Venice may have the glamour, but Sheffield has the retrospective of new media pranksters 0100101110101101.org. As the Biennale gets underway, here are seven of the best closer-to-home shows.
© © 2011 Mark Leckey. Courtesy of the artist, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, Galerie Daniel Bucholz, Cologne, and Cabinet Gallery, London
Mark Leckey, SEE, WE ASSEMBLE, Serpentine Gallery, London, until June 26 2011
The show that sparked a recent furore in the blogosphere is well integrated and well worth a look. Many hate it. But two of the Turner Prize-winner’s works here are worth a trip alone: Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore and GreenScreenRefriegeratorAction
Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.org: Lies, Inc, Site Gallery, Sheffield, June 9 - July 30 2011
A key retrospective in Sheffield takes performance art into the online arena. Eva and Franco Mattes have staged a suicide in a video chatroom and sent characters into a multi-user wargame to beg for their lives. Don’t miss the radioactive merry-go-round.
ARTIST ROOMS: Francesca Woodman, , June 11 - October 23 2011
Woodman’s shows have now travelled the world, but at the time of her suicide, the 22-year old photographer was relatively unknown. Thirty years ago, these 18 ghostly dreamscapes belonged to her boyfriend and many carry inscriptions - a poignant detail.
Tamar Guimarães: The Work of the Spirit (Parade), Gasworks, London, until July 17 2011
Historical research takes precedence over imagination in film, video and mixed media work by Brazilian-born Guimarães. Her pertinent subjects include a medium whose supernatural books helped prop up a dictator and cocktails at a modernist villa in the jungle.
Haegue Yang: Teacher of Dance, Modern Art Oxford, June 11 - September 4 2011
The aesthetic qualities of drying racks may reveal themselves to you at the first major UK exhibition of Haegue Yang. Her bright sculptures made from domestic materials also promise to guide visitors around the show as the Gurdjieff-inspired title suggests.
Janet Morrow: A Community of Non-Normative Beings, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, June 14 - June 25 2011
Morrow’s beings are so non-normative as to be made from plastic sheeting, synthetic silk, ink, rope, helium and concrete. It’s a composite nature which reflects the disabled artist’s own feelings about her bi-lateral cochlear implant. A solo show raises universal issues.
ARTIST ROOMS: Ed Ruscha, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, until October 29 2011
Wolverhampton is far from swinging London but the gallery ensures the city is a Pop Art capital. Ruscha’s background in graphics and interest in mass media ensure strong links with the kitsch-inspired movement, as works such as 1962 highlight Honk attest.
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