Previous Exhibitions at The Crypt Gallery


 
 



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1-14 September 2014

WORKS ON PAPER






Yves Berger Michael Broughton Martin Chitty Jeremy Clarke Paola Volpato

http://jeremyclarke.com/
http://paolavolpato.it/
http://artspacegallery.co.uk/
rufusbookspublishing.ca


To include the book launch of 'Spatiamentum' by Jeremy Clarke




 







 
13-26 August 2014

CRYPTOPOLOGY




Open Tuesday - Sunday 12-6pm

Private View: Thursday 14 August 6-8.30pm

Cryptopology is Liana Psarologaki’s first London based solo show. The Crypt of St. Pancras Parish Church is transformed into an omni-sensorial immersive experience. The artwork invites the visitors into a maze of sensory engagement with an intention to evoke un-patterned feelings and create intimate experiences. Light, sound, scent, temperature and airflow create different thresholds and enclosures in space inviting the visitor to explore, engage and respond. CRYPTOPOLOGY is a project supported by UCA, INTERREG IVA (as part of the Recreate project) Research & Enterprise Program and The University of Northampton.

About Interreg and Recreate Initiated in 2011, Recreate is a network of organisations in France and England that share a common maritime border: the Channel. Selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVA France (Channel) ­ England, co-funded by the ERDF, Recreate aims to encourage common citizenship and identity, and increase a sense of belonging to the cross-border area. University for the Creative Arts is a partner organisation of the Recreate project. Recreate concentrates on economic development and regeneration of urban town centres by transforming disused building into workspaces for the creative and cultural industries. Through a range of initiatives such as mentoring and networking, it aims establish and support individuals and small businesses from the creative industries.

Websites for further information:

www.interreg4a-manche.eu

www.ucreative.ac.uk

Liana Psarologaki is an architect, installation artist and PhD Scholar at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Canterbury. Her doctoral project is entitled Beyond the Physical Threshold: Enfolding the Ontology of Immersive Experience and investigates the poetics of site-reliant immersion as an intense lived event that transcends the phenomenal. Her broader research interests include aesthetics of contemporary installation art, empiricism, post-structuralism theories on space and site-specificity. She has recently published a chapter in New Spatial Approaches: New Techniques and Theory in Contemporary Arts (DAKAM, 2014). Liana Psarologaki is currently a Lecturer in Interior Design at the Architecture and 3D Design Division School of the Arts University of Northampton UK.
 
21-30 July 2014

CRYPT ARTISTS RESIDENCY 2014: BETWEEN TWO LINES

Eugene Macki



MA Fine Art Graduate from Chelsea College of Art and Design, Eugene Macki, will spend one week in the Crypt Gallery developing new works in connection to the space. He will use the gallery as a working arena; the occurring and continuous change will allow the work to embody different moods and characteristics. The residency will conclude in a three-day exhibition from Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 July. The gallery will be open throughout the residency; so visitors can see the work in progress before its final manifestation.

Macki is particularly interested in using materials found inside or around the area, so they have a history or a connection with the gallery. The focus of the project will be on site specificity, transformation and meditation. The space will be the subject matter for this project. The final exhibition will have materials such as documents, artefact's, sketches, models and photographs including a video performance.

About the Artist Eugene Macki completed his MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2011. Prior to that he studied BA Contemporary Fine Art and Philosophy from Sheffield Hallam University. Since graduating: “I have been making different types of artwork – from Sculpture, Painting, Installation and Performance. I am interested in the model of experience and this includes: characters, space (architecture), materials and the way things are connected, or the state of being connected. I always try to engage with the site in my work simply because I believe ‘non white cube’ spaces are extremely powerful, which makes it even more complex if the work is not strong enough or willing to compromise. My interest in site specificity allows me to consider the relationship between my work and everything else - or the positioning in connection to the architecture.”

Follow @eugenemacki on Twitter to read updates on this project

For more information please visit:

www.eugenemacki.com

 







 
27-30 July 2014

CROSS PURPOSE BY ALBERT CAMUS

A play directed by Amy Wicks



"One Can't Remain a Stranger All One's Life..."A man visits his childhood home after nearly two decades of living in another country.He meets his mother and sister who have been making a living by taking in lodgers, murdering them and stealing their money.The man expects to be welcomed back as a prodigal son, yet his sister and mother do not recognise him. The man does not reveal his identity and is treated as any other guest. The events which follow are absurdly dark with tragic consequences, closely observed by the curious manservant...

Written in occupied France, 1944, Albert Camus' 'Cross Purpose' is a deeply dark comedy which depicts Camus' pioneering absurdist philosophies through a intriguing yet oddly funny story.

Cast

Suzanna Hamilton Lucy Kilpatrick Haydn Whiteside Asha Reid Andrew Boxer

Director: Amy Wicks

Designer: Valentina Roccaforte


 







 
19 July 2014



Something Happening For Kids


Opening times: Saturday 19 July 2014, 10am – 5pm


A whole day festival of exploring dance for families On Saturday 19 July Something Happening For Kids family event returns to Dance UK member The Place situated opposite St Pancras Church on Duke’s Road. The one-day festival offers all sorts of dance activities; with things to watch, things to do, places to relax, eat and drink, so climb on board this whirlwind tour of dance for under 10s and their families.

Dance will take over The Place building with contemporary Morris Dancing in the theatre and other activities throughout the day. And you will also explore the St Pancras Church Crypt through the delightful ‘sound hunt’ in search of The Minotail’s missing voice. Other activities include a performance by the Windibops, experts in flatulence science, the bouncy-castle-tastic Dancing on air workshop, improvisation workshop with Rick Nodine, mission dance; a secret agent’s dance adventure and so much more.

All activities are suitable for families and all children under 10.

Tickets are £8 and £28 for a family of four.

More info and booking here:

www.theplace.org.uk/family-day/

 







 
8-12 July 2014

SHOSHOSHOW




ShoShoShow captures the objects and energies of artists on the City Lit Sculpture Course at a two year point.

Throughout this two year period the students have committed themselves to developing their individual practice of sculpture as a continuous dialogue with contemporary life through the history, language and making of objects.

Keeping the question of what is sculpture at the forefront of a vibrant workshop community these artists evolve an ever expanding fieldwork, pushing the bounds of fundamental human relationships with object making, space and being. Materials commonplace and hallowed are reformed, space captured, activated, delineated and set free, objects mass, hide, separate, interact and breed, our lives inner, outer, personal and political are expressed, perhaps concealed, mirrored, but we are all invited and provoked to participate, flee, laugh and reflect as we thread our way through a laboratory of 'thing'.

ShoShoShow a labyrinth of idea, object and event presents a vital investigative journey by a group of sculptors for whom the definition of sculpture is never closed.

More exhibition info:

Students exhibition blog: http://shoshoshow.blogspot.co.uk/

Artwork here: http://www.arikui.co.uk/

Studio diary here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arikui/352761284819630


 







 
2-6 July 2014

CATCHING THE EYE




Catching the Eye: an exhibition by a group of artists practicing painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media. Each artist has traveled their own path; a journey of challenges, experiments and exploration. Experiences are absorbed, ideas are developed; a gradual process of meaning and making by each artist. The group welcome you to the cavernous corridors of the Crypt Gallery and encourage you to take a closer look at the variety of artwork that will catch your eye.

