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5-6 Cork Street, W1S 3LQ, London, United Kingdom
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Fri 24 Nov 2023 to Fri 22 Dec 2023

5-6 Cork Street, W1S 3LQ The Place I Am

Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm

Stephen Friedman Gallery presents The Place I Am, a group show celebrating its gallery artists and the global breadth of the programme. Bringing together new and previously unseen paintings, sculptures and works on paper, the exhibition takes its name from Peter Bennet’s eponymous poem, which examines the link between identity and sense of place.


Artworks

Leilah Babirye, Muntu wa bantu of the Buganda queer family, 2023

Glazed ceramic and bicycle tyre inner tubes

71.1 × 114.3 × 50.8 cm

© Leilah Babirye. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Dan Bradica

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Claire Barclay, Soft Snag, 2023

Steel, steel wire, stained quilted linen

100 × 370 × 70 cm

© Claire Barclay. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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David Shrigley, Untitled, 2023

Acrylic on paper

56 × 76 cm

© David Shrigley. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York

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Jonathan Baldock, Cosmic Flower (the four emotions), 2023

Hessian, felt and cotton thread

202 × 200.5 cm

© Jonathan Baldock. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Tonico Lemos Auad, Forthright, 2023

Reclaimed wood

37.4 × 130.5 × 45.1 cm

© Tonico Lemos Auad. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Denzil Forrester, Boom Boom Echoes, 2023

Oil on canvas

274.5 × 203 cm

© Denzil Forrester. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Mamma Andersson, Black Postcard, 2022

Oil on panel

75 × 144 cm

© Mamma Andersson. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

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Ged Quinn, Fugue, 2023

Oil on canvas

250 × 250 cm

© Ged Quinn. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Holly Hendry, Exhaust'd, 2023

Stainless steel, aluminium and glass

91.5 × 24 × 30 cm

© Holly Hendry. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Yooyun Yang, Slight Wind, 2023

Acrylic on handmade Korean paper on panel

91 × 117 cm

© Yooyun Yang. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Andy H. Jung

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Thomas Hirschhorn, POST (2), 2023

Cardboard, print and felt pen

21.5 × 30 cm

© Thomas Hirschhorn. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo:Todd-White Art Photography

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Jim Hodges, a little joy, 2023

Pastel with 24k gold on paper with silk chiffon

57.1 × 76.2 cm

© Jim Hodges. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Channing Hansen, Infinite Fabric, 2023

Hand spun, hand dyed wool, synthetic fibres and redwood

92 × 93 cm

© Channing Hansen. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Pam Glick, Sunlight-Perfume-Colors, 2023

Oil, acrylic and pencil on canvas

182.9 × 182.9 cm

© Pam Glick. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Dan Bradica

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Kehinde Wiley, Three Graces, 2023

Oil on canvas

189 × 244.5 cm

© Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Woody De Othello, in aid of future hopes, 2023

Glazed ceramic

27.9 × 50.8 × 8.9 cm

© Woody De Othello. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Sarah Ball, Edie, 2023

Oil on canvas

130 × 160 cm

© Sarah Ball. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Caroline Walker, Painting Session I, 2023

Oil on board

36 × 45 cm

© Caroline Walker. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Peter Mallet

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Sky Glabush, Night Road, 2023

Oil and sand on canvas

183 × 244 cm

© Sky Glabush. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Joseph Hartman

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Deborah Roberts, Numéro sept, 2023

Mixed media and collage on paper

57 × 78 cm

© Deborah Roberts. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Paul Bardagjy.

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Andreas Eriksson, Granland, 2023

Acrylic, egg oil tempera and oil on canvas

120.5 × 200 cm

© Andreas Eriksson. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York

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Tom Friedman, Sbcnscs Bng, 2023

Styrofoam, wood and paint

36.8 × 90.2 × 12.7 cm

© Tom Friedman. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Dan Bradica

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Kendell Geers, Long Walk to Freedom, 2023

Carbon footprints and acrylic on canvas

170 × 170 cm

© Kendell Geers. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Caroline Coon, Dawn, In The City: ''Is Ziki  available…'' ?, 2023

