Follow Friday: From a Ceramic Squid to Flashing LED Screens, 5 Galleries That Offer a Unique Array of Media

From large-scale installations that include an ink-oozing ceramic squid to colorful, flashing LED screens, these galleries highlight an interesting range of unconventional media currently offered in the contemporary art world.   

Exhibit No. 9, Asbury Park, New Jersey

Based in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Gallery No. 9 specializes in contemporary art from both established and emerging artists with particular emphasis on street art and experimental photography. The artist-directed gallery employs an in-house printmaker, 9 Surf Editions, and regularly hosts an Artist Talks series featuring its represented artists. Its international roster includes Norwegian artists Atle Østrem and Rune Egenes—the gallery’s associate director—and Yugoslavian photographer Zelko Nedic, among others. Gallery directors Tom and Lois White form the artist duo To Lo, combining their disciplines of photography and design to create vivid compositions with multiple exposure photography.

Pippy Houldsworth, London

This London-based gallery features a range of international artists that work with a variety of media. In addition to its exhibition program, the gallery commissions series by established artists such as Olaf Breuning and Yinka Shonibare MBE. This fall, Pippy Houldsworth will be showcasing work by feminist and conceptual artist Mary Kelly, who combines gender, identity, and political issues in large-scale narrative works. Photography and video artist Carrie Mae Weems will be exhibiting her works in a solo show titled “Color Real and Imagined” at the gallery through October.

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

Located in San Francisco, this gallery specializes in mid-career artists with a roster that includes Jim Campbell, Reed Danziger, and Gideon Rubin, and works available by Vik Muniz and Wangechi Mutu. This fall, the gallery will be showcasing Campbell’s most recent body of work that explores full-color LEDs and new sculptural formats. Hosfelt Gallery will be participating in ArtInternational Istanbul in September and will showcase artists working in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and new media.    

Johann König, Berlin

This Berlin-based gallery represents an international roster of 27 artists with a particular focus on young, emerging artists. The program includes a mix of approaches in a range of media, from sculpture, video, and sound to painting, printmaking, photography, and performance. Located in a former industrial building near Berlin’s New National Gallery, the gallery exhibits many large-scale works, including David Zink Yi’s life-size ceramic squid that leaked ink across the gallery floor in his solo exhibition at Johann König this summer.

Meem Gallery, Dubai

Focusing on the work of Middle Eastern modern artists, this Dubai-based gallery, located in the heart of the city’s arts district, showcases modern and contemporary Arab and Iranian art. Since 2010, the gallery has been showcasing the work of contemporary artists such as Mahmoud Obaidi, Amar Dawod, Khaled Havez, and Jeffar Khaldi. This fall, the gallery will be exhibiting video art and mixed-media works by Syrian artist Waseem Marzouki, known for an oeuvre that examines political and cultural systems of power.

Newlin Tillotson

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