Joanne Masding, New Art Gallery Walsall
This solo exhibition by Birmingham-based artist Joanne Masding explores ways in which we perceive and experience objects and images, particularly in terms of our increasingly digital and immaterial world. Her installation of sculptural works engages with the gallery’s architecture, referencing the language of museum displays, hanging systems, catalogue reproductions, signage, text, conservation and art handling.
Until 30 July 2017. www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk
Larissa Sansour and Louisa Martin, Bluecoat, Liverpool
This double header of exhibitions at Liverpool’s Bluecoat features two artists with interdisciplinary practices. Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour‘s new work draws on themes of science fiction, archaeology and politics. It includes a film that combines live motion and computer generated imagery, exploring the role of myth in history, fact and national identity, plus porcelain and a large-scale suspended sculptural installation based on miniature versions of spaceships glimpsed in the film. British artist Louisa Martin‘s work features choreographed light and sound.
Until 24 June 2017. www.thebluecoat.org.uk
Chris Ofili, National Gallery, London
The development of Chris Ofili’s career has certainly not mirrored that of some his YBA contemporaries. After winning the Turner Prize in 1998 he went on to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2003. However, at times he has shunned the limelight, choosing to instead quietly go about developing his practice beyond the ‘elephant-dung’ paintings he was initially known for. Here he presents a new tapestry, created in collaboration with Dovecot Tapestry Studio in Edinburgh.
Until 28 August 2017. www.nationalgallery.org.uk
Eccentric Geometric, Arthouse1, London
This group show explores geometric issues such as pattern, shape, repetition, line and spatial relationships. Featuring a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists, the exhibition is rooted in post-minimalism while still offering something new. Artists include: Rana Begum, Colin Booth, Deb Covell, Jo McGonigal, Patrick Mifsud, Shawn Stipling, Finbar Ward, and Alison Wilding.
Until 29 May 2017. www.arthouse1.co.uk
Louise Giovanelli, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington
Louise Giovanelli‘s work explores the history of painting as object and the mechanics of painting itself. She picks out sections or details from existing works – some well-known but mostly lesser-known – and reworks and represents them, often focusing on aspects that might be unusual. This new body of work was inspired by Warrington Museum and Art Gallery’s permanent collection with the starting point for the show being the work of John Warrington Wood – a sculptor of mythological and biblical subjects with links to both Warrington and Rome.
Until 15 July 2017. www.warringtonmuseum.co.uk
1. Joanne Masding, Slabs and Facsimiles 1, 2016, plaster and steel. Courtesy: Jules Lister
2. Larissa Sansour, In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, video still. © Larissa Sansour. Courtesy: Bluecoat
3. ‘Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic’, Installation view, National Gallery. Photo: Gautier Deblonde; Courtesy: the artist and Victoria Miro, London, The Clothworkers’ Company and Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh
4. Rana Begum, No_446S Fold. Courtesy: Arthouse1
5. Louise Giovanelli, Soccle and Soccle II, 2017, oil on linen. Courtesy: the artist and The International 3