new exhibitions
IKON GALLERY

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

www.ikon-gallery.org

Tue-Sun 11-5

New Street Station


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POLLY APFELBAUM
Sep 19 - Nov 18, 2018
'Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers)'.
Ikon’s Autumn exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum will exemplify an art practice that places emphasis on the essential quality of materials, especially colour and texture, whilst asserting the importance of popular culture and craft activity. Her use of various fabrics – stained and dyed – and more recently glazed ceramics, is beguiling and refreshing in its offerings of simple pleasures. In this way, she subtly assumes a political, and feminist, position, challenging pomposity, notions of entitlement and hierarchies in cultural practice – against “high” fine art – to suggest an egalitarianism in society across the board.

Click to enlargeHAROON MIRZA
Nov 28, 2018 - Feb 24, 2019
This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of work by Haroon Mirza in the UK to date, filling Ikon’s exhibition spaces entirely with moving imagery, sculptural installation and electronic sound. Involving smart sampling, often through collaboration with other artists, Mirza conveys an easy-going knowingness through a wide range of cultural references that foils sheer physical impact. His 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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