Arts Editor’s Edit: This Week’s Must See Exhibitions in London


Love is like a Butterfly — William Blanchard aka Wildcat Will – Beautiful Crime Gallery

To celebrate the seasonal buoyancy that fills the city every summer, Beautiful Crime Gallery  present a brand new body of work by William Blanchard aka Wildcat Will, in ‘Love is like a Butterfly.’ Inspired by the artistic, libertine spirit of the Parisian music hall, the Follies Bergère, Will revives the titillating world of topless girls and the Paris revue in bold, enticing collages on canvas.

Will sources Edouard Manet’s ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergère’ as a starting point for the ideas unravelled in his solo exhibition. “Edouard Manet’s ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergèreis full of ambiguities and doubt.” he says. “What’s seen in the mirror behind the barmaid isn’t something that we see in front of it.” Blanchard explains that the dreamlike dislocation of Manet’s captured his sympathies for the twilight zone of the demimonde, who existed albeit glamorously on the fringes of society. They could become celebrities of their time but many died in poverty.

Having initially abandoned his art path for rock ‘n’ roll to work with a number of bands as a drummer such as Jamiroquai, Shakespeare’s Sister, Beth Orton and Death in Vegas, Blanchard describes himself as more of a rock artist than a pop artist. He remarks, “In a way, becoming a drummer is the modern day equivalent of joining the circus, a fantasy removed from normal life. The Belle Epoque period was the rock ‘n’ roll of its time. I wanted to produce work that had a correlation to the kind of duality that I have experienced.”

The exhibition comprises of over 30 works all hand finished as mixed-media collages, adorned with butterflies and expressions of adoration.

Love is like a Butterfly runs until July 31st at Beautiful Crime Gallery
2A Luke Street
First Floor

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Spazio Visivo  — Paolo Cavinato & Stefano Treviso — Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery

Composer Stefano Trevisi and artist Paolo Cavinato embark on their first collaborative solo show at rosenfeld porcini as a retrospective of their artistic journey together in Spazio Visivo.

The duo cover works made from 2007 to their latest creation made exclusively for the exhibition. Lyrical yet disconcerting, their unique world is composed from photographs, mirrors, paint, faded wallpaper, wood and strange surrealistic visions of ominous corridors, reminiscent of Paolo Cavinato’s previous life as a stage designer. Whether intentionally autobiographical in narrative or not, this alluring visual complexity results in a deeply immersive experience with the sound composition often emanating from a variety of hidden sources.

The innate mystery dominating their installations interrogate ideas of time and space, said to be have been inspired by Paolo Cavinato’s time spent in Shanghai at the prestigious Swatch artistic residency. Themes of geometry and spatial relationships will also be explored by the pair. As a closing gift, Stefano Trevisi will perform and host concert in the gallery during the final week of the exhibition in late September.

Spazio Visivo runs until September 26th at Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery
37 Rathbone Street
W1T 1NZ 

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Entre Muros – MYA Gallery

Entre Muros showcases a diverse group of artists from Latin America, placing the growing Urban Contemporary art movement under it’s deserved spotlight.

Curated by subject specialist Maximiliano Ruiz, curator, author and editor of a number of publications that document Latin America’s street art movement, including Graffiti Argentina and Nuevo Mundo: Latin American Street Art. Ruiz has also played a pivotal role in introducing Latin American art to the international market.  Street Art has always been a very important weapon in every social and political event or evolution in Latin America, either as a tool to reclaim an urban culture or tribe, or as a strong and powerful means for airing political and social grievances. The ability to record a concrete and explicit message cheaply and quickly allowed various groups from different social sphere to have a toll at hand with which to go out into the streets to voice what many think, but few dare to express. Most countries in Latin America experienced strict military governments in the ‘70s and ‘80s that repressed any act of free speech or public art. This mass repression was focused around universities, cultural centers and artists, which halted the growth of any public art expression. When democracy was introduced, artists, musicians and creatives looked for any outlet possible to express themselves. The street art movement exploded with colour and free expression, using their local streets as canvases to experiment and adorn rather than just as a place to tag their name repetitively.

Ruiz introduces to London both known and new talents from every corner of Latin America. Curiot and Saner from Mexico, Rodrigo Branco and Rafael Hayashi from Brazil, Jaz, Doma and Elian from Argentina as well as other front runners such as Inti from Chilie and Alexis Diaz from Puerto Rico. The exhibition promises to be an impressive collection of talent from these colourful latin countries.

Entre Muros runs until August 9th at MYA Gallery
150 Commercial Street
E1 6NU

Szuper Gallery, Liquid Trust, 2014, video still, Courtesy Szuper Gallery and GRAD [5]

Bonobo — Szuper Gallery – GRAD

Co-operating under the name ‘Szuper Gallery’, Susanne Clausen and Pavlo Kerestey’s ambivalent multimedia practice spans video, performance, installation and paintings. This exhibition, named in reference to the uniquely peaceful and non-hierarchical groups formed by Bonobo apes, explores alternative societal models as a means to conflict resolution and social integration.

Susanne and Pavlo formed the gallery as a tool to develop and expand the closed discourse that defined the concept of the gallery and have since continued to experiment with the combining of several artistic mediums as a path to easier communication, as well as exploring the ways in which art can alter the way audiences interact with each other.

Bonobo runs until 30th August at GRAD (Gallery for Russian Arts and Design)
3-4a Little Portland Street


Blue— Margot Sanders— 53 Beck Road

Margot Sander’s newest exhibition Blue represents a new line of enquiry for the artist with a pronounced emphasis on mark making as well as the physicality of the body within the process of painting. By underlying her sensitive and provocative work aesthetic, Sanders causes a tension between surface and skin, and that which lies upon it, resonating throughout the work – whether it be hair, dirt, bed sheets, armour or indeed paint, there remains both the comfort and discomfort of undressing these layers. The blue of a bruise, like an ink stain on the skin, permeates the surface with fragmented references and traces of once lived histories, and what lies beneath is at once veiled and illuminated.

The exhibition will be accompanied with a text by Amy Tobin

Blue runs until July 26th at 53 Beck Road
53 Beck Road
E8 4RE