Topsafe Screening & Magazine Launch Party at the ICA

STOP PLAY RECORD and Topsafe host a free night of films by emerging and leading London based filmmakers.

Watch new films from Will Robson Scott, Hector Dockrill, Bafic, Frank Lebon and Mollie Mills and Dear Mr. Quistgaard and hear from some of the directors following the screening.

Afterwards, Topsafe will launch their new magazine CASEBOOK with a free after party in the bar with music from Sonic Verse & more TBA.

Date: 7 September at 18:30–23:00
Location: ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
Tickets:  Free tickets available here.

35 WORKS ON PAPER Exhibition At Beers London

BEERS London is extremely proud to bring together a diverse selection of artists who have each contributed one-to-two original work(s) on paper for exhibit in 35 Works on Paper. The show features emerging, mid-career, and established artists from around the globe who each bring their unique perspective to an exhibition that celebrates art in what can often be its simplest, most instantaneous - and invariably profound - articulation. The included works cover a large breadth: including abstract, figurative, and even conceptual pieces, as well as proposed sketches, text-based work, painting, drawing, and even collage. All are unique works (none editioned!) either created specifically for this exhibition or culled from the artist's own personal archive.

Featuring work from the following artists:
Dale ADCOCK | Andrew BIRK | Sverre BJERTNES | Laura BRUCE | Yvette COPPERSMITH | Kim DORLAND | Austin EDDY | Danny FOX | Alicia GIBSON | Paul HOUSLEY | Gary HUME | Andy KOLAR | Adam LEE | Rhys LEE | Christian LITTLE | Jonathan LUX | Jessie MAKINSON | Kathryn MAPLE | Holly MILLS | Ryan NORD KITCHEN | Tal R | Josh REAMES | Tony ROMANO | Andrew SALGADO | Mason SALTARRELLI | Daniel SEGROVE | Struan TEAGUE | Kristian TOUBORG | Johannes VANDERBEEK | Paul WACKERS

Preview: Tuesday 23 August 6-8pm
Exhibition: 24 August - 24 September 2016
Beers London, 1 Baldwin Street, London, EC1V 9NU

Distorted Reality - London debut of street artist Alaniz

DISTORTED REALITY will be an intimate exploration of culture and humanity. It is the personal research of a traveller. Discovering the human nature, society and the world - it will question our concept of reality and try to explore what influences it.

From the moment we are born, we are constantly learning and remembering things we see and hear. We are sent to school, where the educational systems are based on archaic archetypes set up by ancient and outdated intuitions. This information we receive is what defines our concept of reality. Education is the first, it is there to lay down the foundations and then as grow older religion, politics and the media come into play – altering the population’s vision of life.

The term 'reality distortion field' (RDF) was used by Bud Tribble in 1981 to describe Steve Job's charisma and the effects it had on his employees. A mixture of charm, charisma, bravado, marketing and persistence, he had the ability to convince others and even himself to believe almost anything. This ingenious recipe is used by many people of power with politians being the prime example.

It is through our own life experiences that we can begin to understand the real world we live in, and try to dissociate between what is told to be true, and what in reality is the truth. Unfortunately, more often than not, instead of finding the answers for ourselves we choose to buy them from our closest reality dealer without even questioning the source of this packaged view of the world.

Many of these concepts of existence, manipulated by systems of power, are no more than old paradigms of what life is thought to be. But over time as the truth manifests and the collective conscious becomes aware, we begin to observe the actual situation of our planet, and can try to comprehend the perishable nature of these ancient conceptions.

In this exhibition Alaniz paints his distorted vision of our reality, based on his experience collected during his journey through different lands and cultures. He uses mostly his own photographs as reference for his paintings, extracting certain parts of information from the original and producing a rearranged version of them. His intention is not the aim of manipulation but to reflect on the personal state of humanity as one single entity.

Exhibition opens 14th September 2016.
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Location: 1963 gallery space, 129a Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB.

Oculus by Pyramid Oracle at BSMT Space in Dalston, London

'OCULUS' by @pyramidoracle showcases a collection of intricate and symbolic works that examine the dimensions of human spirit, and the complex world that it inhabits.

In a world where everything is recycled... nothing is new under the sun. With all things constantly being repurposed there is no originality. Only that which is authentic. By exploring the metaphysical, it seeks to capture the often imperceptible geometric systems that permeate through all of nature. And revisit venerable means of understanding the great mysterious architecture of the universe.

Exhibition runs from the 18 August - 24 August.
BSMT Space, 5D Stoke Newington Road, N168BH

RICH SIMMONS - Solo London Exhibition

Self-taught British Pop Artist who hit global headlines yet again with his street art of Superman kissing Batman is back in London with a new ground breaking exhibition. After cracking America and exhibiting in New York and Los Angeles, Simmons’ work is now in some of the best known international collections and has celebrity collectors around the world.

In collaboration with RISEgallery, Simmons brings his unique contemporary pop art paintings to 90 Piccadilly, Park Lane for a week long pop up exhibition. Simmons has proved himself time and again to be one of the most exciting talents in British art and this new body of work is seen as his strongest collection to date.

