I had never heard about the C4RD (Centre for Recent Drawing) before and was happily surprised to find out that Hand Joy, a group show of contemporary artists was actually happening a throw stone away from where I live in Highbury & Islington – art on your doorstep that is.
I had heard quite a bit about it before hand through Corinna Spencer (follow Corinna @Corr_ on Twitter), one of the featured artist and was then keen to go and see what the exploration of eroticism, desire, possession, longing and the body – theme of this artists gathering, had produced.
The production is one of those were everything is tried, anything is used: ‘Brown Baby’ by Thom Ravhnolt made of latex rubber, simple but superb pencil on paper drawings by Corinna Spencer or Takayuki Hara or even a papercut piece by Carlos Franklin. Abstract or realistic, bodies, shapes or evocations illustrate what Paul Kindersley, the curator of this show was after: artistic interpretation of feelings in each of us.
Go and show your support to a bunch of fine contemporary artists.
Hand of Joy runs until the exhibition the 28th May 2010.
Featured artists: DERIA AKAY | MAXIME ANGEL | KIRSTY BUCHANAN | METTHEW DRAGE | CARLOS FRANKLIN | GABO GUZZO | RIE HALE | TAKAYUKI HARA | ANDREW HEWISH | ALEXANDER HIDALGO | PAUL KINDERSLEY | SULE KEMANCI |ASTRID KOPPE | SARAH LERDERMAN | ROBERTS PURNELL | ALEXANDER RATHBONE | THOM RAVNHOLDT | JAMES SPANKIE | CORINNA SPENCER | MAGDALENA SURANYI | FRED VERNON | RAFAL ZAJKO
Z4RD Volume 2: Box of Desires
The second edition of Z4RD, is released to tie-in with the C4RDâ€™s exhibition HAND JOY.This edition is a unique opportunity to own a collection of exciting artworks by new and established international artists.
Curated by Paul Kindersley, Volume 2 is presented in a plain brown cardboard box, that, like Pandoraâ€™s, when opened unleashes the secrets, desires and fantasies of the artists involved. A cornucopia of drawings, from the pornographic to the abstract, exploring the energy of the artists hand. A plain box, a time capsule, hidden under a bed, opened in private, explored, each encounter offers up something different, individual artworks, for the owner to paw over, investigate, watch, read. Trying to evoke the excitement and longing of desire, Box of Desires, presents a unique artwork, a thrilling secret exhibition.
The launch will be on Wednesday the 19th May, with a drinks reception, where the Z4RD will be available to buy.
The limited edition of only 20 boxes is available for only Â£120.00 pounds from both C4RD and Walter Keoning books at 80 Charing Cross Rd, WC2 020 7240 8190 www.koenigbooks.co.uk.