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The Shock of the Now - Issue #30

Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Evening All,
I hope you’re all well and welcome to Issue 30 of The Shock of the Now.
This issue’s Featured Exhibition is Julie Maurin’s current solo exhibition ‘(m)other’ at South Parade in Deptford. Julie was part of the unfortunate 2020 cohort of art school students sadly deprived of a physical degree show, so this exhibition is an exciting opportunity to get an overdue insight into the recent Royal College of Art MA Sculpture graduate’s artwork and practice. I first saw her work in South Parade’s past group exhibition ‘“Hope” is the thing with feathers’ where Maurin’s preserved Lactoria cornuta fish adorned with swarovski strass and plastic wings piqued my interest, and was therefore pleased to discover that this well-deserved solo presentation of her work doesn’t disappoint.
There are also seven weekly Recommended Exhibitions and thirteen active Artist Opportunities.
I hope you enjoy Issue 30, 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: Julie Maurin - '(m)other' Solo Exhibition - South Parade
Found plastic wing, eel jaw, human hair, heron feet, fake nails, alligator skin, plastic Barbie tail. The material list for Julie Maurin‘s current solo exhibition ’(m)other’ reads like the strangest of shopping lists or the ingredients for a particularly potent witch’s potion. However, sourced by scouring car boot sales or second-hand stores, scavenging in the street, combing beaches or trawling eBay, each eccentric artefact or quirky curios is incorporated into the artist’s odd, unsettling assemblages. Objet d'art reminiscent of derelict dollhouses or creepy cabinets of curiosity, these slate sculptural reliefs, themselves cut into bodily, biological or botanical shapes based on the artist’s supporting sketches, hang menacingly off blackened butchers hooks. Daubed with slime, sludge or other unexplained spills, these slabs set the stage for playful, playtime storytelling.
Here, Maurin employs an experimental and improvisational approach to narrative, as if restricted by the limited contents of one’s childhood toy chest. We witness the marriage of two plastic figurines, officiated by a faux hairpiece and overseen by cured chicken and dried heron feet. These intimate moments, as well as familiar fragments - a bouncy ball, butterfly love locket, Cinderella slipper or deconstructed dinosaur skeleton - muster nostalgic memories, much in the same way that Grimms’ Fairy Tales or Disney films often turn the gruesome or the grotesque from disgusting to delightful. Yet with titles such as Break Me or Use Me, dark refrains are never far from view.
The central sculpture appears to crawl crab-like from the corner of South Parade‘s space, recalling the lupine antagonist of Little Red Riding Hood it stalks the visitors to Deptford’s Resolution Way gallery row. A crouched collage of cast limbs, further herons’ feet as well as deer hooves and human calves, create a Frankenstein’s monster, one from the mind of a twisted taxidermist. An amalgamation of the organic and the synthetic, its expanding foam carcass is both scarred with the marks of its making and riddled with piercing porcupine quills, while an aluminium powder patina adds a performative perception of hardened heft. Alongside the anthropomorphic addition of a single strass earring, a thick dusting of human hair across the sculpture’s shins leaves one wincing at the thought of legs waxed during the casting process.
Recommended Exhibitions Opening This Week:
Delphian Gallery’s ‘Synthesis’ Group Exhibition - Saatchi Gallery, South Kensington (2nd - 27th March, opening Wednesday 2nd March, 6:30-8:30pm)
Curated by Delphian Gallery and hosted by Saatchi Gallery, ‘Synthesis’ brings together a multifaceted collection of works by leading emerging artists. Featuring Hawazin Alotaibi, Solanne Bernard, Camilla Bliss, Vilte Fuller, Harriet Gillett, Taru Happonen, Melissa Kitty Jarram, Kaitlin Johnson, Jo Kitchen, Linda Linko, Alexi Marshall, Emily Moore, Kemi Onabule, Llinos Owen, Rhiannon Salisbury (above), Valerie Savchits, Amba Sayall-Bennett, Julie-Ann Simpson, Ellie Wang & Salomé Wu.
Taylor Simmons - ‘Everything All At Once’ Solo Exhibition - Public Gallery, Aldgate (2nd - 26th March, opening Wednesday 2nd March, 6-8pm)
Public Gallery presents Taylor Simmons‘ debut solo exhibition 'Everything All At Once’. This body of new paintings highlights his exploration of figuration through neon-coloured, cinematic compositions. The exhibition title refers to the momentum of this inaugural display – a cast of vivid characters who vibrate with nervous energy and anticipation.
