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The Shock of the Now - Issue #46

Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Afternoon All,
I hope you’re all well and welcome to Issue 46 of The Shock of the Now.
This issue’s Featured Exhibition is Kira Freije’s outstanding solo exhibition at The approach in Bethnal Green. Freije’s sculptures have been a firm favourite of mine for sometime, and as someone with a particular penchant for post-apocalyptic imaginings, a time when everyday anxieties are replaced with a sole focus on survival, the immersive environment felt compellingly calm and instantly appealing.
There are also seven weekly Recommended Exhibitions and fifteen active Artist Opportunities.
I hope you enjoy Issue 46, 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: Kira Freije - 'meteorites' Solo Exhibition - The approach
Kira Freije‘s maudlin metal mannequins make ready for an imminent meteor strike, awaiting that world-ending event, an approaching apocalypse. Barefoot figures cower, slump in surrender or sport pious poses, praying to an omnipotent higher power for salvation, to be spared during the impending judgement day. Their fearful faces and limbs cast in aluminium recall that perfectly preserved plaster-cast populous of Pompeii, forever frozen in their final moments at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. One couple stands in a comforting embrace, awaiting and accepting their fate as they look out over the pub garden below, surveying their surroundings’ closing scenes. Their primitive garments, complementary coloured and with conventional cuts, resemble both Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist silhouettes and religious disciple-esque drapery.
Almost as if anticipating the world being plunged into darkness, lamps and light fittings litter The approach‘s first-floor gallery space. Serving as beacons of bulbous blown glass that attempt to escape from their caged confines, some concertina into corners while others hang from the ceiling on chain-link leashes that echo childhood paper chains. Evoking old-fashioned oil or paraffin lanterns, stainless steel scraps and upcycled glass bottles take on functional, survivalist forms.
Post-graduation from The University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art and pre-completion of her Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Academy Schools, Freije apprenticed alongside local Sussex blacksmiths, amassing an array of metalwork skills that are evidenced throughout her sculptures. Salvaged steel is welded or cold-formed to create compositions that evoke Scrapheap Challenge contraptions or Mad Max’s dystopian automobiles. An odd human-lampshade hybrid wobbles wistfully as you walk past, its torso replaced by a coiled spring that supports an oversized visor, perfectly prepared to protect against any falling fragments.
At one end of the gallery space, a single anthropomorphic asteroid watches over the staged display - complete with one figure floating mid-air akin to a suspended dinosaur skeleton at the Natural History Museum or a decommissioned aircraft at an aerospace institution - its cherubic cheeks disguising an otherwise ominous, prescient premonition.
Recommended Exhibitions Opening This Week:
Alexei Alexander Izmaylov - ‘Opinions’ Solo Exhibition - Filet, Old Street (22nd June - 3rd July, opening Wednesday 22nd June, 6-9pm)
Filet presents Alexei Alexander Izmaylov‘s debut London solo exhibition 'Opinions’. Made up of sculptures, wine & works on paper, the exhibition is organised by Brenna Horrox and includes written contributions from Amba Sayal-Bennett, Antoine Schafroth, Elliott Mickleburgh & Vincent Crapon.
Farnaz Gholami - ‘Pearl Palace and Other Buildings of a Misremembered Past’ Solo Exhibition - The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, Chelsea (24th June - 3rd July, opening Wednesday 22nd June, 6-9pm)
The Bomb Factory Art Foundation presents Farnaz Gholami‘s solo exhibition 'Pearl Palace and Other Buildings of a Misremembered Past’ at the gallery’s West London location. Farnaz Gholami’s interests lie in issues around geographical, cultural, and social dislocation. She is a painter who creates multi-layered works, using varying paint textures and glazes to conceal and reveal parts of an unknown narrative in usually unpopulated landscapes or interiors. The oddly unfamiliar nature of these places creates an uneasy visual balancing act between imagination and reality, abstraction and form, suggesting a different in-between place.
