All Change at Ikon

All Change at Ikon

Sleep on a giant stapler

With a headful of boohoo we wave off summer while two-facedly pretending to welcome seasonal also-ran autumn. Chin-up, faithful reader, because with it arrives mind-wrinkling new arty structures and a fusion of European talent. Ikon simultaneously launched three new exhibitions at its Brindleyplace mission controlon Friday. Our thoughts for a penny. (Less the penny. We'd never do that to you.)

Getting straight to the main event, New York based Lithuanian artist Žilvinas Kempinas is presenting a series of installations. Characteristically elemental, Kempinas’ work involves unprecious everyday objects and materials. And the magnetic. Plenty of it. Bearings (2015, pictured above), is a floor based black box-like object with thousands of steel bearings laid down in oil on its surface. Initially, they appear to be in a static formation, but on closer inspection there is occasional movement – the bearings are slowly shifting, one by one, rearranging and re-positioning themselves into an infinite work in progress.

The disorientating persists with Verticals (2015) and Kempinas' Illuminator works (both pictured). Suspended magnetic rods and tape make up the former, which you experience by navigating your way through the installation, while the latter resembles surfaces of a full moon – a bright sphere in a dark sky — but are in fact circles of flat rough wall, lit along their perimeters. And should you still have enough of your balance, be sure to ride through Kempinas' upside down forested landscape, which forms part of a completely new installation the artist has created for the occasion.

Who says work should be horizontal, and idleness vertical? Introducing the lazy boy work lounger (our name), conceived by French design student Philippine Hamen(definitely his name). The piece, which you can view in the Tower Room, is inspired by David Lodge’s short story, The Man Who Wouldn’t Get Up and includes a handy ‘face hole’ to enable the user to read or work lying face down, which though undoubtedly good for your back health, has raised some questions in the office about likely productivity. In any event, don't bother trying to trademark this one.

Ikon's triple helping of new exhibitions continues 'til November 27 and also includes the work of Sara Barker. Entry is an entirely consistent absolutely nothing.