'Beyond Borders' Group Exhibition in London Responds to the Socio-Political Instability

Thursday, November 14, 2019
'Beyond Borders' Group Exhibition in London Responds to the Socio-Political Instability

This November, Unit London presents Beyond Borders, an iconic group exhibition with 14 artists at Unit London, Mayfair. From 28 November – 11 January, artists from across the world respond to the current socio-political instability we are facing. Putting an uplifting spin on a turbulent time, the exhibition celebrates diversity and focuses on what connects rather than divides us.

Image: "Where's Waldo" by Jason Seife, courtesy for the artist

 

This November, Unit London presents Beyond Borders, an iconic 14 artists at Unit London, Mayfair. From 28 November – 11 January, artists from across the world respond to the current socio-political instability we are facing. Putting an uplifting spin on a turbulent time, the exhibition celebrates diversity and focuses on what connects rather than divides us.

 

 

Allison Zuckerman, To Turn a Phrase, TBC, Acrylic paint and archival CMYK ink on canvas. 121 x 158 x 3.2 cm, 47 5/8 x 62 1/4 x 1 1/4 in (AZU-001) 

 

Launching in line with the UK’s exit from the EU amongst other global instabilities, the show includes artists from varying backgrounds, nationalities and political stances. The show explores themes as familiar as love and fear, and as complex as quantum physics and our relationship with history.

Hiba Schahbaz, a Pakistani artist living in New York, explores the stories of marganilised women throughout her work, with portraits that beautifully reclaim their history. Since migrating to the United States, her practice has expanded from Indo-Persian miniature painting to human-scale works on paper - with black tea as her favourite medium. The materials used in Beyond Borders are as diverse as the themes - such as the build-up of textural surfaces that compose Michael Staniak’s works, David Spriggs’ plexiglass sculptures, or Jason Seife’s concrete canvases.

 

  "Where's Waldo" by Jason Seife, courtesy for the artist

 

Works by Seife fuse traditional techniques from his middle eastern background with modern materials, making the old craft accessible to a younger generation. For example, in Holding on Together (2019) he revives traditional Persian rug weaving by hand-painting the pattern with acrylic onto a concrete canvas.

 

Aaron Johnson, Solar Sister, 2019, Acrylic on canvas., 40.6 x 30.5 cm, 16 x 12 in, (AJO - 002)

 

The balance between unpredictability and control is echoed in the work of Aaron Johnson, whose hallucinatory paintings comment on societal ills. Watery bleeding colours clash with hard-edged brush stroke, with themes exploring a wide range of the human experience that audiences can empathise with, both grotesque and humorous.

 

Group Show, ‘Beyond Borders’

UNIT London, 28 November 2019 - 11 January 2020

 

 

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David Hockney"Dancers VII*" 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72"©, David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard SchmidtPhoto: © David Hockney / Richard Schmidt, Courtesy of Pace Gallery

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