bob says: Since announcing my intention, I have received a surprising amount of support, although some people have mentioned that the economy, the NHS, housing and immigration might figure ahead of the arts in voters’ thinking. But art is central to how we live. Even in terms of money, the arts return £4 to the economy for every £1 of public investment. The government’s own website states that the creative industries contribute £71.5bn to the economy or £8m an hour. With regards to NHS, there has been extensive research into the mental wellbeing gained from engagement from the arts. Good housing is all about design – everything from your car to your carpet has been designed by human beings armed with nothing more than blank sheets of paper and pencils. The arts are about starting a conversation. Whereas government restrictions on immigration slow down and stifle touring productions, migration contributes to our culture and makes the arts stronger. It is also true that in a time of difficulty, culture can bring hope.

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ArtFix Introduces I Know What I Like
Mar
25
6:30 PM18:30

ArtFix Introduces I Know What I Like

We have the pleasure to invite you to an evening event which is all about this group and its activities! This will be hosted by our friends from ArtFix, as part of their "ArtFix Introduces..." series dedicated to showcasing young arts organisations in London.

ArtFix is a space in Soho which is dedicated to making the arts more accessible and fun. They organise activities like performances, screenings, art battles and artist residencies, and they are hosting IKWIL for one evening so we can present our own work and activities!

You'll get to see photos from the over 220 gallery visits we organised over the years, and shout if you're in them! Stories, highlights and anecdotes from the past will also be revealed, as well as the plans we have going forward. We'll introduce some of the artists we work with, and get you guys to network and make connections for your own projects and ideas.

Looking forward to our retrospective evening!

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John Baldessari: Pictures and Scripts
Mar
18
5:00 PM17:00

John Baldessari: Pictures and Scripts

The Marian Goodman Gallery in London has only been open for a few months, and I believe it is one of the most stunning art spaces that London has on offer at the moment. Join us for an exploration of the space and a new major exhibition by John Baldessari.

Marian Goodman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by John Baldessari, in conjunction with Marian Goodman Paris. Pictures & Scripts, at the London gallery will present a series of new works, the artist's first solo exhibition in London since his retrospective Pure Beauty at Tate Modern in 2009. 

Pictures & Scripts is a series of 20 new paintings that juxtapose still images appropriated from black and white films with excerpts from fictive narrative film scripts. Removed from their original contexts, these appropriated film stills capture moments of paused action, within which selected forms have been discretely over-painted in monochrome fields. The excerpts of dialogue between unknown characters hint at conversations between art world insiders, humorously denuding the commercial arm of the art industry. The lineage of these diptychs can be traced back to Baldessari’s early experiments with text and image in the mid-1960s, wherein empty canvases were painted with statements derived from contemporary art theory.

Initially trained as a painter, Baldessari began experimenting with text and photography and incorporating them into his work in the mid-1960s, evolving his practice through the 1970s into printmaking, film, sculpture and installation. Baldessari has developed a body of work that demonstrates and discloses the narrative potential of images and their associative power with text and language of which the foundations can be found in a selection of key pieces in Early Work.

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Camden Street Art Tour: 2/3 off for IKWIL members
Mar
8
11:00 AM11:00

Camden Street Art Tour: 2/3 off for IKWIL members

My friends Lee and Nelly from Global Street Art have just launched a new street art tour going around Camden, a first on the London touring scene. 

To help celebrate the occasion and kickstart the activity, they are offering IKWIL members a two third discount on the regular price of the tour, so that it comes down to £5 instead of £15. What they need in return is for you to leave a 5-star review on TripAdvisor (which I'm sure they'll fully earn!), so they get more visibility for tourists and locals alike. Here's how it works:

1. Go to http://camdenstreetarttours.com/ and book a tour for Sunday 11AM (or any time that suits you really - but we're going as a group on Sunday)

2. Enter discount code "LAUNCH" when making the booking

3. Show up at the ATM machines outside Camden Town tube station on Sunday at 11AM and we'll take the tour together

4. Go to http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186338-d7709634-Reviews-Camden_Street_Art_Tours-London_England.html and leave a 5-star review (you can see by their existing reviews what you should expect)

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Sotheby's and PACE Gallery
Mar
7
12:00 PM12:00

Sotheby's and PACE Gallery

Join us for a short afternoon of wanderings around Mayfair galleries. On the programme are two exhibitions, but we might stop at other spaces along the way if something catches our interest.

Stop 1: Sotheby's Bear Witness, an exhibition of work from their upcoming contemporary art sale. They describe this as an extraordinary collection of contemporary art and curious artefacts. Open to all and with estimates ranging from £20 to £2 million, Bear Witness will enthrall everyone from established collectors to the culturally curious.

