Sunday, January 24, 2010

East London art tour

This was a really lovely way to spend 2-3 hours on a Sunday. East London has more little galleries and art spaces crammed into then practically anywhere else in the world. Emily's friend Claire has just started "Art Feelers" - walking art tours of East London... we got to accompany her on one of her first tours.

First stop was I-Myu, Shoreditch, where curators Eunice Eunbok Yu and Jay Jeongae Im spoke to us about their cross-cultural exhibitions that work to embody an "understanding between West and East". I loved Yuko Nasu's work that was on display there - a kind of swirling almost-portrait.

The second stop on the tour was the New Contemporaries at the A Foundation. Rebecca Heald, Director of the A Foundation, explained that the initiative asks students to submit work with no names or institutions attached. It's one of only two open exhibitions in the UK. Highly regarded artists sit on the selection panels each year.

We all loved Sam Plagerson's "Elle", 2008 - a ceramic bust of Jennifer Lopez with the arms truncated.

Third stop was to "Caveman Bill's" world - a recreation of a Yukon cave dweller's home in a shipping container in Shoreditch by artist Tom Wolseley.

Finally Emily and I took ourselves to see Damien Hirst's "No Love Lost" at the White Cube gallery in Hoxton Square. (I was unimpressed).

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