Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Decline and Fall

I have curated my first exhibition for the Internet which launched today - which is quite surprising considering I've written about online shows and the dissemination of art on the web so much!

The show is called Decline and Fall and is the first exhibition for

Here is a link directly to my curatorial statement and an interview with me about my work and the show and a glimpse of some of the pieces below.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Top 5 from the Autocenter Benefit Auction

Working with Autocenter on the current Re-Discovery 1:Sture Johanesson/Laura Buckley show was incredible - it is a brilliant space that has amazingly been running on no budget since 2001! Their current benefit auction is also exceptional. These are my top five works that I think are serious bargains (so much more here too including Jorinde Voigt, Lothar Hempel, Andre Butzer, Yngve Holden etc). Bidding ends March 28 online and the auction itself is at Autocenter 4pm on Saturday 29 March.

Eli Continas incredible collage piece pictures above, and possibly the biggest bargain in the auction.

David Ostrowski I can't help but get off on Ostrwoski's abstract works.

Kristine Roepstorff Probably my favourite work in the show. An incredible multi media collage.

Oliver Laric abstract work made from shredded couterfeit CDs. Simply genius.

Markus Selg Stunning still life print work.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Re-Discovery 1 opening Friday March 21 in Berlin

Re-Discovery 1:
Laura Buckley and Sture Johannesson

Curated by Francesca Gavin

Opening: Friday, 21 March 2014, 7 p.m.

Duration: 22 March – 19 April 2014

Location:Autocenter, Leipziger Str. 56, 10117 Berlin

“Re-Discoveries”, conceived and designed by five international guest curators, is a series of exhibitions and lectures held in Autocenter from 2014 until 2015 in which the works of artists of an older generation enter into dialogue with younger artists. The earlier positions focused on – David Hammons, Ivan Kožarić, Sture Johannesson, Peter Rose and Marianne Wex – are those of artists who are, in Germany, unknown, little known, or known only as uncharted territory in contemporary art history. They are artists whose works have fallen into neglect on account of the economic, social or political mechanisms of the art world or have gone undetected, slipping under the mainstream radar. The philosophy of “Re-Discoveries” is not restricted to the mere exhibiting of these positions in the manner of a well-deserved re-encounter. The objective is to create a chamber of resonance in which older works come up against contemporary creations, corresponding with them or producing tensions through which new ways of seeing or new contexts can emerge. Our concern is to reclaim works of art for present attention and to turn the spotlight onto the conditions under which they were produced and onto the discourses involved in their creation.

The first edition of the exhibition series “Re-Discovery I / Sture Johannesson & Laura Buckley” is curated by Francesca Gavin. The focus is the intersection between visual experience, psychedelica and technology through the work of two artists from two different generations. The aim is to see how differently artists can explore ideas around perception, visual experience, and the influence of technology on culture.

Sture Johannesson (born 1935 in Sweden) is one of the most interesting and controversial artists in Sweden’s history. The poster artworks he sold through the space he founded in Malmo in the 1960s, Galleri Cannabis, reflected the palette, fluidity and counter culture politics of international psychedelic movement. His work, including the notorious poster ‘Hash Girl’, became representative of the youth upheaval in Sweden. Johannesson was one of the first artists to experiment with computers in the creation of artworks in the 1970s, co-creating on the FIELDS Program. In the early 1980s he founded The Digital Theatre, making pixel portraits using one of Europe’s first apple computers.

Laura Buckley (born 1977 in Ireland) creates light and video installations using sculptural objects, reflection and refraction. Her inventive works combine mirror, wood and metal structure, projected imagery and sound elements. Past musical collaborators have included Andrew Weatherall, Andy Spence (NYPC) and Dave MacLean (Django Django). Her site responsive works are often accompanied by images from her series of two-dimensional digital print pieces, made through her experiments with scanners.

Francesca Gavin is a writer and curator based in London. Her past exhibitions have included The Dark Cube at the Palais de Tokyo, The New Psychedelia at Mu, Eindhoven and E-Vapor-8 at 319 Scholes, New York, which is being reconfigured at Site Sheffield in June 2014.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In praise of publications

I have been addicted to magazines since I was 11 years old. I buy around three a week or so. Which is obviously insane. The number of independent and interesting publications on the shelves of Do You Read Me?, Artwords and ofr are ever growing. This is my top ten for those searching for help whilst navigating shelves (which I've tried not to make too biased...)

