Saturday, February 27th 2016
Today’s main business was to catch up on an art exhibition which we almost missed. It is at the LondonNewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch but tomorrow is the last day.
On our way to the exhibition, we passed through Broadgate in the heart of the city. Here we discovered an intriguing column, apparently composed of boxes with coloured faces and with seats at the base. It is called Chromorama and is the work of artist David Batchelor. You will find more about it here.
Further along, we were stopped in out tracks by the sight of this pair of sculptures. Semi-abstract in form they represent the Hindu goddess Devi and elephant-headed god Ganesha, appearing here under his South Indian name, Ganapathi. It is by Stephen Cox and further details will be found here.
In Spital Square we found this pretty little building bearing the date 1890. There were no clues as to its original purpose but as it is now the premises of a restaurant calling itself La Chapelle, I wondered whether it had indeed been created as a church or chapel though I noticed a lack of any religious symbols. Further investigation reveals that it was once a site of the Central Foundatiion School for Girls, founded as a free charity school for both girls and boys in about 1726. This new building for girls was opened in 1891 and the school has continued operating up to the present, though the Spital Square premises was abandoned in 1975.
And so to the exhibition. We found the venue but it was closed. Opening time was 11 am and we were too early. We retired to a nearby cafe to wait in the warm. At 11:15 we returned, only to find the venue still locked up. We decided to go the Saatchi Gallery instead. When we arrived at the Saatchi, we discovered that it had been taken over by a fashion event and was closed to casual visits. We were not having a very good day so far!
Despite our earlier disappointment, we tried Neverended again. This time we found it open.
Neverended is presented by End of The Line, a group that promotes street art and undertakes commissions for large murals. The moving spirit of the organization, and the curator of the exhibition, is Jim Rockwell, better known as Jim Vision to his fans to and to followers of street art. Neverended is ‘a retrospective exhibition showcasing a curated collection of over 200 pieces by internationally acclaimed graffiti and street artists from the Rockwell House private collection… providing a snapshot of the last ten years of East London’s graffiti, street art and hip hop community’ (quoted from the Website).
It is not easy to represent a large exhibition fairly by means of a few ‘representative samples’. When the exhibition consists of the work of a number of individual artists then the difficult becomes impossible. All you can do is select a few works that particularly appealed to you or struck you for some reason.
I found another problem with this exhibition. When describing an exhibition, I try to be fair and give each contributor equal prominence. That was hard to do here because the number of works by Jim Vision greatly outnumbered those of any other participating artist. I don’t know what the exact ratio was but I suspect that Jim Vision’s contributions probably equalled all the others put together. That distribution is necessarily reflected in my selection shown below.
I will simply display each work that I photographed, giving the artist’s name and without comment of my own. You be the judge and let the works speak to you as they will.
The exhibition was certainly an eye-opener and I am glad we did not miss it. I was fortunate enough to exchange a few words with Jim Vision himself which proved to be a learning experience also!
On the way home, we broke our journey to photograph the now completed painting on the Shoreditch Art Wall. Thiis advertises the Tom Clancy shoot-‘em-up game due to be launched on March 8th, called The Division.