The Top 5 exhibitions to see in London in early June

Tabish Khan the @LondonArtCritic chooses his favorite exhibitions to see right now in London. Each comes with a concise review to help you decide if it’s for you. Those looking for more exhibits should check out his top 5 museum exhibits where all but one remain open.

Levi van Veluw: Symbols of persuasion @ Rosenfeld
Drawing inspiration from the ideas of religion and reverential artifacts, Levi van Veluw created objects and paintings all using the color of blue to give them a fantastical feel. A dark installation filled with blue objects surrounded by water is the most spectacular element of the exhibition and it is beautiful. Until June 16.

Olivia Jia: Ex Libris @ Workplace
These hyper-real paintings act as extensions of Olivia Jia’s memories and while the compositions are imagined, the photographs in the books and albums are based on her own personal memories and family history. All in the twilight color palette, they appear as if on the edge of where memory meets imagination, as they draw you into its world. Until June 17.

Henri Affandi: Roots @ Huxley-Parlor
It’s the fact that it’s filled with people from different countries and cultures that makes Britain great. Henri Affandi has brought this together with textiles from different cultures and their voices through headphones in an installation where fabric strips and headphones hang from a root-like sculpture, reflecting both our diversity and what unites us. . Until June 18.

Oisin O’Brien: Sometimes in sequence, sometimes in sequins @ SET, Woolwich
The SET studio space in Woolwich has a playful exhibition on the ground floor that examines bizarre correlations such as how the rise of Elvis impersonators after his death is reflected in the growth in the number of SET studios and so by 2027, SET studios will have enough space to house all of the Elvis impersonators. It’s a fun show and is set in a fantastic old office building on small screens and text. Until June 12.

Boo Saville: My @ TJ Boulting
Lose yourself in her large-scale color field paintings and their soft gradients or get stuck in the intricate detail of her paintings of symbols of motherhood, including a nest and an egg – both reflecting Boo’s own struggles Saville with fertility treatment and the loss of her mother. Boo Saville’s exhibition is a deeply personal exploration of motherhood and what it means. Until June 11.

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