Issue 6 Articles
Magazine: Issue 6
Preview: Jobbers to the Stars
Preview | Jobbers To The Stars, CGP London: Cafe Gallery 16 November – 11 December 2011. Wednesday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm. Preview: Sunday, 13 November 2011 from 2 – 4pm. ‘Jobbers to the stars’ is a group exhibition that opens on 13th November at Cafe Gallery., showcasing the works of Ruth Beale, Dora Garcia, Michelle Hannah and Katarina Zdjelar. Curated by Claire Shallcross. The exhibition takes its cue from the rule of play inherent in professional world wrestling entertainment to ensure the current wrestling stars stay at the top. A ‘Jobber’ is a wrestler, often an amateur who has been chosen to always lose against their opponent. ‘Jobbers to the Stars’ however are paid to beat the Jobbers but must lose to the stars. So behind a formulaic hierarchy lies a competitive staged performance. The exhibition ‘Jobbers to the stars’ seeks to challenge the conventions of hierarchy and power systems. The act of performance is used as an apparatus to explore power relations, reinventing truths and questioning rules.
Review: Deptford X 2011
Deptford X 2011 Power, wealth and privilege. These forces have always had a decisive say in the art and aesthetics as well as the form and structure of our society. This year’s annual Deptford X Contemporary Visual Arts Festival took as its theme this interplay between elitism and the aesthetic.
Venue Spotlight: White Cube
White Cube White Cube opened at the beginning of a busy Frieze week, putting itself ahead of the opening nights and festivities taking place. On arriving with my companion that evening, down the now chichi Bermondsey Street, we found White Cube, South Galleries. It was as we imagined, a converted warehouse from the 60’s/70’s with schoolyard appeal. Getting in was our first hurdle, despite my obvious pregnant form, we were sandwiched between students, celebrities and collectors, which in a way was rather refreshing. The huge crowd of a queue was serviced with drinks and hot dogs, which is something I remember from visiting the Basel Art fair some years ago..... We were excited to see so many people crowded on a small street in South London, it felt right, it felt like something was happening. Once inside we were met with a perfectly proportioned set of larger and smaller galleries, spidering off from the main entrance hall. What of the show? ‘Structure & Absence.’ Very good actually, featuring works by Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Agnes Martin, Gabriel Orozco and Jeff Wall (amongst others). Each artist had their own space with some rooms carefully curated with trademark neons and floor pieces, by different artists. The highlight for me was the video space, very comfortable as far as these go. The piece ‘The Organ Grinder\'s Monkey’ By Jake & Dinos Chapman included some familiar faces (Rhys Ifans, Daniel Craig and Kevin Spacey), as an adaptation from the full screenplay ‘PABLO’. Altogether a good evening, good show and great new space for South London. – Julia Alvarez, Director, SLAM