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The Shock of the Now - Issue #39

Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Afternoon All,
I hope you’re all well and welcome to Issue 39 of The Shock of the Now.
This issue’s Featured Exhibition is Emma Fineman’s latest solo exhibition ‘Encounters’ at Huxley-Parlour, a painting tour de force that also introduces Emma’s bronzes and monoprints to a London audience.
There are also eight weekly Recommended Exhibitions and eleven fresh Artist Opportunities.
I hope you enjoy Issue 39, 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: Emma Fineman - 'Encounters' Solo Exhibition - Huxley-Parlour
A portrait of Dora Maar, painted by Emma Fineman during her residency at Porthmeor Studio in those uncertain early stages of the pandemic, portrays Picasso’s one-time partner and muse sitting sorrowfully, staring directly ahead flanked by a window frame and wall-mounted crucifix, tears streaming down her face and across her black lace-collared blouse. Maar was, of course, the subject of the problematic Cubist pioneer’s masterpiece of mystery The Weeping Woman, Picasso’s attempt to encapsulate the pain and suffering of the Spanish people during the Civil War. Here, Fineman’s own portrait of a melancholic Maar finds the oft-overlooked photographer, painter and poet evoking not only the death, distress and deprivation caused by Covid-19, but also symbolising Fineman’s self-isolated stay in St Ives, historically a significant safe haven for artists escaping the Second World War.
Previously, many of Fineman’s paintings existed within such interior settings, depicting domestic scenes of figures sat at tables, by bedsides or peering out of windows. Now, however, after we have all endured extended periods of incessant inside time, holed up in our homes, the paintings, bronzes and monoprints at Huxley Parlour appear to entertain that long-lost idea of the outside, and the unexpected, enjoyable or unnerving encounters that come with it. Archways, entrances and thresholds recur throughout, doorways denoting our first steps towards a returning reality and inducing those mixed emotions associated with the easing of lockdown restrictions and those tentative first social events and interactions. The exultant embracing of a much-missed friend or partner is bathed in blinding sunlight, but the anxieties and agoraphobia induced by our two-year collective confinement are never far away. Elsewhere, two figures appear in a sculptural stand-off, either side of that everpresent portal, while another faces down a long open road, stretching into the distance of the exhibition’s titanic triptych. It is all too much for one, in the monumental composite monoprint, who slumps to the grass in surrender, naked and crying, a single lightbulb beckoning them back inside.
One painting’s title, Crock Recursion, referring to the scientific definition for a self-referential infinitely repetitive loop, feels apt for a practice that so commandingly captures time itself. Fineman is able to produce paintings over prolonged periods that still retain an immediacy, with figures emerging from thick impasto, defined by short, sharp brushstrokes amidst gestural swathes of colour that approach abstraction. So too do the monoprints and bronzes contort our expectations of time, their swiftly sketched or endearingly improvisational appearances belying protracted and perfected production processes. Time past, time present and time lost are depicted as distilled or distorted memories that, with time, will fracture, fragment and ultimately fade.
Recommended Exhibitions Opening This Week:
Amy Steel - ‘We Are The One’s Who Know’ Solo Exhibition - Soho Revue, Soho (4th-28th May, opening Wednesday 4th May, 6-8pm)
Soho Revue presents Amy Steel‘s latest solo exhibition 'We Are The One’s Who Know’, in collaboration with Purslane. Steel’s practice combines painting and performance to create expansive, sensual environments where women unravel and viewers are encouraged to explore the limitless potential of female sexuality and identity. Fascinated by the complex relationship humans have with nature, Steel’s dream-like paintings often feature animals and female body parts melding into the mysterious landscapes in which they inhabit.
Elsa Rouy - ‘I Could Always Crack A Joke’ Solo Exhibition - Guts Gallery, Hackney (5th-26th May, opening Thursday 5th May, 6-9pm)
Guts Gallery present Elsa Rouy‘s latest solo exhibition 'I Could Always Crack A Joke’, which explores an introspective exploration and navigation of the self, using the body and its corporal properties to express ideas centred around separation, sexuality and dependency.
