Our pick of this week’s art events: 1 – 7 May

Published 1 May 2015

From Fiona Tan’s representational films to Idris Khan’s abstract paintings and drawings, here are five top shows to see this week.

  • Fiona Tan – Inventory

    Frith Street Gallery, London, until 26 June 2015

    Tan brings her trademark disorienting photographic and film works to two new locations. The gallery space on Golden Square plays host to Inventory – a multi-channel video installation filmed at Sir John’s Soane’s Museum. 60 Frith Street presents Ghost Dwellings – an immersive film environment which transforms the gallery into an inhabited space. Both pieces meditate on collections and ‘the archive’, inverting our concepts of public and private. Tan employs both analogue and digital film to create a sense of discomfort, positioning the viewer as trespasser on an undefined landscape.

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    Inventory, 2012.

    HD and video installation, 6 screens 16 min 30 secs Edition of 4+1 ap. Courtesy of The artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.

  • Idris Khan – Conflicting Lines

    Victoria Miro, London, until 6 June 2015

    Expressive, enigmatic and often emotionally charged, a series of new mixed-media works by Birmingham-born Idris Khan reveals the artist’s continuing practice of working in layers. Simultaneously overlaying and erasing, combining and revealing, Khan explores the images of conflict that saturate much of today’s media culture. Taking different characters and objects within these images as his points of departure, Khan manages to capture multiple places, times and experiences using a unique language of abstraction.

  • Idris Khan , A Grey Bucket

    Idris Khan, A Grey Bucket, 2015.

    C-Print. 165 x 195 cm 65 x 76 3/4 in. (IK 164).

  • John Stezaker – Film Works

    de la warr pavilion, London, 2 May – 19 July 2015

    Stezaker has achieved something of a cult status in recent years with his found-image collages. On show at DLWP, for the first time in the UK, are three of Stezaker’s filmic works: Horse (2012), Crowd (2013) and Cathedral (2013). Created from stills from his own archive, they echo the spliced nature of his static collages, questioning our understanding of photography. Projected in 24 frames per second, the speed and discontinuity creates a discomfort. The works are devoid of both sound and any discernible narrative structure, inviting the viewer to construct their own stories and interpretations.

  • John Stezaker, Cathedral

    John Stezaker, Cathedral, 2013.

    HD video, infinite loop, silent. Courtesy the artist and The Approach, London.

  • Galerie de l'Epoque – Stephen Friedman Gallery

    Stephen Friedman, London, 1 – 30 May 2015

    For the entire month of May, Stephen Friedman Gallery is on vacation. In its place on Old Burlington Street is the Galerie de l’Epoque, a 1950s Parisian art dealership. This is not an exercise in nostalgia, but an unusual approach to curating which really pays off. Stephen Friedman has created an immersive experience, deftly juxtaposing works by giants of Modernism such as Kandinsky, Picasso and Calder with that of celebrated contemporary artists Juan Araujo and Mamma Andersson. The stage is set with a shagpile rug and exquisite midcentury furniture for a performance that posits the elasticity of time within the history of art. Treading a blurry line between gallery, museum and your own living room, it’s a fun way to experience seminal works of modern and contemporary art.

  • Photography Mark Blower, Installation view of Galerie de l'Epoque, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

    Photography Mark Blower, Installation view of Galerie de l'Epoque, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, 2015.

    Photography Mark Blower.

  • Aviary Sketches (after Joseph Cornell) composed by Helen Grime

    Wigmore Hall, London, 8 May

    The American artist and prolific collector of ephemera Joseph Cornell once described himself as an “armchair voyager”. Despite never leaving America, his glass-fronted ‘shadow boxes’ present microcosmic worlds, drawing inspiration from all corners of the globe and revealing Cornell’s love of a variety of subjects from astronomy to ornithology. World-renowned British-born composer Helen Grime has written Aviary Sketches – a new arrangement in five movements, inspired by characters from Cornell’s works. Grime says, “What interests me about [Cornell’s] assemblage boxes is his ability to create miniature worlds. They are immediate and alluring, but also rich in associations.” Performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, this will be the world premiere of Grime’s composition for violin, viola and cello.

  • , Portrait of the composer Helen Grime

    Portrait of the composer Helen Grime