Hunger at Gallery Republic

Earlier on this year I joined an art group called The Tunnel after seeing an exhibition of theirs at The Geddes Gallery, Kings Cross, called Interzone. The technique employed for that show being the cut-up technique was one of the elements that interested us in attending.

The latest show is called Hunger and was inspired by the book of the same name by Knut Hamsun which I read way back in the mid-eighties. The subject being about a starving young man whose sense of reality is giving way to a delusional existence within a dark modern metropolis.

The word 'Hunger' is simply a trigger for open-ended interpretations rather than literal ones although there will no doubt be considerable social/political content on display. It's held at a new gallery in the east of London called Gallery at Republic. We will (that's me and Robin) be contributing to the works on show so if you feel like looking at some challenging art get yourself down there.

Here's the promotion for the show if you want to check it out. Artwork was done by Robin.

and yes it's free to get in too.

Lygia Clark: Alison Jacques Gallery

My glasses looking at Casulo
Photograph by Robin Tomens

There are so many art galleries around the back of Oxford Street now which weren't there when I lived in Fitzrovia in the late 80s. Back then it was mainly an area for the wholesale clothing industry which it still is in part. So this is the area we went to on Saturday to catch the last day of the Lygia Clark show at the Alison Jacques Gallery in Berners Street.

Lygia was part of the Brazilian concrete art movement of the 1950s but was looking for ways to achieve greater sensuality, feeling and movement into the style within a neo-concrete splinter group.

I believe that her greatest achievement is in the sensuality of the work. Wonderful pairings of shiny white gloss industrial paint set against matte black in some of her relief works with such wonderful cracks and ageing, surprisingly working very well with such extreme modernism.

Superficie Modulada

Beautiful three dimensional maquettes for interiors envisioning sliding walls and wonderful wall reliefs which form part of her development in making hinged works that could be manipulated into one's desired shape.

Construa voce Mesmo seu Espaco para Viver
(Includes Robin peeking through the window)

My shadow observing Casulo (Study)
Wall relief in Metal

Very enjoyable. I wonder what's coming up next at this gallery?