|Installation shot with Jacqueline Hassink|
To 18 Jan: www.london.korean-culture.org
Bodily functions are all over contemporary art, but how many shows do you go to at which visiting the loo is a major part of the art experience? All three toilets in Meekyoung Shin’s all-soap retrospective contain Buddhas made of soap on which you're invited to wash your hands. The main space has examples which have been exposed to such treatment in various museums for a few months each, to varying age-evocative effects, the most severe citizens being the Brummies who rubbed away the whole head. Interesting, and part of a large and impressive - though rather shoddily-installed - retrospective.
To 18 Jan: www.michaelwerner.com
|Installation shot of Bricks: 1966-1975|
|The Smile, or Thirty Years, Ha, Ha, Ha -1974|
|Installation view: Jean-Luc Moulène ‘Model for Diving’ (2007), TREVOR SHEARER ‘Mental Exercises’ (2002) Plaster casts, and ‘Yellow Painting’ (2011).|
To 21 Dec: www.frithstreetgallery.com
|Night Window 1, 2013|
Comrades of Time | Comrades of Time @ Cell Project Space,
258 Cambridge Heath Road
To 22 Dec: www.cellprojects.org
The Piper Gallery’s refreshing USP has been that it features only artists who’ve had a 40+ year career and are still active, which makes them all at least twice as old as Megan Piper herself. Here curator Tess Jaray qualifies, but her inventive choice of work which relates to painting without fitting its traditional definitions includes such whippersnappers as Martin Creed and Rana Begum as well as rule-compliant John Stezaker and Tim Head. I like Support, in which young Onya McCausland polishes away the wall to make a fake shadow which, as I read her title, could be holding up an off-kilter chalk-covered McCrackenesque plank just as that form could be holding up the wall.
To 11 Jan: www.lissongallery.com
|Haroon Mirza: Preoccupied Waveforms, 2012|
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