5 Things to do in London, July 2017

By Kate Perutz

Kate Perutz gives five great tips for things to see and do this July.

Christopher Page: High Noon

Hunter / Whitfield

Fri 19 May – Fri 7 July 2017

Installation view of Christopher Page: High Noon at Hunter / Whitfield, 2017.
Installation view of Christopher Page: High Noon at Hunter / Whitfield, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Hunter / Whitfield.

Athens-based artist Christopher Page’s second show at Hunter / Whitfield consists of four large canvases hung in a windowless white room. First impressions suggest the paintings to be minimalist blocks of framed colour. However this deception quickly falls away - rest your eyes on them for two seconds longer and they unfold to reveal themselves as abstract trompe l’œil teasers. In front of the viewers eyes edges, dimensions and colour shades fade in and out on the canvas and the paintings’ neon palettes thrum with energy against the white walls of the gallery with mesmerising effectiveness.

Read more: hunterwhitfield.com

Therianthropy

Tom Allen, Eliza Douglas, E’wao Kagoshima, Koak, Mel Odom and Seth Pick

Laura Bartlett Gallery

Sat 3 June – Sun 23 July 2017

The title of this exhibition, ‘Therianthropy’, is a Greek term referring to the mythological metamorphosis of humans into animals. The show brings together five artists - Tom Allen, Eliza Douglas, E’Wao Kagoshima, Koak, Mel Odom & Seth Pick - working in the various mediums of painting, illustration and collage. Formally the works are a diverse mix, however an underlying exploration of shapeshifting as metaphor runs throughout the selection. This show asks both who we understand ourselves to be and what we want ourselves to be while also offering the tantalising opportunity to slip back and forth between the two.

Read more: laurabartlettgallery.com

In Case There’s a Reason

The Theatre of Mistakes

Raven Row

Fri 30 Jun 2017 – Sun 6 August 2017

The Theatre of Mistakes, Going, 1977.
The Theatre of Mistakes, Going, 1977, Performance. Photo: Kirk Winslow. Courtesy The Theatre of Mistakes.

London-based group The Theatre of Mistakes (1974-1981) pioneered a structured performance art traversing architecture, choreography and poetry as well as visual art. Their practice originated from a series of open workshops at which instructional and games-based exercises were the focus. The exhibition consists of a series of live performances supported by an exhibition of videos, photographs, working notes and diary texts curated by Jason E. Bowman. This reveals the meticulous thought and planning behind the group’s groundbreaking performances. The exhibition programme includes workshops with Anthony Howell, one of the group’s original members.

Read more: ravenrow.org

The Future is Certain; It’s the Past Which is Unpredictable

Calvert 22 Foundation

Fri 23 June – Sun 20 August 2017

The show’s title, The Future is Certain; It’s the Past Which is Unpredictable, was taken from an old Soviet joke, but this phrase should not be seen as a jovial proclamation. Rather, it should be read as a deeper rumination on our tendencies toward historical revisionism. Calvert 22 Foundation describes the exhibition as a ‘group show on writing and rewriting history’, and presents nine artists and collectives from Eastern Europe and Russia with curation by Monika Lipšic. Its assertion is that the past must not be viewed passively. The show forces the viewer to ponder the full trajectory of history as well as their involvement in shaping its future understanding.

Read more: calvert22.org/future-is-certain

Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive

Korean Cultural Centre

Tue 27 June – Sat 19 August 2017

Seung-Taek Lee, Wind-Folk Amusement, 1971.
Seung-Taek Lee, Wind-Folk Amusement, 1971, wind, cloth, performance. Courtesy the artists, the Asian Culture Complex and Gallery Hyundai, Seoul.

This programme, comprising an exhibition of archival material and new commissions alongside a series of performances, is presented as part of the Korea/UK season by the Korean Cultural Centre UK. It focuses on the development of South Korea’s performance art from the late 60s through the 70s, a time when performance art was a nonexistent form of expression in a country straining under the authoritarian rule of Chung-Hee’s political regime. The problematics of representing historical events outside of their initial contexts are addressed with the use of source material from the original performances including artist interviews and documents donated from their personal archives, much of which is being shown for the first time in the U.K. A number of performances will take place over the course of the exhibition.

Read more: london.korean-culture.org

Kate Perutz is Head of Operations for Artworks London.

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