A new group exhibition curated by British Turkish Cypriot Mustafa Hulusi is opening at Pi Artworks London at the beginning of September.
Called “Everywhere was nowhere, and nowhere everywhere”, it features the works of 18 artists that explore the sensory experience outside of language, as they challenge our modern era of techno-science driven functionality that seemingly prevails over the imagination.
This group show will feature a range of works, from “mystical hard-edged abstraction to trippy figuration”, and “innovative assemblage to compellingly beautiful affective hand-crafted works”.
The title and exhibition theme are inspired by Italian philosopher Federico Campagna’s ideas of ‘Technic’ and ‘Magic’, where art aims to create “a dialogue between two opposing yet not utterly incompatible polars, constituting and shaping the definition of what we call reality while guiding the visitors into intangible realms of being,” state the exhibition’s press notes.
About Mustafa Hulusi
The exhibition’s curator is Mustafa Hulusi, himself a renowned multi-discipline artist whose work straddles paintings, videos, installation and photography.
A graduate of Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art, Hulusi has represented Cyprus at the 52nd International Exhibition of Contemporary Art of La Biennale di Venezia and had solo exhibitions across Britain and internationally, including at the A-Foundation, Liverpool, the Patrick Painter Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Page Gallery in Seoul. His work has also previously featured at Pi Artworks London, including a solo show called Cyprus Realism in 2019.
Hulusi on ‘Everywhere was nowhere, and nowhere everywhere’: “we are faced with the human need to connect with a sense of the cosmic”
Speaking ahead of the group show’s opening, Hulusi said: “’Everywhere was nowhere, and nowhere everywhere’ is a group exhibition that sits within a territory where we are faced with the human need to connect with a sense of the cosmic.
“Each artist here has their own idiosyncratic approach to this cosmo-anthropic task, using both esoteric and exoteric methodologies. Some of the artists turn towards less rational worlds or enter a space where art history is to be ‘fermented and feasted upon’. One artist is steeped in Sufi cosmology, while others mix geology with anthropology to find the spiritual – along with socio-political critiques.”
The 18 participating artists are Ben Spiers, Deborah Hobson, Dee Ferris, Gaia Fugazza, GT Pellizzi, Gulay Semercioglu, James Huggett, Jamie Shovlin, John Greenwood, Maryam Eisler, Maude Maris, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Peter Peri, Polys Peslikas, Richard Wathen, Salvatore Arancio, Tanoa Sasraku, and Ximena Garrido-Lecca
“Everywhere was nowhere, and nowhere everywhere” opens on 1 September 2022 and runs for just over two weeks until 17 September. The venue is open daily from Tuesday to Saturday, and the exhibition is free to attend but is by appointment only and prior online registration via email or Eventbrite is needed.
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Founded in Istanbul in 1998, Pi Artworks is an international contemporary art gallery with spaces in London and in Istanbul.
Located near Oxford Street, its London gallery opened in 2013, allowing Pi Artworks “to cross borders, make connections, explore “shared histories”, by showcasing artists from different geographies.
Title: Everywhere was nowhere, and nowhere everywhere’
Dates: Thursday 01 September 2022 to Saturday 17 September 2022
Opening days and times: Tuesday to Saturday, midday to 6pm
Venue: Pi Artworks London, 55 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EG