The Cambridge Show, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
Selected from an open-call to which 460 artists put forward work, ‘The Cambridge Show’ brings together works by twenty-two artists who are based in and around the city. Showcasing a cross-section of the artistic community operating in the area, from photography to performance, the exhibition explores these artists’ diverse practices, and some of the themes and issues that they are engaging with right now. The artists included in the show are: Jonny Aldous, Rinchen Ato, Alexandra Baraitser, Eleanor Breeze, Anna Brownsted, Fiona Curran, Semilore Delano, Rosanna Greaves, Claerwen James, Paul Kindersley, Alexander Massouras, Laura McPherson, Idit Nathan, Harold Offeh, Sasha Pirogova, Luciana Rosado, Emma Smith, Renée Spierdijk, Helen Stratford, Caroline Wendling, Sarah Wood and Wei Yuan.
Until 27 October 2019. www.kettlesyard.co.uk
Betwixt & Between, Arthouse1, London
Taking its title from an essay by anthropologist Victor Turner, Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Period in Rites de Passage, the five artists in ‘Betwixt & Between’ explore how landscape painting can be both literal and suggestive of psychological or sensory thresholds. Included are Benjamin Deakin’s paintings of ‘fictional spaces’ which explore how landscapes acquire cultural significance that affects our relationship to them in visual media, Hannah Brown’s views of overlooked and ignored bits of shrubland and hedgerow, plus works by Gareth Cadwallader, Sam Douglas and Rebecca Partridge.
Until 26 October 2019. www.arthouse1.co.uk
Notes on Painting II, The Koppel Project Central, London
Curated by Amelia Bowles and Antoine Langeniuex-Villard, ‘Notes on Painting II’ explores different conceptual and technical modes of construction painters use to create their works. Included are Tom Hackney’s Chess Paintings that make structural reference to chess matches played by Marcel Duchamp, Kes Richardson’s playful abstract works painted on large sheets of PVC, Moyra Derby’s clever grid formations made from wooden index panels, plus works by Hugo Capron, Jost Münster, Finbar Ward, and Bowles and Langeniuex-Villard themselves.
Until 26 October 2019. thekoppelproject.com
Matthew Smith: Yesterday/Today/Tomorrow, Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne
For ‘Yesterday/Today/Tomorrow’, Matthew Smith has transformed non-recyclable household waste, collected by the artist over the course of a year, into a series of rock-like sculptures. Encased in resin and glass fibre, the entombed detritus creates a landscape of rogue geological objects that might date from the Anthropocene epoch. The sculptures are presented alongside a series of twelve collage works, each of which takes all the images of rocks from a single copy of National Geographic magazine, and arranges them into a simple pile as if they were awaiting another use. Reminiscent of cairns – piles of stones which are used to mark a route through a landscape – the resulting images appear to help the viewer to navigate a way through the other artworks.
Until 2 November 2019. vane.org.uk/
Mandy Payne: Out of Time, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield
Mandy Payne’s paintings and lithographs are inspired by modernist, Brutalist architecture. Often incorporating materials that resonate with the subject matter she is depicting, including concrete and marble, and the spray paint used to tag and graffiti these buildings, the works document changes to the urban environment brought about though gentrification and changing tastes.
Until 4 January 2020. www.kirklees.gov.uk/
1. Alexandra Baraitser, This is The Perfect 50s Housewife, oil on canvas, 2018.
2. Benjamin Deakin, Relater, oil on linen, 2019.
3. Notes on Painting II, installation view with works by Antoine Langeniuex-Villard, Jost Munster, Tom Hackney, Amelia Bowles. Photo: B-Jones Studio
4. Matthew Smith, 17th April – 11th June 2017, domestic waste, fibreglass, 40x41x71cm, 2017-18.
5. Mandy Payne, Out Of Time, spray paint and oil on glass fibre reinforced concrete, 60x60cm.