Oil on canvas

152 × 121.5 cm

© Caroline Coon. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Stephan Balkenhol, Man in a Silver Suit, 2022

Wawa wood and paint

29.3 × 171.5 × 29 cm

© Stephan Balkenhol. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

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Wayne Gonzales, House, 2023

Acrylic on canvas

127 × 127.5 cm

© Wayne Gonzales. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Cooper Dodds

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Clare Woods, Immovable Feast Days, 2023

Oil on aluminium

148.5 × 199 cm

© Clare Woods. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo: Stuart Whipps

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Artists include Mamma Andersson; Juan Araujo; Tonico Lemos Auad; Leilah Babirye; Jonathan Baldock; Stephan Balkenhol; Sarah Ball; Claire Barclay; Caroline Coon; Melvin Edwards; Andreas Eriksson; Manuel Espinosa; Denzil Forrester; Tom Friedman; Kendell Geers; Sky Glabush; Pam Glick; Jeffrey Gibson; Wayne Gonzales; Hulda Guzmán; Channing Hansen; Holly Hendry; Thomas Hirschhorn; Jim Hodges; Izumi Kato; Ilona Keseru; Rivane Neuenschwander; Woody De Othello; Ged Quinn; Deborah Roberts; Anne Rothenstein; Yinka Shonibare CBE RA; David Shrigley; Jiro Takamatsu; Caroline Walker; Kehinde Wiley; Clare Woods; Yooyun Yang and Luiz Zerbini.

The second exhibition to take place at the gallery’s new location on Cork Street, the show explores how home can exist beyond its physical place. For example, a gallery can be seen as a community where geographically and stylistically diverse influences are gathered.

Works by Andreas Eriksson, Sky Glabush, Pam Glick and Luiz Zerbini are inspired by the landscapes immediately around them and are diverse visual representations of their settings. Inspired by his rural surroundings in Sweden, Eriksson devises meditative paintings that provide a window onto the outside world. Also rooted in abstraction, Glick’s colourful grids and mazes project the energy of Niagara Falls, just a few miles away from her studio. Also working in bright and luminous colours, Zerbini’s joyful depictions of the lush and tropical flora and fauna in Brazil are juxtaposed with Glabush’s hypnotic and mysterious landscapes.

Dreamlike and surreal representations of place feature throughout the presentation. Caroline Coon’s large new painting, Dawn in the City: Is Ziki available... ? (2023), is a continuation of her ongoing series portraying brothels and sex workers. Having worked for a short time in the industry, Coon now paints these scenes through a feminist lens, destabilising the hierarchy between sex workers and their male customers. In this painting, a seemingly exhausted city-worker is seated before an imagined version of London, making an early morning call.

Similarly surreal, with a particular focus on interiors, Mamma Andersson also presents a new painting. The artist is inspired by filmic imagery and theatre sets. Typical of Andersson’s practice, the piece features silhouetted details, thick paint and textured washes.

Caroline Walker has a continued interest in the dynamics of family life and, in particular, the role of women in contemporary society. Exploring the sense of belonging, the artist presents ordinary scenes of everyday life that spotlight the frequently overlooked work that women do. Sarah Ball’s practice is focused on gender and identity, with sensitive and intimate portrayals of her subjects. In this new work, Edie (2023), Ball depicts her daughter. A monumental new work by Kehinde Wiley also features in the exhibition. The artist’s vibrant and naturalistic paintings of contemporary African-American and African-Diasporic men and women subvert the hierarchies and conventions of classical portraiture.

Wayne Gonzales’ meticulously crosshatched paintings examine the American cultural landscape. In this new painting, the artist uses an image of a house as a mirror to reflect the viewer’s own subjectivity. Loaded with associations, the symbol of the house is ambiguous while inviting feelings of nostalgia. Similarly working with memory and sentimentality, Jim Hodges explores themes of love and death, fragility and temporality. Simple and poetic, and executed with minimal means, Hodges’ works express a sentiment of deeply felt experience and encourage a visceral and communal response. Clare Woods' paintings also investigate feelings around mortality and loss. Rendered with free-flowing, sculptural brushstrokes, her still lives trigger an emotional response in the viewer.

Installation view: ‘The Place I Am’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2023). Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photo by Mark Blower.

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