Our Editor’s Guide to the Best New Exhibitions This Week

Our Editor in Chief, Claire Meadows, brings you a special selection of must-see shows for the coming week.

Jodie Carey at Edel Assanti (to 25th April)

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The exhibition explores ancient yet timeless traditions of commemoration, drawing inspiration from disparate cultural sources from Scandinavia to South East Asia, the Neolithic to modern. Carey discernibly assimilates these practices in the creation of the three series that comprise the exhibition: large-scale plaster urns, wall based canvas hangings and pencil wall drawings.

Carey produces the wall hangings by dying and dipping long strips of canvas in plaster, weaving them together whilst the plaster is in its drying stages, further developing the surfaces using pencil shading. Despite bearing no discernible narrative, in medium and appearance they recall folk-traditions of recording and recounting collective memory through tapestries and quilt making.

Jodie Carey studied at Goldsmiths College, graduating from The Royal College of Art MA in 2007. Recent institutional solo exhibitions include Dark Night by Daylight, Hå gamle prestegård, Norway (2014), Solomon’s Knot at the New Art Gallery Walsall (2012), Somewhere, Nowhere at Pump House Gallery, London (2011), and In The Eyes of Others at the Towner, Eastbourne (2009).

74A Newman Street, London, w1t 3db


Rainbow Merchant, Schwartz Gallery (to 4th April)


In a conceptual transaction the real and the imagined are tested through ideas of the body, language and models for living. Fictional creatures perform political interventions; inhabiting old and new worlds they are projected and inscribed onto visions of the contemporary. RAINBOW MERCHANT encompasses the self as we know it as well as the phantom of our future selves in a world of decipherment, reflection and possibility.

OPEN CALL: RAINBOW MERCHANT invites artists to submit work that considers ideas of self-organisation, utopia and the real versus the imagined; contemporary art as a space for optimised thinking and envisioning.

White Post Quay, 92 White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN


Luke Gottelier at DOLPH (to 28th March)


For his March show, Luke Gottelier will be responding to the DOLPH brief by moving into the space for the month and adding to his ongoing ‘Home Improvement’ series that involves torturing and reutilising a group of failed paintings from 2004-2005. So far he has made a painting into a remote control car, an ashtray, a postcard, an electric guitar and a candlestick.

“This comes from Duchamp’s idea of the ‘reversed readymade’ – turn a Rembrandt into an ironing board. Except I’m using my own paintings. I couldn’t afford Rembrandt’s.”

Temporarily relocating his studio to Streatham and surrounding himself with the books, music and resources that inspire, Gottelier will aim to make sense of the upheaval by producing a piece of work that explores his predicament.

47c Streatham Hill, London, SW2 4TS

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