12 January – 24 February 2017
Jack Otway’s ‘corpse-painted’ window panels will blacken the facade of the Griffin Gallery’s Perimeter Space in children’s face paint. Wobbly rendered sunken eyes will adorn the panels in rhythmic fashion exploring the cosmetic as an important site for meaning-making.
Otway is interested in the movement of extreme beliefs from subcultural periphery to the mainstream and how these are visually formulated and packaged for commercial or political means.Read More
12 January – 24 February 2017
Griffin Gallery is delighted to present ‘I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper’, a group exhibition that examines the importance of appropriation and influence on the practices of ten contemporary artists.
The show is curated by the London-based art consultant Catherine Loewe, in collaboration with Griffin Gallery Director Becca Pelly-Fry.
Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra
Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz
The exhibition title comes from the 1978 Hot Gossip song of the same name, and also refers to the artist Glenn Brown who used the title for one of his paintings; a meticulous rendition of a Rembrandt. This time collision of mass media, popular culture and venerated Old Masters encapsulates the complex, and at times subversive, relationship between contemporary art and art of the past, and this in part was the genesis of the exhibition. While all of the featured works open up myriad lines of enquiry, from challenging notions of value and authorship, to examining modern morality, the show is in essence about the artists’ relationship with the art historical canon from the Old Masters to the present. The theme alludes to the collective hysteria surrounding the art market and fuses the double Frieze Fairs, the Contemporary and the Masters, in this case blurring the distinguishing factors. The works in the exhibition include both traditional materials and the use of new technologies in a wide variety of media, from plasticine to video projection.
Image: ‘Copyright the Artist. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts, London’Read More
27 – 27 November 2016
On 27th November 2016 artist Corrie Baldauf painted a gigantic gold zero on the roof top car park of Television Centre using 200 litres of iridescent gold Liquitex paint, covering 230 square metres of concrete. The artwork, called GOLD ZERO, mirrors the shape of the car park ramp, highlighting the architectural function of the building ahead of its major redevelopment next year.
GOLD ZERO | Corrie Baldauf, sponsored by Liquitex in collaboration with Griffin Gallery and White Noise with thanks to Television Centre
Photo Credit: Jack JohnstoneRead More
24 November – 23 December 2016
Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space presents Mannequin curated by Karen David. Initiated this year with an inaugural exhibition presenting the work of Susan Sluglett and Fabian Peake, the Perimeter Space explores experimental projects in the periphery of the main Griffin Gallery.
The selected artists for Mannequin explore practices ranging from painting, film, performance, and site-specific installation whilst sharing common connections to ‘fabric’ as a medium. For this exhibition they have been given a singular rule to dress a mannequin in their own approach and interpretation.
In a ‘post-medium-specific’ age where the significance of medium is negotiated, Mannequin invites these artists to carry their own concerns through this exhibition premise; utilising a window-dressing-mannequin as their supporting structure or blank canvas. In Kosuth’s words the ‘essence of art’ morphs from medium to medium.
In 1974 Joseph Beuys, wearing his signature layer of felt, spent three days in a solitary space at the René Block Gallery, New York with a coyote in his now iconic performance I Like America and America Likes Me. For Beuys the medium of felt (alongside fat, sledges and walking sticks) reoccurs as a key material from his personal mythology. In a similar way Mannequin sees the artists presenting their own recognisable tropes; integrating found objects, consumer culture, the history of the figure and the politics of fashion, using their ‘visual shorthands’ to re-position our reading of these values and reinforce their own personal mythology.Read More
24 November – 23 December 2016
Congratulations to Ana Milenkovic, winner of the Griffin Art Prize 2016!
Designed to have a meaningful impact on the career of one emerging artist, Griffin Art Prize 2016 offers one outstanding candidate a three month residency, a large well-lit studio, materials of choice, a mentoring programme and accommodation.
The prize was judged by Rebecca Lewin, Exhibitions Curator at Serpentine Galleries, London, Jenny Lindén Urnes, owner and Chairman of Lindéngruppen, Becca Pelly-Fry, Head Curator of Griffin Gallery and British artist Vicky Wright who shows with Josh Lilley Gallery, London.Read More
4 October – 18 November 2016
Perfectionism does not seek to be perfect. Neither does it claim to showcase perfect artists. Instead, this is an exploration of perfectionism of process.
In the third part of the series, our focus turns towards the idea of transformation of materials. We look at a range of artists whose practice involves taking materials through a meticulous and carefully planned process in order to change their status or presence.Read More
4 October – 18 November 2016
Positions, continues the dialogue begun in Perfume Island, first shown at New Greenham Arts, Berkshire; the site of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp which was established to protest for nuclear disarmament. Positions is accompanied by a newly commissioned poem Stone Curlew by Fabian Peake.