William Brickel - ‘Far From Anything’ Solo Exhibition - The Artist Room, Soho (5th-28th May, opening Thursday 5th May, 6-8pm)
The Artist Room present William Brickel‘s solo exhibition 'Far From Anything’. Brickel’s new works continue his uniquely sensitive and eloquent explorations of the human figure. Includes paintings, charcoal drawings and watercolours, the exhibition continues his ongoing intention to uncover how the passage of time re-shapes how we understand history.
Boo Saville - ‘Ma’ Solo Exhibition - TJ Boulting, Fitzrovia (5th May - 6th June, opening Thursday 5th May, 6-8pm)
TJ Boulting is proud to present their fifth solo exhibition with Boo Saville. ‘Ma’ is the artist’s most personal show to date, incorporating her renowned colour field paintings and detailed drawings with a narrative that draws on her own reflections on motherhood and journey of involuntary childlessness.
Lian Zhang - ‘Weathering with You’ Solo Exhibition - Lychee One, London Fields (5th May - 18th June, opening Thursday 5th May, 4-8pm)
Lychee One presents Lian Zhang‘s latest solo exhibition “Weathering with You, curated by Marcelle Joseph, with an accompanying text by Gabriella Pounds. 'Weathering with You’ refers to Makoto Shinkai’s animation film. It imagines a dystopian Tokyo amid silent rain. The character Hina, however, can manipulate the weather and invoke drifting cherry petals, sunshine. Like Shinkai, Zhang shares an apocalyptic, surgical approach to art in the service of a brighter future.
Alice Bucknell - ‘Swamp City’ Solo Exhibition - Hoxton 253, Hoxton (5th-29th May, opening Thursday 5th May, 5-9pm)
Hoxton 253 is proud to present ‘Swamp City’, the debut UK solo exhibition by artist and writer Alice Bucknell. The exhibition explores the crossovers between architecture, ecology, disaster capitalism, simulated environments and non-human intelligence through speculative fiction and game engines. Expanding upon late stage capitalism’s relationship to the climate crisis, and speculating on the possibilities of ecological survival in the rapidly changing landscape of the Florida Everglades, Swamp City takes the form of a mock real estate office vending luxury eco-tourism at the proverbial end of the world.
Claire Baily - ‘Terra Incognita’ Solo Exhibition - Castor, Deptford (5th May - 11th June, opening Thursday 5th May, 6-9pm)
Castor presents Claire Baily‘s latest solo exhibition 'Terra Incognita’, her third with the gallery.
Philip Seibel - ‘The World For World is Forest’ Solo Exhibition - Union Pacific, Aldgate (6th May - 11th June, opening Friday 6th May, 6-9pm)
Union Pacific presents Philip Seibel‘s latest solo exhibition 'The World For World is Forest’.
Artist Opportunities:
Hackney Wick Underground are now taking submissions to show in their Spring-Summer Exhibitions as part of a new supported programme presented by Civic State in their building at 80 Eastway, E9 5DG. They are open to any kind of artistic project, welcoming applications from artists (applying for group shows and solo shows), curators, artist collectives, participatory work, makers and performers, with particular consideration given to projects including potential events (workshops, performances, talks, concerts, fundraisers).
Film London and Arts Council England present The FLAMIN Fellowship, a major scheme for early-career artist filmmakers living in England. Part of Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), the Fellowship aims to support the most exciting, innovative and challenging moving image practices from filmmakers at the early stages of their careers, with development and funding for new work. The FLAMIN Fellowship offers a unique opportunity in developing professional artistic practice with a series of monthly workshops, which cover key areas including selling artwork, film festival strategy, writing funding applications, archiving your work, sound design, insurance, copyright and sustaining a practice.
