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.
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 (b. 1972, Northern Ireland) is an artist and publisher living in London. He is founder and editor in chief of Sorika (est. 2013) an ongoing collaborative art project and print sales company. His work is the subject of seven monographs, numerous anthologies and is held in art collections including UBS, British Council and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His artist book Close Your Eyes was named one of the top photo books of the year by The New York Times Magazine and American Suburbs X. He has edited, reworked and published the work of a number of other artists and writers such as Chris Wilson, Tom Wood and Mark Cawson, and co-published A New Concise Reference Dictionary and Glossary of Usage Terms and Subjects in Contemporary Art by Neal Brown with Art Review. He is a long-term contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Dazed & Confused and AnOther Magazine. His work has been featured and written about in internationally recognised art and news publications such as Aperture, Frieze, The Guardian and The Observer and has been included in major survey art shows. He has organised talks and events at major institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London where he co-curated the exhibition Smiler: Photographs of London. In 2021 he was commissioned by the Frieze Art Fair to create new artworks for all fair advertising and a special cover project for Frieze Week magazine. Recent solo exhibitions include The Brighter The Flowers, The Fiercer The Town, Seen Fifteen, 2022 To The Beat Of The Drum, Ulster Museum, 2021. Recent group shows include Portrait of Northern Ireland: Neither an Elegy nor a Manifesto, Goldenthread Gallery, Belfast 2021 and Entre Amis Quatre, French Riviera, London 2021. He has spoken about his work at numerous academic and cultural institutions including Tate Modern and The National Portrait Gallery, London.