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8 November 2013


Marc Quinn: Held by Desire

UK artist Marc Quinn’s collection of sculptures and paintings, Held by Desire, recently opened at White Cube gallery in Hong Kong. Quinn uses an array of unusual materials such as ice, marble, and even blood, to investigate the boundaries between art, nature and what is “man-made”. From an oversized sculpture of Serrano ham carved from of pink onyx, to a series of paintings depicting magnified human-eye irises that have world maps superimposed upon them, these latest works from Quinn demonstrate how we’re constantly testing nature’s physical constraints.

White Cube, 50 Connaught Road Central. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00-19.00. Until 4 January.


House of Peroni

Talents from across Italy such as Rome-born Ludovica Gioscia and Stella Consonni from Bergamo, are guests for November at the month-long art residency, House of Peroni, at Portland Place in London. They’re exploring creative expressions of food, fashion, art and design, all of which is free for the public to enjoy in the space designed by Italian architect Andrea Morgante of Shiro Studio. On Saturday, Michelin-starred chefs the Costardi Brothers are whipping risotto for lunch, which you can take into the screening of Italian film, The Seven Acts of Mercy.

41 Portland Place. Open Monday to Saturday, 12.00-00.00. Until 30 November.


Philip Smith: Sign Language

The latest collection of 12 paintings by American artist Philip Smith amalgamates motifs from the 1950s – Cold War spy manuals, early genetic diagrams, and numerology among other curios – and is on display at New York’s Jason McCoy Gallery. Echoing a physicist’s chalkboard of scientific formulations, Smith’s assemblages of cultural symbols on canvas may seem random at first but they all add up to a collective and coherent interpretation of an era’s identity.

41 East 57th Street, 11th Floor. Open Monday to Friday, 10.00-18.00. Until 20 December.


Adam Chodzko: Room for Laarni, Image Moderator

Londoner Adam Chodzko’s new exhibition at Marlborough Contemporary gallery, Room for Laarni, Image Moderator, raises questions about the over-saturation of imagery that we see aross the internet. Laarni, a protagonist character created for the exhibit’s video installation, is an image moderator; her job is to screen a continuous flow of images from social networks for explicit content. Chodzko’s photographic images accompany the narrative, to provide both real and fictionalised creations indicative of the 21st century’s image overload.

Marlborough Contemporary, 6 Albemarle Street. Open Monday to Friday, 10.00-17.30, Sunday, 10.00-16.00. Until 21 December.


Cut Copy: Free Your Mind

Australia’s Cut Copy are the kind of band who make dance music for people who are into big choruses – that’s “pop” music, then. The Melbourne band’s sound straddles the accessible common ground between intelligent electronica, woozy psychedelia and good-old fashioned songwriting on recent fourth album, Free Your Mind. It will keep old fans satisfied and provides some inviting listening for new ones. Cut Copy are also on tour in the southern US at the moment, playing Houston and Tulsa this weekend.

“Free Your Mind” is available to buy now. Cut Copy are on tour this weekend at Warehouse Live in Houston on Saturday and Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa on Sunday. See website for more dates.


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