Thursday, 22 August 2013
Two Out of Four Shows
Typical! I haven't had a new exhibition open for a couple of months, then I plan three weeks away from London (I'll actually be de-installing and couriering the Victoria and Albert Museum's touring Hollywood Costume exhibition, which will be taking me to Dubai, Melbourne, Hong Kong, New York and Virginia) and suddenly I get offered four exhibitions that take place during the time frame that I'll be away.
Needless to say, I won't be able to exhibit in all four shows, but I will be showing in two of them. The first one will be the inaugural We Are Art People exhibition at the Naked Eye Gallery in Hove (next to Brighton), East Sussex, from the 30th August to the 1st September. As I won't be around to deliver or collect my work I've had to massively down-scale what I'll be exhibiting, but I will still be showing a couple of screen prints and two small sculptures.
The second show will be a special, one night only event on the 5th September, at Lounge Lover in Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London – to celebrate the launch of Laissez Fare Art. Entitled 'A Twisted Summer Night's Dream', the evening will have a loose fairytale theme, with sculptural/installation artworks, actors reciting lines from the bard's similarly titled play, and different scented rooms (courtesy of Etat Libre d'Orange Perfumes). Amongst the confirmed artists is the rather wonderful Tessa Farmer who's sinister 'fairies' are something else. Me? Well, I will be exhibiting my 'Sleeping Beauty Box' sculpture.
As for the two exhibitions that I won't be able to show in – one of them is 'Art at the Crypt: Alterations', curated by artist Ellie Geary. This show also opens on the 5th September, and takes place in the crypt at St. Giles Church, Camberwell. Luckily the show is to be the first in an on-going series of art exhibitions at the venue (which I hear also plays host to one of the best jazz clubs in London) so at least I'll be able to exhibit at one of their future shows.
The other one that I was invited to show in is an exhibition called Fifty By Fifty at the Nancy Victor Gallery in Fitzrovia, London (where I had my first solo show). This one looks amazing so I'm a bit gutted that I only got the call to exhibit a couple of days before heading off to Australia. Although, saying that – I've been working like crazy for the past few weeks, finishing off various design projects before flying off, so I wouldn't have had time to start and complete anything new for Fifty By Fifty anyway.
But if you are in London whilst any of these shows are on please pop along and let me know how they went.