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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 35 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.

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El Anatsui as an Honorary Academician

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Current Exhibition

Liliane Lijn, Way Out Is Way In, 2009.
Painted steel solvent drums, 3 phase motor, inverter & programmed speed & direction control chip, halogen lighting,
300 x 60 cm.

William S. Burroughs
CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME?
Including works by Brion Gysin, Liliane Lijn, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Shezad Dawood & Cerith Wyn Evans
4 December 2014 – 7 Febraury 2015

As the final event celebrating the centenary of William S. Burroughs’s birth, October Gallery, London, presents an exhibition of his art, including rarely-displayed pieces. The exhibition opens 4th December, 2014 and continues until 7th February, 2015, and will highlight artists who have been profoundly influenced by Burroughs’ life, including Brion Gysin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Liliane Lijn, Shezad Dawood and Cerith Wyn Evans.

Throughout all Burroughs work - art, novels, essays, film and sound experiments - Burroughs wove a passionate message: deconstruct control systems and think for yourself. His art is a personal exploration of intelligence. Artists working in all genres have heard his message, and references to Burroughs’ works are now deeply embedded in our culture, from painting to film to advertising to literature to journalism to music.

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Forthcoming Exhibition

El Anatsui, Image: AG+BA (detail), 2014.
Aluminium, copper wire and nylon string,
size variable.
Photo: Jonathan Greet

El Anatsui
SELECTED WORKS
12 February - 28 March 2015

El Anatsui’s sculptural experiments with media and form have challenged the definition of sculpture itself. In particular, his metal wall-hangings have received international acclaim. Throughout a distinguished forty-year career as both an artist and teacher, El Anatsui has addressed a wide range of social, political and historical concerns and embraced an equally diverse range of media and processes. In 2013, one of his largest metal wall-hangings to utilize his bottle-top technique, TSIATSIA – searching for connection, adorned the façade of Burlington House. Created to coincide with the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2013, this remarkable work won the prestigious Charles Wollaston Award.

The exhibition will focus on a range of intricate metal sculptures.

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Most Recent Exhibitions

Adejoke Tugbiyele, Flight to Revelation (detail), 2011.
Palm Stems, steel wire, trivet and mannequin head,
183 x 152 x 92cm. Photo: Lloyd Lowe Jr.
INTERWOVEN HISTORIES
30 October - 29 November 2014

October Gallery, London, presents Interwoven Histories,an exhibition of compelling mixed-media works by artists from Africa. With remarkable new works by artists, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Nnenna Okore and Romuald Hazoumè, this exhibition will also introduce works by artist Adejoke Tugbiyele.

This exhibition looks at the creative force of the hand. Instead of using traditional artistic tools and technology, each artist weaves or moulds together stark narratives by hand.

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Owusu-Ankomah, Microcron Begins No. 10, 2013.
Acrylic on canvas, 190 x 180 cm.
Photo © Joachim Fliegner.

Owusu-Ankomah, Microcron Begins No. 19, 2013.
Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 280 cm.
Photo © Joachim Fliegner.

Owusu-Ankomah, Microcron Begins No. 1, 2012.
Acrylic on canvas, 140 x 139 cm.
Photo © Joachim Fliegner.
Owusu Ankomah
MICROCRON BEGINS
18 September - 25 October 2014

In his second solo exhibition at October Gallery the renowned artist Owusu-Ankomah will exhibit a new body of works on canvas.

Born in Sekondi, Ghana, in 1956, Owusu-Ankomah pursued studies in Fine Arts at Ghanatta College in Accra before moving to Bremen, Germany where he now lives and works. His charged paintings on canvas depict an alternate world wherein monumental human figures – his core motif – are shown moving within an ocean of signs that surround, support and, in fact, define them. The way in which these figures coexist and interact with various symbolic sets has developed through distinct phases over time, reflecting Owusu-Ankomah’s own journey of spiritual discovery. His early work drew heavily on the ancient traditions of African rock-painting and masquerade, before his figures shed their masks and body paintings to become unashamedly visible. Finally, naked and powerful, these eloquent actors became covered in scripts of complex symbols that, in a studied trompe l’oeil effect, camouflage their finely sculpted bodies against alternating backgrounds of relevant and significant signs.

Using a palette of new colours, Owusu-Ankomah’s latest work further develops these possibilities, adding further visual signs of his own invention to the customary lexicon of adinkra symbols which each represent a particular concept used by the Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana. In the same Akan language kusum refers to sacred sites involved in the secret performances of mystery rites. Owusu-Ankomah extends his visual explorations in novel directions by developing innovative symbols, such as the Microcron – the circle of shining orbs signifying ‘universes inside universes,’ which so entrances the figure in the image above. This unique symbolic logic yokes together ancient traditions of secret knowledge with current speculation about the mysterious nature of reality derived from theoretical physics, which predicts the parallel coexistence of multi-dimensional universes within a single multiverse.

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