Possible Architectures, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London
Last chance to see this exhibition of non-objective, reductive and systems-based art featuring works by Dominic Beattie, Tony Blackmore, Jyll Bradley, Tim Ellis, Zarah Hussein, Stephen Jaques, Hans Kotter, Laurence Noga, Carol Robertson, Benet Spencer, Trevor Sutton, Ian Thompson, and Patrick Morrissey and Hanz Hancock who also curated the show. Each work presented in ‘Possible Architectures’ represents a constant process-led exploration of ‘conceptual space within the developing post-minimalist universal canon’ and works are presented alongside contextual information explaining the processes (algorithms, procedures, codes and keys) used to make them. Morrissey and Hancock also run Saturation Point, an online editorial and curatorial project space.
Until 15 December 2019 www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk
Selma Parlour: Activities for the Abyss, Pi Artworks, London
In her paintings, Selma Parlour uses a diagrammatic approach and flat colour to present trompe-l’oeil illusions of geometric forms and architectural details, with areas of oil paint often looking as though they have been drawn, dyed, or printed. ‘Activities for the Abyss’ showcases over 30 artworks created by London-based artist during the last 2 years, and presents a body of work that reflects both the material apparatus of painting, as well Parlour’s joyful explorations of architectural and virtual space.
Until 11 January 2020 www.piartworks.com/
Alan Ward: Photographs from Another Place, Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead
Five years ago, artist Alan Ward bought a set of old photographic glass plates and negatives on eBay and discovered that he had purchased an archive chronicling the life and family of Sydney J Gearing, an amateur photographer and deputy chief engineer of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board during the golden age of the Liverpool Dock. Deciphering this forgotten archive revealed a series of connections and coincidences between Gearing’s life and Ward’s own – including a shared connection with Norfolk, London and north west England. ‘Photographs from Another Place’ brings together Gearing’s original photographs from the 1920s of ships, rifle ranges, family members, cricket teams and pastoral scenes, with Ward’s own responses made approximately 90 years later and created as he visited the places and people touched by Gearing’s archive.
Until 2 February 2020 williamsonartgallery.org
Slow Painting, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
Curated by the writer and critic Martin Herbert, this Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition features 19 primarily British or UK-based artists whose paintings, as the name suggests, take their time. Spanning a myriad of styles and applications from figuration to abstraction, ‘Slow Painting’ aims to offer a counterbalance to an increasingly accelerating world. Artists include Darren Almond, Michael Armitage, Lubaina Himid, Paul Housley, Allison Katz, Sherman Mern Tat Sam, and Carol Rhodes.
Until 12 January 2020 museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk
1. Tim Ellis, Goodbye Blues.
2. Selma Parlour, Smack Dab VII, oil on linen, 41×30.5cm, 2019.
3. Alan J Ward and The Gearing Archive, ‘Photographs from Another Place’.
4. Sherman Mern Tat Sam, Whole Lotta Love, 2012. © and Courtesy: the artist, 2019