5 things to do in London, February 2018

By Kate Perutz

Kate Perutz selects five of the very best things to see and do in London this month.

Coming to Terms with Sociotechnical Discrepancies

12 Star Gallery

Wed 7 – Fri 16 February 2018

Benjamin Westoby, Synthetic Growth Apparatus, video still. Courtesy the artist.

This group exhibition, organised by the Embassy of Lithuania and curated by Milda Batakyté, aims to explore our relationships with technology. Questions around augmentation, symbiosis, machine learning and dependency abound, and premonitions of how these will shape our future moral frameworks lie at the core of the exhibition. Artists Glitchr (Laimonas Zakas), Robert Powell, Sisters from Another Mister (Milda Lembertaitė and Amelia Prazak), Julijonas Urbonas and Benjamin Westoby are included. Sisters from Another Mister will also perform at the opening on 6 February.

Read more: ec.europa.eu

alteredstates/alteredscapes

Natalie Christensen and Jim Eyre

Peckham Levels

Fri 9 – Sat 10 February 2018

Natalie Christensen and Jim Eyre, work from alteredstates/alteredscapes. Courtesy the artists.

New Mexico-based Natalie Christensen and London-based Jim Eyre worked collaboratively across time zones to create the photographs for this exhibition. Their relationship was forged over Instagram and their work, portraying ethereal manipulated streetscapes, was created to explore the phenomenon of mass consumption of fine art imagery through the platform. The space will host a Q&A and photography tour with the artists on Saturday 10 February.

Read more: peckhamlevels.org

Crossroads: Kauffman, Judd and Morris

Sprüth Magers

Fri 19 January – Sat 31 March 2018

Crossroads: Kauffman, Judd and Morris. Installation view, Sprüth MagersLondon, January 19 - March 31, 2018. Courtesy Sprüth Magers. Photo: Stephen White.

Using six of Craig Kauffman’s works from 1966–1971 as its starting point, this exhibition takes a look at the cross-pollination between the (initially) L.A.-based artist and his New York contemporaries, Robert Morris and Donald Judd. The included manifestations of Minimalism are individually resonant and varied. Kauffman’s ice cream-coloured wall sculptures are particularly toothsome, especially when juxtaposed against Morris’ elegantly-balanced, woolly, weighty felt sculptures and Judd’s crisp, serial stacks.

Read more: spruethmagers.com

The Last of Its Kind

Marcus Coates

Workplace Gallery

Fri 9 February – Sat 14 April 2018

Marcus Coates, The Last of Its Kind, 2017. Courtesy Workplace Gallery and the artist.

Workplace Gallery’s newest exhibition addresses extinctions with the presentation of two films – Great Auk and The Last of Its Kind, both filmed in 2017. They respectively deal with the extinction of the flightless bird, the Great Auk, in 1844 due to overhunting and an imagining of the experience of the last human on earth. Both films represent the beginning of a new body of work for the established artist and were produced in Newfoundland, Canada in association with the Museum of the Flat Earth on Fogo Island.

Read more: workplacegallery.co.uk

Out of the Woods: Words to Navigate By

Grace Adam

Queen’s Wood

3 December 2017 – 20 March 2018

Grace Adam, Out of the Woods: Words to Navigate By, installation view.Courtesy the artist. 

Queen’s Wood, an ancient Woodland in Haringay, North London, hosts Grace Adam’s most recent body of work - interventions sprinkled throughout the wood in the form of signage. The signs’ texts range from poetry, history and instructions to quotations and observations. Unseen distinguishing factors of the woodland are drawn out, and using the forest the artist prompts us to reconsider spaces encountered casually. Rather poetically, the dates of the exhibition have been determined by natural phenomena – it runs from December’s Oak Moon to March's spring equinox.

Read more: graceadam.com

Kate Perutz is Head of Operations for Artworks London.

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