We thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you of one of our favourite galleries in Birmingham; the cool and contemporary Ikon, which has existed in some form since 1964, through a kiosk in the Bull Ring to its current home in Brindley Place. Always challenging in its exhibitions utilising a variety of media and all for free. Current exhibitions include Lithuanian artist Žilvinas Kempinas who is probably most renown for using unwound video tape in his work. His installations include an exploration of viewers movements and is quite disorientating, it incorporates an upside down video projection of a forested landscape. Sara Baker’s mix of sculpture, painting and drawing confounds expectations. Where does one piece of art begin and end? The blend of steel, paint and glass is compelling. Philippine Hamen plays around with furniture in unexpected ways in his homage to David Lodge’s short story ‘The Man Who Wouldn’t Get up’. Café Opus hosts a selection of tintype photographic portraits made by artist Mahtab Hussain during his time on Black Country Voyages. Don’t forget to check out the most fun lift in Birmingham too.
Fri 23 Sep to Sun 27 Nov at Ikon Gallery, Brindley Place, Birmingham B1 2HS Free ikon-gallery.org/
Published on: Mon 26 Sep 2016