Raven Row is a non-profit contemporary art exhibition centre in Spitalfields that is open free to the public, Wednesdays to Sundays. It has been constructed within eighteenth century domestic rooms, onto which 6a Architects have added two contemporary galleries, and it stands on the part of Artillery Lane that was known until 1895 as Raven Row.
Wednesday to Sunday
- 15 — 24 May 2015 *on now
Speaking Parts, a week-long exhibition framed by two weekends of performance, brings together artists who weave text and language – from poetic prose to the spoken word and scored voice – into the fabric of sculpture, film, painting and performance.
The works in the exhibition are for the most part ephemeral and portable, and depend on the input of the artist, collaborators and/or audience to be fully realised. Each piece has its own temporality, from one-off performance to intermittent activation.
During Speaking Parts, Raven Row will host Bob Cobbiiiiiiiiing Live, an evening celebrating the work of the great British concrete poet Bob Cobbing (1920-2002), with performances by Brian Catling, Beth Collar, Hannah Silva and David Toop, among others.
Artists in Speaking Parts are Brian Catling (b. 1948, UK), Michael Dean (b. 1977, UK), Natalie Häusler (b. 1983, Germany), Ewa Partum (b. 1945, Poland), Heather Phillipson (b. 1978, UK), Agnieszka Polska (b. 1985, Poland) and Giorgio Sadotti (b. 1955, UK).
Curated by Amy Budd, writer and Exhibitions Organiser, Raven Row.
Friday 15 May, 6.30pm:
Ewa Partum, Natalie Häusler, Giorgio Sadotti
Wednesday 20 May, 6.30pm:
Bob Cobbiiiiiiiiing Live with Brian Catling, Beth Collar, Hannah Silva, David Toop, and others
Saturday 23 May, 6.30pm:
Agnieszka Polska and David Bernstein, Brian Catling, Michael Dean, Giorgio Sadotti
Admission is free, however booking for the performances is essential as space is limited. Booking details will be available from the Raven Row website from Tuesday 5 May 2015.
- Any age
Larry Johnson: On Location
- 11 June — 9 August 2015
Larry Johnson’s first institutional exhibition in Europe, On Location brings together a selection of works by the artist (born 1959 in Lakewood, California) from the early 1990s to the present.
The show’s uncontested star is Los Angeles, the city in which Johnson has lived and worked all his life. For over thirty years, L.A.’s physical and imaginary appearance has served as the set for the artist’s photo-based investigations of the glamour industry, replete with fading stars and premature deaths.
Johnson's work bears the marks of a generation of artists sampling readymade images and texts to create seductively laconic pictures. Yet the colourful sheen of Johnson’s photo-based works is also a foil for sexual, political and semantic tension. The artist’s pictures are encryptions of a Hollywood demi-monde, referring to the cultures from which his work emerges – queer, political, filmic and theoretical.
The exhibition is curated by Los Angeles-based writer Bruce Hainley, and by Antony Hudek, Curator and Deputy Director of Raven Row. Commie Pinko Guy, a publication edited by Hainley with new essays by Morgan Fisher, Lisa Lapinski, Hainley, Hudek and Wayne Koestenbaum, as well as reprints of classic underground queer writing, will accompany the exhibition.
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