The new year so far has seen the opening of galleries with more of a focus on inclusion of friends than the strict ethos of institutional art. There are open calls in London for some exciting projects, where any applicant is certain to be taken on. Best of all, there are pieces being made that speak the universal language of aesthetic and playful pleasure. And we bring a short selection of them here to you, in our first Art Digest.



Shows

A nomadic art gallery has recently been established, by the name of Continental Operations, experimenting with different exhibition formats in different spaces. Their first show finished last Friday at Rich Mix, Shoreditch, showing how the aftermath of an artists' dinner party might appear, with a variation of paintings, sculpture and time based media along the perimeter walls, and a large dining table in the middle, covered with green bread. This was based on a moment from Gertrude Stein’s ‘Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas’, where the party was said to be a success because the guests sent out twice for bread.

And as Continental Operations Gallery's first show came to a close in the week, a new one began at the Book Club, Leonard Street. The Raar exhibition, or 'RAAARRGHHH!' as they would like you to pronounce it, is currently showing a series of drawings of animals, begun by twenty two commissioned illustrators and finished by twenty two children, with profits going to the NSPCC. A large-scale collaboration derived from the most imaginative of minds.



Calls For Involvement

Last year, a project called MilesKm was started, where a group of London-based artists linked with a group of Madrid-based artists. With the barrier of distance between the two cities, they came up with several different concepts, and eventually the London artists traveled to Madrid so that they could make and exhibit and their work together:

This year, it's the Madrid artists' turn to come to London, and anyone is welcome aboard.

Also, The new pop-up gallery, Construction Gallery, will be taking on volunteers, submissions for exhibitions and writers' residencies, accepting anyone within a five mile radius of Tooting.



Look At This!

A long while ago we were sent a sample of the sound piece, Sun Boxes, by Craig Colorusso. It's high time we showed it to you: