Tabish Khan brings you five art exhibitions in London that you should visit during the week. Each one comes with a concise review to help you decide whether it’s for you.
1. Animal @ Londonewcastle project space
This Shoreditch space has been transformed into an atmospheric installation by Gonzalo Borondo. The macabre sense of this exhibition is built up with splintered frames on the floor, bark chips to walk over and a corridor of antlers turning into branches. It’s a thrilling and surreal experience.
2. Emma Critchley @ Cabin
These mesmerising underwater photographs have great visual appeal and a sense of ethereal to them. They are worth making the trip to this small gallery tucked away in a residential neighbourhood near Southfields station.
3. James Capper: Tools of the trade @ Hannah Barry
A great selection of anthropomorphic power tools that looks like the jaws and pincers of some mechanical monster. Though be warned this Peckham gallery has limited opening times and the entrance can be hard to locate.
4. Khaled Al-Saa’i: Memory of a City @ Kashya Hildebrand
This Syrian artist mixes calligraphy with images of protest to create abstract works that have aesthetic beauty and deeper political meaning.
5. Vestige @ Gallery 8
A mixed group show whose stand out pieces are Penny Byrne’s kitsch figurines with pop culture and political references – carrying military weapons or in front of a throne made of pencils and paintbrushes.