ARIEL HELYES is an artist working in London (...)
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He creates evocative objects and proposals with undetermined endings, focusing on the complex relationships between viewer, artwork and artist.
Often playfully simple and navigating between ephemerality and laborious production, his practice can also be read as an ongoing exploration of impermanence and value.
He ate a yoghurt every day for a hundred days. He called this ' Eat-in a yoghurt every day (and that's enough), 2022'. He paywalled his application to the Rijksakademie, asking for the same amount as the application fee ('The Chicken, the Egg and Stoelendans', 2021).
In his current project ('Gallery poll', 2022) he carries around small voting cards and asks people which gallery they think he should be represented by.
He is also working on a publication featuring a series of interventions in which he inserts his name into group shows, to explore the idea of career advancement with no additional work. He calls the series 'Listed Appearances'
Besides these endeavours, Helyes creates realistic sculptures and paintings.
His work has been exhibited in project spaces and shows in Kupfer Gallery, London, Sadie Coles HQ, London, South London Gallery, London, Serving the People, NYC, O'Flaherty's NYC and Fold Gallery, London.
To arrange a studio visit text +44(7) 591099021