The Sluice Art Fair takes place at The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1. The Private view is on Thursday 15 October from 5-8.30pm
The Transition Gallery has put together "The Names" which is a show that features:
Michael Ajerman / Phil Allen / Sarah Baker / Mike Bartlett /
Sara Berman / Kirsty Buchanan / Annabel Dover / Sarah Doyle / Archie Franks / Susie Hamilton / Russell Herron / Paul Housley / Henry Hussey / Marie Jacotey / Jasper Joffe / Matthew Krishanu / Cathy Lomax / Alex Michon / Alex Pearl / Michael Pybus /
Harry Pye & Adrian R. Shaw / Dallas Seitz / Alli Sharma / Corinna Spencer /
Mimei Thompson / Gavin Toye / Katherine Tulloh / Rose Wylie.
The Transition show is based around the importance of the artist's signature. They say:
"From Duchamp’s subversive R.Mutt to Josh Smith’s shameless painted autographs, artists have cavorted with the significance of the signature. As a rule, in the early 20th century, the signature was a vital addition to the front of an artwork, embedding the artist’s identity into the work with showy authentication. In contemporary art, however, the signature is generally discretely placed on the back of an artwork and a prominent signature has become the signifier of very bad, amateur taste.
Denying the name on the front of the work is an art world game. The value of an artwork depends upon its maker – so excluding the name means only those in the know, know for sure the veracity of the work.
In contemporary culture ‘bad taste’ can quite legitimately be resurrected and become a sign of the most adventurous tastemakers. Thus, there are now artists who knowingly embrace the potential of the signature by signing their work prominently and defiantly on the front.
The Names features a number of small works; each one is about the name / signature of the artist who made it."
Meanwhile studio1.1 are showing work by: Jay Cloth, Marcus Cope, Kieran James, and Robin Seir.
(Above, KERAN JAMES, 'Madam I'm Adam' scraped mirrors 2 x 75 x 150 cm 2014
Last but not least... on the 5th floor there will be a show curated by Mel Cole which features Murray Anderson, Alice Kelway-Bamber
Zac T Lee, Helen McGhie, Harry Pye, Sue Stephens, Barry Thompson, Tracey Payne, Anna Levy, and Sarah Tew.