Diane Dal-Pra - ‘Private Ceremonies’ Solo Exhibition - Massimo De Carlo, Mayfair (3rd March - 2nd April, opening Thursday 3rd March, 5:30-7:30pm)
Massimo De Carlo presents Diane Dal-Pra‘s latest solo exhibition 'Private Ceremonies’.
‘The Soul as Sphere’ Group Exhibition - Maximillian William, Fitzrovia (3rd March - 16th April, opening Thursday 3rd March, 6-8pm)
Maximillian William presents ‘The Soul as Sphere’, a group exhibition curated around the work of the late artist, professor of architecture, writer and geometer, Dr Keith Critchlow. In homage to his life’s work, the exhibition unfolds through conversations and connections, bringing together Critchlow’s paintings alongside some of his friends and contemporaries, Frank Bowling, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, further including Lucian Freud, Käthe Kollwitz, and his granddaughter Somaya Critchlow.
Sin Wai Kin - ‘A Dream of Wholeness in Parts’ Solo Exhibition - Soft Opening, Bethnal Green (4th March - 16th April, opening Friday 4th March, 6-8pm)
Soft Opening presents Sin Wai Kin‘s latest solo exhibition 'A Dream of Wholeness in Parts’. Sin Wai Kin is an artist using speculative fiction within performance, moving image, writing and print to interrupt normative processes of desire, identification, and objectification. Drawing from close personal encounters of looking and wanting, their work presents heavily constructed fantasy narratives on the often unsettling experience of the physical within the social body.
Mandy Franca - ‘CAJU / KASHU / CAYÚ’ Solo Exhibition - Harlesden High Street, Harlesden (4th March - 3rd April, opening Friday 4th March, 6-9pm)
CAJU / KASHU / CAYÚ is an installation specifically made for the Harlesden location of the gallery space Harlesden High Street by Mandy Franca. In this body of work Franca uses images of fruits in the form of symbols that are common on parts of the continent of South America and the Caribbean. The title CAJU / KASHU / CAYÚ refers to the many ways the same fruits within different South American and Caribbean cultures are known by different names. Using the Anacardium Occidentale also known as the cashew tree as a symbol of collective memory and underlying cultural connections.
Clinton King - ‘Living Ends’ Solo Exhibition - Carl Kostyál, Mayfair (8th - 31st March)
Carl Kostyál presents Clinton King‘s latest solo exhibition 'Living Ends’.
Artist Opportunities:
A fantastic reimagining of Walter Hopps’ 1978 exhibition ‘36 Hours’ Taro Qureshi invites artists to bring any wall-based work to The Function Suite gallery between March 3rd-10th between pub opening hours (16:00-23:00). All works will be hung with no exceptions, curated by Taro and with a private view on March 11th 18:00-21:00. The works will remain on show until the 18th. Please deliver works to the bar staff at Escape Stratford (the pub below the gallery space) 25 West Ham Lane, Stratford, E15 4PH
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.
RES. 007 will take over one of Changing Room Gallery locations in Soho, London for a 28-day long duo residency. Artists have access to their residency space 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the 4 weeks of their residency. During this time both artists will participate in a studio critique, a talk and artist-led workshop from a visiting artist and an interim interview with photography of studio work. Artists will also have a £250 materials budget and a fully-funded exhibition at the end of their residency.
The Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Funded Artist-in-Residency programme is now open for submissions, seeking two professional artists, working in any medium, currently based in the UK, who wish to travel to the Mark Rothko Art Centre (Daugavpils, Latvia) and are available on the given dates (1st-30th August 2022). Each artist receives studio space and accommodation organised and paid for by the Trust at the Mark Rothko Art Centre for the given period, as well as an award sum of £4,500 each, given in advance of the residency. Awardees will be responsible to organise and pay for their own travel arrangements, materials, stipend and all other associated costs.
The Trust would expect the awarded artist to make full use of the opportunity to travel, engage in a new culture, make new works and interact with the local creative community. In return the Trust requests only that the awarded artist sends a brief report on the outcome of their experience and provides the Trust with images that may be used on the Trust’s website, this will be of benefit to future candidates.
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
Lewis Brander & Sonya Derviz‘s two-person exhibition 'First Light’ at our Collective Ending HQ in Deptford, continues until March 19th. We’re open Thursdays-Saturdays, 12-6pm, and by prior appointment outside of those hours!
The exhibition catalogue for Mike Ballard & Michael Weißköppel‘s recent duo-show 'Throw your House out the Window’‘ at TICK TACK, Antwerp, is now available to purchase and features an essay I wrote to accompany Mike’s artwork.
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Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator

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