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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.

Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

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

Santos Motoapohua de la Torre
Beads, Bees wax and plywood. 150 x 120 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.

This exhibition draws inspiration from Mike Jay’s book Mescaline, a definitive history of mescaline, exploring its mind-altering effect across cultures, from ancient Americas to western modernity. From central and northern Mexico to the Rio Grande Valley of the Southwest of the United States, Native Americans have historically used the principal plant medicine Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) which contains mescaline. Further south, the Huichol from Nayarit, Jalisco and Zacatecas undertake an annual pilgrimage to San Luis Potosi, their considered homeland where they ceremonially hunt for the sacred Peyote. Copies of the book Mescaline will be available at the Gallery during the exhibition.

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Most Recent Exhibitions

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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Kenji Yoshida, La Vie,1998.
Oils and metals on canvas, 46 x 38 cm.


Brion Gysin, Untitled. Ink on paper, 108 x 102 cm.
DREAM NO SMALL DREAM
Celebrating 40 Years of the Transvangarde
11 April - 25 May 2019

October Gallery celebrates the anniversary of 40 years of energetic activity in London with an exhibition of works by some of the Gallery’s major artists, including newly commissioned works. A special programme of events will run alongside the exhibition to mark the Gallery’s rich history.

Located in a 3-storey Victorian school building the Gallery opened, in 1979, with an exhibition of Gerald Wilde. From the beginning the Gallery’s aim was to discover a new visual sensibility: the Transvangarde, the cross-cultural avant-garde, exhibiting artists from around the planet.

The exhibition will include works by El Anatsui, William S. Burroughs, Paul Friedlander, Brion Gysin, Jukhee Kwon, Romuald Hazoumè, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, LR Vandy, Gerald Wilde, Aubrey Williams and Kenji Yoshida.

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Change in Fortune, 2018.
Aluminium and copper, 294 x 290 cm.
Untitled (from the Circular Series), ed. 3/3, 2016.
Ink on Somerset 300gsm paper, with chine collé silver foil,
84.3 x 84.3 cm.
Rehearsal, 2015.
Aluminium and copper, 406 x 465 cm.
EL ANATSUI
Material Wonder
28 Feburary - 6 April 2019

El Anatsui: Material Wonder marks the 40th anniversary of October Gallery and celebrates the vision and creative force of El Anatsui. The exhibition also coincides with the largest retrospective of the artist’s work to date, El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale, at Haus der Kunst, Munich. Moreover, in February 2019, TSIATSIA – searching for connection was installed in the atrium of Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town. When this immense work first covered the façade of the Royal Academy, in 2013, the artist won the prestigious Charles Wollaston Award.

El Anatsui is undoubtedly one of the most influential artists of the present time. Throughout his long career, he has focused his many interests to examine a wide range of subjects and explored an extraordinary array of media from cement, ceramics and tropical hardwoods in his early years, to corrugated iron, cassava graters, milk-tin lids and bottle-tops in his later installations. Today, he is best known for his mesmerising works composed of many thousands of aluminium bottle-tops laboriously sewn together.

The metal wall sculptures in the exhibition are accompanied by a series of prints made in collaboration with Factum Arte, Madrid. El Anatsui has always been fascinated by the physical history of the materials he employs and the journeys they undergo. The basic materials for his ‘fabrics’ are made by a team of assistants, who cut and pierce the aluminium strips on tables and smaller wooden ‘flats.’ After years of repetitive pricking and piercing, these wooden worktops present a scored landscape of textured relief. Using Factum Arte’s cutting-edge, 3-D scanning and plate-making technologies, these scarred surfaces are translated into printing plates. Given Factum Arte’s expertise in traditional printmaking, the resulting prints encapsulate the hidden histories of the making of the aluminium works. In this way, the fabrication process itself is ‘recycled’ into a major new series of prints.

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