Laila Majid - ‘Wipe Clean’ Solo Exhibition - Moarain House, Bethnal Green (23rd June - 6th August, opening Wednesday 22nd June, 6-8pm)
Moarain House presents Laila Majid‘s solo exhibition 'Wipe Clean’. Surfaces and materials designed with ease of cleaning in mind simultaneously evoke processes of soiling and sanitisation. The tightly wrapped clingfilm exterior of a tattooing table allows for quick and easy disinfection; a glossy and non-porous PVC bedsheet plays host to carefree spillages and fluid exchange; a latex catsuit, peeled off the body after an evening of wear, washed with lukewarm water to remove residual stickiness and grease; the vinyl cover of a training bench in a public gym wiped down after a day soaked in sweat. The materials in Wipe Clean follow suit: ergonomic chair seats reupholstered in silicone, the pleather-covered cushioned panels of an old massage chair replaced with latex, and the smooth polyester cover of a bicycle seat speckled by dust and lint.
Araminta Blue - ‘Silt’ Solo Exhibition - Rosenfeld, Fitzrovia (23rd June - 30th July, opening Thursday 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm)
Rosenfeld presents Araminta Blue‘s debut London solo exhibition 'Silt’. Over the last 12 months, the artist has been working on an entirely new body of paintings and a selection of works on paper that shall be unveiled across both gallery floors. The exhibition will also feature a large-scale diptych of over 3m that testifies to her increasing ambition. Blue’s paintings represent a significant and bold development in her work; no longer are the paintings so centred around the human figure although they are still very present. Abstraction plays a considerable role in furthering the works dealing with feeling and sensation, both of the mind and the body.
Lucas Dillon - ‘Glowworm’ Solo Exhibition - Dinner Party Gallery, Farringdon (24th June - 6th August, opening Thursday 23rd, 6-9pm)
Dinner Party Gallery presents Lucas Dillon‘s latest solo exhibition 'Glowworm’.
Graham Martin - ‘Portrals’ Solo Exhibition - Huxley Parlour, Mayfair (24th June - 12th August, opening Thursday 23rd, 6-8pm)
Huxley-Parlour present’s the third exhibition in their fourbythree programme, Graham Martin‘s solo exhibition 'Portals’. Portals uses paintings, ceramics, and decommissioned historical objects to explore cruising as an autoethnographic methodology, and a mode of resistance. The exhibition considers queer space and time through the specific lens of cruising. The exhibition is accompanied by an In Conversation between the artist and Art Historian, Fiona Anderson.
RCA2022 - The Royal College of Art, Battersea & Kensington (25th - 30th June, opening Saturday 25th June, 12-6pm)
The Royal College of Art’s renowned graduate show will take place across two locations including, for the first time, the major new RCA campus building in Battersea, designed by Herzog & de Meuron. 
In Battersea, students from MA Animation, MA Contemporary Art Practice, MA Design Products, MA Fashion, MA Information Experience Design, MA Sculpture, MA Textiles, MA Visual Communication exhibit at the new Studio Building, while students from MA Animation, MA Ceramics & Glass, MA Jewellery and Metal, MA Painting, MA Photography, MA Print, PhD Arts & Humanities exhibit in the Dyson, Woo and Painting Buildings.
In Kensington, students from MA Architecture, MA Global Innovation Design, MA Innovation Design Engineering, MA Interior Design, MA Service Design exhibit in the Darwin and Stevens Buildings.
Image: Eleanor McLean, MA Sculpture
Artist Opportunities:
Applications are now open for the 2022 to 23 Zsuzsi Roboz Art Scholarship at Morley College London. The scholarship, which was established in 2015 in partnership with the Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Art Trust, is a fantastic opportunity for emerging artists to develop their creative vision and skills under the guidance of staff from Morley’s School of Visual and Digital Arts. Recipients of the scholarship undertake a year of part-time, tailored study at Morley College London, with personal tutoring from professional artists throughout the year, and a public exhibition of their work at the end of the scholarship period.
The scholarship is open to artists over the age of 19, working in any 2D or 3D media to produce figurative works of art, who have already established their style and voice as an artist and want to develop their vision further.
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.
@Disturbance is an interdisciplinary, experimental artistic residency and development programme that aims at challenging power dynamics offering a platform for new representations of genders, bodies, identities and sexualities. It champions and supports emerging LGBTQIA+ artists to blend physical and digital elements into their work. Each residency ends with a public performance, showcased live from Ugly Duck and online. @Disturbance are looking for 3 performance artists, 3 video artists and 1 digital artist.
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.
