Tabish Khan the @LondonArtCritic picks his top exhibitions to see right now. Each one comes with a concise review to help you decide whether it’s for you. Those looking for more exhibitions should check out his top Central London exhibitions, where all but one is still open to visit.
Ben Grosser: Software for Less @ Arebyte
Two screens of Mark Zuckerberg face off each other, one where he talks about growth and uses the word ‘more’ while opposite is a screen where he says ‘less’. No surprise it’s the former that’s more active in a work that’s both satirical and scary. This scathing look at social media includes the artist’s creation of his own social media platform where we only get to post 100 times over a lifetime so we have to take care what we post, which is arguably for the best. Until 23 October.
Without Horizon, Without Shore @ ASC Lambeth County Court
Three printmakers known as Geographies of Print have created installations in a fantastic old courthouse. Carol Wyss’ bones stare down at us in an imposing courtroom while Victoria Ahrens examines our relationship with the natural landscape within these formal settings. Upstairs walks and birdsong bring nature indoors into this intimidating building through the works of Victoria Arney. Until 26 September.
Billy Fraser & Mitch Vowles: Wishbone @ Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix
The snooker table with the pound coin on the side and the pairs of Levi 501s, both symbols of working class culture are elevated in these artworks by Mitch Vowles by being placed on the walls and standing in a gallery space. Alongside these other symbols of nostalgia like fish in a plastic bag filled with water are made illusory in resin by Billy Fraser, so they are only visible from the right angle. Until 23 September.
Andy Gotts: Icons @ Maddox Gallery, Westbourne Grove
Celebrity portraits are meant to be flattering, not so here where Harrison Ford is shown gurning and all the cracks and crevices are visible in the faces of the likes of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, in a collection of photographic portraits. Until 19 September.
Wells Art Contemporary 2021 @ Wells Cathedral
A rural cabin at night, a blazing explosion and a rollercoaster in the fading light. An impressive collection of largely figurative works is on display in Somerset. And for those that can’t travel it’s possible to view all the works across three virtual galleries. Until 26 September.
Without horizon, without shore image Tabish Khan. Wells image copyright Andy Walker. All other images copyright artist and courtesy gallery.