New Art Highlights
3 - 9 May
New Art Highlights of the week includes: Douglas Clark, Lisa Traxler, Mandy Wilkinson and Madi Acharya-Baskerville.
Ozymandic Arch, 2021 by Douglas Clark
A rusted steel arch referencing Percy Shelly's poem 'Ozymandias'. Shown here in the Burghley House Sculpture Garden in 2021.
BLAST WALL, 13th May 2021 - 19th June 2021 by Lisa Traxler
Location: The Foundry Gallery, Chelsea, London
During lockdown Lisa Traxler responded to her home, a decommissioned WW2 radar bunker on the site where she lives on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. With re-found family letters from her great uncle posted overseas during this war she responds not only to the defence architecture of the bunker but his letters home creating a powerful body of sculptural works alongside a two part podcast and educational resource workshop and worksheets shared by Art UK. The newly commissioned works will be exhibited in London at the Foundry Gallery and on the Isle of Wight in the bunker setting. This project was made possible by grant funding from Arts Council England.
Breeze, 2021 by Mandy Wilkinson
Acrylic on board. Size A1.
On the road of sea stars, 12th June 2021 - 18th June 2021 by Madi Acharya-Baskerville
Location: Zuzushii Art Laboratory
This is a collaborative exhibition by artists Madi Acharya-Baskerville and Ben Brown exploring notions of marginalisation and displacement through the medium of sculpture and bespoke objects.
The exhibition takes its title from ‘On the road of sea stars’ (1935-6) written by Dada-ist poet Tristan Tzara and dedicated to the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. This poem resonates strongly for both artists, not just through it's title, but with it's powerful exhortation to the life force and the power of creativity to survive even in the darkest times, via a compelling and melancholic reflection of the human condition.
Facing marginalization through cultural difference and gender identity, the artists have found a perfect setting for this collaborative exhibition in the liminal surroundings of Hastings, and with the eccentric experimental atmosphere of artist-run space Zuzushii Arts Laboratory, located on Hastings' seafront.
Working in a range of media, the artists' creative processes give rise to works which share a certain kind of skewed humour, interjected with a knowing visual absurdity, which serve to highlight more serious concerns around marginality and difference.