Pain and Pleasure: A Fine Line
With all the hubbub surrounding BDSM in the mainstream lately (you can thank that d-bag Christian Grey), it's about time we got to the bottom of the blurry line between pain and pleasure. This night at the Vaults, presented in collaboration with Pint of Science, aims to explore those dualistic impulses and how they intersect. The night will feature multiple events that draw both on art and science to make sense of it all. Expect body suspension artist Ben Bodecker do his thing, a lecture by UCL neuropharmacology professor Tony Dickenson, talks by artists who explore pain as a theme in their works, and poetry readings by Seki Lynch and Francis Byrne. Hurts so good.
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Michael Andrews: Earth Air Water
When viewed from a small image on an app, Michael Andrews' paintings might just seem like your typical landscapes. Sure, pretty and all that, but nothing to write home about. But look a bit closer (at the gallery) and you'll find something poetic, otherworldly and pretty goddamn eerie about these natural perspectives. Those in the know call it 'dreamlike realism' from one of Britain's most intriguing 20th century artists. This exhibition features works from his major series — Lights, Scotland, Ayers Rock, School and English Landscape – broken down into the three elemental themes: earth, air and water. Painting achieved used a spray gun, the atmospheres that are evoked on the canvas are worth immersing yourself in.
Friday Late: The Wild Ones
Who are the wild ones? They're the ones on the fringes of society - the freaks, the renegades, the rebels. They're the hairy ladies, the iron men, the feral children and others who challenge what it means to be human. They're front and centre at this month's Wellcome Collection late, exploring why these characters dominate our psyches and populate our stories. The event will feature talks on feral children, how 60s and 70s television turned folk myth into mainstream entertainment and how humans came to be so fearful and yet continue to be fascinated by monsters. There will also be a 'carnival concert of chaos', Art Macabre's 'death drawing' salon, a roaming procession from all-female urban tribe Haus of Sequana, and more.
Frieze Academy Presents: On Art and Architecture
They say a good artist finds inspiration from all sorts of unexpected places - and the city, with its manifold, electric landscape, can easily ignite a creative spark. Artists and architects have long been mutually influencing one another, and this talk - hosted by Frieze Academy - aims to explore that relationship. The talk will be led by Tom Emerson, an architect whose practice draws upon broader history and culture: film, literature, craft and a world beyond building. Based in London and Zurich, he is best known for designing art galleries such as the South London Gallery and the fashion galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum. He will be joined by Edwin Heathcote, a writer and architect who is currently the architectural critic at the Financial Times.