REVIVE and Greenwich Cultural Services are pleased to announce a grant of around € 30,000 for visual artists and creatives, for a commissioned work to be installed by June 2024.
Revive is looking for a freestanding permanent and outdoor piece to occupy and compliment the old Marie Thumas factory. The art piece will be positioned on the front terrace, having a lot of visibility to users, visitors and passers-by, while also becoming part of the identity the project. Therefore, it would be crucial to envision an artwork with a strong presence. While the main goal is to add an artistic element with values that relate to both the project and Revive as a company, the position is open to freedom.
Applications are now open for a new research residency programme developed in a new collaboration between Two Temple Place and curators Eric Thorp and Nicholas Stavri (Thorp Stavri). The research residency has been designed to support 10 early-career visual artists over five days in August 2022. It offers time and space in Two Temple Place, a historically significant heritage building and cultural venue in central London, a bursary and a series of talks underpinned by robust support and mentoring. With a view to developing new creative explorations, the residency is likely to culminate in an exhibition and programme of events slated for spring 2023 at Two Temple Place, and based on the artists’ findings during the residency.
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.
Founded by artist Anna Woodward, collector Sam Senchal and property expert Scott Franklin, Good Eye Projects will host six artists per residency at their studio spaces in Hammersmith. There are currently three residency periods scheduled, including Autumn (12th September - 4th December), Spring (6th February - 7th May) and Summer (15th May -20th). Each residency will culminate in a group exhibition. To apply, send a c. 250-word artist statement; 5 JPEG images of artworks that best represent your practice; a c. 100-word statement on how the residency will benefit you, how you plan to use it and how many days per week you’ll be able to use the studio; and relevant links to your website/Instagram to
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.
Arnis Residency is an annual residency programme for contemporary artists on a peninsula in Northern Germany, taking place from 18 September – 03 October 2022. It encourages engagement with the region’s local and remote context in order to encounter a world characterised by connections and flows beyond cities. Arnis Residency offers accommodation, food, sailing trips and swims in the Schlei for the duration of two weeks. Each resident is provided an individual room as well as a space to work in locations suitable to one’s project (a small studio space, a shed, and a sailing boat). Each applicant will have access to a travel allowance of 100€ and a small production stipend of 50€.
PADA is an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation based in Barreiro in Lisbon’s South Bay, located within the old Companhia União Fabril (CUF) industrial park. Create in 2018, PADA provides artists a space to develop their practice, interact with other artists, and explore new approaches in a post-industrial environment. The PADA Residency Programme is run in conjunction with the Studio & Gallery Programmes. By providing studios for local artists alongside the residency, we aim to encourage the interaction of national and international artists. Artists-in-Residence benefit from the mutual exchange across art-forms and the post-industrial surrounding. The residency periods for 2023 are as follows: 1st February - 28th February, 3rd March - 30th March, 3rd April - 1st May, 4th May - 31st May, 6th June - 4th July, 6th July - 2nd August, 4th August - 31th August, 4th September - 2nd October, 5th October - 1st November and 3rd November - 30th November.
The East London Art Prize is an all-media art prize designed to showcase the talent of artists working and living in east London, with an accompanying event programme supporting artists’ careers and opportunities. Proudly sponsored by Minerva, the winner receives a career-changing cash prize of £15,000 and a solo exhibition at Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery. The runner-up second prize is a year’s studio space with Bow Arts. 
The prize is open to any artist living or working within an ‘E’ postcode, encompassing E1-E20, SE1-SE28 and EC1-EC4. Submitting artists should hold an arts degree, equivalent arts qualification or be able to show demonstrable commitment to their artistic practice. Artist collectives/joint submissions are accepted. All media types are accepted, including (but not limited to!) painting, print, drawing, sculpture, digital, film, audio, ceramics, textiles and performance.
Personal Projects:
For our next exhibition at Collective Ending HQ, we present BLO.ATT, an exhibition of two collectives BLOAT and ALL TERRAIN TRAINING (ATT). This is the second exhibition selected from our open call, with the aim to continue to expand our community of emerging artists by asking artists who we have worked with in the past to propose a duo show with an artist we haven’t exhibited before.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 2nd July (5-10pm) and runs until a closing event on Saturday 23rd July (12-10pm, performance 7-9pm).
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Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator

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