GPN ‘Looking the Other Way’
The annual exhibition of the Gay Photographers Network
Art to Wildlife; large-format high-gloss photography to intense abstraction, GPN’s exhibition showcases the huge diversity of talent in this group. 30 photographers are exhibiting this year. GPN’s show is part of Photomonth, the East London Photography Festival.
Engaging and provocative exhibition called BrOther by the collective of artists known as AndroTechne. Their regular meetings and collaborative working is showing fruit in the increased intensity of this exhibition compared to their show back in the summer. The Menier is a larger gallery, these are all new pieces and some are the results of forays in to other media.
Brighton’s every-other-year photographic events and curated, free, display of photographs is back this October. Curator Shoair Mavlian’s theme, A New Europe, is topical and encompassing.
Not the Tate, nor the Porthminster, the Penwith Gallery has more of the air of the original St Ives artists movement who established their own styles of abstraction in workshops along Porthmeor beach under the name of the Penwith Society of Arts.
That Shadow of a Shadow at The Old Brompton Gallery
The artists’ collective Male Intensive Enquiry Unit (Male IEU) present work drawn from life for their inaugural exhibition.
I enjoyed this exhibition, the freshness of the artists’ various views was striking, the media modern and the diversity of scale of work exercised the eye, from Ali Zaidi’s intimate miniatures “Receive”, “Consent” and “Give”, to Graeme Messer’s life-size work “I’m here” which dominated the gallery space and in front of which he gave a live performance in matching grey hoodie and trackies. In some way the easiest work to approach - making the connection between Leonardo da Vinci’s “L’Uomo Vitruviano” (c. 1490) and a crucifixion - his performance emphasised (paradoxically) the humility of the artist in front of his own portrait, ie the shadow of the shadow.