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The Shock of the Now - Issue #33

Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Evening All,
I hope you’re all well and welcome to Issue 33 of The Shock of the Now.
This issue’s Featured Exhibition is Vilte Fuller’s debut UK solo exhibition ‘Little kiosk of bone juice’ at Niru Ratnam, a self-confessed “not-so-secret love letter” to the artist’s native Lithuania.
There are also seven weekly Recommended Exhibitions and three fresh Artist Opportunities.
I hope you enjoy Issue 33, 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: Vilte Fuller - 'Little kiosk of bone juice' Solo Exhibition - Niru Ratnam
At Niru Ratnam in Soho, Courage The Cowardly Dog puts on his signature frightened frown in one of Vilte Fuller‘s vignettes. An enduring cultural icon of the late 90s and early 00s, Courage’s animated origin story - orphaned as a puppy and adopted by an elderly couple living on an isolated farm on the fringes of the fictional town of 'Nowhere’, he protects his unsuspecting owners from paranormal peril at the hands of malevolent monsters, vampires, zombies, aliens or other supernatural beings - could be somewhat reflective of the artist’s own familial relocation from Lithuania to rural Kent during her juvenescence, where hostility reared its head in the form of anti-Eastern European rhetoric spouted by British National Party sympathisers, United Kingdom Independence Party members and staunch Brexiters. Perhaps to combat such conflict, Fuller has adopted a signature brand of surrealism and dark humour reminiscent of the Cartoon Network series, as well as employing a recurring pickle motif, itself intent on undermining each painting purely by its idiosyncratic inclusion, but also serving as an anthropomorphized allegory of the alienation and otherness experienced by immigrants to the UK in the current socio-political post-Brexit climate.
For this debut UK solo exhibition, Fuller openly embraces her Lithuanian lineage, pedestaling personal nostalgia for her homeland and heritage whilst simultaneously reclaiming her cultural identity from both those insistent on stereotyping or subjugating foreign nationals and those keen to adopt international cultures and, specifically here, cuisines to cater to the gentrified middle classes. With source imagery scoured from Instagram accounts archiving a particular time or place - Lithuanian 90s Aesthetics, for example - as well as from photographs taken by her grandfathers - both avid photographers, one professionally - Fuller’s smaller paintings seem to serve as stills, scenes or storyboards indicative of a wider narrative at play (it is unsurprising that in addition to her painting practice, Fuller has recently released her own gerkin-centred graphic novel). Smiling stacks of Billy Bear ham, Baltic branded food packaging, depictions of a distorted and disfigured Melania Trump and post-Soviet porcelain ornaments all appear out of context yet not out of place.
Fuller’s larger paintings introduce more complex constructions, repeatedly populated by shadowy besuited smoking figures or bodiless floating faces that blur in and out of a backdrop of Eastern Bloc Brutalist architecture. All of the above are invariably rendered in a sickly sweet palette of putrid pinks, mouldy maroons and mustard yellows, as well as the omnipresent grungy Chromium Oxide Green, said to be similar in shade to the walls of a former KGB prison site in Lithuania’s capital of Vilnius.
Finally, due in part to logistical limitations restricting the sourcing of art supplies during the recent pandemic lockdowns, bold stitching scars the surface of some of the paintings, as sewn together scraps of spare canvas form fitting, Frankenstein facades. Elsewhere, additional embroidered designs become further compositional inclusions, while one large work is complete with a candle wax coating, both indicative of Fuller’s continued experimentation with medium and investigation of material.
Recommended Exhibitions Opening This Week:
‘Premiums Interim 3’ Group Exhibition - The Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair (24th March - 8th May, opening Wednesday 23rd March, 7-9pm)
Simon Linke - Solo Exhibition - Darren Flook, Fitzrovia (24th March - 15th May, opening Thursday 24th March, 6-8pm)
Darren Flook presents Simon Linke’s first solo show in London for ten years and 35 years since he first showed his now-famous paintings of Art Forum magazine adverts in New York and London.
Anna Perach - ‘Spidora’ Solo Exhibition & Agata Bogacka - ‘Fields of Conflict’ Solo Exhibition - Edel Assanti, Fitzrovia (24th March - 30th April, opening Thursday 24th March, 6-8pm (Performance 7:30pm)
Edel Assanti presents Agata Bogacka‘s debut London solo exhibition 'Fields of Conflict’ and Anna Perach‘s debut London solo exhibition 'Spidora’.
Bogacka’s abstract paintings are characterised by competing planes of colour in constant states of transition, creating formal imbalances and tensions. The compositions enact dialogues, negotiations and conflicts by visualising the structural dynamics that underpin all levels of human experience.
