While most haven’t announced it yet, according to new guidelines, museums and galleries in England have been ordered to shut down to curb the spread of coronavirus. Awaiting further clarification, many IRL commercial galleries are hoping to be allowed to open by appointment.
One particularly exciting show organised by Delphian Gallery and exhibited at Saatchi Gallery is closing down after being open less than a week. Fortunately, where's the frame snapped some installation shots at Antisocial Isolation for you to enjoy while you’re socially isolating.
Canvas, video installation, photography, collage, knitted tapestry, sculpture this multimedia exhibition, from figurative to abstract, from larger than life to teeny-tiny, the exhibition features some very intriguing emerging artists on the art scene. The works in the exhibition consider the future and respond to the current Covid-19 outbreak, offering unique perspectives and fresh contexts to aid an understanding of our surroundings.
For example, Anne Rothenstein’s Window Life in Lockdown depicts a fragmented figure while staring in the darkness, evoking a very recognisable sentiment that needs no explanation. Another work depicting a very familiar sentiment is Valerie Savchits' Trapped and pathetic. Someone who's nightmarish stuck and can go nowhere. Everyone can relate right?
Other included artwork is by Igor Moritz whose Keeping Time narrates a beautifully intimate and also recognisable situation of a patiently waiting couple sitting around in their homes. Amy Beager The Blue Room portrays a serene depicting of two figures, even if one of them might be made of stone, the tenderness is beautifully captured. Jukka Virkkunen’s Cloth 07 represents a significant development in the artist’s practice as during the lockdown, he started to work bigger and bigger, outside the studio, on the street to create these mesmerising deeply dyed deconstructed canvasses. In View of Dubrovnik from Apartment Lotta, Sunyoung Hwang has used a fascinating colour palette responding to our times in an abstract and expressive way that feels uplifting.
Participating artists are Anne Rothenstein, Lian Zhang, Miranda Forrester, Nettle Grellier & George Lloyd-Jones, Enam Gbewonyo, Nick JS Thompson, Rosie Gibbens, Rhiannon Salisbury, Valerie Savchits, Sam Harris, Sunyoung Hwang, Jeroen Cremers, Moley Talhaoui, Benjamin Murphy, Galina Munroe, Minyoung Choi, Danny Romeril, Rosie McGinn, Jukka Virkkunen, Florence Hutchings, Sam Harris, Kadiya Qasem, Amy Beager, B.D. Graft, Matt Macken, Igor Moritz. Antisocial Isolation is curated by Delphian Gallery founders Benjamin Murphy and Nick JS Thompson.