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Kate MacGarry: J Blackwell 'R.O.I / J.O.M.O' (until 8th February 2020)

As the climate catastrophe is becoming increasingly publicly known, and evident, it is naive for the art world to turn its back on it, or perhaps worse still, to have artists making weakly linked, superficial works about global warming without considerations for their legacies in the short- and long-term. Kate MacGarry is a small space in Shoreditch with a significant international reputation, and every time I've visited in the past the lasting impression is that the gallery presents neat, clean works with a focus on modernism and symbolism, but this is just anecdotal.

J Blackwell, Opulent Active Net, 2019. Plastic, acrylic, yarn, 152.4cm x 106.7cm.
Photo: Robert Glowacki

'R.O.I/J.O.M.O' is sharing the space with a small selection of works by Susanne Paesler, represented by Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin, as part of the annual Condo London program, which allows galleries from around the world to exhibit in London. More importantly for the likes of me, it gives Londoners the…

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