Just a very brief thank you to everyone who came to our group exhibition at Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green, which very well attended by staff and students alike. I say briefly because I have already blogged the details of this show which is on until the 5th August 2012 - but will post my photos here soon. Busy week!
I really want to focus on was a great Private View at Core@Nolias Gallery on Tuesday night - 10 June 2012. UEL Students (past and present) make up some of the number of artists whose nationalities span the globe. There were many familiar faces from the campus and staff to remind us that although the artworld is not an easy game; if you manage to keep creating there is support out there for us all.
The show's title Games People Play provoked a wide variety of interpretation from the participating artists. The curator Gillian Best Powell, had the challenge of uniting such a varied group of works employing different media over 2 exhibition spaces. I was working early evening and so by the time I got to the gallery I missed out on the literature which accompanied the show. So apologies for not being able to name the artist but I was puzzled at the choice to separate one photographer's work which I thought might sit better as a single body of work. On the whole though I felt this policy was a success, her decision to separate the works of some of the artists ensured that visitors had to go back and forth between the 2 galleries. Given the title of the show this felt appropriately like a sort of 'treasure hunt'.
There were some very intriguing interpretations of games, from dolls heads with a miscellany of 'hats' for visitors to interact with to prints from a coffee cup forming Olympic Rings, and from the accomplished political prints of Valeriya N-Georg to the Rubik-cube-like sculptures of Nicola Anthony. See her interview with Londonist here.
My particular favorite was Liz West's, Drift because it seemed subtle in its size and interpretation of the title, and had an air of restrained enthusiasm. I was really pleased to be introduced to her work. I recommend visiting her site.
UEL Students included in the exhibition are Valeriya, Denia Kazakhou and Sanita Kuar.
The Gallery is very close to Southwark Tube station and Games People Play is on until 30th July 2012.
This bit is shamelessly stolen from the gallery website - and please click here to see the rest.
Nicola Anthony | Paula MacArthur | Irene Bakundukize | Nolia Devlin | Eldi Dundee | Hope Dundee | Fan Chiao Ling | Leyla Folwell | Enver Gursev | Beth Hardman | Het | Tracy Howl | Matt Hardman | Bruno Jamaica | Alexis Johnson | Sanita Kaur | Denia Kaz | Neil Kelly | Morwenna Lake | Maciej Markowicz | Valeriya N-Georg | Chris Parry | Glyn Powell | Ruth Solomons | Liz West
Core @ Nolias Gallery
60 Great Suffolk, London SE1 OBL
Opening hours: 12 – 6, Wed – Fri, Sat 12 – 4 Admission Free