Posts Tagged: Installation

Meet Larissa Shaw: Forward Artist

Ikon talks to artist Larissa Shaw, who participates in Forward: New Art from Birmingham, to hear more about her tactile work, process driven approach and her connection to Birmingham. Follow this series of blog posts to hear more from artists exhibiting work in Forward. Ikon has also produced interviews, filmed at the artists’ studios, which will be released over… Read more »

Žilvinas Kempinas

Ikon presents a solo exhibition of work by New York based Lithuanian artist Žilvinas Kempinas. Comprising a number of installations it is characteristically elemental, representing and embodying natural phenomena such as light and the circulation of air, with an emphasis on movement made by both visitors and kinetic works in the exhibition. Kempinas’ work involves… Read more »

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First Floor Galleries and Tower Room Please note the Tower Room is only accessible via a number of steps Ikon presents a new exhibition of work by A K Dolven, one of Norway’s most prominent artists. Through a variety of media – painting, installation, film and sound – she is concerned essentially with the representation… Read more »

Lee Bul

Ikon presents the first UK solo show of works by Korean artist Lee Bul. This survey of early drawings, studies, sculptural pieces and ambitious installations – including a new commission made especially for Ikon – showcases the visually compelling and intellectually sharp works which have established Lee Bul as one of the most important artists… Read more »


This project marks Oliver Beer’s return to Ikon, following our 2011 presentation of his remarkable video installation Pay and Display, produced in collaboration with Ex Cathedra. Outside-In, a permanent piece installed in a window of Ikon’s reception space looking out onto Oozells Square, is the outcome of the artist’s recent collaboration with Hermès, giving him… Read more »


Being was an exhibition by Damián Ortega consisting of new work commissioned by Ikon. One of the most significant artists to have emerged from Mexico in recent years, Ortega produces works that engage with matter, the condition of sculpture and geo-political concerns. He transforms common, close-at-hand materials through ingenious processes into poetic, often humorous works… Read more »

Le Socialisme Africain

The first solo exhibition in the UK of work by Georges Adéagbo, this was an installation made in response to the various geographical, historical and social contexts of Ikon whilst carrying the artist’s distinct voice. Inspired partly by Birmingham, informed by radical political observations arising out of Africa’s recent past, also it was a manifestation… Read more »

Shiny Dirty

This exhibition conveyed Batchelor’s preoccupation with colour, through various kinds of structures, often assemblages of second-hand objects. Those involving light boxes explicitly referred to illuminated signs, the shapes and colours of a metropolitan environment. They embodied an essentially abstract phenomenon but a closer look revealed their nuts and bolts, wiring and other means of construction,… Read more »

Do We Think Too Much? I Don’t Think We Can Ever Stop

This was the first exhibition by African-American self-taught artist Lonnie Holley outside of America. It included sculpture, painting and assemblage from the past twenty-five years. Holley is known for his sprawling self-made environment in Harpersville, Birmingham, Alabama. Littered with the rusting carcasses of vans, consumer debris and salvage industrial ephemera, his evolving sculptures and installations,… Read more »

Demo Station no. 4

Born in Buenos Aires (1961), based in New York and Berlin, Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija is a leading figure in a generation that has radically changed the way art is proposed and apprehended. His work epitomises a refreshing openness in art practice, blurring the distinctions between process and finished work, between art work and its… Read more »

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