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The Indian Ocean Comes of Age

The Seychelles has a surprisingly aware artistic community. Art here has two diverse antecedents: the realistic social commentary of the liberated slave, Billy King, and the primitivist depiction of tropical flora by British Marianne North. Eden Art Space shows both in its exhibition of work by 15 artists inspired by “Vannswet”, the SE monsoon – a time of cooling dry …

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The silence of Ani

This video is in black and white. The setting looks deserted and wild, spacious, grasses wave in the wind. There are fragments of masonry, something like a chapel, columns, carved words, an ancient site with no visitors, or only a few young people with bird whistles, making sweet trilling noises of various kinds, approaching and coinciding, falling into a rhythm …

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Broken: Donna Festa at Redwing

When I first saw Donna Festa’s advertisement in the New Art Examiner it attracted me. little did I think I would see the actual work. I did so in Redwing, a community gallery in Penzance, Cornwall. 20 very small, almost miniatures, lined up on one wall driving the point home of displayed title of one word ‘Broken’. Each tiny painting …

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Un-childlike

Rose Wylie at 83 is having success as an artist. She is just as I would have imagined, a terribly middle class bohemian, messy, speaking in that perilously well educated quiet way. I find the work unpleasant, derivative of films without saying anything, clumsily faux naive and it’s been taken up with ridiculous enthusiasm. It has a certain vitality but …

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An Outsider’s Precision

Jon Knott, a connoisseur of stones, creates his own mystique, as he’s homeless and lives in a tent in an undisclosed area in the Cornish countryside. This calm, gentle-spoken man has a unique view of the world from his living quarters, which is reflected in his artwork. Rain or shine, though it is very often rain in Cornwall, he meticulously …

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Swimming in Colour

Step into confusion; are you are in a fantasy world or in the uncomfortable reality of another individual? Each of the three rooms lead to the next through an arch and each has its own colour, first pink, then orange then green. First a kitsch hair salon with clippings of bright yellow hair on the floor, an empty receptionist’s desk …

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Too Important to Ignore

This show redresses the still lacking female voices of post-Ab Ex abstraction. Mary Corse (b. 1945) has had serious recognition for her Minimalist work, which sometimes incorporates neon and fluorescent light, However, she has generally been overshadowed by her many West Coast male peers similarly occupied from the mid-1960s, who soaked up most of the attention in this burgeoning sphere. …

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Encounter in Volos

The exhibition was entitled ‘The Spring If You Cannot Find It, Make It’ …taken from the verse written by the Greek Nobel Prize winning poet Odysseus Elytis was the inspirations behind the 35 participating artists. Their response to his words was personified in a diverse and engaging range of styles and artistic approaches. I was drawn to the work of …

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Art Sunbathing

On a warm early July evening, Popps Packing and Emporium presented two artists riffing on summertime escapism through neon-bright palettes and fake palm artifice. Popps Packing Summer Artist Resident Allison Baker hosted an open studio exhibition of mostly free-form sculpture exploding with color and drooping as if from midwestern humidity. The work is so evocative that one could go on …

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Eva Biennial – Artists’ Referendum on Resistance

Summary: Guerrero created an important invitation to a long, ongoing conversation through orchestrating key voices from many different perspectives. This was not about art market viability, but rather a testimony to the power of collective voices.   Juxtapositions of decadence and abjection, survival and compassion, are created with clever consider-ation in each venue of the Eva International Biennial 2018. Held …

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