Submissions are now open for the Village Books curated SCREW Gallery billboard. There is no theme. One image will be chosen, but applicants are welcome to submit up to 1-5 images of any medium of image-based artwork (photography, illustration, video stills, painting, collage etc) in portrait format to be displayed on the side of the gallery in Summer 2022. The selected artist will be paid an £80 fee for their participation, with all printing costs covered by Village/SCREW. The banner size is double A0 so a ratio of 1.414:1 however can be accommodated with a border or a tigger crop if the artist allows. Email all submissions as low-res jpegs with the heading ‘SCREW billboard submission’ to This programme is supported with funding from Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council 
Applications are now open for a new residency programme developed in collaboration with Jerwood Arts and defined to support three early-career visual artists over a period of 18-months. The programme offers studio space in central London, a bursary and project budget to develop a new work to be presented in the Somerset House programme. In addition, artists will receive support and mentoring from the artist community along with wider Somerset House Studios residency benefits, all focused towards developing a sustainable professional practice for the long term. The opportunity is open to early-career visual artists within the first five years of their practice, with a focus on artists who are pushing bold ideas, engaging with urgent issues and pioneering new technologies.
Open School East are seeking applications from emerging artists, makers, producers, researchers and writers of all generations to join the tenth year of Open School East’s independent, self-directed and outward-facing development programme. As an organisation committed to anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ rights and neuro-inclusion, they particularly welcome applications from individuals who identify with this ethos. The Associates Programme is a free development programme offering a critical, informal and non-competitive environment in which to develop your practice and expand your networks. The programme is run according to principles of collaboration, experimentation and openness, and welcomes those who engage with these notions in different ways. The Associates Programme runs for a year and is principally self-directed, creating platforms to experiment and meet long-lasting collaborators and peers.
A Space For Art and The Hari Hotel present The Hari Art Prize. The award will be open to all applicants who are self-taught or have graduated in the last two years (2020-2022) from UK art colleges from 4 April until 30 May 2022. A shortlist of artists will be chosen by A Space For Art and an elite panel of judges. Artwork from the shortlisted artists will be showcased at the hotel in an exclusive exhibition from 1 September 2022 until February 2023. The overall winner will be awarded a £10,000 cash grant, generously donated by Dr. Aron Harilela. The two runners up will receive the opportunity to become the next Artists in Residence based at The Hari from January to February 2023, followed by an exhibition of their work at the London hotel. All three finalists will have their work exhibited at The Hari’s newest hotel in Hong Kong.
An open call for projects by Black and People of Colour artists from Lewisham that will be selected by a jury and supported by the festival financially and curatorially. Launched in 2019, Supported is intended to widen access to participation in the festival by providing funding, production, and curatorial support to successful applicants. Applications from people based outside of our local borough will also be considered, provided they can demonstrate how their work will resonate with our geographical context.
Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022. Open to all, it is the leading international competition and celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary photography. The winner of the competition will receive £15,000. In addition, the judges, at their discretion, will award cash prizes to one or more of the shortlisted photographers. The prize winners and exhibition selection are judged on an equal and anonymous basis. In 2021 the exhibition was held at Cromwell Place and featured a total of 54 portraits from 25 artists.
In 2022, the Points International Artist Residency Programme will expand and officially launch a new artist residency in both Wales and London, UK. The new residency space in Wales is due to open in 2022 and is located on the grounds of a seventeenth-century Troy House estate in Monmouthshire. The extensive riverside land will be preserved and transformed to provide exhibition space, artist studios/homes and a Troy House Art research centre, to create a unique ecological environment that encourages diverse, multidisciplinary and experimental contemporary art-making as well as to support artists from around the world to develop their work and research at this location. Points International Artist Residency will invite two international artists for a 1-3 months residency (September - December 2022). The residency will help the artist to develop professionally and build networks as well as provide a supportive environment for research and production. During the residency, Points will organise regular visits and networking events with art world professionals, inviting audiences to discover and access the artists’ studios to foster a greater public engagement as well. The artist-in-residence will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the Foundation’s London space. Points will provide a living allowance of £600 per month, international travel expenses up to £500 and each resident artist will receive a fee of up to £800 for the project (depending on the artist’s final project proposal).
FIELDNOTES is inviting submissions for its fourth issue. They are seeking non-conforming submissions: ideas in transition, poetry in translation, collaborations and conversations, works between genres, between fiction and theory, between text and image, new poetic modes and things-in-progress. FIELDNOTES believe creative work should be paid for and contributors selected from the Open Call will be paid a fee (between £100-£200) for original content not published elsewhere (online or in print). 
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.