In this instalment at Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space, Sluglett presents a series of paintings as posters or placards that suggest the atmosphere of a protest that is either about to start or has just finished. The paintings here employ abbreviated chess themes as a ground. Part of the secret of winning chess is to realise when conventional values can be overturned and a sacrificial move can be made which will achieve victory. The war-like game of chess as a ground motif, is juxtaposed with peaceful, neutralising imagery of nature; such as plants or birds of various species.
18 August – 30 September 2016
Solo exhibition of Zsofia Schweger presenting work created during her six-month Griffin Art Prize residency.
Zsofia paints minimal domestic interiors of the home she grew up in Sandorfalva, Hungary. While her paintings appear to be made of perfect, clean shapes in block colours, a closer look reveals the anxiety behind each brush stroke, and a sense of both comfort and alienation.Read More
28 April – 10 June 2016
Curated by Rebecca Byrne and Liz Elton
Pool explores the expanded field of painting via the device of a constructed landscape, a garden, with works brought together as an immersive experience.
Thirteen artists, all of whom work in and around painting, have been asked to make work that alludes to this theme. As the show has developed, new connections between the works have become apparent, and aims have altered and shifted. The construct of a garden has acted as a frame in itself, with ideas embedded in individual pieces moving in and outside its own boundaries.Read More
17 March – 22 April 2016
Curated by Becca Pelly-Fry and Jason Colchin-Carter
“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.”
― Orson Welles
This group of artists, represented by IP Arts, come together for a show that explores the nature of humanity and the eternal search for meaning in our daily lives.
Show ends on Thursday 21th April at 5pm.Read More
19 November – 18 December 2015
Exhibition of work by the shortlist of ten artists for Griffin Art Prize 2015.
Jose Carlos Naranjo
The winner will be announced at the private view and prize giving on Wednesday 18 November.Read More
16 October – 14 November 2014
This exhibition, presented by The Magma Group, combines expressive and conceptual qualities in art, notwithstanding that these aspects seem to be mutually exclusive. Concepts are therefore realised with expressive energy rather than by cool intellect.Read More
3 July – 30 August 2014
This exhibition does not seek to be perfect. Neither does it claim to showcase perfect artists. Instead, this is an exploration of perfectionism of process. Of artists so committed to their practice that it permeates their every movement and waking thought, manifest in the meticulous detail demonstrated in their work.
Curated by Becca Pelly-FryRead More
20 March – 18 April 2014
Showdown is an online competition hosted by Saatchi Art for artists to showcase their work and have the chance for it to be judged by internationally celebrated artists and curators. The artist Jaime Gili, widely acclaimed for his vividly coloured geometric works, joins previous judges who have included Barnaby Furnas, Ged Quinn, Wangechi Mutu, Peter Coffin, Dexter Dalwood, Matthias Weischer and Chantal Joffe.Read More
9 January – 7 February 2014
The 2013 edition of annual exhibition Young Gods will take place simultaneously across two locations in west and east London. Selected and curated by Zavier Ellis, director of Shoreditch gallery CHARLIE SMITH london and co-founder of THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, the exhibition will be a multi-disciplinary presentation of London’s most exciting graduates from the summer of 2013. Young Gods is presented in conjunction with the Griffin Gallery, supported by fine art brands Winsor & Newton, Conté à Paris and Liquitex.Read More
6 – 27 September 2013
Alzbeta Jaresova solo show
The inaugural winner of the Griffin Art Prize, Jaresova has been working in the artists’ studio above the Griffin Gallery since February. Exploring themes of physical and psychological confinement, Jaresova makes beautifully rendered drawings, paintings and three dimensional models.Read More
1 – 30 August 2013
This exhibition displays the results of the artists residency in the Free Radical Centre’s science laboratories in Melbourne, Australia. Each artist was asked to respond artistically to the topic of free radicals, thus bringing science and art together. Through this process the artists realised the significant impact of free radicals on the fundamental human processes. Most particularly how free radicals are essential for life, but paradoxically also cause ageing and our inevitable demise. Parallels can also be drawn between artists’ materials such as paints and plastics which require free radicals to polymerise or cure, but are nonetheless degraded by them overtime.Read More
14 – 22 March 2013
Mathieu Dufois is an emerging artist who has already made his mark on the art world. He studied fine art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Le Mans and has exhibited in a number of galleries in France and New York since he graduated in 2007. His distinctive work is largely inspired by the cinema of the 1950s and is a mix of black and white drawings, photography and installations. He works largely with Conté à Paris products, primarily the Pierre Noire and graphite lead pencils. During the course of his two week exhibition he will be giving several talks about his particular techniques.Read More
11 January – 16 March 2013
The 2013 edition of annual exhibition Young Gods will take place simultaneously across two locations in west and east London. Selected and curated by Zavier Ellis, director of Shoreditch gallery CHARLIE SMITH london and co-founder of THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, the exhibition will be a multi-disciplinary presentation of London’s most exciting graduates from the summer of 2012. Young Gods is presented in conjunction with the Griffin Gallery.Read More