Frieze Art Fair is one of the biggest art events in London that happens annually in October. This year the fair runs from 14-18 October in London’s Regent’s Park and brings together work by a wide range of contemporary artists represented by galleries from around the world as the art world descends on the city. As well as a curated maze of artworks, Frieze will present Frieze Talks, a programme of talks dealing with the issues currently shaping the contemporary art industry; Frieze Masters, for the exchange and discussion of historical art; and Frieze Projects, a series of not-for-profit commissions. During Frieze week a number of Sedition artists present work during and alongside the week-long affair. We’ve put together the Sedition guide to Frieze week to highlight some of our picks to some of the more interesting events and exhibitions exploring art and technology and how artists are using the digital to take apart and re-form the practices of contemporary culture and society.
PART 1: Sedition Artist Exhibitions During Frieze
Boundary-pushing installation, video and sound artist Bill Viola has a history of using new media in incredible ways to explore facets of ‘human nature’ – fragility, transcendence and violence, while reflecting on how different media can frame such facets in new ways. Opening on 13 October, Blain|Southern and The Vinyl Factory present rarely seen historic works by Bill Viola, which shed light on his methodology and on how his career has unfolded. Thames and Hudson have also released a comprehensive, and beautiful tribute to Viola’s work. From October 10, Yorkshire Sculpture Park hosts the most extensive exhibition of works by Viola in the UK in 10 years including two new pieces.
View A Phrase From “Chris” by Bill Viola on Sedition.
Bill Viola, Moving Stillness (Mt. Rainier), 1979
Blain|Southern, 4 Hanover Square, W1S 1BP
13 October – 21 November 2015
Bill Viola, The Talking Drum
The Vinyl Factory Brewer Street Car Park, London, W1F 0LA
13 October – 7 November 2015
Bill Viola Solo Show
Lower Gallery and Chapel, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG
10 October 2015 – 10 April 2016
ELMGREEN & DRAGSET
Represented by Victoria Miro, on 13 October Elmgreen & Dragset open their first solo exhibition at the gallery’s Mayfair location. The duo are known for their wry, playful redefinitions of conventional locations and scenarios; their work is both critically powerful and arrestingly almost-ordinary. The artists frequently comment on the museum/gallery format through their work; in Self Portraits they focus on the humble wall label, creating new contexts and identities for something often seen in galleries but given little cultural value.
View the digital edition of Power Structures by Elmgreen & Dragset on Sedition.
Elmgreen & Dragset, Self Portraits
Victoria Miro, 14 St George Street, London W1S 1FE
13 October – 7 November 2015
At Frieze Lisson Gallery’s (Booth B5), Lawrence Weiner will present works during the fair alongside artists including Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Richard Long as part of Lisson Gallery’s presence at Frieze. The highly influential artist, who looks upon language as a sculptural medium, exhibits a site-specific installation which connects to his concurrent show at Blenheim Palace. Weiner will discuss his exhibition in a talk at Frieze Masters on Sunday, 18 October at 12pm.
View The Sky Moves by Lawrence Weiner on Sedition.
Lawrence Weiner Solo Exhibition
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
10 October – 20 December 2015
For their collaborative exhibition at Paul Stolper Gallery, which opens just before Frieze week, Sedition artist Peter Saville and Anna Blessmann turn their focus to the signs placed in galleries in interim periods. In Course Of Arrangement 2005-15 displays and reframes collected examples of these often unnoticed signs and offers visitors the chance to collect them in a playful comment on what it means to collect art today.
View Peter Saville’s After Closer (Digital Edition) on Sedition.
In Course of Arrangement 2005-2015 Peter Saville and Anna Blessmann
Paul Stolper Gallery, 31 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH
9 October – 21 November 2015
Guan Xiao’s work focuses on the circulation of imagery over digital channels impacts on the construction of identity. She combines new and old cultural artefacts to create complex and multifaceted sculptures, videos and installations. Guan’s work will be exhibited by Antenna Space (Booth H32), during Frieze London in parallel with an exhibition entitled Basic Logic showing at the gallery’s Shanghai location until 27 November.
View and purchase A Trip by Guan Xiao on Sedition.
Guan Xiao, Basic Logic
Antenna Space, 202, 50 Moganshan Rd, Shanghai, China
9 October – 27 November 2015
TIM NOBLE AND SUE WEBSTER
During Frieze week Sedition artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster’s collaboration with Japanese alt-rockers Bo Ningen, ‘HAIR’ will show at East London venue Red Gallery. The event, running over two evenings, is part of two-day live music and performance festival Inside Outside Underground, which Sue Webster co-curated with Anne McCloy in association with BEAT Magazine. HAIR was notably shown in 2013 as part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival 2013 at the Royal Festival Hall.
Sue Webster says of the collaboration: “I first saw Bo Ningen by accident at the Shoreditch 1-2-3-4 festival back in 2010. I had never seen anything like it – four Japanese gentlemen with hair down to their knees who played guitars with their teeth, naturally I was mesmerised.”
“After interviewing them for the music paper BEAT, I spent the next few weeks plucking long black hairs from the back of my sofa…this induced Tim and I to make ‘hair portraits’ of each member of the band, which metamorphised itself perfectly into the idea of creating an animation made entirely from their HAIR”.
View Electric Fountain by Tim Noble and Sue Webster on Sedition.
Sue Webster Curates - HAIR
Inside Outside Underground: Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DT
15 and 16 October 2015
Sedition artist Marion Tampon-Lajarriette is among artists presenting work in Q-Park’s SILENT MOVIES. The annual event this year takes place in a circular car park on Cavendish Square and features work by over 100 artists as well as numerous artist talks.
View Déjà Vu 1 by Marion Tampon-Lajarriette on Sedition.
Q PARK, Level -3, Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PN
18-19 October 2015. Private View 16 October 2015. By Appointment.
Watch this space for Part 2 of the Sedition Frieze Guide coming soon!