Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification, House of Illustration, London
London-based artist Lucinda Rogers‘ latest exhibition explores East London’s 200-year-old Ridley Road Market and a new block of luxury flats soon to be unveiled there. Well known as an illustrator of newspaper columns, Rogers is also a reportage artist, drawing directly from life. This specially commissioned set of drawings offers an intriguing take on the impact of gentrification.
Until 25 March 2018, www.houseofillustration.org.uk
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: We Are Ghosts, Tate, Liverpool
For their first UK exhibition in a public gallery, American artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley are showing two films and a number of lightbox photographs. The pair reimagine life on a US Navy Submarine at the end of the second world war in surreal stories part inspired by history and mythology. The artists act in multiple roles, their characters telling stories that imagine unrecorded histories.
Until 18 March 2018, www.tate.org.uk
humansbeingdigital, The Lowry, Salford
This group exhibition features nine international artists exploring the links between humans, machines and technology. At the root of the show is the idea that technology is often considered mechanical, cold or inhuman, whereas art forms such as painting and music are not. Questioning this view, the works of Felix Luque Sanchez, Max Dovey and Libby Heaney use humorous aspects of modern communication – emails, Instagram and Tinder respectively. Dovey’s installation even uses an algorithm to decide if visitors look ‘hipster’ enough to enter his work, A Hipster Bar. Other contributing artists are: U_Joo and Limhee Young, Thom Kubli, Nye Thompson, Thomson and Craighead, Mary Maggic, Mango Chijo Tree and The Jayder, and Pascal Haudressy.
Until 25 February 2018, www.thelowry.com
Nicolas Party: Speakers, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
Swiss artist Nicolas Party’s commission for Modern Art Oxford features a series of female heads representing and acknowledging the achievements of pioneering women in the city of Oxford. The work is in response to what the artist considers to be the ‘heavily masculine energy of Oxford’s architecture and academic histories’. The show also incorporates a soundscape of piano, cello and voice arrangements.
Until 18 February 2018, www.modernartoxford.org.uk
Megan Rooney: Momma! Momma!, Tramway, Glasgow
This installation of new work by the Canadian artist Megan Rooney fills Tramway’s smaller, street-facing gallery and oozes a kind of festering, cartoon menace. Packed with sculptural elements that dangle from the ceiling and litter the floor, it revolves around a slumped female figure made from pillows and an old duvet, her clay legs dotted with still burning and burnt out candles. Is she collapsed, comatose, diseased, drugged? It’s hard to fathom but something’s clearly not right in this confused world of stained reputations and domestic trauma. Chris Sharratt
Until 10 December 2017; performance 7 December, 7.30pm, www.tramway.org
1. Lucinda Rogers, Outside ka sh fabric shop
2. Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, This Is Offal, 2016. Courtesy of the artists and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
3. Nicolas Party, Sketch for speaker design, 2017. Image courtesy the artist
4. Megan Rooney, ‘Momma! Momma!’, 2017 Installation view, Courtesy of Megan Rooney, London and Tramway, Glasgow. Photo: © Keith Hunter