Sorika is an on-going art project established by Gareth McConnell in 2013. It was originally initiated as a way to collaborate with other artists and with no particular manifesto other than the realising of projects of interest and never dedicated to any specific medium or genre. More recently it has been a way to sell art and editions online. In response to the COVID19 pandemic Sorika is participating in the Artist Support Pledge which means for every £1000 in sales we spend £200 on buying the work of another artist.
Since its inaugural publication, the novella Horse Latitudes by Chris Wilson in 2013, projects have included Looking for Love for Love, a reworking of Looking for Love, Tom Wood’s seminal 1980s photo-book, A New Concise Reference Dictionary and Glossary of Usage Terms and Subjects in Contemporary Art by the artist and writer Neal Brown, the co-curation and publication of Smiler: Photographs of London by Mark Cawson, produced in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and a number of McConnell’s own works including the publications Sex, Drugs & Magick (Book II), Close Your Eyes and The Dream Meadow.
**Personal highlight** the time we managed to get Viv Albertine, Jimmy Cauty and Peter Doig together for a discussion on London’s Squats and Counterculture at the ICA.
Sorika works are held in the collections of the British Library, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Royal College of Art.
Gareth McConnell was born in Northern Ireland in 1972 and lives in London. His work has been the subject of seven monographs and is featured in numerous anthologies. He has contributed to publications such as AnOther, Arena Homme +, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time and Vogue Homme International. He has exhibited sporadically since 1996 and has spoken about his work at a number of institutions including the Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery.