A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in the heart of Soho, supping champagne while appreciating some fascinating and unusual pieces of art. The show entitled 'Solv' (silver in Danish) showcased the work of eight international artists, some established and others freshly plucked from the cream of the Goldsmiths crop. Artists who contributed to the exhibiton included Tom Price, Akiko Hoshina, Matthew Chambers, Hilda Hellström, Maria Bang, Stine Jespersen, Louise Madsen and Manuel Canú.
The dimly lit, bare brick walled two story space gave an eerie back drop to art that played with the idea of surfaces and the unexpected. On show was ceramic knitted pants, a wall piece made of salt and sugar that changed according to its environment and a stunning selection of lit resin blocks filled with what looked like delicate butterfly wings or pieces of coral but was actually the result of mixing different materials artist Tom Price.
There was a fantastic site-specific piece with carefully placed ceramic pieces made to look like rope, tree roots spuing out of a fire place. This must have taken ages to assemble along with the installation of the other pieces of work and for just four days? Such a lot of work, so little time to view. I couldn’t even get this piece written and published before the show was over!
It is great to see such a creative use of space in the heart of London. Incidently, Gallery 49 will eventually be an extension of the fantastic members bar The Union.
If this has wet your appetite for a bit of art, here’s some other pop up galleries I’ve found that are worth having a look at:
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