The artists taking part: Roger Adams Jenny Bush Brian Cox Rydal Hanbury Nick Hazzard Stephanie Herbert Margaret Payne Claire Pinney Wendy Roberts Jane Stothert Julia Tester Tony Tester Non Worrall



24 - 29 June 2014

VISUAL SUSPECTS




9th June 2014, the BA (Hons) Creative Media Degree students from Northbrook College are displaying their work for the last time as undergraduates in a week-long exhibition in Londons wonderful Crypt Gallery, NW1 2BA.

The Photographers, Videographers and Journalists have hand selected their most innovative and intriguing pieces of work, yet the hard work has only just begun. Northbrook College BA (Hons) Creative Media Course is affiliated and validated by the University of Brighton.

Show website: http://www.artsjobs.org.uk/index.php?id=25&ne_source=approvejobs&ne_post_id=127672

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/visualsuspects14?fref=ts

For more info on the show, exhibitors and course contact: Hamish Kilburn h.kilburn@btinternet.com





2-6 July 2014

ILLUMINATIONS


Opening times: Open Friday 20 and Saturday 21 June 9am-6pm
Private view: Thursday 19 June, 6pm-9pm

Black & BLUE is pleased to present ILLUMINATIONS, a rad- ical new exhibition showing at The Crypt Gallery, London, from the 19th - 21st June. The exhibition explores textual art through a variety of different media; sculpture, photography, film, painting, ceramics, textiles and works on paper. It presents pieces by 21 artists working internationally.

The work explores the volatile boundary between image and text and the haunting quality of their interplay. Viewers will be taken on a journey through the labyrinthine crypt, engaging with art that is difficult, thought-provoking, lyrical, myriad and often heartbreaking. Themes explored include memory, identity, the shapes and patterns of language, and how we visualize stories.

Featured artists include ROBERT MONTGOMERY and JULIUS KALAMARZ. Robert works in a variety of media: public billboards, fire-poems, light-pieces, and watercolours. His work comes from a situationist tradition and engages with 21st century consumerism through spectacular romantic poetry. His art has been exhibited in various group shows and solo exhibitions internationally. Julius works in mixed media and collage. His work explores themes such as love, revolution, correspondence, and the way language and visual culture decontextualize and destabilize each other.

Alongside Julius and Robert are nineteen other established and emerging artists working in a diverse range of fields, from childrens illustration, to filmmaking, fashion, and paper-cutting. We are happy that a number of the exhibiting artists are only recently graduating from art school.

The exhibition is in homage to the generous and groundbreaking spirit of the visionary poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827), whose lines are being reinterpreted by UK typographers, especially for ILLUMINATIONS.

For more information on the show and artists please contact Frideswide ONeill: frideswide.oneill@gmail.com






 
11 - 17 June 2014

pART3/3




Contemporary Fine Art presents is pleased to announce pART3/3, a group show in The Crypt, one of Londons best kept secrets. The collective of fifteen emerging artists from University of Portsmouths BA course will be showcasing its work for a week in June at this atmospheric venue, just a stones throw from Euston station.

The diverse nature of the work, from performance to photography, sculpture and printing will ensure there will be surprises around every corner of this historic, labyrinthine vault.

George Michels, from the curation team said: I am very excited to be pulling together all our work in this special venue - its the culmination of three years of creativity, and it will be an honour to bring our show to London.

The Crypt Gallery was recently featured on Time Out website uncovering Londons Hidden Art Galleries and the group is aiming to continue the venues practice of hosting intriguing contemporary art shows as part of their ongoing programme of curated exhibitions.

CFA Presents were the contributors and organisers of last years Albert Road Trail - an ambitious art crawl exhibiting work in the premises of local businesses in the popular independent shopping street in Southsea, Hampshire. The innovative show was recognised by The News (Portsmouth) Guide Awards in the Best Exhibition category.

pART3/3 will be a showcase of varied and exciting new work allowing the artists particular genres to converge in the stunning setting of a Grade 1 listed building.

Show website: http://cfapresents.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/contemporaryfineart14

For more information on the show and course please contact: Lou Bliss (Project Manager), CFA, Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DJ. Telephone: 07941 890908 Email: cfa14@hotmail.co.uk






 
7 - 9 June 2014

DECAHEDRON




Ten years of DigitalArts graduates from the BA(hons)Digital arts course at Kingston College.

Our students can be found working on Hollywood movies, in television and media in Soho, as web designers at Sky and other international brands, as product design and architectural visualisers, as senior designers at graphics agencies and running their own film production companies.

We are thrilled to be showing the degree student work in a truly inspiring space in the bare crypt of a n 18th century church in central London, next door to Euston Station. The space will light up with the glow of student work on screens, in projections, in installations and in prints.

Decahedron? A polyhedron is a multifaceted 3d solid. Deca? its our tenth degree show!



To see a show reel promoting the exhibition and course: https://vimeo.com/94047150






 

 



SECRET WORKS




London - the art is a consciousness tool, a reflection close to meditation where picture and sculpture are like an interior prayer.

On Tuesday 20th May 2014 from 6pm in the Crypt Gallery of St. Pancras Church in London, Jelmoni Studio Gallery open the exhibition Secret Works. This visual art exhibition is the culmination of several projects which have taken place over a long period and will now be seen by the public for the first time. With this exhibition we want to bring to London the spirit of our activities - explains the director of Jelmoni Studio, Elena Jelmoni.

Established in 1995, Jelmoni Studio Gallery works to valorize the contemporary art, specialising in exhibiting young artists. Before 2015, for our 20th anniversary, we return in UK with a conviction: We want to reveal the secrets, that are difficult to represent with simple, abstract works. Beyond visual art, Secret Works tries to valorise the writing.

The private view, Tuesday 20 May at 6.30pm, will also see the launch of a new book by Italian writer Rosario Pipolo (The Star Watcher). There will be a special short talk and reading by Rosario Pipolo of an extract of his book: “The last snowfall at Manor Farm”. The English version of the book will be available on Amazon (free download) from the 20 May.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jelmoni-studio-gallery/242951759109959






 








16 - 18 May 2014

THE GATHERING



An Exhibition of Prints Using Memories and Images of Past Lives by Jody Little.

London, 1946. A family come together to celebrate a wedding. It is a joyous occasion and the first gathering since the end of the war. It is, however, marked by absence. People cannot help but remember friends and relatives not lucky enough to return home from the fighting, both from the recent war but also the Great War almost a generation ago.

Using a variety of printmaking techniques, The Gathering examines loss and remembrance and considers how the past influences and forges our identities in the present.

The Artist: Jody Little is a recent graduate from Camberwell College of Arts, London, with an MA in Printmaking. He previously studied History and Classics before following a career in the city. Originally from Scotland he now works and lives in London.

http://www.jodylittle.co.uk/







HIDDEN


9-11 May

For three days in May artists from Kensington and Chelsea Colleges nationally renowned Higher Education Fine Art courses will be taking over the Crypt Gallery to stage their end of year show, Hidden. The gallery will form the backdrop for a stunning collection of installation artwork including painting, sculpture and digital art. The labyrinth of atmospheric nooks and crannies at the gallery provides each artist with the chance to work within a unique architectural space, exploring their own unique themes.

Disrupted

1-4 May 2014


Opening times: Thurs/Sat 12-6pm and Sun 12-5pm

An artwork has the power to express more than it depicts; it can transform elements of the everyday into a force that affects space and inspires all those who see it to question the existence of themselves and the world around them.

