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The Shock of the Now - Issue #27

Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Evening All,
I hope you’re all well and welcome to Issue 27 of The Shock of the Now.
This issue’s Featured Exhibition is Louis Morlæ’s current solo exhibition Machinochrome Dreams at Moarain House in Bethnal Green. Only the second in the gallery’s already impressive programme, Machinochrome Dreams is an immersive example of artistic world-building at its very best.
There are also nine weekly Recommended Exhibitions and four fresh Artist Opportunities.
I hope you enjoy Issue 27, and if so do forward it along! As always any questions, comments or feedback are welcome, so feel free to get in touch.
All the best, and speak soon, H x

Featured Exhibition: Louis Morlæ - 'Machinochrome Dreams' Solo Exhibition - Moarain House
For those who spent the recent lingering lockdowns eager for escapism or longing to let go, craving clubbing or desperate to dance like no one is watching, Louis Morlæ‘s current solo exhibition Machinochrome Dreams provides the perfect antidote to isolation-induced agoraphobia. Like many, the artist was made acutely aware of his own mortality, and inevitable end, during the continuous confinement triggered by Covid-19. Suddenly defenceless against disease, and forced to confront impending infirmity, Morlæ set about creating a cast of sculptural surrogates who could inhabit and interact with the now predominantly digital world. These 3D-printed, androgynous, achromic avatar’s line the walls of Moarain House, life-sized yet lifeless they hang limp and at ease, powered down, awaiting activation.
Before them plays Morlæ’s new animated simulation. Ecce, the central surrogate, swaggers down a sewer-pipe staircase, sporting a Moncler Maya jacket (the gallery floor is painted maroon to match) and Balenciaga trainers, a knowing nod to the ease with which big brands are able to co-opt and commercialise even the digital ether. That familiar air of anxious anticipation arrives as Ecce approaches a nightclub security checkpoint, seeing scores of lesser droids despondently turned away. Upon entry, however, we descend into a perhaps not-too-distant future, a probable parallel reality or metamorphic metaverse in which surrogate subculture reigns supreme. Here cigars are smoked in gloriously grimey, graffitied toilets; neat rows of avatars dance in euphoric unison; a droid DJ mans the decks while a droid drug dealer transmits transcendental pleasure via ethereal orbs. Ecce vomits by the bins behind the club.
Ecce in Semper Aeternum‘s second half seems to deteriorate into a drug-induced dream sequence, a frightening fugue state that sees Morlæ’s paranoid android ride in a Great Glass Elevator, complete with mind-numbing melodic Muzak, to a dystopian desert island. We accompany Ecce during their 'trip’, past humanoids in hooded sweatshirts who barbeque next to nuclear-esque sewage spills and through a wasteland woodland with empty tented encampments. The camera bounces to and fro, Blair Witch-like, the scene lit by smartphone torchlight. Finally, a minimart mirage forms at the edge of the forsaken forest, guarded by further sinister security surrogates, followed by a second suspicious toilet scene. The anthemic accompanying score, composed in collaboration with the artist’s friend Charlie Dobney, throngs and swells, as visions fill the screen of Ecce’s oversized body parts bobbing across the ocean eternal.
N.B. Photography by Theo Christelis
Recommended Exhibitions Opening This Week:
‘Modern Relics’ Group Exhibition - FOLD Gallery, Fitzrovia (9th February - 12th March, opening Wednesday 9th February, 6-8pm)
FOLD Gallery presents ‘Modern Relics’, a group exhibition of artists working predominantly in sculpture. The work serves as imaginary artefacts, scavenged and excavated from contemporary culture and urban environments. Featuring Amba Sayal-Bennett (above), Tim Ellis, James Lomax & Emma Papworth.
‘Biomech Changed My Life’ Group Exhibition - Gallery 46, Whitechapel (10th-20th February, opening Thursday 10th February, 6-10pm)
FAD Bazaar and Gallery 46 present ‘Biomech Changed My Life’, featuring work by Daniel David Freeman and collaborative digital works with Sam Coldy, Jesse Pimenta, Patrick Savile, Sara-Lovise Ewertson, Jack Sachs, Will Samuel. In this expansive exhibition, Daniel David Freeman magnifies his approach to collage and embellishment through studious exploration into the prophetic world of Biomech.
