25 March 2011

INTERVIEW: LARS ELLING

It’s Monday the 14th of March - one day before the big opening of "Oppenheimer's Garden' at Thomas William's Gallery at Old Bond Street in London. We are walking up the stairs to the first floor where Norwegian artist and playwright Lars Elling gives us a warm welcome and introduces us to the new gallery space and his amazing, large-scale paintings. It’s his first solo-show in London. Before we start recording, Lars checks his mobile phone – his second child could be born any minute. He seems remarkably balanced and open-minded; mentions American collectors, Moby Dick and Velazquez. He is an incredibly well read and pensive family guy, who loves secrets, jazz and books – and who tries to avoid clichés by all means, yet they keep on hunting him. You will find more photos and the interview by clicking on the headline, or one of the photos below.

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19 March 2011

LONDON: '013' BYAM SHAW MA FINE ART INTERIM SHOW

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João Rolaça
João Rolaça

Victoria Stusiak_1
Victoria Stusiak

Lars Bjerre_2
Lars Bjerre


Anna Iceland
Anna Iceland

Once again, I travelled north to Archway to see the Interim Show of the MA Fine Art group at Byam Shaw. Once again, beer for one Pound. The Concourse Gallery, basically the ground floor of the building, provided a big space for the 13 artists. It was a surprisingly coherent and good show with a lot of different media and notions. As this was the third time that I've visited a show there (click here for images from their last show) , it was fantastic to observe the extreme development of each student. Some artists, such as João Rolaça, Lars Bjerre, Victoria Stusiak, Carlos Reyes, Keke Vilabelda and John Patrick Egan have been expanding, re-developing and re-creating previous ideas and forms - whereas Anna Iceland, Thomas Poeser, Raluca Popa, Karen Garratt, Persa Zacharia, Sarah Lüdemann and Jack Thurgar experimented and presented works with new materials, new media, or completely rethought approaches towards their art pieces. Anna's self-humorous and self-confident photos, Victoria's poetic and theatrical paintings, Lars's massive and narrative triptych, or Raluca's elaborate video - just to name a few - impressed me a lot. I have assembled a lot of photos and videos from the show, however, I don't have a video from Jack Thurgar's live performance, because the room was too dark and too crowded. (I might get a hold of another record).