Stop 2 is PACE Gallery behing the Royal Academy, where we get to see works from the collection of celebrated art dealer Robert Fraser in the show entitled A Strong Smell of Incense. The exhibition will present “a personal portrait” of Robert Fraser told in artworks and curated by artist Brian Clarke. Clarke was a close friend of Fraser and is also one of several Pace artists who were once represented by the Robert Fraser Gallery – including Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Jean Dubuffet. Rather than adopting an academic approach, Clarke’s selection of work will seek to capture the spirit and energy of his friend while also providing a historic context for Fraser’s flamboyance, dynamism and avant-garde gallery programme. Includes artists from Basquiat to Bacon, Haring to Mapplethorpe and Richter to Ruscha.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/220682055/.

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Antony Micallef: Self & Dran: Public Execution
Feb
21
12:00 PM12:00

Antony Micallef: Self & Dran: Public Execution

Join us for a double exhibition visit in the West End, to see recent studio work by two veteran artists with strong urban connections: celebrated painter Antony Micallef and unpredictable French artist Dran. 

Antony Micallef will present a new body of work entitled Self, consisting of a number of energetic portraits on canvas and paper. 

His career landmarks include coming runner-up in the BP Portrait Prize in 2000, the wildly successful solo exhibition, Impure Idols, on Hollywood Boulevard, and inclusion in AKA Peace, a group exhibition at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts curated by Jake Chapman. He has also exhibited at Tate Britain, and in Tokyo, Athens and Bethlehem (in an exhibition curated by Banksy).

The second visit will be a surprise, as we get to see Dran's ongoing project on the day of its completion at Pictures on Walls: "The first solo show for five years by the French master draughtsman DRAN promises to be a 'live' masterclass in 'spontaneous creativity' happening in 'real time'. All of which actually means he hasn't done much yet. Over the next three weeks Dran will be creating an art show from scratch in full public view in an empty shop in Soho." Exhibition closes on the day of our visit so make sure not to miss it!

We will start from Lazarides, make our way down to Brewer Street, and finish the day with a drink in Soho. See you then!

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/220346181/.

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People, Places, Trains, Walls, Faces: Frank "Steam156" Artist Talk
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

People, Places, Trains, Walls, Faces: Frank "Steam156" Artist Talk

People, Places, Trains, Walls, Faces: 30 Years of Documenting Graffiti and Street Art

An exhibition of photography by Frank ‘Steam156’ Malt

Join us for an artist talk with Frank "Steam156", as part of his graffiti photography exhibition at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning. 

The exhibition will showcase a range of selected, rarely and ‘never seen before’ images from Frank ‘Steam156’ Malt’s collection. The photos, taken by Frank Malt on many of his travels around the world between 1985-2015, will offer an exciting glimpse and insider’s view in to the world of the graffiti writer, from graffiti and street art on walls and trains to images of the artists themselves.

As a former graffiti writer, Frank has had unprecedented access to many of the most significant and interesting talents in graffiti writing and has spent many years photographing them, the places that they work and their lifestyle. This, accompanied by the fact that Frank has been tireless in his documentation of graffiti, has resulted in an impressive archive of photographs. 

This will be a unique opportunity to view images from one of the largest and most comprehensive private graffiti archives in the world - and you will get to meet Frank and ask him all about it!

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/220111805/.

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Borondo: Animal
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

Borondo: Animal

Borondo is an artist whose street work has caught the attention of several members of this group in walks we had around Shoreditch - and this is his biggest gallery show to date.

In his upcoming exhibition ‘Animal’, the Spanish urban artist Gonzalo Borondo aims to explore the conflict between our innate animal instincts and our present lives, which are coated with the dependence of technology and our fear for the unknown. 

Borondo’s work is poetic and evoking, inciting the public to pause and reflect on their own mortality—their memento mori—leaving all vanities behind. 

The artist will take us through eight thematic spaces that include video installations and painting animations in collaboration with Carmen Maín (Spain), and sculpture installations, created together with Edoardo Tresoldi (Italy) and Despina Charitonidi (Germany).

“London is the place in Europe where things are happening” says Borondo, who was a passing resident of Hackney and now comes back to reveal his most extensive project yet.

Exhibition organised by Rex Romae. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/219735132/.

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Free Spaces Launch Event
Jan
30
6:30 PM18:30

Free Spaces Launch Event

London is filled with empty spaces. There are restaurants with rooms they do not use, there are hotels with empty bedrooms, there are town halls with massive auditoriums, there are empty commercial spaces in between rents, there are community gardens, there are city farms, there are skate parks. 

These are all spaces artists could use to show their work, which encouraged Art Map London to set up a directory of such spaces and make it available to all interested artists and art professionals. They will launch the Free Spaces programme in one such space on Kingsland Road, and IKWIL will be there to learn more about it.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/219639085/

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Mapping the City
Jan
21
6:30 PM18:30

Mapping the City

Somerset House, in association with collaborative arts organisation A(by)P, will present Mapping the City, an innovative exhibition of works by established and emerging artists from the street and graffiti art scenes. 