Perach (above) works with an intricate tufting technique to create wearable sculptures and wall-based objects, informed by Slavic folklore, mythologies, fairy tales and scientific theories. Her sculptures function both as garments that are performed in as well as autonomous works that explore the character Spidora, a woman-arthropod illusion that entertained crowds across America in the 1930s.
Paul Barlow - ‘00:00:00’ Solo Exhibition - South Parade, Deptford (24th March - 30th April, opening Thursday 24th March, 2-8pm)
South Parade presents Paul Barlow‘s solo exhibition '00:00:00’.
Kavitha Balasingham & Shayna Fonseka - ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ Two-Person Exhibition - indigo+madder, Deptford (24th March - 23rd April, opening Thursday 24th March, 6-9pm)
indigo+madder presents Kavitha Balasingham & Shayna Fonseka‘s two-person exhibition 'Can’t take my eyes off you’.
Andrea V. Wright - ‘Precarious Tenure’ Solo Exhibition - The Foundry Gallery, Chelsea (24th March - 7th May, opening Thursday 24th March, 6-9pm)
The Foundry Gallery presents Andrea V. Wright‘s debut London solo exhibition 'Precarious Tenure’, conceived during a month-long residency at PADA which is situated in Barreiro, a crumbling post-industrial estate in Lisbon. Wright’s intuitive, process-led practice teeters on the peripheries of sculpture and painting. Her multi-disciplinary approach explores the meeting points of architecture, the human body, and the lived experience, investigating themes of transition, protection, isolation and defence.⁠
‘City Entwined’ Part I - Group Exhibition - Paradise Row, Mayfair (25th March - 9th April, opening Friday 25th March, 6-9pm)
Paradise Row presents ‘City Entwined’, a group exhibition showcasing the emerging and independent contemporary art ecosystem in Greater London, curated by Mazzy-Mae Green. It brings together a selection of independent and emerging artists, galleries and project spaces from across London in a two-part exhibition that offers not so much a survey of this creative scene, but rather a subjective snapshot intended to embody its spirit. Pairing each exhibiting artist with an affiliated gallery, it showcases the diverse, geographic, productive, economic, ideological and affective relationships between artists and the creative networks that surround them.
Featuring Laila Majid & Louis Blue Newby (San Mei Gallery), Romeo Roxman Gatt (Kupfer), Florence Carr (springseason), Billy Fraser (above) & Gobyfish Collective (Collective Ending), Léa Porré (Off Site Project), Blue Curry & Bruce Cayonne (Ruby Cruel), Jack O’Brien & Gal Schindler (Ginny on Frederick), India Nielsen (Darren Flook) and Erika Trotzig & Gabriela Pelczarska (Gallery No.32).
Artist Opportunities:
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.
Are you a creative practitioner or collective looking to take up space, share and inspire conversation, build creativity and connection? Autograph are inviting proposals for events to take place either at their building in Hackney, London or via our online platforms. Autograph are welcoming artists, producers, writers, performers, musicians, curators and collectives to propose and host an event that relates to Autograph’s mission to explore issues around race, identity, representation, human rights and social justice. This might include - but certainly isn’t limited to - launch events, spoken word or performance, in-conversation and Q&A events, creative workshops, or film screenings. Successful applicants will receive a £600 budget as well as a £300 curatorial fee. Selected proposals will take place between 2022 and early 2023.
hARTslane is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary by calling women and female-identifying creatives based in Hatcham & New Cross to take part in ‘The Way we Rise’ exhibition in hARTslane gallery, 22 April – 1 May 2022. Artists can submit one artwork, which can include painting, film, drawing, photography, print, sculpture, mixed media, and performance. On the opening night of Friday 22nd April, hARTslane will be running a programme of short performances and film screenings. They greatly encourage submissions for live work.
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.
Almanac Projects is organising an online crit session to be offered to early-career practitioners working with moving images. The crit session will be hosted by artist and filmmaker Louis Brown (on behalf of East London Cable) and is meant as a peer-to-peer opportunity to receive feedback on a work, whether in progress or already realised.
This project is part of their 2022 programme “An Almanac of Possibilities: sharing tools for a collective future” which, through exhibitions, performances, workshops, online screenings, reading groups, seeks to invite reflections on themes of belonging, interdependence, and solidarity.
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.
I Felt That is a multidisciplinary, collective project consisting of an exhibition, interview series, essay and published magazine dedicated to articulating the complex language of pain, through commissioned artworks visualizing real stories from women and non-binary artists who experience ‘the gender pain gap’. The project will begin with a meeting with selected artists to discuss their experiences of pain and (gendered) health issues, and create a forum for conversation, community and trust. Whilst considering ways to present and visualize pain, it will bring about a collective discussion about how one work can build on another, and create a community and discussion around such a vital topic.
