If you happen to be in London over the next few weeks I strongly urge you to stop by Beers Contemporary Art for Contemporary Visions IV, the gallery’s 4th annual open-call group exhibition juried by Andrew Salgado, Cathy Willis, Kurt Beers, and myself. From nearly 1,500 entries we selected nine artists from six countries including Youngbin Choi, Antoine Donzeaud, Elisabetta Falanga, Catalin Geana, Hyunjeong Lim, Vojtech Mica, Luke Turner, Carl White, and Phil Woodward. Via Beers Contemporary: The variety of the work is striking, yet even through their unique methods and mediums, the selected artists exhibit a desire to question traditional modes of artistic consumption. Here, notions of aesthetics and the politics of looking are always under scrutiny. Many of the works offer reinterpretations of art historical canon, simultaneously venerating and veering away from their antiquated source material. One senses a reverence for historical precedent, as well as a drive to reinvent contemporary ideas of artistic practice. Also of significance are the themes of fantasy and transformation. Through metamorphosis of the human figure (and the spaces it inhabits), these artists challenge preconceived notions of artistic authority, and pave the way for a new understanding of the impact of contemporary art. Contemporary Visions IV will run through December 21, 2013, so check it out.