We seek to integrate our work within the unique setting of the crypt. Here, underneath the city--in the darkness, the depths--in this array of chambers we seek to re-evaluate our practice, and invite the public to experience our transition.

We are a group of fifteen early career artists living and working across London, coalescing in the Crypt to contrast our work, exploring the physicality of materials, concepts of humanity and ways of seeing. Originally from all four corners of the globe, this exhibition represents graduates from Wimbledon College of Art, Goldsmiths, Chelsea, and Westminster University.







23 - 26 April 2014

SEER




The latest collection of works by Ed Mpisaunga. Ed is a painter and illustrator from Zimbabwe living and working in London.

Ed's fascination with the universe and the invisible curtain that separates us from life's mysteries is the theme symbolising his work.

Growing up in Zimbabwe, the variety of forms and colours in nature fine-tuned his understanding of colours and the magic that is the life that we are immersed in.

http://www.edmpisaunga.com/







30 April - 4 May 2014

2 - 7 April 2014

SPLINTERED INSTANT
'Splintered Instant' is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by painter Daniel Rushforth and woodsculptor Joachim Seitfucem. In this exhibition you will see these two unique artists and their inimitable work in London for the first time.

Daniel Rushforth, is a Bath-based painter, working in oil and acrylic. He creates work focusing on abstraction and ambiguity, for people seeking insight, meaning and narrative through pictures. He begins by painting terrains until resemblances and patterns are formed which match a certain mood or tone.

Photographs stumbled upon, found or given, lend their forms to figures bringing relationships and conceptual baggage with them. These characters exist as a snapshot, a locus for a story. They appear to match the temperaments and disposition of the surface; some pictures touch on themes such as contemplation, isolation, solitude, and apathy. The process of working with paint is the most important aspect of his work.

Joachim Seitfudem was born in Bavaria, South Germany and started professionally sculpturing at the young age of 15. In 2008 he was announced Winner of the Championship of Wood Sculpture in Southern Germany. He has been based in Bristol since 2012, exhibiting in galleries nationally as well as internationally.

In his work Joachim loves to fathom the unreal and the dream-like, as well as the depth of the unconscious, and to dilate via the fantasy, absurdism and especially the melancholy.

His works stimulate melancholic thoughts and show the viewer the importance of living in the now. As a viewer, your mind marvels at the complex scenes before you - so much going on and so much symbolism intertwined in the beautiful ingenuity of Joachim's work.

His sculptures are mostly mounted in deep, dark frames, which give the viewer a sense that the sculptures live in their own world, undisturbed by the goings on around them.

http://danielrushforth.com/
http://seitfudem-sculptor.com/
https://www.facebook.com/JoachimSeitfudemsArtwork







19 - 29 March 2014

VANITY UNFAIR
Art Café London is pleased to announce Vanity Unfair, an art exhibition showcasing 30 Italian artists and their interpretation of vanity for March 2014.

On the wave of the success obtained in Italy, Art Café London brings this international event to London in the striking neoclassical venue of the Crypt Galley in St Pancras.

Vanity Unfair wants to represent the vanity in all its shapes and contradictions, investigating from its iconic to its social ambivalence. Considered as a form of self-idolatry and an intense belief in yourself that valorises the best you, and from which none of us can be told to be immune, vanity represents the engine of our actions, our attitudes, or an unconscious demand for self and social recognition. This immodest Narcissus silently inhabiting our souls makes us also deeply annoyed by the others vanity or even presumption of being able to play an unfairly game, for which the rules are only applied to others and not to ourselves.

In this edition of the International Exhibition of Contemporary Art with the motto "When the material regenerated itself like art", we would like to give our winning artists of the Italian edition the new task of interpreting and vanity using their creativity and sensitivity to unravel all its ambiguity in the contemporary society.

Through expression, meaning, and the use of all types of material Vanity Unfair wants to amuse its public with a variegated selection of art, painting, photos, installations, and music performances exalting the different artists' connotations of vanity.

Despite Vanity may be an unfair companion, Art Café London will fairly host Desperate Artwives contributing to their social purposes, and Greo Photo with his special performance Vanity Chair Experience, involving the spectator for an unconventional experience.

For further press information and images, please contact: Valentina De Vincenti | Press Officer Art Café London devincenti.valentina@gmail.com | +44 (0) 7513677882

Nadia Spita | Event Manager Art Café London
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About Art Café London:
Art Cafe London organises pop-up art events and exhibitions featuring emerging and established artists in London and Italy. We work with local and international Art Galleries offering several locations in town and exhibition spaces. We also host our branded Art events, fashion shows and product launches.

Vanity Unfair Exhibition is supported by Italian Institutions: Tuscany Region, Pisa Province, City of Pisa, University of Pisa, SpA Navicelli of Pisa, Confcommercio of Pisa, Pisa Fondation. Media Partner: ArteIn







27 February - 2 March 2014

LIVE IN YOUR DREAMS
Artists: Karina Akopyan, Alma Bakiaj, Susan Beattie, Vera Bohl, Susie Calvert,
Mona Choo, Valentin Dommanget, Andy Flett, Kelise Franclemont, Jing Hu,
Jonathan Kelham, Charlotte Wendy Law, Lingbo Liu, Mary McFerran, Eric Nofzinger, Alexandra Pace, Boris Raux, Teresa Braula Reis, Benjamin Renoux, Hans Richter, Mehmet Ulusahin

Live In Your Dreams! is an exhibition that invites the participating artists to reimagine the Crypt of St Pancras Church as the site of a collective dream. As much as the city resembles a restless subject obsessed with rational efficacy and unfaltering productivity, this subterranean labyrinth, built in 1822 and concealed under one of the busiest neighbourhoods of London, makes room for irrationality and imagination, reversing the order of above. In his 1958 book The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard puts forth the crypt as the foremost metaphor for the space of our darkest fantasies and strangest reveries, tying the unconscious to the poetry of depth.

Responding to the image of the oneiric vault, participating artists have appropriated the place and filled it with dreams, which they represent in their diverse languages - painting, illustration, sculpture, installation, sound, photography, video, music, writing and performance. Ranging from raw extract of dream memories to lateral analysis of the unconscious process, the variety of strategies reflects a manifold relationship between dreaming and artistic practice. Some of the artists celebrate the immediate newness produced by the unconscious' protean forces so dear to the Surrealists, and open the fields of phantasmagoria, nightmare, day-dreaming and hallucination. Others address the very attempt to grasp the elusive and fleeting substance of dreams - whether their own, the Other's, or those shared across the social sphere. A creative act by nature, this approach revolves around issues of translating, archiving or even manipulating dreams.

In the words of the artists, "By engaging with the many ways dreams nurture artistic work, the exhibition aims to explore the artist's status as, in turns, a dreamer, a poet, an analyst, a visionary, a loony." It hopes to show that the dialogue between art and unconscious remains a playful and inexhaustible terrain.

Curator: Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro







5 - 8 December 2013

ENCRYPT
Encrypt brings together ten artists, both established and emerging, for a multi-disciplinary art show.