After initial meetings and discussions, there will be an opportunity to partake in a lecture series, hosted in collaboration with London Drawing Group, discussing the art historical context for women artists working with these ideas. Artists will be encouraged to make works in response to these conversations, meetings and lectures. The artworks will be put into an exhibition in May 2022, that will take viewers on an expressive deep-dive into gendered pain, and explore the history of women’s pain in more detail.
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.
Gasworks presents a residency opportunity for an artist whose practice is concerned with the advancement of participation within a contemporary art environment. ⁠The candidate must be committed to engaging with the local migrant community around the Lambeth and Southwark areas, while addressing the issues of mental health and wellbeing which are of relevance to them. The candidate will deliver a diverse range of regular participatory activities in a creative and enjoyable way throughout the 8 months of the residency. The programme should incorporate the artist’s own practice as a means of developing a cohesive project with an overall output at the end of the residency. Outputs could be in the form of a publication, film, podcast, exhibition, performance, digital media, sculpture or any other type of public presentation.
Residency dates: May 2022 to December 2022 (8 months), Artist Fee: £200 per day, Working days: 2 days a week, flexible working days and hours, Programme budget: £5,000 (includes materials for activities and final output), Location: Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London.
Staffordshire St Studios are looking for proposals from curators, artists, makers, designers, and performers to exhibit in their project space as part of a new supported programme of events presented by STS.
STS are looking for projects that engage and reinvigorate the gallery space bringing new audiences to the space and make insightful and relevant commentary to this time and place. Theu are particularly interested in cross-disciplinary collaboration and community engagement through a series of events alongside each exhibition. STS want to support artists at all stages of their career and will select successful proposals from this Open Call to deliver three-week exhibitions in their gallery space alongside the rest of their programme in 2022.
The North Devon Artist Residency was founded in 2018 and is open to artists in all media at all stages of their careers. Its aim is to create a body of work inspired by and engaging with north Devon and the village of Combe Martin. North Devon Artist Residency is offering a month-long residency during 2022 or 2023. The aim of the residency is to build a body of contemporary artworks which engage with north Devon and the village of Combe Martin, where the residency is based.
They are currently specifically seeking proposals that take the medieval church in Combe Martin as its subject. They envisage that the residency will be offered to a photographer (most likely) who will be able to take a creative and contemporary approach to documenting the interior and exterior of St Peter’s church in a fresh and exciting way. Whilst They think that a photography proposal is most likely to be selected, they are also very open to proposals in painting, drawing, sculpture, craft – as long as they are original, innovative and explicitly contemporary!
To mark their 1 year anniversary, Liliya Art Gallery are delighted to announce their first Open Call. It is completely free to enter, all you have to do is email pictures of your work (max three per artist) with information (medium, dimensions, price) and a short bio. Selected artists will have their works featured in their first Open Call exhibition opening 27th May 2022.
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.
The Waverton Art Prize is aimed at supporting artists all over the world by showcasing the very best in contemporary art with a first prize of £10,000 and shortlisted work forming an exhibition at Alice’s Oyster Bar and Gallery in London for 2 months. The Waverton Art Prize is open to artists at all stages, whether already enrolled on a course, about to embark on undergraduate or post-graduate studies, self-taught artists, recent graduates and those who have studied at any time. The selection will lean more towards unrepresented artists and those who have not shown at significant establishments, but artists who are exhibiting regularly and have shown at galleries will also be considered.
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:
At Collective Ending we are pleased to be involved in the aforementioned City Entwined, an exhibition at Paradise Row showcasing the emerging and independent contemporary art ecosystem in Greater London, curated by Mazzy-Mae Green. Collective Ending HQ member Billy Fraser will debut his new Colourscape Tablets series in Part I of the exhibition, which runs until April 9th. Furthermore, Collective Ending HQ members Gobyfish Collective will activate the gallery space with a conceptual dinner, and I have written an accompanying essay focusing on the ongoing importance of artist-led exhibitions, galleries and project spaces.
Additionally, at Collective Ending we are honoured to be invited to partake in the second annual edition of meta_fair, co_atto’s alternative ‘non-fair’. meta_fair # 2, moving with_in the complex: independent curating, aims to offer an overview of the research of independent spaces active in the emerging panorama and is organised with the collaboration of Untitled Association. Opening on the occasion of Milan Art Week 2022, meta_fair aims to give voice to realities similar to co_atto by nature, normally not called upon to participate in institutional events such as MiArt, and takes the form of a showcase festival involving seventeen independent Italian and international exhibition spaces and projects.
For meta_fair # 2, Collective Ending presents CASA, the latest iteration and first international edition of our intermittent exhibition series showcasing new work from studio members of Collective Ending HQ.
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Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator

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