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Kieren Hughes: Urban Dreamscape

SEEN was instantly captivated by the work of the Cheltenham-born artist Kieren Hughes recently. His unsettling images seem born of modern-day anxieties about urban living, as in Chicago Fever Dream or the privileges accrued by a rich elite, as in The Last Privilege of an Oil Man. The apocalyptic vision of a last wave seems set to engulf unwitting figures in The Three Men who Rule the World. Age of Monitors gives us a little glimpse of a city’s rooftops, as if the viewer is checking for a means of escape.

The Three Men Who Rule the World
The Three Men Who Rule the World
Chicago Fever Dream
Chicago Fever Dream
Age of Monitors
Age of Monitors
The Last Privilege of an Oil Man
The Last Privilege of an Oil Man

But it’s not all dystopian neurosis. Though even the bucolic idyll of Figures on a Loch seems somehow imbued with a potential sense of loss; are the figures heading towards the waiting boat, or is it just about to drift away and abandon them? It is precisely the ambiguity of his work that fascinates the viewer. Kieren’s work is still on show at Jam in a Jar in Harringay’s Green Lanes.

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Posturing: The Female Body in Fashion

The Ground Floor Project, Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion was the first iteration of a three-part partnership with luxury online retailer THE OUTNET.COM. The exhibition brought together diverse photographers, whose images pushed the boundaries of fashion image-making, connected by a shared interest in posture, gesture and pose. The viewer was challenged to consider both the body’s role in the construction of a fashion photograph …

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Art on a Postcard Presents: Secret Auction 2017 for the Hepatitis C Trust

After the success of last year’s auction, which raised over £75,000, The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard Secret Auction returns for its 4th year. Guests at the private view on the 14th November at Unit London, included Sadie Frost, Alan McGee, Charlie Brooks, Dougie Wallace, David Harrison, Benjamin Murphy and Rowan Newton. World renowned …

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Omar Souleyman Releases ‘To Syria, With Love’

SEEN cannot believe that she hasn’t listened to anything by the great Omar Souleyman, before. He started out as a wedding singer in his native Syria before re-locating to Turkey six years ago to escape the civil war. Since then he’s toured the globe, collaborated with Björk and Four Tet, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize …