The return of Crunch in 2015 will combine the best of emerging and contemporary art scenes: from the visionary galleries exhibiting, to riveting debates by some of the UK’s most prominent artists, critics and curators. Previous guests have included leading artists such as Marc Quinn, Martin Creed and Jake Chapman; along with gallerists, theorists and curators such as the Serpentine’s Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist and the Courtauld Institute’s Julian Stallabrass.

 

This year we are excited to announce that the event will take place as part of HowTheLightGetsIn 2015 - the world's largest philosophy and music festival.

 

In 2011, the Crunch Art Fair showcased work by some of Europe’s most exciting contemporary galleries in the Crunch Art Pavilion. Internationally-renowned artists like Bracha Ettinger, Shezad Darwood and Slinkachu exhibited alongside the emerging British names of the year, such as David Rickard and Boo Ritson.

 

You could be discovering the new bright young things of art with Crunch in 2015. Get a flavour of what's in store by browsing the exciting events created by leading artists in 2011 below.

 

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Alicia David Contemporary

 

Founded in 2007, Alicia David Contemporary promote their artists at fairs throughout the world.

 

This exhibition by Tim Garwood brings together a number of paintings created over the last 12 months; a body of fresh and confident work in which he develops existing ideas and motifs.

 

Using painting as a visual ‘diary’, Garwood utilises familiar marks and repeated shapes to record the day to day; the highs and lows and emotional peaks and troughs we all encounter.

 

A fascination with his chosen materials allows the artist to elevate his potentially monotonous inspiration to something stimulating and extraordinary.

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

Andipa Contemporary


Andipa Gallery has been trading in Post-war, Modern and Contemporary Masters since 1967. Drawing on the knowledge, experience and resources of Andipa Gallery, Andipa Contemporary was launched in 2010 as a platform to show fresh, innovative and aesthetically stimulating work by new contemporaries from around the world. 

 

For Crunch 2011 Andipa Contemporary is delighted to present the works of two artists: Slinkachu and War Boutique, who both engage with today’s social and political issues using the knowledge of their respective media, and a good dose of irony.

 

 

 

 

EB&Flow Gallery


Fresh from art fairs in Venice and Berlin and with further international dates set for 2012 in Bologna, Brussels and New York, EB&Flow is an influential new gallery on the Shoreditch art scene, specializing in supporting exciting emerging artists.

 

For Crunch, three artists rediscover and reinterpret their own spaces or universes. Ross M. Brown investigates shifting ideologies within the history of particular built spaces and channels these concerns through the technicalities of pictorial construction; Neil Ayling defines sculptural aesthetics of cityscapes through a visual and physical editing process; whilst Sue Corke contextualizes cosmic events through dark humour.

 

 

 

   
 

Gabriel Rolt Gallery

 

Gallerist Gabriel Rolt has created a haven for contemporary art situated in the heart of Amsterdam’s main gallery district. A place to ‘see-and-be-seen’, the gallery also commands an influential presence on the international art scene, and this year they have shown in Rotterdam, New York, Brussels and Miami.

 

For Crunch, Gabriel Rolt will present the work of four artists; Anna Bjerger’s paintings of photographs which tenderly capture intimate or fleeting moments; the sculptures of Douglas White who toys with ideas of transformation, particularly the transformative potential of objects; Shezad Dawood’s multi-media works which mirror his interest in the systems society uses to judge their own value; and the similarly intuitive work of Gino Saccone who explores the potential of movement and metaphor to engender meaning and inspire a feeling.

 

 

   

Open Gallery


Fresh from its recent retrospective, ‘Video Painting: The First Ten Years’, Open Gallery remains at the vanguard of a medium that continues to provoke, surprise and challenge. Pioneering creators of this new form of art, the video painting series, Open Gallery has exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Hayward Gallery, Pulse Miami and in Abu Dhabi.

 

In 2010 Open Gallery launched the inaugural Open Prize, a celebration of new art being produced in this medium. Crunch 2011 will showcase the winning video paintings by this year’s Open Prize recipient as well as a number of short listed works, all alongside new series by George Barber, Jasmina Metwaly and Alys Williams.

 

Image: Jasmina Metwaly, #haiku, 2011 (video still)

 

 

 

 

   

 

Paradise Row


Founded in 2006 by art critic Nick Hackworth, Paradise Row’s artists engage with the poetic as well as the critical and the political.  None more so than Jake Chapman, who the gallery will be exhibiting exclusively at Crunch 2011.

 

Identified for their iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that examine contemporary politics and morality, the Chapman Brothers have been working together since their graduation from the Royal College Art and first received critical acclaim for their 1991 diorama ‘Disasters of War’, which were a series of plastic figurines acting out Goya’s series of etchings by the same name.   For Crunch2011, Jake will be exhibiting new work with Paradise Row that continues in the same macabre, pessimistic vein, with a dark sensibility and subversive wit.

