Yinka Shonibare MBE: Play With Me

29 November 2003 - 29 January 2004
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by British artist Yinka Shonibare. Shonibare's paintings combine emulsion, acrylic, found objects and textiles and explore his interest in aesthetic and post-colonial issues. The textiles used in the works first became popular in West Africa after independence for being constructed as an "African" cloth. The fabric is, in fact, Indonesian-influenced, manufactured in Holland and purchased by Shonibare at Brixton market in London. The combination of emulsion, acrylic paint and ornate fabric creates a sensuous, exciting visual experience.

Stephan Balkenhol

15 October 2003 - 15 November 2003
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new sculpture by German artist Stephan Balkenhol. In his work, Balkenhol draws on a wide array of references. He is influenced by traditional sculpting techniques from Roman and Egyptian times as well as figurative imagery found in churches. Balkenhol's stable medium is wood. From a distance, his sculptures seem sensual and sturdy, however, on closer inspection, their splintered and chisel-marked surfaces suggest a raw fragility.


10 September 2003 - 11 October 2003
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present EU3, an exhibition of current trends in European drawing. Included in the show are new and recent works by Franz Ackermann, Kai Althoff, Dirk Bell, Raoul De Keyser, Marlene Dumas, Kerstin Kartscher, Martin Kippenberger, Mark Manders, Margherita Manzelli, Paul McDevitt, Jockum Nordström, David Shrigley and Luc Tuymans.

Drawing is an essential component of these artists' works, whether as their primary practice or to complement o...

Jim Hodges

10 June 2003 - 26 July 2003
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Jim Hodges. Hodges is known for transforming ordinary materials into poetic works that invoke the transient and poignant moments of life. To produce his delicate work, Hodges uses a wide range of materials such as fabric, paper, glass, silver chains and fragmented mirrors. From these materials emerge objects which are layered with meanings and deal with complex issues such as memory, loss, nostalgia and personal growth.

Yoshimoto Nara

2 May 2003 - 31 May 2003
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. Like a child negotiating the confusing period of adolescence, Nara's work reflects an abundance of emotions and characteristics such as anxiety, fear, preciousness, insecurity, pleasure and confidence. Figures often exist in a dream-like world and appear to float or stand on clouds and water. Children challenge the viewer with aggressive glares and animals beckon with tender faces. 

Helen Mirra

2 March 2003 - 19 April 2003
Helen Mirra's varied practice includes sculpture, film, video, language and sound. The artist's minimalist works often refer to the earth, sea and sky through the consistent use of a green, blue and brown palette. Throughout her practice, an interest in the relationship between the natural world and the people who inhabit it motivate works that are elegant and poignant. A further interest in both cinema history and film structure manifests most explicitly in an ongoing group of works made of lengths of 16mm cloth, which Mirra thinks of as "silent silent films".

Kendell Geers: Rogue States

7 February 2003 - 15 March 2003
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Kendell Geers.
Kendell Geers is known for creating installations, sculptures and situations which assault our senses by means of carefully selected and appropriated materials, sound, and manipulated film footage. Questioning the nature of desire, violence, horror or ecstasy, the artist disturbs commonly accepted moral codes and puts into doubt the principles by which good and bad are judged. This practice, multi-layered and rich in references, is sometimes made obvious by title or use of medium but is more often concealed for the viewer to discover.