Condo, the brainchild of London art dealer Vanessa Carlos — co-founder of Carlos/Ishikawa — involves local galleries lending their spaces for a month to foreign dealers to stage collaborative exhibitions. The model offers visitors and collectors alike an opportunity to discover talents they may not have otherwise come across in their city, as well as providing galleries with an opportunity to share networks and resources. Open now and running until 17 February 2024, the latest London iteration platforms galleries from as far afield as Mexico City, Tokyo, São Paulo, Los Angeles, and Tehran. With so much to see, Something Curated highlights six presentations not to miss.
Emi Otaguro, Masanori Tomita, Nobuya Hitsuda and Yutaka Nozawa
Bringing together the works of Emi Otaguro, Masanori Tomita, Nobuya Hitsuda and Yutaka Nozawa, Tokyo based gallery KAYOKOYUKI has taken over the Viewing Room at Sadie Coles HQ’s Kingly Street site. Offering perspectives from four diverse voices energising Japan’s contemporary art scene, the presentation spans painting, photography and sculpture. Among the artists on show, driven by her interest in the collective unconscious, Otaguro explores ways to express the primal form of humans through reimagined archetypes, while Tomita’s densely layered canvases can be seen as fragmented expressions, capturing gestures from everyday life.
62 Kingly St, W1B 5QN
East London’s The Approach is hosting Lebanese gallery Marfa’ Projects. Marfa’ works closely with local and regional artists to produce and present a programme that engages with Beirut’s burgeoning contemporary art scene. For their presentation in London, the gallery highlights the work of Lebanese Armenian artist Talar Aghbashian. Predominantly a painter, Aghbashian’s works interrogate our relationship with the natural landscape. Without attaching themselves to a specific time or singular geography, the new works on show vividly broach universal themes of loss.
1st Floor, 47 Approach Road, E2 9LY
Taewon Ahn and Ibrahim Meïté Sikely
Project Native Informant is hosting galleries Gianni Manhattan and P21, who have collectively organised a two person show of South Korean artist Taewon Ahn and French artist Ibrahim Meïté Sikely. Ahn’s practice traverses the liminal spaces of the digital realm, transmuting ephemeral memes into tangible artworks. Their works on show contemplate the saturation and transience of digital images, drawing attention to their ephemeral nature. Sikely’s canvases echo and incorporate art-historical iconography, manga and video games; the poetic cadence of his works, with their vibrant compositions, suggest a negotiation of identity within the contemporary digital landscape.
Units 1 & 3, 48 Three Colts Ln, E2 6GQ
Manfred Pernice and Megan Plunkett
Hosted by Shoreditch based gallery Emalin, Galerie Neu’s Condo London presentation comprises a set of new sculptures by Manfred Pernice and photographs by Megan Plunkett. This is the first joint presentation of the artists’ works. Though emerging from different generations and continents — 1990s post-unification Berlin and 2010s “capitalist-noir” Los Angeles — there seem to be multiple overlaps in their work. Despite their contrasting contexts and mediums, their practices share a concern and a methodology: to turn the mundane inside out and make it unfamiliar, alienating and suspect.
1 Holywell Ln, EC2A 3ET
Francesca Dolor and David Flaugher
Ginny on Frederick, in collaboration with Lomex, New York, hosts hello dust! — an exhibition of works by Francesca Dolor and David Flaugher. Both artists explore internal landscapes, employing meticulous processes of layering and removal. Their approaches to the pre-formative transcend the provisional, skilfully balancing the recognisable and unknown. Richly coloured and intensely worked, Dolor and Flaugher create illusory depictions, which, amidst a familiar focus, include incomplete geometries and broken gestures that introduce a disruptive quality to their artistic narratives.
99 Charterhouse St, EC1M 6HR
Laura Aldridge, Ekene Stanley Emecheta and Deborah Segun
Alongside a solo show of works by Kuala Lumpur born, London based artist Zearo, for Condo, The Sunday Painter hosts Athens gallery, The Breeder, presenting works by Ekene Stanley Emecheta and Deborah Segun, and Glasgow-based gallery Kendall Koppe, showing works by Laura Aldridge. Lagos based Emecheta’s paintings blur fantasy, history and his own private world, while Segun adopts a deconstructed and almost Cubist approach to her paintings, incorporating exaggerated shapes that delineate the female figure. And Aldridge, who describes her sculptural installations as an expanded form of collage, explores the double bind of subjectivity and objectivity.
117–119 S Lambeth Rd, SW8 1XA
Feature image: Megan Plunkett, The Leo Sun (Warm Eye) 001, 2023. Courtesy the Artist, Galerie Neu, Berlin and Emalin, London