World Receivers: surreal, immersive fun at Zabludowicz


A mixed and semi-immersive new group show at Kentish Town’s contemporary art gallery



Want to see an artwork inspired by the smash hit Disney movie Frozen? Course you do. So head to the big spring-summer show at Prince Of Wales Road’s cavernous gallery to see snowman Olaf as both giant sculpture and on a flatscreen in a cubby hole off the main hall.

It’s a work by US artist Puppies Puppies and part of an absorbing – and sometimes dazzling – group show which focuses on the “overlaps of identity, materiality and politics”. World Receivers features two foundational artists – Cindy Sherman and Isa Genzken – alongside 14 younger voices, thereby offering a handy balance of experience and expertise.

An eclectic affair, many of these artists work simultaneously across painting, sculpture, text, sound, photography, film, and performance. And yes, it’s attention-grabbing all the way through – take Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin’s Roast Beef Curtain Drop, a sculpture of soft furnishings made human(ish); or more sculptures formed out of clothing – as haunting as headless bodies – by NYC artist Kevin Beasley in the upstairs mezzanine area.

A highlight is an immersive neon room by US artist Signe Pierce: you’ll even gawp at yourself on a screen in surprising, altered-state form. I also liked Anj Smith’s intricate paintings that combine disparate elements, and reward repeat viewing.

The back room is a must. A separate show called Stalking The Trace by artist Rachel Rossin, it’s a vast, cinematic (and again immersive) celebration of new digital technologies: expect paintings, sculptural installations and virtual reality all muddied into more than the sum of their parts. A mesmerising experience, the soundtrack hypnotic.

In fact, listen up throughout, as music selected by the artists enhances the work throughout.

So is it all about receiving? In this case: yes.

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Free entry, Thurs-Sun (12midday-6pm). Until 7th July, 176 Prince Of Wales Road NW5

Credit: World Receivers, 2019, Installation View, Photo: Tim Bowditch


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