Faces, Places and Spaces to Watch in 1998: Your Cut-Out and Keep Guide to the Future of British Art

By Buck, Louisa | New Statesman (1996), January 2, 1998 | Go to article overview

Faces, Places and Spaces to Watch in 1998: Your Cut-Out and Keep Guide to the Future of British Art


Buck, Louisa, New Statesman (1996)


A Artist-run spaces, the best place to see the boldest new art. The mannequin-manipulating Chapman brothers, shock stars of the Sensation show at the Royal Academy, are the latest to bypass the middle man with Chapman Fine ARTS (spells fart, ho ho) which opens 23 January with oversized stalagmite structures composed of tiny rats by the artist David Falconer. Beaconsfield, City Racing, Cubitt, Delfina and the quaintly named Gallerie Poo-Poo are among London's flourishing line-up; with Transmission in Glasgow and Belfast's Proposition and Catalyst also planning action- packed programmes for 1998.

B Iwona Blazwick gave Damien Hirst his first major public show when she organised exhibitions at the ICA. Now the art world is agog to see what she'll do as the newly appointed curator at the Bankside Tate. Blazwick, along with fellow curator Frances Morris, will be organising exhibitions in and around the site even before it opens in 2000. Watch that large muddy space on the South Bank.

C Mat Collishaw, tip for this year's Turner Prize. First got himself noticed by showing a wall-sized photo of a gunshot wound in "Freeze", the landmark show curated in 1988 by his fellow Goldsmith's student Damien Hirst. Since then Collishaw has remained outside the brash Brit-art boom with a subtly subversive output in a variety of media that splices fairies, angels, schoolchildren and the homeless with Victorian optical toys, using state-of-the-art imaging technology. His blighted paradise has won him an international reputation, at last reflected on home territory.

D Dundee Contemporary Arts is a major arts centre built with Lottery cash from the shell of a former car showroom which will give extra impetus to the thriving arts scene around the East of Scotland when it opens in October. Acting as a taster for a programme devoted to the artistically innovative are a number of artists' projects around the site, including Catherine Yass's photographic light-boxes of the nearby Tay Bridge, taken from a boat moored on the river.

E Entwistle gallery is now a must-see Cork Street showcase for young artists. Stable includes the sleekly mutoid sci-fi sculptures of Siobhan Hapaska and the morphed sculptures and photographs of the Sensation artist Paul Finnegan, whose latest work can be seen there in April.

F Ceal Floyer may specialise in the lowest of low-key work - a projection of a light switch, an air-filled garbage bag - but this hasn't stopped her from attracting attention at home and abroad. See her working in collaboration with Martin Creed (another master of the overlooked moment) and John Frankland at Delfina artspace from 30 January.

G Graham Gussin, another rising star, uses whatever means and media best suit his purpose. In April he fills the Tate's "Art Now" special projects room with both recorded sound and sound proofing, to create a capsule-like environment intriguingly entitled Any Object in the Universe.

H Hales Gallery really is an ace caff with a very good gallery attached. The combined skills of the art-school-trained demon chef and gallery director Paul Hedge entice the likes of Charles Saatchi to deepest south London to buy art and eat lunch alongside a clientele of locals and market traders from Deptford High St. The Chapman brothers and John Frankland had their first shows here. The gallery represents an impressive list of stars including the John Moores Prize winner David Leapman and the young sculptor Tomoko Takahashi (see T).

I The Ikon Gallery, established in 1963, major contemporary art venue of the Midlands, re-opens in March in the specially converted Oozells Street School building in Birmingham. In keeping with its tradition of favouring the most innovative work by artists of all ages, the new-look Ikon's two inaugural shows are "a contemporary musical devised for the gallery" by the young British artist Georgina Starr, alongside new friezes of figures by the veteran American artist Nancy Spero, applied directly to the walls.

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