Our pick of this week’s art events: 12 – 18 August

Published 12 August 2016

From ‘liquid painting’ at Battersea Park to the weird world of Stanley Kubrick, we guide you through the best of this week’s art events and exhibitions.

  • Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

    Somerset House, London, until 24 August
    Proceed along the softly glowing, hexagonally-patterned corridor – a nod to The Overlook Hotel’s floors in The Shining – and enter the strange and bewitching world of Stanley Kubrick. A host of artists have taken inspiration from the director’s impressive list of works – from Space Odyssey to Dr Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange – in an exhibition that both charts Kubrick’s meticulous working methods and celebrates the impact he has had on popular culture. A highlight is artist and filmmaker, Doug Aitken’s phone booth bathed in an eerie glow, which recalls the scene in Dr Strangelove in which protagonist Group Captain Mandrake endeavours to call the President of the United States in order to save the world.

  • Marc Quinn, The Creation of History (London, 8 August 2011)

    Marc Quinn, The Creation of History (London, 8 August 2011), 2012.

    © Marc Quinn studio.

  • User, Space

    Chisenhale Gallery, London, until 28 August
    The work/life balance – it’s an age-old enigma, which has become ever more complicated as technology continues to consume both facets of our life. London-based artist Yuri Pattison explores this theme with a utopian vision of a combined living and working environment. Inspired by the pared back, functional forms of Modernist architecture as well as the technological imaginings found in science fiction, Pattison offers an immersive environment that occupies the whole of the gallery space. Walking around the exhibition, time is accelerated as a bank of networked computers control both artificial LED and natural light to recreate the cycle of a standard working day. The work forms part of Pattison’s 18-month residency at Chisenhale Gallery, which has seen him respond to east London’s nearby Tech City – a collection of technology start-ups located around Old Street and Shoreditch.

  • Yuri Pattison, user, space

    Yuri Pattison, user, space, 2016.

    Installation view, Chisenhale Gallery, 2016..

    Commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London. Courtesy of the artist; mother's tankstation limited, Dublin; Helga Maria Klosterfelde, Berlin; and Labor, Mexico. Photo: Andy Keate. .

  • Peter Blake: Alphabets, Letters & Numbers

    De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 13 – 27 August
    One of the most iconic images of all time belongs to the Beatles’ 1967 album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band designed by Pop artist Peter Blake. Blake is back with three collections of prints created at different stages in his career – Alphabet (1991), An Alphabet (2007) and Appropriated Alphabets (2013). Inspired by Blake’s fascination with Victorian and Edwardian graphic illustration and his ongoing interest in childhood, each series is made up of typography and lettering collages. Referencing popular culture, while summoning up the nostalgia of nursery, the series of 26 silkscreen prints that make up Alphabet work their way through the letters with phrases such as ‘I is for Idols’, which includes images of icons such as Laurel & Hardy, the Beatles, and Marilyn Monroe. An Alphabet focuses on one centrally placed letter written in a unique typeface and surrounded by an eclectic mix of imagery, while his most recent series of work Appropriated Alphabets features a version of the entire alphabet on each work, created from found items such as bus tickets and stencils.

  • Peter Blake , G is for Girl, from 'Alphabet'

    Peter Blake, G is for Girl, from 'Alphabet', 1991.

    Image Courtesy CCA Gallery, London.

  • Samara Scott: Developer

    Pump House Gallery, London, until 25 September
    Is a painting still a painting when its ‘canvas’ is in fact water? Multimedia artist, Samara Scott, uses bio-degradable dyes in bright blue, green and auburn to colour the fountains in Battersea Park, creating abstract ‘liquid paintings’ that shift as the water flows over her fabric sculptures. Sitting just below the surface of the water, from a distance the sculptures resemble natural algae formations but when seen up close they take on a man-made appearance – rather like fishing nets. Developer explores the tension between nature and industry, a theme that is particularly pertinent around the historically industrial Battersea area. The site-specific installation is part of Pump House gallery’s year-long series of commissions that respond to the rapidly changing landscape around this area of south London.

  • Samara Scott, Developer

    Samara Scott, Developer, 2016.

    Mixed media site-specific installation at the Pleasure Garden Fountains in Battersea Park, London..

    Image courtesy Pump House Gallery. Photo: Eoin Carey.

  • Zadie Xa: Linguistic Legacies and Lunar Exploration

    Serpentine Gallery, London, 13 August, 3 – 5.30pm
    Brightly coloured clothes and oversized ghoulish masks characterise the traditional North Korean dance known as Talchum. Performance artist Zadie Xa takes inspiration from this ancient dance form – combining dance, painted elements and sculpture – to present a work that explores themes of magic, ritual and friendship. Xa’s work often addresses the theme of identity and representations of racial stereotypes and racial tokenism that manifests itself within modern society. Featuring masks by painter Benito Mayor Vallejo, the work is performed by fellow artists Jane Chan, Eunjung Kim, Soojin Hong, Joonhong. The performances last 20 minute and run on the hour from 3 o’clock.

  • Zadie Xa, Linguistic Legacies and Lunar Exploration

    Zadie Xa, Linguistic Legacies and Lunar Exploration, 2016.

    © Zadie Xa.