Modern Panic, the annual trawl through the weirder, provocative edges of the art world, is set to return to London for it's 7th edition for a week in October. Running from October 7th - 14th at Newspeak House, Bethnal Green, this years event - curated as ever by James Elphick - is subtitled GAZE INTO THE DARK PSYCHE OF MODERN LIFE. The press release has the following to say on the event:
The show features a unique collection of surreal, controversial and provocative international artists and live art practitioners exploring the dark psyche of modern life.
This year's exhibition brings you co-founder and member of dance music pioneers The KLF, Jimmy Cauty who has distinguished himself as a musician, artist and cultural provocateur through fusions of high art and popular mediums, often to spectacular or controversial effect. Alongside, one of the most influential and innovative figures in twentieth century occultism, Austin Osman Spare . A natural artist and psychic, his work was full of grotesque, sexualized human figures and magical symbols. Spare’s explorations of the creative focus gave rise to an ontology and body of work that departs radically from conventional occultism, both then and now.
Over 50 contributing artists are participating over 8 days coinciding with Frieze as an antidote commercial art. Modern Panic will be featuring rising stars of the new wave; political agitators Maslen & Mehra ; hyper-realist metalsmith Mike Turner ; surrealist master Gianluca Pisano ; art and science meld together by Pascale Pollier ; Peter Hanmer 's figurative tableaux’s of varying scales populated by animal bone protagonists; and Emma Hopkins ' intimate and dynamic portraits, amongst many more talented artists from around the world.
Special events are set to take place on Sunday 9th and Wednesday 12th of October, with a series of live artists performing in 'Panic Sermons'. The full roll call of artists featuring runs as follows:
Joan Alturo | Noel Basualdo | Marc Blackie
James Frederick Boman | Matthias Von Braun | Jimmy Cauty
Jade Chorkularb | Alex Colias | Jorge Crespo
Jase Daniels | Spike Dennis | Thomas Eikrem
Sarah Gaafar | Deborah Griffin | Faten Hakimi
Peter Hanmer | Geoffrey Harrison | James Hollenbaugh
Emma Hopkins | Maslen + Mehra (in collaboration with Shuby and Delete)
Rosie McLay | Dominic Negus | Amie Norton
Oneslutriot | Lindsay Pickett | Gianluca Pisano
Pascale Pollier | Yuri Shewedoff | Emily Simeoni
Austin Osman Spare | Joseph Steele | Biserka Stringer Horne
Mike Turner | Kieran Wakeman | Daniel Wechsler
Lg White | Laura Woodley | Cong Yao | Zoita
LIVE ART PERFORMANCES :
Philip Bedwell | Esther Bunting | Georg Bütow
FoolishPeople | Dunja Kuhn | James Edward Marks
Jim Racine | Venus Raven | Robert Reynolds
Sakurako | Olivia Stagg | Syban
Apple Tart | Hannah Whittaker
Entry is £3, and the gallery is open daily from 11am - 7pm - more info on the Modern Panic website
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