Serena Huang - ‘The smoke from our chimney forms their sky, and in much the same way, their smoke made ours’ Solo Exhibition - Bomb Factory South Gallery, South Kensington (12th-27th February, opening Thursday 10th February, 6-9pm)
The Bomb Factory Art Foundation presents Serena Huang solo exhibition ‘The smoke from our chimney forms their sky, and in much the same way, their smoke made ours’ at their South London location. Interested in mythology, the slippage of history, and the theatricality of present-day reality, her practice is an ongoing world-building event that evolves and develops by using recurring elements, anecdotes and artefacts. Huang’s work questions the staging of what is real, alongside what is currently seen as valuable in today’s society.
Corbin Shaw - ‘Nowt as Queer as Folk’ Solo Exhibition - Guts Gallery, Hackney (10th February - 3rd March, opening Thursday 10th February, 6-9pm)
Guts Gallery presents Corbin Shaw‘s latest solo exhibition ‘Nowt As Queer As Folk’, the inaugural opening of Guts Gallery’s new HQ in East London. In this exhibition, Shaw explores the enchanted, the political, the ordinary and the often mythical traditions of English village life. Using iconographies and cultural elements of folk to comment on the state of Northern villages in 2022.
Tiffany Wellington & Katarina Caserman - ‘Made in Heaven’ Two-Person Exhibition - Des Bains, London Fields (11th February - 26th March, opening Thursday 10th)
Des Bains presents ‘Made in Heaven’, a two-person exhibition showcasing ongoing research projects by Tiffany Wellington and Katarina Caserman.
Andrew Pierre Hart - ‘genre pain – ting ; An Ode to Brixton’ Solo Exhibition & Mohammad Barrangi - ‘The Mystical Creatures of Eden’ Solo Exhibition - Block 336, Brixton (11th February - 12th March, opening Friday 11th February, 12-6pm (Daytime Even), 6-8pm (Evening Event).
International Curators Forum‘s Diaspora Pavilion 2: London, presented in partnership with Block 336, features two new, site-specific, solo installations by artists Andrew Pierre Hart and Mohammad Barrangi. This trans-national, collaborative project advances ICF’s engagement with diaspora as a critical concept following the first Diaspora Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. DP2 interrogates and complicates the term diaspora across various curatorial formats as part of an ongoing mapping of the rich and complex material cultures, mythologies, alternative histories and re-imagined landscapes that are born from the distinct and yet shared reality of belonging to a diaspora. 
Danny Fox & Kingsley Ifill - ‘HOLY ISLAND’ Duo Exhibition & Bobby Dowler - ‘Roadworks’ Solo Exhibition - Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham (12th February - 26th March, opening Saturday 12th February, 2-8pm)
Hannah Barry Gallery presents Danny Fox and Kingsley Ifill‘s latest collaborative duo exhibition 'HOLY ISLAND’ and Bobby Dowler‘s latest solo exhibition 'Roadworks’.
Artist Opportunities:
New Contemporaries welcomes submissions from emerging and early career artists who are final year students, recent graduates and postgraduate students from UK art schools and alternative learning programmes. They are committed to inclusion and equal opportunities and encourage submissions from artists of all backgrounds, ages, genders, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and from those who identify as having a disability.
Being selected for New Contemporaries programme includes: Exhibiting as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 in Hull at Humber Street Gallery and Ferens Art Gallery, opening in September, and South London Gallery, which will open in December; Participating in New Contemporaries Bridget Riley Artists’ Development Programme; Contributing to our Digital Programme; Being eligible, as NC alumni, for Studio Bursaries, Residencies, Fellowships, Scholarships and other opportunities.