Artists include: Georgia Wisbey, Desmond Zeederberg, Annie Goliath,
Claire Levinson-Gendler, Jonathan Greet, Gee Vaucher, Jane Woollatt, Miguel Ivorra, Veronica Shimanovskaya, Jenni Bea

www.encrypt2013.wordpress.com








26 November - 1 December 2013

ENTWINED
An exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures by Philip Firsov

A presentation of sketches and large scale narrative paintings that reference art history and European travels that are composed of amassed characters and places that spiral into a diary of images.

www.philipfirsov.com








19 - 24 November 2013

DANDELION
pick up in life, then grow
Artists: Ann Lin Chao, Carolyn Macleod, Chi Ching Lai, Corrie Yim,
Debra Lorraines Grant, Dominique Goodwin, Hao Xu, Khris Riva, Yu Lin Liew,
Shu Wei Haung, Tua Sirakowit, Xiaohui Feng, Yen An Chen, Yi Hsin Chen, Yuan Zhu Li, Yuka Kikumoto, Yu Wen Chien, Zhao Shuang

The Dandelion Exhibition has been developed by the artistic talents of a group of artists and designers who come from a variety of different nationalities, therefore bringing with them a whole range of backgrounds. As we pass through life, experiences and memories impact how we grow, not just as people, but also in our creativity. It is this first step in the creative process that has resulted in unique works, just like the seeds from the dandelion that fly through the wind until they eventually fall down to a fertile soil, and then patiently wait as they develop until they are prepared to burst forth into the world above the ground.

www.dandelion-artists.com








25 October - 16 November 2013

COLLIDE
Jon Baker, Zil Hoque, Linda Lieberman, Guillermo Monroy, Andy Stewart Collide - To come together with violent, direct impact

A collision of five international artists, sharing the same space, detonates an exhibition of individual multi-media artworks.

For further details or photographs, please contact:
monroy_guillermo@yahoo.co.uk








5 - 20 October 2013

CURIOSITY:
an art practice as a way of looking
The exhibition is located a 5-minutes' walk from the Frieze Art Fair, in Central London during Frieze Week. Julie Caves' first major solo exhibition presents work from the past two years, celebrating beauty and its many juxtapositions: work and play, nature and synthesis, life and death. Housed in the peaceful and contemplative 19th century Crypt Gallery in Kings Cross, Caves has sensitively curated a largely site specific show comprising of Colourist painting, sculpture and installation.

What are you looking at?
The artist peers at you on a huge scale, an intriguing look, wondering who you might be, and why you're here at all. This close cropped self-portrait mirrors how you might feel about this show, huge eyes full of Curiosity. This show is all about that fascinating conundrum that will endlessly be debated in pubs and cafes all around the world: what is art?

Art, to Julie Caves, is all around us. There's a fine line between a work of art and the art of nature, and she is constantly walking the tightrope between the two. This is most notably seen in her large window paintings, where she has created a series of works of views through windows, either panes in view so the window is quite apparent, and in other compositions no pane is shown so the work resembles and references traditional landscape painting. Reminiscent of Gary Hume's enamel Door Paintings from the mid-90s, instead of confronting us with a barrier to a world beyond, Caves' windows invite us to explore that same world, and realise it really is quite beautiful. An installation composed of frosted glass and obscured plant pots behind express the same celebration of the world in which we live; "I looked out a friend's window into the garden and the effect of the dimpled glass and the objects beyond looked like an impressionist painting." So why shouldn't it be brought into the gallery and be called art?

Similarly, why are you not a work of art? Julie Caves says you are, in the interactive piece 'The Third Colour', where she invites participants to have colour applied to them and be documented for an artists' book. The piece expresses the artist's belief that we are all blank canvases and that our experiences colour our identities. This belief extends and manifests itself visually in the participation of this piece, which aims to celebrate ourselves as works of beauty.

Other concerns within Caves' practice intrinsically revolve around juxtapositions of life and death, and work and play. Each of her large scale abstract paintings (for which she is best known) are a record of a process carried out by the artist; set rules and decisions are established to start a painting (much like the invention of a new game), and devised as a means of creating pathways into explorations of colour and texture. As the process plays out for a time, the rules fall away and intuition takes over, and although Caves has no fixed idea of how each painting will look at the end of the creative excursion, she knows when the painting is completed. Titles such as 'Queen's Knees' or 'Blood Blister' refer to what the paintings resemble but the real meaning and depth in this work lies in its process and the performance that once occurred behind the closed studio doors.

In other alcoves within this intriguing exhibition space, Caves has responded directly to the Crypt; this peaceful resting place underground. Her visual eulogy to the deceased is particularly profound; pillow cases like spirits exiting this world are suspended among tombstones, the effect is like a shaft of light that also alludes to lives lived, personalities, conversations, blood pulsating. It reminds that that the very essence of life is transient and precious, and its passing is equally beautiful. The main corridor is decorated with small egg tempera panels encased as if modern day icons, except rather than images that command worship these are quiet, contemplative, incidental observations of everyday life. They quietly request us to slow down and appreciate the world, and that, ultimately, is the role of art according to Julie Caves.

www.toknowandtounderstand.co.uk

www.juliecaves.com








25 September - 2 October 2013

UNDERCURRENT
Chieko Harms-Aoki, Donna Barnett, Angela Conway, Titus Davies, Michael Delaney, H. Camilla Freeman, Caroline Halliday, El Jordan, Anna Kiff, Nikolai Kozin,
Elizabeth Porter, A. Banu C. Schmid, Alex Stewart, Joanna Pawlowska

Opposite another centre of mass transit, how do you cross Euston road up here anyway with the juggernauts coursing through every damned minute, not to mention the dust, the noise - it's perilous. Is there greater safety, greater quiet, down there?

Fathom this:
Eschewing panic or ardent struggle, 14 artists navigate and drift through the irresistible flows lurking beneath beguiling still surfaces, to their dissipation.

www.undercurrentexhibition.co.uk








30 August - 8 September 2013

IN THIS PLACE, IN THIS TIME
In this Place, In this Time is an exhibition featuring the collaboration, but individual work of five artists, from three parts of the world, the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan.

The participating artists share their concerns and questions of time, place, nature and how human beings interact with these elements. They are hence drawn to this fascinating place, the Crypt, which recalls the senses of memory and our deep contemplation of human existence and history.

Each of the artists has a different background and works in a variety of media and forms, including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and installation. They have their own stories to tell on the mutual theme, but their ways of expression in art vary. They hope to explore their own art further, whilst collaborating and communicating with each other. It is also important for them to share their stories, emotions and concepts through art, and to offer their insights to viewers and the outside world.

About the Artists:
Aki Moriuchi, previously a potter/ceramicist, recently changed her approach to art, now working in various genres including painting, drawing, printmaking and mixed media. She is always intrigued by the passage of time and her curiosity about life in general leads her to search for how this essence interacts with human existence. Nonetheless, this question may not even appear clearly in her abstract work, as she would rather have it remain ambiguous so that viewers perceive it through their own insights. She has also been researching a particular Native American culture and history, travelling to the significant lands in North America over nearly two decades, which have quietly influenced her work.

Bruce Hucko participates in this exhibition from Moab, Utah, USA, with his photographs of 'Anasazi Ruins', the ancient cliff dwellings remaining in the South West regions of the United States. He is a photographer, author, art educator and radio producer. His work focuses largely on art, indigenous life and the environment. The landscape of American West and the relationship with people, community, communication, are his primary themes. All his work involves the continuum of human expression. He says that the making of a photograph is like having a good conversation with a new or old lasting friend. He views photography as a life practice, a way of being.

