The line-up for this year’s Bow Open Show has been announced, with 19 artists selected from across London-based charity Bow Arts’ 13 studio sites.
The show will be curated by East End-based sculptor Alex Chinneck whose life-sized upside pylon is permanently positioned next to Greenwich’s O2 arena.
Chinneck said he hoped his selection is a “conceptually accessible cross-disciplinary body of works that can be enjoyed by any onlooker, irrespective of their interest in the arts”.
The show will feature a mix of painting, photography and works on paper, with themes explored including politics, consumption and the longing for simpler things.
Marcus Orlandi’s Cabinet features hardened neck-ties which are intended to represent politicians’ portraits. His Class Divided banner will also greet visitors as they enter the exhibition, hanging in the gallery’s alleyway.
Catherine Hyland‘s photographs explore our artificial and engineered viewpoints on natural beauty, while Jaimini Patel’s Remainder visualises the language of food, imprinting the shapes of pips and stones on carbon paper.
Sarah Woodburn‘s paintings are described as ‘whimsical celebrations of form and shape’, while Tarragon Smith’s series Life on the Med ‘sees lines swell and curve to the sway and lure of the sea’.
The full list of exhibiting artists is: Liam Aitken, Pia Bramley, Jennifer Campbell, Franco Di Cesare, David Edwards, Yasmin Falahat, Stuart Grist, Connie Harrison, Joe Holbrook, Catherine Hyland, Yuichiro Kikuma, Pierrick Mouton, Marcus Orlandi, Alejandro Ospina, Jaimini Patel, Maxima Smith, Tarragon Smith, Jaime Valtierra, and Sarah Woodburn.
The Bow Open will launch alongside Bow Road’s Open Studios. This annual event sees the site’s 150 artists opening their doors for two days, with work on sale plus live music, African fusion food, cocktails and craft beer, plus an artist and designers craft market and family-friendly workshops.
The Bow Open Show 2017 is at the Nunnery Gallery, London, 17 June – 27 August 2017. www.bowarts.org
1. Marcus Orlandi, Cabinet. Courtesy: Nunnery Gallery, copyright the artist
2. Sarah Woodburn, Carbon Tear. Courtesy: Nunnery Gallery, copyright the artist