Free Friday Art

We thought this we should try to squeeze something in during Chris’ lunch break on Friday (part of my weekend). We went up to the free Crypt Gallery at St Pancras Church on Euston Road. The entrance to the Crypt is round the back of the Church, not through the huge red doors at the front. Down the stairs there were some friendly students who gave us a floor plan and pointed us through into the possibly eerie and certainly atmospheric corridors of the Crypt. The exhibition we saw was called ‘Concrete’ and was by students from the Byam Shaw School of Art. Difficult to describe without photographs, this was part of the blurb:

The pieces selected question not only the form of physical structures but also our notion of them. The show explores the relationships between objects established within a space in a suitably contemplative atmosphere… The individual interpretations made by each artist are varied, yet when placed together the structures create a cohesive whole. The nature of much of the work invites the viewer to look beyond the surface and observe the individual ingredients of “Concrete”.

I particularly liked a mirror pyramid about 50cm tall hung from the ceiling but low to the floor reflecting everything around it. There were then photographs of the pyramid outside reflecting nature.

Challenge 878, 40/1000 completed

The Photographers' GalleryAfter Chris had finished work we battled against the flow of traffic on the pavement on Oxford Street and headed off to see some more free art at the Photographers’ Gallery on Ramillies Street very near to Oxford Circus. A very poignant exhibition by Jim Goldberg focused on the stories of the individuals attempting to escape from opression, violence and human trafficing to start new lives in Europe. Often the person in the photo would have written something about their life or there would be some personal documents to accompany them. These aspects added to the focus on the plight of the individual and made me feel emotionally involved in the exhibition.

Challenge 95, 41/1000 completed

Claire

The individual interpretations made by each artist are varied, yet when placed together the structures create a cohesive whole. The nature of much of the work invites the viewer to look beyond the surface and observe the individual ingredients of “Concrete”
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~ by yellowpurplezebra on 18/01/2010.

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