Most of Kenji Yamada's work is connected to place and his sense of belonging to the community and the environment. Born in Niigata, Japan, he now lives and works in London and Tokyo. His work ranges from architecture, photography and installation to the land itself. He takes an ethnological approach by collaborating with local people and sometimes participating in the old rituals of specific communities. Working physically and actively in natural habitats and with the people living there inspires and infuses his work.

Michi Suzuki, born in Japan and now living and working in London, is a ceramics artist who produces functional and sculptural objects, as well as site-specific installations. Her aesthetics is informed by her interest in forms and patterns in the natural world, particularly botanical objects reminiscent of human lives. Inspired by her experience of living in a multicultural society, she is interested in reconnection with her own background and creates installations with ceramics/clay that represent her cultural references - her identity.

London born Sam Wibberley creates objects in many different disciplines and genres with close attention to details and their functions. Sometimes he finds the method in making art and artefacts is the work itself, and the repetitive process, as a core factor, leads him to achieve the aesthetics of the object and also a sense of completion. It is essential for the majority of his work that the objects are to be finished by hand. He values everyday objects as having a timeless utilitarian beauty.

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19 - 23 August 2013

SUPERIMPOSE
This exhibition was initiated by a group of artists who are currently doing their MA fine art at Chelsea College of Art and Design and a recent graduate with a mission to connect each individual artist to explore the relationship and potential language amid their work, especially outside the framework of art education.

The exhibition, taking place from 19-23 August, occurs 2 weeks before the Chelsea College of Art MA degree show with the intention to investigate a possibility, a potential, a hidden message that happens from the superimposing and juxtaposing of the two shows. In other words this is the exploration of the relationship between work produced and being produced, work unframed and framed by an institution in order to discover the dialogue that could occur in between them.

Can the language of external structure support or does it undo the internal? It is an attempt to investigate works that arise from a stable structural environment yet disseminate within the flux of the public gallery discourse. Can such an occurrence resonate back to the upcoming work/show that will take place within the institution itself?

According to its definition "Superimpose" suggests a layer of structures between covered and un-covered, that is it implies the historical context of the crypt gallery as a former burial ground and a shelter in World War II, the underground world that exists as a parallel yet hidden beneath the surface of the earth.

Additionally, there are 3 subcontexts within the exhibition, which constitute and co-exist within the show. That is to say, it is a form of structural overlapping, overlaying and superimposing each other: private/public, local/foreign, exposure/concealment, presence/absence, life/death etc...

The 3 subcontexts are as follows:

Solitude
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. - Albert Einstein
'Solitude' is another name for the fate of human beings. In postmodern society (if there is such a thing), we are ultimately all alone in any senses. To parody Descartes, we feel solitary, therefore, we need each other. Solitude does not mean a situation that one has no connection with others and society. Solitude has a potential to foster the imaginative ability, feed the mind, and give the opportunity to be true to oneself. In other words, solitude itself has no good-or-bad value. How can art, its visual, representative, and conceptual power, face solitude in its own way?
Artists: Joonki Kim, Bo Hyoung Lee, Leekyu, Yunah Park, Sung Rim Park

Subterranean
Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you? - Ralph Ellison, 'Invisible Man'
'Subterranean' according to a dictionary means 'beneath the surface of the earth'. What is 'beneath the surface of the earth'? What if we open up? There is a lot of oppression in society. Hidden narratives come from everywhere on condition that we have a sensitivity to discover them. They are always on the watch for an opportunity to go out over ground and tell us about something concealed from our eyes. Subterranean - being hidden, covered over, as opposed to the Superterranean, the surface of the earth itself which also implies a connection to the crypt, a former burial ground and a world war shelter. Here art and artists work their way around to fathom/imply/reveal such riddles.
Artists: Panachai Chaijirarat, Hoon Choi, Jihee Heo, Han Byul Kang,Yuki Kondo, Hiroki Yamamoto

Scarcity
Why is there something rather than nothing? - Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz
We often regard the word 'scarcity' as negative. However, art aims to regard something negative in a positive way, and to find a new value in it because, so long as it exists, it has some value. In that sense, art is the exploration of the question: 'why is there something rather than nothing?' To continuously investigate something negative is an impossible question because it ceaselessly casts doubt on everything that we take as a matter of course and questions its legitimacy. That is venturing through void, negative space, scar and absence in order to challenge the presence itself. Artists: Chara-Styliani Drandaki, Li-Tzu Hsu, Kaoru Ishikawa, Jong Eun Lee, Na Young Lee, Miran Park, Ayşegül Wilde







8 - 15 August 2013

ANOTHER LAND
An installation of sculptures and paintings by Katie Thornton.

In this show there will be a series of spaces for you to inhabit - a conversation between colour, object and space.

Come, see, experience and explore.

There will be a selection of photographs and momentos for sale.







1 - 4 August 2013

DAYTIME SLEEPWALKING
An exhibition of work by Jihee Kim

Alpha Art Association is delighted to announce an exhibition of new works by Jihee Kim (b.1983, South Korea). Entitled Daytime Sleepwalking, this is Kim's first solo exhibition in UK.

In the exhibition, Kim desires to re-illuminate her intimate engagement with the notion of introspection, which has always given an impetus to her creative activities. The works presented here are based on her self-reflection and explore the artist's primary inspiration on the theme of female identity however, this time Kim further develops her craft in more sophisticated and vibrant way of presenting.

For the exhibition, under the conceptual exhibition title Daytime Sleepwalking, Jihee Kim presents her series Sleepless Nights, Impossible Anxiety and two hair drawing series, titled Stalker and Show Me Your Love. Like a somnambulist walking, surrounded by a large crowd on the street in daytime, Kim's secretive fantasies involving her insatiable aspiration encounter audiences throughout the exhibition. At the show, viewers can experience the feeling of enjoyment to sneak a peek at her covert diary, even cathartic from the uncomfortable tension not just between the artist and the viewer, but also between the viewer and his or her cheeky inner-self.

In the two series of Sleepless Nights and Impossible Anxiety, Kim brings abandoned English books to her new creative medium. Both series stands on her emotional detachment from English language and culture, especially in Sleepless Nights, she transforms obscure and meaningless English books into her private diaries by simply putting personally engaged images inside. Impossible Anxiety series is characterized by pop up images of groups of female paper dolls on the books. It implies Kim's scepticism on the third women's contorted pursuing of westernized standard of beauty and Kim's concern for women's invisible double torture of westernization and male-centred consumption society.

Hair drawing series, Stalker (small paper drawings) and Show Me Your Love (large size roll paper drawings) present the artist's unquenchable thirst for absolute beauty and continuous anguish over aesthetic criteria defining the female identity at the same time. Women in Kim's drawings are only featured by their hair styles and other elements of their appearances do not have any impact on their existence. The definition of absolute beauty is constantly deferred by hidden faces, and the conviction of impossibility ironically stimulates the viewer's curiosity.

Jihee Kim, born 1983 in Seoul, South Korea, lives and works in London, UK. She received a BFA and an MFA in Dept of Painting at Dong-Guk University, Seoul, Korea and now she is undertaking a MFA at Goldsmiths College, London, UK. Recent Group shows include: Off the s{h}elf, Stockwell Studios, London(2012), Works on Paper, GX gallery, London(2012), Art Warehouse, JE SUIS gallery, Seoul(2013). Her work is included in many prominent South Korean public collections such as The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea and Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul.

TALK EVENT: The Bluest Eyes, (Thinking of You, Beautiful)
Friday 2 August, 5-6pm
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre, 1-3 Strand, London, Greater London WC2N 5BW

Artist Jihee Kim in conversation with Sylvia Lahav (an Associate Lecturer at ICCE in Goldsmiths College, University of London) & JW Stella (an independent curator and a director of JW STELLA Arts Collectives) about the prominent theme of female identity reflected on her art works.

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25 - 27 July 2013

IN THE RUINS, SOMETHING LINGERS
Artists: Nina Thomas and Aaron Kay

Both artists explore memories or histories that are lost, displaced or forgotten.

Nina Thomas examines the histories of the garden, both actual and imagined and the work that was performed in these spaces. Her work employs a range of media, to explore a fragmentary and fractured approach to storytelling.

Aaron Kay explores the fascination he held with electric-imaging devices as a child; his work invites the audience to allow themselves to experience the magic and wonder often lost during adulthood.







Saturday 20 July 2013

SOMETHING HAPPENING FOR KIDS:
a fun day of dance for all the family
Organised by The Place, this brilliant day of dance fun is dedicated to their younger audience (under 10s). It is an opportunity for parents and children to delve into sensory activities, dance workshops and enjoy watching and making movement together. After the huge success of Something Happening For Kids in the past two years, The Place is curating a programme more varied and exciting than ever. Expect poetic robots, unusual ballerinas, an installation by Fevered Sleep, activities for dance explorers, digital dance by Nic Sandiland and so much more.

The Minotail by Giuliana Majo & Patrick Furness (35 mins)
Embark on this interactive subterranean journey through different sounding environments enriched by a theatrical "sound hunt" as a map, a golden thread and a sleeping monster will inspire children and carers to explore the different alcoves, nooks and crannies of the St Pancras Church crypt.
10am, 11.15am, 1pm, 2.30pm or 4pm

Information and tickets at
http://www.theplace.org.uk/17629/whats-on/something-happening-for-kids.html
Or call 0207 121 1100







10 - 14 July 2013

THE FABRIC OF MEMORY
Artists: Beverly Ayling-Smith, Gail Baxter and Carol Quarini

'The Fabric of Memory' showcases the work of three textile PhD students who consider fabric as a holder of memory.

Beverly Ayling-Smith examines the emotional states of mourning and melancholia. Her research explores how cloth can be used in contemporary art to connect with the mourning of the viewer and to facilitate a continuation of the resolution of that mourning. Gail Baxter considers the influence of lacunae on the understanding of archives. She actively seeks out absent or concealed social, economic, political and personal histories that lie within the material of the archive in order to re-read and reinvigorate the archive.

Carol Quarini references the idea of buildings and cloth containing hidden memories that eventually overwhelm their site of containment and are revealed.







2 - 6 July 2013

BREAKING BOUNDS
Breaking Bounds brings together diverse work from sixteen artists from the City Lit Sculpture Course: Catherine Borowski, Norman Brown, Peter Brown, Angela Hodkinson, John Withers, Suzan Keen, Sarah Heenan, Aleksandra Calka, Kate Theodore,
David Taylor, Roz Evans Flagg, Suzanne Bridgewater, Emerald Mosley, Peter Abrahams, Diane Hurd, Hilda Ellis.

Each artist has 'broken bounds' in their individual practice in the sense of exploring and inventing through their practice. Ideas are generated and reworked, exchanged and reformed. The term Sculpture is explored to its fullest.

Work ranges from the kinetic and 'tongue in cheek' to the deeply personal and emotive. From the structural and abstract, to explorations of the figure; personal and political themes intertwine.

The exhibition will present one large group work: 'Breaking Bounds', as well as individual works in multiple media, plaster and steel, cardboard, paper and found materials, plastics and cloth.

The emphasis is on exploration and a group commitment to a meaningful sculpture practice.

For more information visit: http://www.breakingboundsshow.blogspot.co.uk








7 - 26 June 2013



www.onformsculpture.co.uk

Britain's most seductive sculpture exhibition comes to London for the first time.

onform sculpture, which began life in the Cotswolds in 2002 and has since grown into one of Britain's most acclaimed stone sculpture exhibitions, comes to the capital for the first time this June. The atmospheric setting for onform london is the Crypt Gallery, a subterranean art space underneath St Pancras Church, Euston. It is a place of ancient stone and shadowy recesses, a perfect setting to stumble across artistic treasure.

Showcasing both established and new sculpting talent, onform london is exhibiting more than fifty sculptures using stone sourced from all over the world. Sizes range from small desk-top pieces to much larger outdoor works. All sculptures are for sale and prices start at £500. Admission is free.

Unusually, the exhibition encourages visitors to touch the sculptures, allowing them to enjoy the shape and texture of the work with their hands as well as their eyes. In another onform touch, several of the sculptors will be in the Crypt each day allowing visitors the chance to talk to them about their work.

This is the first time that onform has exhibited in London but it comes with impeccable credentials. Since the summer of 2002, it has taken place every two years at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire and is curated by Rosie Pearson and Anna Greenacre. Following its extraordinarily successful run there during the summer of 2012 where it defied both weather and recession, Anna Greenacre decided the time was right for onform to explore a more urban setting as well.

onform london was inspired by the success of onform sculpture which began in 2002 and takes place biennially at Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire. The next onform at Asthall Manor will take place from June to July 2014.

Sculptors exhibiting:
Peter Brooke-Ball, Katusha Bull, Aly Brown, Frederic Chevarin, Luke Dickinson,
Simon Hitchens, Jonathan Loxley, Bridget McCrum, William Peers,
Peter Randall-Page, Jordi Raga Frances, Julian Rena, Rachel Schwalm, Sarah Smith, Guy Stevens, Anthony Turner Lucy Unwin, Paul Vanstone, Dominic Welch

Types of stone
The sculptors carve their work using a rich variety of stone including dark grey Kilkenny limestone, honey coloured calcite, Italian blue alabaster, red sandstone, grey-white Carrara marble, granite, perodite, chlorite, lotus, onyx, travertine and other stone sourced from all over the world.

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Anna Greenacre E: anna@onformsculpture.co.uk T: 01235 868 351 M: 07713 097 063
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23 - 29 May 2013

FLESH
A group exhibition by twenty-five London-based artists:
Jaye Cook, Andrew Wyatt, Chris Browne, Maria Christoforatou, Gerald Mcaree, Rose Cleary,
Iwona Cislo, Maria Juchnowska, Sabrina Kaici, Lewis Jones, Dave Keeping, Catherine Harrison, Elizabeth Wheeler, Emma Donnelly, Myura Amaranath, Pawel Jaskulski,
Ludmila Bebjakova, Zohra Lopez Milian, Paula Hillis, Amber Black, Max Reeves,
Alexey Moskvin, Pandora Ryan, Ilana Levine and Ignacio Miranda.

Alongside the pursuit of our own creative practices, ranging from sculpture to photography, from painting to film, as well as other forms, we all work for the internationally-known, Tate Modern and Tate Britain galleries.

The exhibition will showcase the outcomes of our explorations and interpretations of the theme flesh in relation to our own practice. The result is an exciting mix of work that will challenge and excite the audience. An eclectic, cornucopia of personal responses to flesh, unified by the exhibition space.







