Photo Feature: Bloomberg New Contemporaries At The ICA London




Artlyst attended London’s ICA which is currently presenting Bloomberg New Contemporaries in its Mall galleries for the 6th year running. Selectors Hurvin Anderson, Jessie Flood- Paddock and Simon Starling have chosen works by 37 of the most outstanding artists emerging from UK art schools from a record number of applicants.

Previous New Contemporaries include Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Mike Nelson as well as more recent emerging artists including Ed Atkins, Peles Empire, Nathaniel Mellors, Haroon Mirza and Laure Prouvost. The themes this year centre around gender, labour, value and consumption are present in the final selection, as well as an interest in process, the act of making, materiality and modes of production.

Image: Pandora Lavender, No One Is One But Only One Of, 2014, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA 2015. Photo: P A Black © Artlyst 2015.

Through destruction and dislocation, Pandora Lavender’s practice takes an investigational approach into deforming matter and objects. By dropping a heavy weight onto her pristine minimalist panels, reason, planning, chance and mistakes become entangled. It is in this entanglement that her works are made.

Image: Sophie Giller, Umbrella Box (Patchwork) 2015, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA 2015. Photo: P A Black © Artlyst 2015.

Sophie Giller’s work is concerned with exploring the materiality of everyday objects by devising processes that test their structural limits, and transform them. Her practice is about revealing the labour and industrial processing, that the incredible surplus of stuff around us has been through. The artist collects discarded, broken, and leftover items and uses them to make works that are themselves about the act and process of making.

Image: Jamie Fitzpatrick, A Sculpture of a Horse Freed of Carrying around its Rider, 2015, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA 2015. Photo: P A Black © Artlyst 2015.

Jamie Fitzpatrick’s practice deals with the rhetoric of image making, the figure within the urban landscape and how objects and totemic gestures (such as flags, statues or plinths) are used within an environment as a means of demonstrating power and control. Spanning sculpture, painting, installation, spoken word and sound, the work attempts to heighten and question the experience of what it means to stand in front of something that has been made with the express intention of supporting, qualifying or glorifying an ideal of authority.

Image: Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Installation View, ICA 2015. Photo: P A Black © Artlyst 2015.

The artists exhibiting in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015 are:

Sïan Astley, Kevin Boyd, Lydia Brockless, U. Kanad Chakrabarti, James William Collins, Andrei Costache, Julia Curtin, Abri de Swardt, Melanie Eckersley, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Justin Fitzpatrick, Hannah Ford, Sophie Giller, Richard Hards, Juntae T.J. Hwang, Jasmine Johnson, Tomomi Koseki, Hilde Krohn Huse, Pandora Lavender, Jin Han Lee, Hugo López Ayuso, Beatrice-Lily Lorigan, Scott Lyman, Hanqing Ma & Mona Yoo, Scott Mason, Oliver McConnie, Mandy Niewöhner, Hamish Pearch, Neal Rock, Conor Rogers, Katie Schwab, Tim Simmons, David Cyrus Smith, Francisco Sousa Lobo, Aaron Wells, Morgan Wills and Andrea Zucchini.

Lead Image: Jamie Fitzpatrick, A Sculpture of a Horse Freed of Carrying around its Rider, 2015, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA 2015. Photo: P A Black © Artlyst 2015.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 25 November 2015 – 25 January 2016.


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