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Exhibition dates: 1 September - 7 September.
Location: 90 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NE

Matt Stuart's All That Life Can Afford At The Print Space

This Thursday evening Print Space Gallery is the place to be! They will be welcoming the humorous and upbeat work of street photographer Matt Stuart, who will be exhibiting photographs from All That Life Can Afford for the first time in a London Gallery!

With this exclusive debut we will be celebrating with a beer in hand, and exploring the magical moments Matt has captured within All That Life Can Afford. With weird and wonderful happenings in every photograph, this exhibition is one to lighten your mood and embrace the simple joy that is found in Matt's photography.

So join The Print Space Thursday evening, 18th August at 7:30pm for a beer in the sun and see London in a light you’ve never seen it before.

theprintspace | 74 Kingsland Road | London

Samantha Gare - Wild Giants At Curious Duke Gallery, London

Curious Duke Gallery
are incredibly proud to announce ‘WILD GIANTS’ the first UK solo show from Samantha Gare launching on the 1st September 6-9 at The Curious Duke Gallery London. In these times of political and economic turmoil, Gare’s soaring mountainscapes offer a welcome respite: a chance to step out of the smoke, chaos and tribulations of London, into the undiscovered wildernesses at the fringes of the planet.

During the weeks of the exhibition, every Thursday, the gallery will turn into a northern lights display with meditation sessions and wildness talks – we will be giving Londoners the chance to step out of the their sky scrapers and into the places we go to feel small.

PV — 1st September 6-9pm @ The Curious Duke Gallery.
Curious Duke Gallery, 173 Whitecross Street, London, EC1Y 8JT

Nick JS Thompson - Relics Exhibition At BSMT Space

In Nick JS Thompson’s first visit to his grandparents house since his grandfather passed away and his grandmother moved into care, he became aware of the character of the space where once personality had been the focus.

Documented in black and white the images are stripped of their warmth as if something is missing. Without the characters that previously inhabited it, the space itself becomes a gallery for relics that are left behind, and we are given an insight into these characters.

These stark images in a once loving environment show the inability of the artist to reconcile his emotional response to memory and loss.

The scene presented is relatable to anyone who has lost family members, and as such the artist's personal journey becomes a universal experience.

Thompson’s works are known for being strikingly austere, and with this work being his most personal to date the impartiality in which he sees the objects before him is left open to debate.

BSMT Space, 5D Stoke Newington Road, London, N168BH , United Kingdom
Exhibtion dates: 4 August - 7 August
Exhibition Private View 4th August at 18:00 - 22:00

Darker Shades of White - Normski Talk and Zine Launch

YOUTH CLUB in conjunction with Doomed Gallery celebrates this zine launch with ‘Darker Shades of White’, a one-off talk by renowned urban & hip-hop photographer Normski. Discussing the progression of his extensive archive from shooting London family life to documenting the emergence of hip-hop itself, ‘Darker Shades of White’ harks back to the very foundations of urban street culture in the UK during the 1980s. Working with YOUTH CLUB, Normski will produce a limited edition 40 page zine available for sale on the night.

‘Darker Shades of White’ is a previously unseen insight into the early days of Normski’s journey before his career as a TV and Radio presenter, notably as the presenter for BBC’s Dance Energy. Having photographed a distinct range of worldwide musicians such as Run DMC, Barry White and Dr Dre, he adopted the nickname ‘Normski’ whilst on a trip to New York. Through his involvement in music he gained his reputation as a leading authority on urban and contemporary culture, leading him to photograph hip-hop artists and fashion movements for publications like The Face, i-D and Vogue.

Youth Club are proud to launch this exclusive and intimate edit of Normski’s iconic photographs complimented by the very experiences that forged them.

Location: Doomed Gallery, 65 Ridley Road, London, E8 2NP.
Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland/Dalston Junction Overground.
Date: 2nd August 2016 from 18.30

‘Situ’ Exhibiton by guyandherbert At Book Club London

‘Situ’ is the first solo exhibition from creative duo guyandherbert.

guyandherbert use the camera as a tool to capture thought-provoking imagery. Presenting expressions based upon their reactions and thoughts influenced by the world around them, they create the surreal in the everyday.

They create dreamlike, raw and playful images, using the environment around them to portray their vision.Traditional and basic techniques are used to capture unusual situations in front of the lens. Location, lighting, props,and actors are some of the key ingredients that go into creating their images. Capturing the moment when it happens, rather than relying upon the comfort of post production - techniques inspired by designers and photographers such as Storm Thorgerson and Gregory Crewdson.

The ongoing 'Situational Masks' series encourages the viewer to immerse themselves in a mix of obvious every day situations and interrelated environments mixed with a colourful palette of ingredients. It asks the viewer to personally conjure up their own unique story and outcome for the subject matter as bold colour and mystery lure in and intrigue us.

As well as the ‘Situational masks’, there's a selection of their striking album artwork pieces on display. Both Guy and Herbert have been involved in a variety of projects and different roles within a broad spectrum of the creative industry. This has heavily influenced their style and approach to their art. Defying design trends, modern technology, and unmotivated by profit, they have developed a cloak and dagger style approach to design. Passion NOT fashion.

The exhibition has been directed and curated by Liat Chen
Exhibition Launch: Weds 17th August 6pm - midnight
Exhibition run until Sunday 16th October 2016
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A4H