Hotel Generation mentors the next generation of UK digital artists during the critical early stages of establishing a career in the arts, providing four young artists from UK cities with curatorial guidance to create an exhibition proposal for arebyte’s gallery space in London. In addition to assistance with proposal writing, progressing ideas and budgeting, the programme offers industry support through creative software training, as well as marketing and fundraising workshops. Hotel Generation culminates in a fully funded solo show as part of arebyte Gallery programme for the winning candidate selected by a panel of judges. The other participants get the opportunity to develop an online work based on their exhibition proposal, shown as part of arebyte on Screen programme.
Selection Criteria: You are aged 28 or under; You make work using digital media; You are based in the UK but outside of London; If you have an art degree (not required), it has to be from a university located outside of London.
Blue Shop Cottage ‘Works On Paper 4’, the 4th edition of their exciting online exhibition for artists and collectors worldwide. In the past few years Blue Shop Cottage have sold hundreds of works by 150+ emerging artists from all around the world. We also sold 19 original artworks by 12 different artists into the Soho House permanent art collection. If you’re an artist and would like to submit work for ‘Works On Paper’ please email hello@blueshopcottage.com with a few high res images of your work, a short artist statement and a list of info about each work size, material and paper type.
This November Sluice and PADA are bringing together an interdisciplinary selection of artist and curator-led projects to explore the impact and interconnections of the ecological, environmental and political consequences of the slow transgenerational violence brought about by the manufacture of territory. Territory is a year-long focus that will culminate in Lisbon on 11 - 13 November 2022. The event will run in conjunction with Lisbon Art Weekend. Exhibitions, performances, screenings and talks will be situated throughout the Barreiro district. A selection of the participating projects will be in residence in the weeks preceding the event, others will come solely for the Art Weekend.
The Delphian Gallery Open Call is an international competition for all printable forms of artwork. It aims to give a platform to talented emerging artists who are producing exceptional work. The Open Call is open to all artists working in a printable format. This includes painting, photography, collage, illustration and many others. The open call is open to international entrants. The Open Call will culminate with a physical group exhibition for the winners in London in 2022. The first prize winner will win a solo exhibition with us in 2022.
Entries are now open for this year’s The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2022. Leading artists, household names and new and emerging talent – anyone can submit their work for a chance to be selected for the exhibition. The end result is a celebration of art and creativity in all its forms. Coordinated by Alison Wilding RA, this year the Summer Exhibition will explore the urgent theme of Climate. The first round of selection is made from digital images of artworks, from which the judges will shortlist up to 4,000 entries to be delivered to the Academy for the final round.
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop are now accepting applications for their Solo Residency (May - July 2022). ​The gallery is offering one artist access for three months to one of its spectacular 350 ft² (35m²) studio spaces, with both natural and professional lighting. Working above the gallery space, the successful applicant has the opportunity to network with artists, curators, collectors and the wider public whilst visiting ongoing exhibitions and events organised in the gallery. The residency programme also provides guidance and promotion through our channels and network, as well as the Solo Residency Exhibition organised in the studio space upstairs.
The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is the most significant award for emerging artists working in the field of sculpture in the UK. It is unique in its combination of offering financial support towards the production of new work, plus a solo exhibition to an exceptional sculptor. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the award and to celebrate the prize fund has been raised to £10,000. The award also includes a national touring programme, taking MTSA artists to partner venues across the UK. Applicants must be established residents of the UK. Students in current education are not eligible to apply. This applies to BA and MA students or equivalent, but those undertaking postgraduate research work leading to a PhD/Mphil/MLitt/ MRes or equivalent are able to apply.
Turps Studio Programme is a unique opportunity for a select group of painters to take up residence in their own dedicated studios within an exciting studio and gallery development in South East London, just 10 minutes from Elephant and Castle. Participants embark on a year-long programme of intensive mentoring, dynamic group seminars, talks, and crits with the option to continue for a second year. Participants are expected to work within this professional environment with commitment and a strong work ethic, as well as participating fully in a community-based studio.
Turps Off-Site is an exciting mentoring opportunity for London based painters who want to develop their practice through the ethos of Turps Studio Programme but wish to remain working in their own studio. A team of Turps Mentors visit participants in their own studios for one to one tutorials, and painters will develop a supportive network of peers across London, through group studio visits to each other’s studios, crits based at Turps Studios and regular visits to attend talks at Turps Art School across the year.
