June Art Gallery Highlights

Growth, Soojin Kang at UNIT9 opens Thursday 1st June until 2nd July

Three large pods woven from linen, silk and jute are suspended full-height occupying the space of the gallery. A hybrid between organic and alien forms, they look lightweight and present themselves as welcoming and soothing cocoons despite their rough finish. Reminiscent of giant plant pods and insect nests, each form has a muted colour with fibers and threads that let us see through. Soojin Kang (b. 1978, Seoul) graduated with an MA in textiles from Central St. Martins in 2009. Her work focuses on sculptural textiles and weaved materials. Her objects offer humble beauty with an emphasis on the handmade, imperfect and unfinished.

Soojin Kang, detail of Pod 2, 2017 Hand-woven sculpture, craft
Soojin Kang, detail of Pod 2, 2017
Wild-silk, jute, hemp, cotton, linen and wire. Series of hand-woven sculptures

Things That Soak You: Laura Aldridge, Rana Begum, Francis Upritchard & Bethan Laura Wood at Kate McGarry opens Friday 2nd June until 15th July

A playful approach to sculpture and materials. From Bethan Laura Wood’s oversized shrimp and eggs in the shape of cake-like creations in pastel colours to Rana Begum’s investigations on how light and colour affect form. I visited Rana in her studio a few weeks ago and you can see more of her work here. Francis Upritchard is also included with two sculptures. Her work is currently included in Viva Arte Viva, The 57th Venice Biennale. If you want to have a deeper look at her work, this article will help.

Rana Begum, No. 691, 2017
Rana Begum, No. 691, 2017
Acrylic paint on MDF, 200 x 258 x 4 cm
Courtesy the artist and Kate MacGarry, London
Francis Upritchard, Two Plait, 2016
Francis Upritchard, Two Plait, 2016
Steel and foil armature, paint, modelling material, fabric, hair, 115 x 34 x 32 cm
Courtesy the artist and Kate MacGarry, London
Laura Aldridge, Four weeks ago (Seeds), 2016
Laura Aldridge, Four weeks ago (seeds), 2016
Gigle print, custom frame, 123 x 83 cm
Laura Aldridge, Things That Soak You, 2016
Laura Aldridge, Things That Soak You, 2016
Ceramic, net, fabric
Courtesy the artist and Kate MacGarry, London

31 Women at Breese Little opens Friday 2nd June until 31st July

31 Women channels the pioneering spirit of the exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim’s New York gallery in 1943. 31 Women combines works by successive generations of artists from the 1940s to the present day. The exhibition sets itself to a testing exercise, the survey of nearly 80 years of art history through the work of prominent artists today, from the emerging to the established. Starting with early works from the 40s when Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism co-existed in New York, the exhibition explores two thematic threads. The first, embracing introspective ideas: the psychological, instinctual and erotic. The second, establishing a continuity of artistic propositions focused on formal qualities and abstraction.  The success in this group show is in the loving choices of artworks. At the entrance of the gallery, a heartfelt letter written and framed by Tracey Emin from 1996 serves as a prelude. Tracey Emin, Framed letter, 1996

Tracey Emin, Framed letter, 1996
Tracey Emin, 1996
Phoebe Unwin, Leaning Figure on Soft Ground, 2015
Phoebe Unwin, Leaning Figure on soft ground, 2015
Indian Ink on acrylic sized canvas, 185 x 220 cm

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