It’s a quiet one in the UK this week for shows, as is always the case with January, but our international friends are keeping the ball rolling and putting on some really nice exhibitions. Here’s our top two picks of the week.
Ascending Human – Ethos Gallery
Opening on the 10th January at the brand new Ethos Gallery on Melrose Avenue, LA, ‘Ascending Human: a journey into consciousness’ will feature work from a whole host of artists including Risk, Shepard Fairey, David Flores, Slick, Mear One, Tofer, Hit+Run, Les, Schettkoe, Chase Tafoya, Patrick Hoelck, Cory Shaw, Justin Hampton, Guerin Swing, Tashina, Suzuki, Gregory Siff, Lauren Over and Oriela Medellin to name just a few.
Each artist will explore his or her personal belief system and demonstrate what this unprecedented time in history means to them. The show will highlight love, peace and compassion as our only means of survival as we move on from the mistakes we made in the past. The works presented will represent all forms of esoteric, political, and spiritual contemplation. They will include paintings, sculpture, photography, and video installation.
The show will run until 24th January and is without a doubt worth checking out if you’re in the area – you can be sure this gallery will have some great things to offer in 2013 as well.
Toshio Saeki – Ba’alei Hamelacha
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but Toshio Saeki, the 67 year old master of Japanese Erotica is, for the first time exhibiting a huge selection of prints and original work, most of which have never been seen outside of Japan. The show will first open in Tel Aviv this Thursday 10th and will then come to London in March.
Put together by Ghostown in association with Presspop Inc and NO WAY Toshio Saeki’s extreme and polemical images depict themes of repressed desire, subversive sexual acts, violence, and merge influences from Japanese Surrealism, Shunga, (Japanese Erotic Art from the Medieval period) and are laden with Saeki’s own dark humour and unrestrained, insatiable imagination. This controversial aspect of Saeki’s work is underpinned by his undeniably significant contributions to contemporary art, both inside Japan, – where he has exhibited prolifically since the 1970s.
Thankfully this is one international show which we will get to see with our own eyes when it hits London in March – but more on that nearer the time.