Contemporary art gallery based in Mayfair, London.
#weartheheat by Veronica Brovall: 26th June - 28th July
#weartheheat: What is the meaning behind the name of our current exhibition?
Wear the Heat refers to the artist’s material process of heating ceramic and steel in the kiln to create her sculptures. However, the title also operates on a symbolic level. For the artist, it represents an injunction, a call to action: to face the fact, be in the spotlight, to ‘wear the heat’. It also alludes to the anthropomorphic element of the artist’s work: the underlying sexuality conveyed by her sculptures, the ‘heat’ of the body and sweat of the flesh captured by the artist for a fleeting moment in the kiln before they turn cold to the touch in their final iteration.
Throughout her artistic practice, Brovall turns ceramics into raw and physical anthropomorphic artworks that straddle the fine line between contested notions of femininity and masculinity, life and death, fragility and strength, violence and beauty, and materiality and allegory. Her radical approach to ceramics places Brovall at the forefront of a new generation of female sculptors questioning conventional notions of womanhood while striving to reinvent and reshape the century-old medium of ceramics in a contemporary context.
#artistfocus: Veronica Brovall, who came to London to the opening of our exhibition, is a sculptor, ceramicist and installation artist living and working in Berlin. Brovall’s work has been exhibited through the world in solo and group exhibitions.
Her sculptures are part of numerous institutional collections, including the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, USA; Kaviar Factory, Lofoten, Norway; Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden and Malmö Art Museum, Sweden, among others. In addition, her sculptures have been commissioned for numerous public areas throughout Scandinavia. #sophiacontemporary#contemporaryart#sculpture#weartheheat
artist's practice explores themes of femininity, gender dynamics, sexuality, and violence through the medium of ceramics. The artist questions the role of ceramics as a material traditionally regarded throughout the history of art as feminine, refined, fragile, and belonging to the field of crafts or to the private realm of the household.
In the hands of the artist, ceramic sculpture becomes powerful, playful, and raw while negating any association with traditional conventions of femininity and craft.
On Sunday, we closed @artinmayfair art weekend with a tour guided by Vassili Tsarenkov, one of the directors of the gallery. If you didn't make it, you may still come to see our current show 'Veronica Brovall: Wear the Hear', which will be on display through 28 July.
Yesterday, we had the pleasure of hosting the opening of #galleryhop. We were incredibly happy to see so many art enthusiasts gathered together. If you didn't make it, it's still not too late - we are open every day during @artinmayfair. Our current show 'Veronica Brovall: Wear the Heat' was listen in the Top 3 in @artnet's Must-See Art Guide to London. Don't miss it!
About Last Night: We'd like to thank you all for joining us yesterday to celebrate the opening of 'Veronica Brovall: Wear the Heat'. The exhibition is now open to the public, and runs through 28 July 2018. We look forward to welcoming you to our gallery in Mayfair over the coming weeks.
@ArtReview_Magazine featured our gallery in their lead-up to Gallery HOP!, a part of @artinmayfair. Join one of the guided tours from 6-8pm to attend a special viewing of 'Veronica Brovall: Wear the Heat' exhibition! Link to the article you'll find in our bio.
In the picture you can see the artist herself, with one of her scultpures.
Great news: @fristartmuseum in #Nashville opened today a new #exhibition of one of the artists we exhibit in our gallery. 'The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi' presents a selection of recent #drawings and #sculptures, taking inspiration from Persian, Gothic and art deco #architecture. In her artistic work, Afruz Amighi frequently engages with the nuances of her mixed, Iranian-American heritage, its implications, and current political events. The artist is devoted to using light and dark as her primary media.
'Adam Parker Smith once said, “I feel like so many of my ideas start out as jokes, for better or worse.” He confesses that the subjects of his irreverently funny works are often culled from his fears, longings, obsessions, crushes, and causes of jealousy, though he’s also been known to buy ideas from his friends.' — (The PhotoPhore, 2013)
"I think you’d have to be highly intelligent to make a painting that looks like a good painting. It’s possible and it happens a lot since there are lots of really smart people out there. But I think to make an actually good painting, you have to be gifted. That’s more rare. I’m listening to any sort of gift that I may have or working to find it." @adamparkersmith#sophiacontemporary#uncannymemories#americanartist#uncanny#memories#adamparkersmith
Image: Adam Parker Smith, 'Vanitas', Antique frame, mirror, resin, 104.1 x 91.4 cm, 2018