 

 

   

Poppy Sebire


Poppy Sebire opened in 2010 in South London. The gallery’s focus is emerging and mid-career international artists working in painting, sculpture, video, photography, installation and performance.

 

 Boo Ritson paints onto her subjects directly using household emulsion paint and in the new work the subjects are set in canvas images depicting imagined American landscapes.

 

Paul Housley’s portraits are ambiguous: their faces frequently smeared and obscured, they take on the opacity of objects. A recurring character is the artist himself, though often in the guise of another artist.

 

 Tom Dale’s photographs deal with conflicting ideologies. Dale stitches together versions of identikit communist homes on a Polish housing estate that have been modified following the fall of the regime.

 

 

 

   
 

Sumarria Lunn


A young dynamic London gallery, Sumarria Lunn have curated shows in crypts, gardens, and a listed shopping arcade, as well as participating in international art fairs as distant as Korea. Now settled in their new Mayfair gallery, Sumarria Lunn continues to support artists who combine strong concepts with meticulous realisation.

 

Sumarria Lunn will present artist Darren Harvey- Regan, whose works entwine image and object, creating a hybridization of photography and sculpture, alongside a special screening of David Rickard’s performance ‘Exhaust’, in the Lower Gallery at 8pm on Saturday. Exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Rickard collected his every exhalation for 24 hours in a series of large foil balloons, visually demonstrating that even at rest we don’t exist passively in space but have a constant demand on it.


 

 

   

 

View Art


View Art, one of the largest independent galleries in the South West, delivers high impact art, seeking to offer new interpretations of issues in our personal universe.

 

Shown for the first time at Crunch, Andrew Price’s life size paintings of geishas comment on the ‘under the Kimono’ fears of post-earthquake Japan whilst displaying external beauty and calm.  Beth Carter’s bronze sculptures of mythical and imagined creatures also deal with the complex conflicts of external persona and hidden truths. Nina Mankin explores a nostalgic, secret, inner world imagined from discarded objects while Corrie Chiswell’s intense and introspective paintings invite the viewer to decipher an underlying cryptic narrative.

 

 
     

 

   
 

Art Below

 

Over five years ArtBelow have exhibited over 50 exhibitions in subways across Europe, the US and Asia. For Crunch, artist and photographer Eleanor Lindsay Fynn will be exhibiting Yellow Faces, a darkly satirical examination of the art world last seen in Regent’s Park Station.

 

 

   

 

   

Blue MacAskill

 

The haunting and sometimes darkly comic images of artist Blue MacAskill are built from layers of archival and historical material, interrogating the relationship between memory, dream and the present moment.

 

Celf O Gwympas

 

A leading agency for supporting socially-excluded artists across the UK, Celf o Gwmpas will be exhibiting a cross-section of work at Crunch, investigating the space where each individual’s inner landscape intersects with public life.

 

 

 

   

 

   

 

Alma Enteprises

 

Southwark-based gallery Alma Enterprises commissions work that interrogates ideologies as systems of living. For Crunch 2011, Alma will be exhibiting highlights from The Objectivist Studio. Artist Richard Grayson uses text from the writings of Ayn Rand as his starting point, creating bold, arresting works which address contemporary art’s identification with ideas of transformation and change.

 

WW Gallery

 

Venice Biennale veterans WW Gallery bring their celebrated pop-art show POW to the globe, offering a selection of high impact works that play with ideas which resonate within personal and popular consciousness.

 

The Mews


Carlos Noronha Feio and Mikael Larsson, directors of the boundary-pushing Mews Project Space in London aim to create links between the British art scene and Portugal. At Crunch, Larsson will display his piece 'Dead Man Standing' while Carlos will screen his video 'Instruction Manual Number One: Washing the flags for a peaceful revolution’ referring to the movement of the same name made prominent during the Augusto Pinochet regime.

 

 

   

 

   

AiM

 

Founded on the principle that ‘creativity is the immune system of the mind’, Artists in Mind use the arts to support individuals experiencing acute and enduring mental ill health.

 

Hereford Photography Festival

 

In association with the Hereford Photography Festival, the UK’s longest running photography festival, and Krakow Photomonth, Crunch will showcase the politically-charged work of two leading Polish photographers; Konrad Pustola and Lukasz Trzcinski.

 

 

 

   

 

Vegas Gallery

 

Vegas will be exhibiting work by the artist, critical theorist and psychoanalyst Bracha L. Ettinger and internationally acclaimed Elke Silvia Krystufek.  Ettinger's atmospheric works transform the residuals of dusty toner ink, fading images, old newspaper photographs and maps from World War II into remarkable drawings and oil paintings while Krystufek's figurative drawings provide a mathematical description of duality and energy.

 

William Cobbing

 

William Cobbing is a London-based artist whose sculptures frequently depict people fused with the surrounding architecture. Clapper Tongue is a striking bronze life-cast portrait bust in the form of a bell.