15 - 21 May 2013

SEEKING ARTEMIS
Artists - Chris Spencer, Helen Wilson, Marian Murphy, Miriam Weaver, Janette Bright,
Rebecca Herbert

When six artists decided to join together for an exhibition at the Crypt Gallery of St Pancras Church, they turned to the architecture of the building for inspiration. Built in the Greek revival style in the early nineteenth century, one of the church's most iconic features is the caryatids that are set above the entrance to the burial vault on the side of the facade. The caryatids are often thought to symbolise the goddess Artemis, and from this the title of the exhibition Seeking Artemis was born.

Chris Spencer has set off on a search to explore the symbolic connections between the female and the sea. Using felt and mixed media she has created hangings and three dimensional works to explore the roles that women take on throughout their lives, combining this with natural imagery and innate awareness of symbolism the individual often has hidden deep within.

For Miriam Weaver it was the idea of strong women that inspired her. There are many women throughout history and into the present day whose strength is seen in a supporting role much as the caryatids support the fabric of the church. Using modern quilting techniques she has created a set of images to honour such women.

Prompted by the architecture of the church Marian Murphy, was inspired by the fact that the crypt is still populated. She was particularly moved by the idea that these souls are now "putting down their burdens" to lie beneath the church and her mixed media images of figures are seen both appearing and disappearing into plaster walls.

Artemis as the huntress combined with modern ideas about body image has been the inspiration behind the work of photographer Rebecca Herbert. Staged in the natural setting of the hunter, images combine woodland with fashionable objects of desire.

For Helen Wilson it was the inspiration of one woman, Angela Burdett-Coutts, who has been her starting point. As a wealthy, philanthropist Burdett-Coutts was behind many charitable schemes. She was known as the 'Queen of the Poor'. Her charitable giving extended to numerous and varied causes, including education, housing and the setting up of animal charities. A friend of Florence Nightingale and Charles Dickens, many aspects of her life have been translated into pieces that combine watercolour, print, stitch and collage.

The Foundling Hospital and the lives of those who used its services two hundred years ago has been a theme of research behind the work of Janette Bright for many years. In her installation she has concentrated on the mother's role exploring some of the reasons why the Foundling Hospital became a place of safety for their children in a world very different from our own.

The six artists have come together in the hope that this dynamic exhibition shows how from the same starting point many facets of life, (and even death), can be discovered.

For more information about the group visit http://seeking-artemis.blogspot.co.uk/
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1 - 11 May 2013

REFLECTIVE SPACE
Participating Artists: Dick Barnard, Nicky Callaby, Kim Logan, Debbie Lyddon, Laura Pymer, Heather Wadsworth

Our memories define us and are dependent upon how we bring together the fragments of the past. Acts of memory are about entering reflective space and recalling ourselves and others, places and emotions, through time.

Reflective Space showcases recent dynamic and experimental work by a group of six artists who explore the influence of memory on their practice. It will feature work in a range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, mixed media and textiles and seeks to demonstrate how each artist utilises these processes to bring together fragments of the past.







19 - 27 April 2013

NEW WAVE PHOTOGRAPHY 2013
The second edition of the New Wave Photography exhibition is brought to London by United Creativity, an organisation representing emerging contemporary photographers from Central and Eastern Europe. Following the success of the 2012 edition, this year's exhibition recognises the rise of contemporary photography from the CEE region. From 19th to 27th April the Crypt Gallery in London will host 12 artists, exhibiting fine art photography from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Surrealism, minimalist landscape, classical nude photography, gum print, lomography and digital montage demonstrate the diversity of the work on display.

United Creativity is committed to selling affordable art both at their exhibitions and through their on line gallery. Represented artists are provided with a platform to exhibit their work and to excel at the beginning of their careers. All works on display are limited edition prints, selling up to a maximum 30 images per photograph and represent a strong collectors value. The prices which range from £120 make fine art photography accessible for all who wish to add to their private collections or work spaces. New Wave Photography introduces art enthusiasts to contemporary photography, providing visitors with an opportunity to purchase within the gallery space.

The Crypt Gallery, situated in the historic catacombs of St.Pancras Church, proves to be a perfectly contrasting venue for this vibrant exhibition. The photographs on display satisfy and confound expectations of Eastern European photography, demonstrating ideas that are both experimental and highly ambitious.

After the London event, New Wave Photography will move to Krakow where the exhibition will continue from 13th June - 29th July 2013.
For more information visit the website: www.unitedcreativity

Artists:
Surrealism figures strongly at this exhibition with striking work from Hungarian artist Sarolta Bán. Her photographs show dream-like narratives through a series of digital montages. Sarolta has exhibited extensively throughout Japan, Luxembourg and Hungary and was recognised as 2011's 'Best Young Talent' by Elle Magazine.

Benedek Bognar's photographs epitomise the experimental spirit of the exhibition. His series 'Interrogation' was created using a baggage inspection device. The X-ray images suggest an intriguing narrative through a number of incriminating objects. The work draws inspiration from the painting 'The Seven Deadly Sins' by Hieronymus Bosch.

Slovakian photographer, Zoltan Bekefy is another artist who draws inspiration from classical imagery, yet he manages to transform his grande landscapes into contemporary minimalist scenes. His adopted home in Ireland is the source of inspiration, photographing subtle black and white landscapes of turbulent seas and dramatic headlands.

Maciej Boksa is originally from Kielce, Poland. He graduated from the School of Creative Photography in Krakow. He creates abstract forms, focusing on enigma, reflection and contrast. His series, "Doors of Perception" (2010-2013) is an example of macro graphics. 'The photographs are intended to guide the viewer into an alternative perception of reality. While they try to imitate the beauty of dreamlike visions, they create a new dimension of imagination. It takes the viewer into a microscopic world - elusive and ethereal, imperceptible in everyday life.'

Martin Hruška, originally from Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic is showing a collection of his marine life photographs. 'Underwater photography is the only way that a diver can share his experiences under the surface with others. These pictures were taken at different coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea. Schools of fish, Turtles, Stingrays, Angelfish are only small part of this colourful underwater world'. Martin has been photographing wildlife and landscapes since 2005.

Lucie Jestrabikova's photographs have been created by using her body to create fascinating abstract compositions. Digital techniques in photoshop have allowed her to combine two of her artistic skills: 'My photography is more like painting than photography. Like a painter I use the movement of my body to make strokes and create the pictures. Then in post-production I have created the final compositions'. Lucie studied New Media at the Institute of Art, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. She works with a variety of media including photography, video, performance, painting and drawing.

Reka Koti explores the creative boundaries of Lomography (an analogue technique, inspired by the effects of the Lomo Kompakt Automat camera). Her series 'Driftwoods' shows influences from fashion photography and figurative painting. Her work has featured in American Iconology and at the Pecha Kucha exhibition, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest.

Slovakian artist, Veronika Otepková proves that digital photography can be both innovative and classically beautiful. She draws most of her inspiration from historical events and poetry. Despite her traditional inclinations she is undaunted by the possibilities of digital manipulation. Her use of textures and tone mapping creates an oil paint surface on which she composes her images.

