2016–17 Curatorial Season

2016–17 Curatorial Season

Pi Artworks

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, Riddles Of The Sphinx, 1977.
September 28, 2016

October 5, 2016–July 8, 2017

Launch private view: Tuesday, October 4, 6–8:30pm

Pi Artworks London
55 Eastcastle Street
London, W1W 8EG
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Saturday 11am–6pm

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Pi Artworks London is pleased to announce its Curatorial Season which will consist of five exhibitions by five curators. Each curator has been invited to devise and develop their own curatorial project working with artists predominantly or entirely from outside the gallery’s roster.  

Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, Berlin/Istanbul
What’s The Riddle
October 5–November 5, 2016

Alexandra Schwartz, New York
American Histories
November 18, 2016–January 7, 2017

Sacha Craddock, London
Strike Site
January 13–February 25, 2017

Oliver Sumner, London/Portsmouth
The World Made New
April 7–May 20, 2017

Morgan Quaintance, London 
Letter From Istanbul 
June 2–July 8, 2017

The season starts with What’s The Riddle, which brings together works that return to fundamental formal questions to artistic work and its system in their alternative conception of time. Our personal and political environments are shaped and sometimes traumatised by the choices we are asked to make; like or dislike, yes or no, in or out. Binaries that offer partial solutions to widespread discontent. Perhaps if these answers don’t suffice, it’s time to reformulate the questions. Kasper Bosmans, Geta Brătescu, Osman Dinç, Rodrigo Hernández, Ad Minoliti, Anca Munteanu Rimnic, and Pilvi Takala search for the riddle, challenge the drive of seeking correct answers, and reconfigure their mythologies.

American Histories brings to London ten New York based artists working in drawing. Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Kenseth Armstead, Firelei Báez, Maria Berrio, Chitra Ganesh, Fay Ku, Lina Puerta, Frohawk Two Feathers, William Villalongo, and Saya Woolfalk explore cultural histories through figurative drawing. Their work reflects their own diverse heritages and influences, while speaking more broadly to the array of international cultures that make up that of the United States. During a time of global discord over issues of difference, American Histories spotlights how artists examine such themes through a personal lens.

Strike Site brings together the actuality of sculpture, paint and print, in an attempt to create a viable sense of place. Increasingly sophisticated barriers control the movement of just about anyone and everything and collective or individual power is absent. Work by Ana Čvorović, Anna Fasshauer, Brian Griffiths, Siobhán Hapaska, Alice Hartley, and Jack Killick in Strike Site questions the almost metaphysical value of experience after people have moved on.   

The World Made New explores five artists’ reconceptions of history and landscape. Often departing from superficial reality, the diverse narrative practices of Sovay Berriman, Ilana Halperin, Iz Öztat, Lindsay Seers, and Michelle Williams Gamaker suggest another kind of truth. Self-referential approaches blend autobiographical details with personal mythologies of birth, transfiguration and constructed identity. Islands, markers and symbols are recurring motifs. Ritual and performativity emerge as points of connection. The viewer is taken on a journey through the natural environment and human society fraught with disorienting coincidences, displacement, rupture, and imaginative leaps.

Letter From Istanbul  is a group exhibition that will look at the current state of contemporary art, culture, and politics in Istanbul. In preparation, Quaintance will spend time in the city meeting with those working within the local cultural sector. The exhibition will feature artworks by Istanbul-based artists interspersed with found materials and collected texts. 

For information, interviews and images, please contact Neil Jefferies: nj [​at​] piartworks.com / T +44 207 637 8403

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