Kalliopi Lemos Wooden Boat with Seven People, Spital Square, London E1 6DX, 2017 Courtesy Gazelli Art House Photography by John Sturrock
For centuries the Spitalfields area of London has seen migrants arrive in search of a new life and this sculpture recalls that history. The boat is one that was actually used to transport refugees from Turkey to Greece and was acquired by the artists after it had been left abandoned on the shoreline.
Last Space Remaining, until 24th November, Gazelli Art House, Mayfair
This new exhibition combines works by the Spanish artist Sergio Calderon together with those of Recycle Group, a Russian artist collective. The exhibition’s theme is our notions of fantasy and reality.
Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov are the two artists who are Recycle Group and they interpret using mixed-media sculptures how the virtual world has become so important through social media sites, with an emphasis on Facebook. They see Facebook as a social system and pose the question what part “of today’s society will survive and become history?”
Recycle Group Archaelogy 2512 , 2012 Cast plastic 122 x 155 x 26 cm
In contrast Calderon’s interactive installations take an approach which encourages the viewer to become engaged with the artwork and draw on their own ideas and memories. He challenges our perceptions of reality and suggests that we will never achieve the human perfection we aim at and that we hold onto our personal versions of reality in this ever changing world.
Sergio Calderon The Long Way Around, 2013 Print (Epson semi-gloss) 114.3 d. cm