Hands down the best art magazine out there and the only magazine I collect and keep rather than cut up for the scrapbooks. Brilliant design, content, writers and art, art, art.

I'm super proud of this baby. Bi annual hardback book I do all the art for - I've done major 10 page features on Tauba Auerbach, Josephine Meckseper, Kerry James Marshall, Cameron Jamie among many others. Its pretty much 50% art in here!

The Gourmand
I'm not even into the whole cool food thing but this magazine makes me want to be. Smart, leftfield, beautifully designed, and even makes you a little hungry.

Printed Pages
While Its Nice That rests in piece, the smaller sweet printed pages is filling the hole left behind for interesting graphic, design and illustrative creativity.

ANP Quarterly
God I love this publication. Even though the free, oversized mag is more sporadically produced than it once was its still always a complete, original joy. Aaron Rose

junk jet
This collaborative art, architecture, new media publication is always worth it for the content - great articles that stick in your head like glue.

Cos magazine
It is free in shops, its design is immaculate and they even get some kick arse interviews.

Anonymous Sex Journal
If you want to cry with laughter, hubris and sympathy on the tube home this is the publication for you. The third issue is just out. Buy it while you can.

The Gentlewoman
This biannual has done a great job making a fetish out of smart as a whip women, with a touch of the uptight glamour of Fantastic Man.


Kevin Braddock has done an incredible job editorially turning this baby around. Who else would let me do an entire feature and portfolio on the male nude?

Acne Paper
It's. Just. So. Beautiful.

Also regularly purchased are: AnOther, Apartamento, Arena Homme Plus, Artforum, Art Review, Bazaar (UK), Dazed, foam, Frieze, Interview, Jalouse, monocle, Vogue (esp the French edition).

Monday, February 24, 2014

Twitter Taster

For people not on twitter, this is a taster of my recent points of interest

Firstly I have a curated at two person show with Laura Buckley and Sture Johanesson opening at Autocenter in Berlin March 21 from 7pm running until April 19. Flyer above.

(The space also has an incredible auction midway through the show for a night  coming up at the end of March with work by David Ostrowski, Oliver Laric etc).

Grab the brilliant new issue of COS magazine with interview with Tino Seghal and fruit fair photos by Wolfgang Tilmmans in the free in-store print edition

My interview with Collier Schorr for Dazed

Jodorowsky Comic archive

Le Gun running art school workshops

Rob Pruitt's online book shop and flea market on ebay

Monday, February 10, 2014

Update Update

Lots of writing out and about at the moment (gosh whenever I write that explaining update delays it makes me cringe and think of this Cory Arcangel project!!)

So here are 10 things I have written and seen and recommend to all - aside from The Book of Hearts which has made appearance at Grand Central Station, Artwords and Scribbler (as well at the Observer magazine and Independent online)

1 I was turned on by these exhibitions: Gauguin at Ordovas, William Burroughs at Photographers Gallery, Stephen Willats at Raven Row, Cecile B Evans online AGNES piece for the Serpentine, Christian Jankowski at Lisson and the incredible Heath Bunting piece 'Skint' in the Contemporary Art Society show at Whitechapel

2 Interviews with Simon Denny and Nate Boyce respectively for

3 Cover feature interview with Bjarne Melgaard about his Gavin Brown show for the Man/Boy issue of Sleek

4 The Return of Paris for Artsy

5 Top 10 Girls on Show for Dazed Digital

6 How art is getting to grips with on and offline space for Artsy

7 My Dazed Q&A with Ed Atkins now online

8 Piece on my September show at V1 Gallery included in issue 1 of Riposte

9 Issue 9 of Twin magazine on shelves with interview I did with Kerry James Marshall, pieces on Philip Lorca di Corcia, Nicola Tyson Copenhagen art scene and a curated exhibition project from Henry Kinman.

10 Interviews with Camille Henrot and Collier Schoor in the girls rule issue of Dazed

Image Tales of Paradise: Gauguin installation view, Photography by Mike Bruce at Ordovas