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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 40 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.


 

Current Exhibition

El Anatsui
Timespace, 2014.
Aluminium and copper, 325 x 495 cm.

Rachid Koraïchi
Pour Rastom, 2017, 
Acrylic on Canvas, 97 x 75.cm

ATMOSPHERES
Artists of the Transvangarde
6 February - 28 March 2020

This February, Atmospheres, a group exhibition of contemporary art from around the world will open at October Gallery. The show will feature a wide-range of artists with highlights including El Anatsui, James Barnor and for the first time at October Gallery the artists Patrick Joël Tatcheda Yonkeu and Dadara. The exhibition will feature Time Space by El Anatsui as well as photographs by pioneering photographer James Barnor, whose life’s work is currently being celebrated in James Barnor: A Retrospective at the Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana. Patrick Joël uses painting to explore Zen in art and existence as a harmonious flow. The artist - whose work inspired the title Atmospheres – exhibited works at Dak’Art in 2018. Dadara was one of the first international artist to build an installation at Burning Man festival in the USA.

Works by Govinda Sah ‘Azad’, William S. Burroughs, Sokari Douglas Camp, Golnaz Fathi, Sylvie Franquet, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Romuald Hazoumè, Rachid Koraïchi, Jukhee Kwon, Alexis Peskine, Laila Shawa, LR Vandy, Tian Wei and Gerald Wilde will be exhibited amongst others.

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Most Recent Exhibitions

Gonzalo Hernandez Carrillo
The Spiritual Path to Shamanic Knowledge,
Plywood board, wax mixed with resin and acrylic yarn
121.2 x 121.2 x 3 cm.

Jordan Ann Craig
Something To Do With Being Held, 2019.
Acrylic on Canvas 101.6 x 101.6 cm
PORTAL II
Inside the Cordillera
28 November 2019 - 1 February 2020

This November Portal II: Inside the Cordillera, a group exhibition at October Gallery features the work of Santos Motoapohua de la Torre, Jordan Ann Craig, Gonzalo Hernandez Carrillo and Antonio López Pinedo. The exhibition explores patterns, forms and insights from cultures historically originating from the southern part of the mountain chain, Cordillera, along the western side of the Americas, from northern New Mexico down to Guadalajara, Mexico.

This exhibition - curated by October Gallery’s Director Chili Hawes who comes from the Western Cordillera in Colorado - brings together artists inspired by or living in the ragged igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Cordillera.

The exhibition will feature artists from the Huichol culture, Mexico, who traditionally make works with coloured yarn or small beads pressed on to a wooden surface that have been covered in beeswax. The most renowned Huichol artist in this exhibition is Santos Motoapohua de la Torre whose work captures the Wixarika’s cosmogony. His work was donated by the government of Mexico for installation in the metro station at the Louvre, Paris, and can be found in museums in Chicago, Zacatecas and Nayarit. His Huichol name translates to ”Echo of the Mountain”, the title of a documentary film about him directed by Nicolas Echevarria, which will be shown at the Gallery during the exhibition. Santos Motoapohua de la Torre is from Santa Catarina and now lives and works in Valparaiso.

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Cosmo WhyteNkisi,
C-print, 152.4 x 101.6 cm.
Life Through Extraordinary Mirrors
Romuald Hazoumè, Cyrus Kabiru,
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga , Zak Ové,
Alexis Peskine, LR Vandy, Cosmo Whyte
12 September - 23 November 2019

This September, Life Through Extraordinary Mirrors, a group exhibition at October Gallery features the work of Romuald Hazoumè, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Cyrus Kabiru, Zak Ové, Alexis Peskine, LR Vandy and Cosmo Whyte. The show will include painting, sculpture and photography which all draw open themes of place, identity and human experience. These seven artists interweave their personal experiences with global realities to present an astute view on the world we live in.

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Ablade Glover, Lorry Station (Oh! Boys!), 2017.
Oil on canvas, 122 x 152.5 cm.
ABLADE GLOVER
Wogbe Jeke - We Have Come a long Way
4 July - 3 August 2019

October Gallery celebrates Ablade Glover’s 85th birthday with an exhibition of vibrant new works by the artist. In a career spanning over five decades as an exhibiting artist, Ablade Glover is one of Ghana’s foremost painters. This new exhibition will showcase his adoration for the effervescent energy of Ghana.
As both an artist and an educator, Professor Ablade Glover has had an important impact on contemporary arts, helping shape the future of Ghana’s art scene through not only his own practice, but through his teaching at institutions in Kumasi, Ghana.
Born in Accra in 1934, Ablade Glover occupies a significant place in Ghana’s contemporary art scene as both Founder and Director of the Artists Alliance Gallery. Trained in Ghana, Britain and the United States, Dr. Glover has accumulated a number of distinctions, which underline his significance as an artist and educator Until 1994 he was Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Art Education and Dean of the College of Art at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

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LR Vandy, Pale Blue and Pink, 2019.
Wood, metal and plastic, 90 x 27 x 25 cm.
LR VANDY
HIDDEN

30 May - 29 Jun 2019

Following a sell-out debut at the 2018 edition of 1-54 London, LR Vandy’s highly anticipated exhibition features new works by the artist.

In the current Hull series, Vandy transforms model boat hulls into ‘masks’, animating them with various materials, including fishing floats, porcupine quills and acupuncture needles.
The hulls allude to the transportation of migrants as commodities. As masks they present a transformation of identity, drawing upon the tradition of talismans, charms and amulets. 

Her new work Railway also closely examines transport systems and their hidden human costs.  Vandy threads old model railway tracks across burnt wood of different depths, contained by brass borders.

Vandy continues to address the tension of opposing forms in her video work, Landscapes, in which two substances interact and mix in an extraordinary choreographic dance, forming a constantly shifting and changing visceral landscape.

The exhibition will include the sculpture series These Women, consisting of twenty-one individual sculptures to be cast in bronze or Jesmonite each one a different variation of bold geometric elements.

A large Jesmonite sculpture from the series Superhero Cog-Woman, specially made for the exhibition will be on display in October Gallery’s courtyard.

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