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26 October 2013


Derek Sullivan: Four Notable Booksellers

Four Notable Booksellers, a show that draws inspiration from bouquinistes (secondhand booksellers), opens this weekend at Jessica Bradley Gallery, located in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood. Local artist Derek Sullivan expresses his love for the tradition of a weighty tome in four sculptures containing handmade books and supplementary drawings to celebrate how literature occupies both tangible and mental spaces.

Jessica Bradley Gallery, 74 Miller Street. Open Wednesday to Friday, 11.00-17.00; Saturday, 11.00-18.00. Until 23 November.


Déformation Professionnelle

Opening this weekend at VI, VII Gallery in Oslo is Déformation Professionnelle, an exhibition by German artist David Lieske. Lieske, who resides in Berlin, is also an electronic music producer and takes a famously lackadaisical approach to his art, having stated previously, “I take the liberty to hate my job just like anybody else who has a job does.” Lieske’s silkscreen-printed images of himself incorporate other pictures of pop and underground culture icons to make the viewer rethink the relation between the artist and his contemporaries.

VI, VII, Oslo Gate 20, N-0192. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00-17.00. Until 1 December.


Her Name and the Words Used to Describe Her

New York’s Judith Charles Gallery is holding London-born artist Jason Armstrong Beck’s latest multimedia show, Her Name and the Words Used to Describe Her. Photos shot in Savannah, Georgia, alongside text and audio works illustrate the aftermath of familial loss. It is based on a story Beck wrote about a woman whose daughter went missing eight years ago and who is now abandoned by her husband. The poignant yet surreal images of newspaper-wrapped belongings, from an alarm clock to a complete car, evoke the quiet desperation of loneliness.

196 Bowery (at Spring Street). Open Wednesday to Friday, 11.00-18.00; Saturday and Sunday 12.00-18.00. Until 16 November.


Troika: The Weather Yesterday

Troika, a collective founded by artists Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel, is known to use sculpture and contemporary installations to explore the changing nature of everyday experiences. “The Weather Yesterday” is an electronic installation from the group on show at Soho’s HFCA Assembly Rooms. The piece teasingly aims to subvert that most famous of British habits – small-talk about the weather – by presenting yesterday’s weather, as opposed to a forecast, through a technological sculpture. Finally, something new to talk about.

HCFA Assembly Rooms, 8 Silver Place. Open Monday to Friday, 10.00-19.00. Until 6 December.



Alfred “Daedelus” Darlington, the besuited eccentric of LA’s leftfield hip-hop scene, is in the Netherlands on Saturday in the city of Nijmegen near the German border. He’ll be dopping tunes from his recently released record, Drown Out, which continues the beatmaker’s unique brand of million-ideas-a-song eclecticism. Daedelus studied jazz before finding success on respected labels such as Brainfeeder and now Anticon, so expect a full spectrum of unusual sounds that you, and possibly he, has never heard before. Those wishing to keep things eclectic can catch him on the other side of the world – Sapporo in Japan – one week later.

Daedelus plays the Merleyn in Nijmegen venue on 26 October. “Drown Out” is available to buy now.


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