Long established as one of the art world’s biggest and most important events, Frieze London is set to take place from October 6-9. Art spaces all over the city are trying to capitalize on the thousands of art fans flocking to the capital, but with so much going on, it is easy to miss some events. From Inuit art to mystery tattoos, let ARTINFO take you through the weird and wonderful world of happenings in London during Frieze week.
Christian Marclay at White Cube
Nearest tube stop: London Bridge
Christian Marclay, best known for his films like “The Clock” — in which he constructed an entire 24-hour clock from film clips — will be projecting new films onto the facade of White Cube Bermondsey from October 5-10. In these six stop-motion films, Marclay offers a guide to the detritus of a city. Each film focuses on a single kind of abandoned item found on the street, from chewing gum to cigarettes and straws, creating mesmerizing videos criticizing and celebrating contemporary consumerism.
Zineb Sedira at King’s Cross St Pancras Tube Station
Nearest tube stop: King’s Cross St. Pancras
The latest works commissioned by Art on the Underground, a scheme that has seen some of Britain’s best-loved artists producing artworks inspired by the Tube, are by French-Algerian artist Zineb Sedira. The first batch will go on display during Frieze within Kings Cross St Pancras. For “Collecting Lines,” the artist will show large-scale video installations and photographs across the Victoria line, beginning with two multi-channel films detailing the map collection of a retired Underground worker, and the post-operation journey of Tube trains to their depots.
Tattoo Artist Scott Campbell at Lazarides Gallery
Nearest Tube Stop: Covent Garden
Tattoo artist to an array of celebrities that include Courtney Love and Marc Jacobs, Scott Campbell is opening the exhibition of his fine art works of tattooed pig skin with a daring participatory performance piece. During Frieze, Campbell will be inviting a number of lucky visitors to the gallery to put their arm into a hole and have him tattoo them with “what he feels the appendage needs,” leaving the exhibition-goer with a unique exhibition souvenir. “Whole Glory London” runs from October 7-9.
Inuit Art at Canada House
Nearest Tube Stop: Charing Cross
Though Frieze will feature galleries and artists from every corner of North America, you can guarantee that there will be nothing quite like Canada House’s exhibition of the art of Inuits living in the northernmost reaches of Canada. Featuring folk art pieces created in these barren conditions by 18 creatives, this show offers a journey through one of the world’s most inaccessible, unknown regions. It is on display until November 30.
The Guardian Animals + Other Invisible Beings at Moretti Fine Art
Nearest Tube Stop: Green Park
Even more Outsider art can be seen at St James’ Moretti Fine Art, which will be showing the work of the “Atelier of Mistakes” — a free workshop for children at neuropsychiatric clinics “that engages with art as a social and relational practice.” Much like a Frieze Masters booth, the exhibition (until November 2) seeks to position these unique creative works within the art history that they both resemble and contrast with, offering a new way of seeing history and art therapy.
Frieze London opens tomorrow at Regent's Park London, and will run through October 9.