Applications are now open for The Drawing Year, Royal Drawing School’s one-year postgraduate-level course offering up to thirty students the opportunity to focus on drawing from observation. There are no tuition fees – all students are awarded a full scholarship and receive a free personal studio space (SPACE studios, Hackney) from which they can continue to work on the development of their practice alongside taught courses. The programme is taught by a distinguished faculty of over 75 practicing artists offering in-depth quality tuition. Royal Drawing School sees drawing both as an end in itself and in relation to other areas of practice.
MASS Studio Programme was launched in October 2021 at MASS Studios at Thames-Side Studios, Woolwich, London, SE18 5NR. MASS is in the heart of the largest single-site community of artists and creatives in London. Working in collaboration with the London Sculpture Workshop they offer a number of on-site studio spaces and a flexible exhibition and talks space to enable us to build a sustainable community of peers and mentors. Participants join an open plan shared studio space at MASS Studios at Thames-Side Studios with 24/7 access, receive to 15 artists talks and access to visiting artist’s mentoring, 10 one-to-one regular mentoring sessions, 2 one-to-one guest mentoring sessions, 2 group mentoring sessions, 10 MASS Seminar Points & 2 group review sessions. The programme runs in three 12-weeks blocks across a 10 month period.
MASS Off-Site is an exciting new mentoring opportunity for London based sculptors who want to develop their practice through the same successful ethos employed by Turps Mentoring programmes and wish to remain working in their own studio. MASS Mentors visit sculptors in their own studios for one to one tutorials, and participants develop a supportive network of peers across London, through group studio visits to each other’s studios, crits based at Turps Gallery and attending MASS artist talks.
Mass Correspondence Course is an innovative distance-learning programme of online mentoring facilitated through critical, supportive written reviews by a dedicated mentor. The course is aimed at sculptors based anywhere in the world and at any stage in their career who want to develop or reinvigorate their work, whether recently graduated from art school or those without any formal arts education. 
Turps Correspondence Course is an innovative programme of online mentoring facilitated through critical, supportive written reviews delivered by a dedicated mentor. The course is aimed at painters who want to develop or reinvigorate their work, whether recently graduated from art school, mid-career or those without any formal arts education. The course is designed and structured to be delivered entirely online so that painters, based anywhere in the world and at any stage in their career, can participate and receive informed, critical feedback from a mentor who is a practising painter selected by Turps. There are 5 review points throughout the year when you will be required to upload images of your work and a short statement or ‘letter’ to your mentor. Your mentor will then review what has been uploaded and write their response. It is a very different type of feedback from more conventional face-to-face tutorials but we believe this is what makes the correspondence course such an appealing and sought after professional development course.
V.O Residencies provide emerging and lesser represented artists with the time and space to research and develop new work. The 2022 V.O Residency Programme will host six artists across three sessions, inviting practitioners to experiment and create new work in an open and supportive environment. Residents are provided with free studio space, critical and practical support, the opportunity to present a solo exhibition, and access to useful resources and a broad network of individuals and organisations. V.O aims to bring together diverse voices and encourages applicants from all backgrounds. The V.O Residency Programme is focused on promoting artistic exchange, socially-focused discourse and knowledge production.
V.O Residencies are open to artists in their first five years of professional practice and with less than three solo exhibitions. Each resident is invited to present a solo exhibition or project at V.O Gallery, and will have the possibility of producing a publication or print project related to the work they have developed while in residence.
Personal Projects:
Sujin Lee‘s Saatchi Yates catalogue, featuring my accompanying essay, is now available both in-person and online. Twenty-nine of Sujin’s paintings are illustrated in colour throughout, along with insightful images of her painting process and studio in Seoul, South Korea. Sujin’s exhibition continues at Saatchi Yates in Mayfair until March 26th.
I’m currently in the process of organising First Light, a two-person exhibition of recent paintings by Lewis Brander and Sonya Derviz at Collective Ending HQ! The exhibition, our first of 2022 and first duo exhibition, will open next Saturday, 19th February, 5-10pm and run until March 19th.
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Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator

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