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IKON GALLERY

Brindleyplace, 1 Oozells Square, Birmingham B1 2HS
0121 248 0708

www.ikon-gallery.org

Tue-Sun 11-5

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LANGLANDS & BELL : INTERNET GIANTS: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
Mar 21 - Jun 10, 2018
Ikon presents an exhibition of new and recent work by British artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell, marking the 40th anniversary of their artistic partnership. Featuring the iconic new architecture of global technology companies such as Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google, the exhibition includes relief sculptures, installations, and portraits exploring the increasingly profound influence these huge companies will have on all our lives as we enter the Information Age. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, with an essay by Anthony Vidler and an interview with the artists by Dr Hans-Michael Herzog.

HAROON MIRZA : REALITY IS SOMEHOW WHAT WE EXPECT IT TO BE
Nov 30, 2018 - Feb 24, 2019
This is the most comprehensive exhibition of work by Haroon Mirza in the UK to date, filling Ikon’s exhibition spaces with moving imagery, sculptural installation and electronic sound. Involving smart sampling, sometimes through collaboration with other artists, Mirza’s practice overall is characterised by a knowing eclecticism and sheer physical impact. His (mis)understanding of the nature of human perception – of what and how we see and hear – is demonstrated and combined with countless possibilities of meaning, and so his aesthetic proposition is more to do with messages received than those transmitted, circumscribed by our constitutions, testing the limits of what we can experience and what we think we know.
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MATTHEW KRISHANU : A MURDER OF CROWS
Jan 8 - Mar 10, 2019
Dozens of Matthew Krishanu’s painted crows will be displayed throughout Ikon’s neo-gothic premises. Always painted singly and never in flight they appear almost anthropomorphic on their twin legs, whether looking directly at the viewer or stepping away.
 
Mischievous, malevolent and sometimes comical, Krishanu’s birds are partly inspired by crows in art and literature; for example, ‘Crow’ by Ted Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe’s raven, or the mythical crows of trickster tales. Inspired by bird watching in England, they are also signifiers of Krishanu’s childhood in Bangladesh where crows were always close by, cawing in trees or pecking at rubbish dumps.
 
The exhibition coincides with Matthew Krishanu’s The Sun Never Sets at MAC Birmingham (12 January – 10 March 2019).

Click to enlargeHEW LOCKE: HERE'S THE THING
Mar 8 - Jun 2, 2019
This will be the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by Hew Locke, involving a wide range of media – painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation – making extensive use of collage and found objects.

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