Launching amidst global instabilities and an impending Brexit decision, Unit London is hosting “Beyond Borders,” a group exhibition that celebrates diversity and focuses on what connects rather than divides us. 13 artists with different backgrounds, nationalities and political stances tackle familiar themes such as love and fear, as well as more complex ones, like quantum physics and our relationship with history.
Bringing a positive outlook to current socio-political turmoil, “Beyond Borders” reveals how artists understand the world through different mediums, styles, and themes. From David Sprigg’s plexiglass sculptures to Jason Seife’s concrete canvases, “Beyond Borders” showcases the range of traditional techniques and modern materials used to relate to, and bring together a larger audience.
For example, Pakistani artist Hiba Schahbaz explores the stories of marginalized women, depicting female bodies and referencing self-portraiture as a way to create space for herself and other women to reclaim their histories. Since migrating to the United States, Schahbaz has moved from Indo-Persian miniature paintings to human-scale works on paper, using black tea as a medium for her work. Seife revives traditional Persian rugs by hand-painting the pattern with acrylic onto a concrete canvas — making an older craft accessible to younger generations — while Aaron Johnson comments on societal issues with hallucinatory paintings.
Take a look at select works from “Beyond Borders” in the gallery above. Participating artists include Hiba Schahbaz, Kwang Sung Park, Aaron Johnson, among many others. The exhibition will be on show from November 28, 2019 to January 11, 2020 at Unit London.
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We are delighted to welcome New York artist Allison Zuckerman to Unit London. Dubbed the “DJ of the Art World”, her paintings sample elements from past masterpieces of Western culture – always by male artists – and creates a new remix that combines layers of history with a hyperactive, up-to-date, contemporary presence. She blends contemporary artists with Old Masters – Lucien Freud with Bronzino, George Condo with Rossetti, Rogier van der Weyden with Rubens, and many others – alongside images from pop culture and social media. Through cannibalization of the styles of the past, she speaks in all languages at the same time and, to quote curator Tami Katz-Frieman, treats history as an “inexhaustible data repository from which she draws samples to create a new collage-like entity in a virtual universe”. Allison’s work is found in the influential Rubell Family Collection, and has enjoyed success at the Akron Art Museum and is currently showing at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel. Hello U. #beyondborders