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Shona Illingworth: ‘Art practice is deeply important in a changing world’
The Danish-born artist Shona Illingworth, whose video and sound installations explore the mystery of memory, talks about her latest exhibition at FACT in Liverpool, UK, and her collaboration with psychologists in her artistic practice.
Lesions in the Landscape, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, until 22 November 2015.
Broad and Broader
Eli and Edythe’s brilliantly realised dream of a palace for their art joins a developer’s brief to a philanthropist’s vision for downtown Los Angeles.
Carl Plackman: Obscure Territories
Carl Plackman rarely discussed his work, which, spanning sculpture, drawing and installation, refuses to be defined. During his long overdue exhibition at Pangolin London, Studio International spoke to his former student, Mark Dunhill, to get some insights into the man behind the art.
Anj Smith: ‘The figure is a device on which to hang my concerns’
The artist talks about the collapsing of genres, her desire to portray identity post gender and painting as a metaphor for something eternal.
Anj Smith: Phosphor on the Palms, Hauser & Wirth, London, until 21 November 2015.
Tamar Ettun: ‘I am using the structure of a religious practice as a fold for my art-making’
The young Israeli-American sculptor talks about her Orthodox background, her beginnings in art, integration of sculpture and performance, and how art relates to her personal history.
Tamar Ettun: Alula in Blue, Fridman Gallery, New York City, until 24 October 2015.
YARAT: The Union of Fire and Water
The Union of Fire and Water presents a historical and cultural superimposition of Baku and Venice as seen through the eyes of two artists, Rashad Alakbarov and Almagul Menlibayeva. Studio International talked to the artists, alongside the curator Suad Garayeva, to hear more about the cities intertwined histories.
Palazzo Barbaro, San Marco, Venice, until 22 November 2015.
The Gap: Selected Abstract Art from Belgium
This group exhibition – curated by artist Luc Tuymans – brings together more than 40 works by 15 Belgian artists in an attempt to highlight the similarities and tensions between two different generations within Belgium.
Parasol Unit, London, until 6 December 2015.
Anita Glesta: ‘I would like this work to be a vehicle of communication – like a moving-image billboard’
The artist talks about the motivation behind her brightly coloured projection of frenzied fish on to the National Theatre as part of the Totally Thames festival.
Shani Rhys James: ‘I love the luxuriousness of a flower’s abstract shape’
The artist talks about her dramatic paintings, the significance of red and her own particular take on melancholia.
Connaught Brown, London, until 3 October 2015.
Petra Cortright: ‘I wanted to raise questions about the way we view women in a digital landscape’
The artist talks about moving from working on computers to painting, linking the two worlds to produce something physical translated from the digital, the importance of layering, surface, and light and making work out of computer errors or spam.
Chudamani Clowes: ‘I wanted to show immigration and migration in a positive light’
The artist talks about immigration, her personal connection to west London and the human tragedies that have inspired her most recent work.
Griffin Gallery, White City, London, until 2 October 2015.
The art behind the activist: Andrew Locke talks about Ai Weiwei
A rebel, an iconoclast and a playful symbolist – Ai Weiwei is all these things, but surely history will remember him as one of China’s most influential dissident artists. Curator Adrian Locke talks about Ai’s latest exhibition at the Royal Academy.
Royal Academy of Arts, London, until 13 December 2015.
Antony Donaldson: ‘Painting is a singular thing’
The artist talks about home visits from his tutors when he was at the Slade in the 1950s, being influenced by Nicolas de Staël and discussing pornography with the Beverly Hills sheriff’s department.
Celts: Art and Identity
The identity of the Celts might be as evasive as a will-o'-the-wisp, but as this wonderful exhibition shows, their art is as solid and evocative as it is beautiful.
British Museum, London, until 31 January 2016.
Jennifer Rubell: Not Alone
American artist Jennifer Rubell explores motherhood through a series of participatory works. Looking to break the established rules of the gallery, she encourages viewers to hold a baby, eat eggs – and even take their clothes off in the gallery.
Going Public: International Art Collectors in Sheffield
In a project looking at how philanthropic giving to arts and culture can become a social norm in every 21st-century city, some of Europe’s leading private collectors are showing works – from Jake and Dinos Chapman to Fiona Tan to Marcel Duchamp – across Sheffield.
Sheffield, until 12 December 2015.
Bridget Riley: Learning From Seurat
Through the works of Georges Seurat, Bridget Riley learned about colour. His The Bridge at Courbevoie provided ‘a true masterclass … the best tutorial I ever had’ and he has remained a touchstone for her.
Courtauld Gallery, London, until 17 January 2016.
Lowry by the Sea
This small gem of an exhibition comprising 17 pictures – oils on canvas and board; watercolour; felt tip and pencil drawings – showcases Lowry’s intense relationship with the ocean.
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, until 1 November 2015.
Julie Sass: Be-Bop Your Visual Acts (Shared Space)
Danish artist Julie Sass presents a cohesive body of new work as part of Copenhagen Arts Week that signals complex, painterly explorations in abstract minimalism.
Third Space, Copenhagen, until 26 September 2015.
Jerusalem Season of Culture 2015
This is a festival that involves talks, tours, performance and events rather than simply art objects, and it takes places in a place that has been a conflict zone for millennia. This year, to its credit, it tried to address the city’s politics as well as its culture.
Zakkir Hussain and Rakhi Peswani
Two solo exhibitions featuring alumni from India’s premier art institute in Baroda throw up interesting questions about violence, self and the processes of survival.
Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi, until 5 October 2015.
Dineo Seshee Bopape: slow -co- ruption
For the artist’s first UK solo exhibition, she combines experimental video works and sculptural installations of found objects in order to explore sociopolitical notions of narration, memory and representation.
Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, until 27 September 2015.

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The Drawn Word: ‘Even if I write my name I am drawing’

The Drawn Word. Published by Studio International and the Studio Trust, 2014. Cover image: Will McLean. “All writing is drawing/ Method of Investigations”.


This publication focuses on explaining the relationship between writing and drawing; the ideas raised at the symposium are expanded and clarified, with the inclusion of artists’ and academics’ contributions from sources as diverse as Oxford professor emeritus Martin Kemp – who has written on the Leicester Codex by Leonardo da Vinci and Professor Asa Briggs (a leading British historian and a key code-breaker at Bletchley Park during the second world war) – who discusses, “Drawing as Code”.

The Drawn Word is the product of a research project funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council networking grant that explored the relationship between writing, drawing and literacy. As such it is a collaborative publication between Studio International, the University of the Arts London (UAL) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT).

Editors: Professor Stephen Farthing RA and Dr Janet McKenzie
Publisher: Studio International and the Studio Trust, New York and London, 2014.
Content: 128 pages, full colour.
Language: English.
ISBN: 9780983259954 (Softcover).
Dimensions: 280 x 115 x 11 mm (11.0 x 8.7 x 7/16 in).
Price: UK £20, US $30, A $40.

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