The exhibition will feature works by over 50 internationally recognised artists such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon and Aryz, alongside rising stars from Australia to Argentina, Sweden to Spain and France to Finland.

Graffiti and street artists have an intimate relationship with the cities that they use as a canvas. They understand and engage with the urban landscape in unique ways – through subjective surveying rather than objective ordinance. Mapping the City will present a series of cartographic representations of the artists’ chosen cities. Ranging from literal to highly abstract, each map will be an individual response to the way these artists experience and interpret the places that they know so well. The artists selected by A(by)P to take part in the exhibition use a wide variety of media in their practice, from digital technology to illustration, paintings to sculpture, and video presentations to performances. Over 40 of the works were specially commissioned by A(by)P, with artists using their individual aesthetic to share their knowledge of each city’s secrets and challenge visitors to look at their own urban environments in a new light.

Join us for the opening of this exhibition in London's iconic Somerset House and get to meet the curators and see the works in premiere.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/219639325/

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Anthony Lister: Hurt People - Hurt People
Dec
9
6:00 PM18:00

Anthony Lister: Hurt People - Hurt People

Lazarides Rathbone is pleased to announce a major new body of provocative work from Australian artist Anthony Lister. Hurt People – Hurt People presents a series of multi-faceted portraits saturated in celebrity and media obsessed disaster, continuing the artist's distinguished superhero series featured in 2013's Unslung Heroes.

The recent body of work extends the artist's exploration into the innate sense of chaos and false sense of security existing in modern society, distracting us from the current continuum of corruption and tragedy. The Brisbane-born painter illustrates themes existing between high and low brow culture whilst questioning a society immersed in obtrusive media and poisonous lifestyles.

Coining the term "adventure painting" Lister's large-scale canvases are hedonistic yet demure, constantly evolving stylistically while extending an impressionist approach to contemporary portraiture. Dark undertones often cloud the artist's seductive figures, constructed from a harmony of unapologetic brush strokes and bold colour palette. Loaded with authentic energy Lister animates his ominous characters within each composition, merging the technical execution of old masters with the free-hand spontaneity associated with his street art peers.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/218697674/.

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The Graffiti Sessions: The Art & Justice of Sociable Cities
Dec
3
to Dec 5

The Graffiti Sessions: The Art & Justice of Sociable Cities

The Graffiti Sessions: The Art & Justice of Sociable Cities

3-4-5 December, London

"Imagine a city where graffiti..."

What are the next steps for the futures of street art and graffiti? 

Join the discussion! 

Graffiti Sessions is a three day event that welcomes authorities, academics, policy makers, artists, writers, community members and urban managers to come together in order to question value, creativity and control in relation to street art and graffiti. 

Programme

3rd December, Purcell Rooms, Southbank Centre

Adam Cooper from the London Mayor’s office, author and cultural criminologist Alison Young, Detective Constable Colin Saysell plus well known UK street artists amongst other high profile urban managers and creatives, join together to discuss “How ‘cops, courts and cleaning’ of graffiti can be more economically and socially sustainable for the publics they serve?”

4th December, UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture

Author and political theorist Chantal Mouffe, plus speakers including Alice Pasquini, NuArt, Global Street Art, with other artists, leading academics and urbanists, to ask “Can street art and graffiti practices support claims that they can resocialise, regenerate or otherwise revitalize cities and neighborhoods?”

5th December, LVMH Lecture Theatre, Central Saint Martins

Keynotes include Robyn Buseman from Philadelphia Mural Arts programme, Devon Ostrom from Toronto’s Beautiful City Arts Alliance. Also workshops sessions feeding from discussions held during the first two days of the event aimed to understand “How should policy and practice shift, to take account of contemporary perceptions of graffiti and street art, and what approaches could better represent the diverse communities affected?”

This international event based in London brings together three of the most influential centres of arts and learning in the world; UCL, Central Saint Martins and Southbank Centre. The event is organised by Sabina Andron and Dr. Ben Campkin from the UCL Urban Laboratory, Marcus Willcocks and Prof. Lorraine Gamman from the Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub at Central Saint Martins, UAL, and Lee Bofkin from Global Street Art. Funded by the Grand Challenge for Sustainable Cities and the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, and the Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub at CSM.

Tickets: http://graffitisessions.com/register
Full programme: http://graffitisessions.com/programme

Other links:

www.graffitisessions.com

www.facebook.com/graffitisessions

twitter @graffsessions

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The Cult House XMAS Pop-Up Show
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

The Cult House XMAS Pop-Up Show

Join us for the Christmas art event organised by The Cult House" XMAS Pop-Up Show. There will be plenty of art, live music, a shop and exhibition - all at the Truman Brewery. IKWIL is visiting on the opening evening and we plan to make a night out from it, so join the group at your convenience and let's celebrate together.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/218797514/.

