Curating: IceTuxedo

'random orange' photo: Ismail Erbil

Random Orange – International Open Call

Image by: Ice Tuxedo


Random Orange is an International Open Call exhibition organised by Ice Tuxedo. Selected artists below have responded to an extract taken from ‘The Science in Science Fiction’ ed. Peter Nicholls, 1982, p. 91.

Artists who have applied for this exhibition opportunity have followed the guidelines set by Ice-Tuxedo. The exhibition was announced as a Open Call to artists working across all media and the curator did not restrict the size of the works.

Selected artists for Ice-Tuxedo Event:

Julia Keenan, Russell Miller, Alexander Drawbridge, Alan Singer, Will M Thorburn, Joseph Sobel.



‘There are various intriguing science fiction notions concerning time that can only call upon very distant support from science. A notable example is A.E. van Vogt’s novel The Weapon Shops of Isher, in which a man throws alternately, as if on a seesaw, increasingly distant past and futures, accumulates so much energy (for surely time travel requires energy) that when he finally explodes in the distant past, it is the intensity of this release of energy that catalyses the creation of the Sun and the planets. This is one of the ultimate time paradoxes. More soberly, Ian Watson’s story “The Very Slow Time Machine’ tells of a future time traveller in a machine which, before it is projected even further into the future, must (like a catapult) first be very slowly pulled back into the past. To battled present-day observers he seems to be experiencing normal duration, but in reverse. There is a remote sense in which physics supports the relationship between time and energy that these stories rather vaguely suggest. The initial energy of the Big Bang that gave birth to our universe is thought to be directly connected to the nature of time in the universe.
We do not know exactly how much energy this was, but we do know that the greater the initial energy, the longer time itself will last before the universe reaches its hear-death or collapses back into a monobloc.’


Private View: Thursday 28th July, 6 – 8.30 p.m
Exhibition dates: 28/07/16 – 27/08/2016
Public opening hours: Saturdays only: 11 a.m – 5 p.m
Thursday & Friday: Viewing by appointment only between 11am and 5 p.m

Gallery Open Sunday: 31st July from 11 am-6 p.m

Location: 92 White Post Lane, Building 2, Ground floor, London, E9 5GU


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The Red Files

Exhibition dates: 27.08.15 – 12.09.2015
Private view: Thursday 27th August 2015 6 – 8.30 p.m
Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursdays late opening: 3rd September 2015, 6-9 p.m

The Red Files is the fourth and final Open Call exhibition at Schwartz Gallery for 2015. The Open Call format has created exhibition opportunities throughout the year for emerging contemporary artists and tested curatorial concepts within the space. Juxtaposing ideas of colour and order The Red Files investigates psychological versus physical space within concepts of the contemporary. Occupying the abstract yet being rooted in a physical ordering The Red Files invites artists to submit work that responds to ideas of untold stories, latent expressions of the self and inverted systems of classification. The gallery space will be reformed through the use of divisions reenforcing ideas of transition and repetition by concealing and revealing physical and perceptual space.

Selected artists:


The Red Files curated by Ismail Erbil

The Red Files

The Red Files

The Red Files.  Photos and the red screens are by artist-curator: Ice Ismail Erbil





‘ex-ca-vate-site-two’ – Open Call Curated by: Ismail Erbil

Private View: Wednesday 3rd June 6 – 8.30 p.m

Exhibition dates: 03/06/15 – 04/07/2015

Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursdays: 4th June & 2nd July 2015, 6 – 9 pm

‘ex-ca-vate-site-two’ is a group show in an open call format curated by artist-curator Ismail Erbil that investigates the relationship between finished works and those found in the artist’s studios, thinking of this relationship as a type of excavation. Re-visiting the studio in a gallery environment Erbil records and reconsiders curatorial relationships and questions the context of the gallery versus the studio revealing often hidden or unseen aspects of an artist’s practice. Displaying a sense of unearthed visions creates unorthodox sites of interaction between artworks, the gallery space and the viewer. A large structure in the centre of the gallery references Joseph Beuys sculpture work ‘Fat Battery’ 1963 and Meret Oppenheim object 1936. This investigation at Schwartz Gallery extends from Erbil’s ideas of ‘digging’ for minimalist visions, saturation and construction as a dimension of the artist’s role, questioning the act of erasing and displaying broken artworks. The viewer will also have the option to be guided by the gallery assistants to link up finished objects with studio objects disrupting their process of engaging with the exhibition and shifting their role into that of active agent in the context of the exhibition as an installation.

Selected Artists:

Rhian Smith, Andy Jackson, Lillian Wilkie, Maud Haya-Beviera, Fiona Grady, Hannah Dinsdale Robson, Ismail Erbil, Jonny Williamson, Ralph Dunn, Kirsty Hoi Yee Chau, Alex Williamson, Basil Olton, Hendrickje Schimmel, Marie Munk, Pallas Citroen.

'ex-ca-vate-site-two' Open Call

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POP LIVING: International Open Call

Conceptual Pop. Conceptual Living. Pop Living invites artists to submit work that builds on ideas of ‘pop’ thinking in art and culture; the re/production of culture and living mediated through technology and advertising is captured in a constant techno-documentation of society and the self. The hyper-real and contemporary constructions of living come together in a celebrity-fuelled world of sleek design and fictional future-spaces. Pop Living invites artists working with wall based work to respond to concepts of contemporary living, hyper-reality and transmitted spaces.


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* Exhibition: ‘ex-ca-vate-site-one’

2013 Schwartz Gallery London

No. 1 in Time Out First Thursday’s Top 5 shows for September 2013

Private View:

6-10 p.m Friday 16th August 2013

Exhibition Dates 16th August to 8th September 2013

Artists: Alex Carmichael, Patrick Dillon, Ismail Erbil, Aya Fukami, Lana Locke, Patrick Michalopoulos, Yana Naidenov, Douglas Park, Joanna Roberto, Mark Selby, Darn Thorn, Sig Waller.



* Exhibition: Stars In My Eyes

2013 Schwartz Gallery London





* Exhibition: Powerless Structures
2012 Schwartz Gallery London

POWERLESS STRUCTURES, a group show curated by Ismail Erbil at Schwartz Gallery, investigates relationships between a variety of structural paradigms and their attendant power functions. Selected artists variously unpick and re-work vehicles of belief, desire, illusion and entertainment from the theatrical and the field of design to religious architecture and out-dated scientific models of knowledge.

Artists: Russell Chater, Blue Curry, Ismail Erbil, Valentin Faline, Corinne Felgate, Rowena Harris, Kit Merritt, Patrick Michalopoulos, Adam Parkinson, Sarah Pucill, Eva Roovers.

Review by Uprising News

Private View: Wednesday 18th January 2012 6 – 8.30 p.m
Exhibition dates: 19th January – 25th February 2012

First Thursdays: 2nd February 2012, 6 – 9 p.m


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