Dylan Fox presents new works based on his gender transition that transport the viewer between the UK and the US, echoing Fox’s frustrating journey from the long waiting times of NHS Trangender care to surgery in Florida. Alongside video and print-based works, Candyfloss is a new participatory piece that explores the dubious rationale for such lengthy waiting list. It isn’t only sunny across the ocean, however: Fox is considering the symbolic American frontier line and how the current American presidency may push back the frontier for LGBTQ+ and transgender rights.
2-5 February 2017, The Truman Brewery, Shop 11, Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, London E1.
Undercover Fore-edge Book Trail
Anton Hecht has invited seven artists to revive the 10th century technique of fore-edge painting – the art of painting onto the edge of the page so that a concealed image appears when a book is fanned. Josie Brookes, Katie Chapell, Michael Davies, Hollie Lisle, Christopher Folwell, Emma Ingles, and Mandeep Chohan have created hidden messages for library users through a combination of historical and contemporary techniques and with the support of fore-edge experts Christopher Folwell and Tim Gradon. With a digital twist , a number of the books include hidden animations that can be viewed through tablets and phones, created by the augmented reality studio Vector 76.
1 February – 5 April 2017, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead.
Steve Burden – The Pepys
Goldsmiths and Bath Spa graduate Steve Burden‘s dystopian paintings are influenced by Deptford’s Pepys Estate, where the artist grew up. The artist explores the architecture and the design principles for social housing at the time the estate was constructed, portraying the social issues that have evolved since.
2-13 February 2017, The Roper Gallery, The Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Bath.
Architecture of Landscape
Alison Hand and Isabel Young’s allegorical paintings explore dystopian landscapes of redevelopment, presenting suggestive doorways and ladders that lead into the unknown and monolithic scaffolding that looms over vast geographic areas. Together the works describe an unpredictable future represented by an incomplete architectural masterplan.
3-25 February 2017, ARTHOUSE1, 45 Grange Road, London.
Julie Ellis: Earth & Air: The Episodic Memory
Julie Ellis’s atmospheric landscapes create the blur of a place remembered. These large canvases, purposefully abstracted and detached from their actual location, are intended to act as open narratives upon which the viewer can place their own experiences. The paintings embody, in a sense, a form of collective memory.
Until 17 February 2017, Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth.
All of the above are taken from a-n’s Events listings section, featuring events posted by a-n’s members
1. Dylan Fox, Postcards From Florida, 2016.
2. A book by Katie Chapell being folded to reveal the image
3. Steve Burden, Drummer
4. Alison Hand, Birds
5. ‘Earth & Air: The Episodic Memory’, exhibition poster