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Balloons: IMPREINT exhibition and artist talk
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

Balloons: IMPREINT exhibition and artist talk

The balloon is concept. The balloon is potential. The balloon is equality. The balloon is beautiful. The balloon is popular. The balloon circulates. The balloon becomes.

The balloon is just a balloon

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The Balloon Project by IMPREINT

The balloon is concept

IMPREINT’s balloon project is a simple, clever and scalable creative endeavor combining painting, photography, collaborative processes and digital engagement. The power of the project resides in accumulation, but also in its many well-conceived facets. IMPREINT started this artistic campaign years ago, strategically planning its different stages.

The balloon is potential

One of the fundamental questions the project tackled was the possibility of putting an artistic brand on an everyday object like a balloon, much in the same way that Warhol did with the soup cans and Duchamp with the urinal. That was certainly the ambition in IMPREINT’s case, but only time will tell if this vision can become a success. What is certain as the balloon project comes to an end is that it produced a comprehensive portfolio of visual and collaborative work, all using the bare balloon as symbol, focus and pretext.

The main output is a series of 1000 uniquely executed acrylic on paper balloon paintings. “I started thinking about painting a thousand balloons after an initial experiment with six of them. I tried out different materials and analysed results until I was happy with the formula. I created a particular mix of colours that got discarded after each balloon was finished, so that each of the thousand is a one-off object reflecting on the mood of the moment through colour and form”. The elegant, serene shape of the balloon paintings is striking in its simplicity, as it reflects IMPREINT’s intimate technique: he paints directly with his fingers, in a horizontal position, which gives him a clearer ownership of his creation and makes for a distinctive end result. What gives the balloon series coherence is IMPREINT’s artist signature (his fingerprint), together with the edition number and ribbon which he paints with a specific pen. The minimalist and precise results are a pleasure to contemplate.  

The balloon is beautiful

IMPREINT is also very particular about the paper he paints on, as he pursues a natural folding effect that occurs as the paint dries out, creating a fluid appearance, as if the balloon was seamlessly moving through thin air. There is comfort and calmness in every single image, and these quickly turn into amazement and wonder when faced with the whole thousand lot. IMPREINT’s balloons play with the concept of edition art, as he numbers them and signs them with his print, but they are each personally hand-made, unique objects, challenging the market’s openness to promoting sets of identical objects.

“It's my favorite type of work, something that has aesthetic autonomy and can be enjoyed as it stands; whilst carrying several layers of meaning that you can discover by unfolding the argument. The first impact is the most important with an artwork, and it has to be aesthetically pleasing. If then you discover other components as well, it can become a masterpiece.”

The balloon becomes

Encountering IMPREINT’s balloon project implies unfolding the process of its conceptual and aesthetic development. This involved, consecutively, creating an experimental video in front of the Saatchi Gallery, a montage of several people holding a helium balloon; organizing the Save Me. art workshop with children, encouraging them to paint balloons on charity shop t-shirts; and putting on an exhibition of the balloon paintings in St. Ives. Since then, the balloons have visited and found places in collectors’ homes throughout Europe, including in several London locations. 

The balloon is equality

The simple, repetitive act of photographing people holding a balloon soon gave birth to another branch of the project, the Portraits series, which we were also involved with. “Between August and December 2013 I was studying people’s reactions and considering the value of a picture with the balloon, the repetition of one scene through different perspectives, and the fact that the balloons I was painting were very similar to the people I photographed: all different, beautiful, but imperfect. I then decided to start the Portraits series to show everyone brought together by the basic gesture of holding the balloon, because this balloon was uniting people and treating everyone in the same way.” This was conceived from the beginning as a one year project (Dec2013-2014) which was to gather thousands of portraits from around the world, united by balloons, speaking of difference and equality, of access, hope, visibility and the need of people to get involved in collaborative endeavours. The balloon portraits gained a following of 60,000 fans on Facebook and gave the balloon project a collaborative social dimension through a simple, natural and accessible image-concept. The balloon is popular.

As it comes to a close, the balloon project has many achievements to show for itself and a wide range of visual materials to delight with. These will be exhibited and made public in a strategic unfolding at several different locations, the first of which is Notting Hill’s Arancina. You are invited to engage with the first dissemination of the project from 15 October to 15 January 2014, and to take part in a debate with the artist present on 12 November.

The balloon is just a balloon. Or is it?

Come challenge, enjoy, see, buy, hold and burst a balloon with us.

https://www.facebook.com/IMPREINTofficial
http://www.impreint.com/

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/IKnowWhatILike/events/212476512/.

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