Anne Hardy, Maureen Paley, London
London-based sculptor, photographer and filmmaker Anne Hardy’s fourth exhibition at Maureen Paley features the UK debut of her new film Area of Overlap. The work is presented in a specially created cinema setting that includes drawing and sculpture that make up the seating and lighting. The whole experience suggests a JG Ballard-inspired view of our future, partly informed by the artist’s walks through east London – an area that has undergone massive redevelopment in recent decades. Also on show is Flutter, a large freestanding photo structure.
Until 20 May 2018. www.maureenpaley.com
Rie Nakajima, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
The London-based Japanese artist Rie Nakajima has created a range of new kinetic assemblages for this Ikon show, created over a period of visits to Birmingham and the area surrounding the gallery. Nakajima is known for her live sound performances that incorporate floor-based sculptural arrangements of small, often found objects which she then rearranges to create textures of sound and movement (see opening event performance above). Featuring all new work, Nakajima has also been working in collaboration with other artists for a number of performances during the show’s run.
Until 3 June 2018. www.ikon-gallery.org/event/rie-nakajima
Julian Opie, Alan Christea Gallery, London
Julian Opie is well known for his work that references everything from lightbox advertising and billboard signs to Japanese Manga and 17th and 18th-century portraiture. For his latest show he presents a number of recent sculptures, prints and animations. Highlights include a new series of relief prints featuring silhouettes of people walking around Melbourne, where Opie will have his first major solo museum exhibition in Australia later this year.
Until 16 June 2018. www.alancristea.com
Edinburgh Leisure, Celine, Glasgow
The first solo exhibition entitled ‘Near me Need Help’, by Edinburgh Leisure (Keith Farquhar and Tim Fraser). Acting as a vehicle for the production of live sounds and visuals, previous work has incorporated text-to-speech gym timetables as the basis for dance music, and live manipulation of projected corporate logos such as Pornhub and The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). The exhibition includes machine-cut steel sheets using the RBS logo, installed over the windows at Celine, causing shadow-play upon the interior and visitors to the gallery. Richard Taylor
Until 20 May 2018 (by appointment). www.galleryceline.com
Rachael Clewlow, Vane, Newcastle
What may at first appear to be purely abstract images, Rachael Clewlow’s paintings and prints are actually based on the rigorous recording of her everyday movements. The work on show here is based on a set of specific pre-defined walks in Newcastle, Rochdale and London, recreated using a system of ‘translation’ where the recorded data becomes abstract patterns of form and colour. There is a certain feeling of absurdity about it – the journeys are depicted in a whopping 3,200 colours – but the end results are suitably intriguing.
Until 19 May 2018. www.vane.org.uk
1. Anne Hardy, Area of Overlap, 2018, super 16mm film transferred to digital projection with 6 channel (5.1) audio, 7:21 min. © Anne Hardy; Courtesy Maureen Paley, London
2. Julian Opie, Walking Statuettes, 2017. Courtesy: Julian Opie and Alan Cristea Gallery, London
3. Near me Need Help | Edinburgh Leisure. Exhibition poster image
4. Rachael Clewlow, Man Made Water Ways, 91.9 Miles Walked, Rochdale (Key III), 2017, acrylic and silverpoint on board, 90x122cm. Courtesy: the artist