Exeter Contemporary Open is an annual open submission exhibition, established in 2006 and hosted by Exeter Phoenix, a busy, multi-artform venue and contemporary art space situated in Exeter’s historic city centre. The exhibition aims to provide an important national platform for contemporary visual art with an emphasis on supporting emerging talent alongside more established artists. The exhibition is open to contemporary visual artists working in any media including painting, sculpture, photography, print, drawing, video, mixed and digital media. Each of the artists selected for the exhibition will be eligible for one of several cash prizes: The £1,000 Overall Award, £500 Additional Award and £200 Audience Choice Award – as voted for by visitors over the course of the exhibition. 
The Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University is seeking to appoint two contemporary practitioners to the Stanley Picker Fellowships in Design & Fine Art 2022. Each Fellowship provides up to £16,000 and valuable access to the extensive material workshops, technical resources and expertise within Kingston School of Art and the wider University departments, to support a practice-based, innovative research project that will result in an exhibition of international standing at the Stanley Picker Gallery.
Visions in the Nunnery is the Nunnery Gallery’s renowned showcase of moving image, digital and performance art. The biennial open call is an opportunity to be part of one of the most varied and exciting presentations of moving image in London. Each year they invite lead artists, celebrated for their innovation in the digital field, to head and inspire the exhibition programmes. This year Patrick Goddard and Emily Speed will be leading Visions 2022. Each will be exhibiting work as part of the show, and their thematic ideas will guide the selection process and set the tone for the wider exhibition. 
The Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that administers intellectual property rights on behalf of visual artists. ACS is offering an artist the chance to win £4,500 to contribute to the cost of an artist’s studio in the UK. If you are a UK or EEA national and are an undergraduate or postgraduate university student on an accredited art course who is about to graduate, or if you have graduated from a university accredited art course within the last four years, and you work in pictures, collage, painting, sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, glassware or photography, then you are eligible to apply for the prize.
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.
FLAMIN Animations is a commissioning programme for early-career black-identifying artist animators living in the UK. Run by Film London and Arts Council England, the programme aims to support artist animators as they take their first steps into a career working with the moving image, with development support and funding for a new work. Launched in 2021, the inaugural round of commissions saw four new 1-3 minute animations made and showcased at London’s Picturehouse Central.
Drawing Room invites proposals that examine critical issues around contemporary drawing. They offer postgraduate students and scholars the chance to field test and peer-review research, and to network and engage with a wider community of academics and specialists. They are now inviting proposals of a high quality that reflect a strong research focus. Proposals should include a summary of your research, outline the key questions it raises and how these will be addressed by your project. Proposals must have an explicit connection to drawing, and discuss why the medium of drawing specifically has been utilised in your research. Selected papers will be presented at the next Drawing Research Forum in September 2022.
The Fringe is a celebration of the area’s art scene, bringing together artists, community groups and students. Over the course of the festival, the Fringe will take over Deptford, placing art in unexpected locations, rooted into the fabric of everyday lives. This year, Deptford X are encouraging Fringe artists to congregate their projects as close as possible to Deptford High Street, creating a hub for a vibrant range of activities for the much-anticipated return of the festival. It will extend across indoor and outdoor spaces motivated by the statement ‘We’re Here for Art’. We are also interested in Fringe projects related to gardening practices seeking to work with a community space. Deptford X is a festival for all and we particularly welcome participation by artists from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and by artists with disabilities.
Personal Projects:
I recently contributed the foreword to Euphrosyne Andrews‘ latest publication 'Soft Edges, Draw Close’, published by Foolscap Editions (creative direction and curation by Daniel Fletcher, design by William Lyall).
The book presents a body of work by the artist that explores how materials and their subsequent associations shape our interactions within space. Contributions from Owen Hatherley and The Box Plymouth situate the work within the framework of modernist architecture, social histories and politics. An in-conversation between Katie Schwab, Euphrosyne Andrews and Ben Borthwick offers insight into the creative practices and print methodologies that underpin the work.
Tomorrow, Thursday 5th May, KARST Gallery in Plymouth will host the book launch in collaboration with First Thursdays by Queer District Collective and Minerva Cafe.
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Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator

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