8 December 2011 - 4 February 2012
October Gallery, London has been instrumental in bringing many of the world’s leading contemporary artists to the discriminating attention of international audiences. This winter, the gallery continues to promote the art of the trans-cultural avant-garde (Transvangarde)by presenting a selection of artists from around the planet.
Transvangarde Illuminations will show works that focus on the transcendental. The exhibition will include Kenji Yoshida, the first living artist to be given a solo show in 1993 at the British Museum’s Japanese Galleries. Yoshida’s marvellous works can be construed as momentary apperceptions of reality, unique intuitions made manifest by the power of the artist’s vision. His signature gold and silver-foil canvases of serene beauty will be exhibited alongside Chinese artist Huang Xu, who will show new works from his magnificent Flower series. Xu’s vast C-prints capture the aesthetic of the sublime, while young Nepalese artist Govinda Sah ‘Azad’s works suggest an infinite universe, the invisible space portrayed by the cloud. Sah investigates dark matter by depicting a transcriptional burst or pulse that fires or quenches life while artists Ira Cohen’s famous Mylar images and Gandalf Gavan’s anamorphic mirrors reflect alternative realities, playfully illuminating perceptions of self, of others and of a world of light.