Despite the wealth of digital mastery on display there is also some refined traditional techniques on offer, including work by Polish photographer Przemysław Kuciński. He uses a 19th century handmade technique called gum print to create black and white nude images. By using a combination of chemicals a gum, paint-like surface is produced. The original images were developed on canvas. "All That I Love is not only a title of the series, it also refers to the whole process of producing the work."

Pawel Piotrowski's digital series Jasność absolutna was developed over a three year period. The photographs represent an epic perspective of art, philosophy, psychology and religion. 'The main inspiration for me was the natural processes and spirituality at every level of existence. Only after some time I realised how much I was consumed by the work. I realised how deeply it reflects my inner state.'

Karel Vojkovský specialises in studio based nude photography. Originally from Frýdek-Místek in the Czech Republic, he has worked for the last 10 years as a professional photographer in Prague. His intent to study the 'dynamic extent of the human body' has pushed his models to the limits. 'I see the human body as a machine, enabling me to consider forms from a different point of view, not looking for sexuality and desire rather perceiving them as a tool of my creativity. I know that everybody is unique. I'm fascinated by human movement and the grace of shapes.' Karel has exhibited throughout Europe in Croatia, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic and has recently received the gold award at the 7th International Salon photography competition in the Ukraine.

Miroslav Zselinsky's series In Bloom, depicts a kaleidoscopic world of dead, withered flowers. 'The appearing forms encourage the viewer to make associations. On the other hand, the pictures were inspired by flowers, which used to be vivid, but later withered and are reborn as new, organic forms.' Practising as a photographer and graphic designer, Miroslav, originally from Slovakia, is now based in Budapest. His work has been shown at several solo and group exhibitions in Hungary, Slovakia, Italy and Belgium. He is a member of the Studio of Young Photographers.

Curators: Maria Loades, Edward Loades

Sponsors: Vertus, Antyramy.eu, Loades EcoPark, Szymon Gostyński Law Firm, Reklamex,

Supporting Institutions: The Royal Photographic Society, Polish Cultural Institute, Czech Centre, Embassy of Slovak Republic in London, Balassi Institute- Hungarian Cultural Centre, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design.

Media Partners: GUP, Silvershotz, Flash Art, Aesthetica, Image in Progress, F-Stop Magazine,
DE Magazine, ePhotoZine, Camera Obscura, Art Guide East.







4 - 13 April 2013

RADIATOR
A new installation by Canadian based, new media pioneers Alan Dunning and Paul Woodrow. The ex-Einstein's Brain Project duo explores the crypt beneath St Pancras Church.

The space is illuminated by a radiant form generated from ambient sound. Video captured by cameras operating at the limits of their capacities, and struggling to resolve images in the dimly lit space, are analysed using state of the art pattern recognition algorithms to populate the Crypt with images and sounds from a dreaming, hallucinating machine.

Alan Dunning and Paul Woodrow have been working in collaboration since 1996 and have produced electronic and computational installations, performances and texts that have been seen and read worldwide.

Using Damassio's idea of identity as a moment-to-moment construction, Metzinger's notions of the phenomenal self, and Guattari's grasp that the technical object cannot be limited to its materiality, the work of the Alan Dunning and Paul Woodrow suggests that the world is increasingly populated by entities that are manifestations of the energy flows of a new electro-biotechnical space, spawned from the perturbations of bodies in motion. Set free from the constraints of time and space, from the territorialisation of both mind and matter, these are considered as atemporal and aspatial beings existing in a nether world at the intersection of material and being. Electro-technical reproduction has changed the nature of images that occupy new media spaces. Moving from pareidolic imagining towards a new symbiosis between man and machine in which the pareiodolic act is modified and amplified by the interpolative acts of a machine, images are detached from matter, increasingly non-indexical, and, significantly, auto-indexical.

This echoes what Brian Winston has called technologies of seeing: Digitalization destroys the photographic image as evidence of anything except the process of digitalization. The physicality of the plastic material represented in any photographic image can no longer be guaranteed. For documentary to survive the widespread diffusion of such technology depends on removing its claim on the real. There is no alternative.

Some years ago Dunning and Woodrow imagined a series of bodies in an attempt to identify presences that inhabited the energy fields that we engineered. Briefly these were: the Conscious Body (a body linked to consciousness, the awareness of both the external and internal functioning that can be felt, sensed, and expressed through non-verbal feelings), the Absent Body (a virtual body that must be consciously and repeatedly reanimated to maintain its purchase in a virtual world), the Active Body (a point in space from which emanates events and forces that ripple through and alter the immediate and distant environment), the Mnemonic Body (a repository for memory and events), and the Amplified Body (the body projected into the world, as the processes of the body are made visible and audible).

What at the time seemed all too fanciful and insubstantial now seems too physical, too lodged in earlier conceptions of matter, and need be replaced by conceptual entities even less rooted in the physical world, and even more situated within the electro-biotechnical medium that is deterritorialised matter.

This medium contains only flows and charges. Positive and negative moments that cause undifferentiated matter to move to new locations, and potentially form pattern. Always in flux, the medium pulses into new arrangements faster or slower than can be perceived. The electro-biotechnical medium cannot contain either fixed or indexical moments. Given this what kinds of entities can possibly exist within the medium?

This was exhibition was made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L'an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l'art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.







22 - 27 March 2013

NO HEROICS, PLEASE
No Heroics, Please brings together the work of four artists in a group show.
Anneli Holmström, Jessie Makinson, Emma Pratt, and Kadie Salmon produce varied and often contrasting works of art, but they are united by their interest in narrative and story-telling, and how these qualities or references are manifested in visual art. If a picture tells a thousand words then an exhibition has the potential to be something of an essay; however in creating an environment of pictures, imagery and visual provocation, context and sequence become crucial to interpretation and understanding. To think of art as language and to allow form and colour to tell a story is a beginning, but even if a single image can be quantified as just a thousand words, then the translation of each word allows for variation and exponential mutation of the artist's story in their uptake, keeping the ending fluid in a way that a final page, falling curtain or rolling credit cannot be.







9 - 14 March 2013

Sweet'Art collective presents
'#1' A show in aid of international women's day

Exhibiting artists: Alice Cunningham, Ali Webb, Angela Morris-Winmill, Claire Rye, Christine Gonzalez,
Charlotte Elliston, Charlotte Meddings, Connie Sides,Corrina Eastwood, Dagmar Rieger, Danielle Hodson,
Elspeth Scott, Fiona Wylie, Gavin Round, Helen Gorrill, Jessika Wahls, Jerome Beresford, Jo Dennis, Joanna Layla,
Juni Ross, Laura Jean Healey, Laura Harvey Leoncia Flynn, Lucy Sparrow, Leena McCall, Lyndsay Martin, Mangham & Lindsay, Maya Wild, Mourl Ferryman, Ng'endo Mukii,Nicholas Brown, Nat Norton, Raine Kenny, Roseanne Artisan,
Salit Krac, Sara Abbott, Shara Hayz, Victoria Coster,Yannick Perichon, Zahava Hanan

Founded by Charlotte Meddings and Corrina Eastwood, two women who have a wealth of experience working in the arts for many years, Sweet'Art has decided to launch as a collective with a show in aid of international women's day.

International women's day has been observed since in the early 1900's, now held annually on the 8th of March, and brings together a global web of rich and diverse activity connecting women from all over the world.

A celebration of the achievements and contributions of women as well as a critique of the way in which women are perceived, shaped and contained within society, '#1' is an exhibition where artists, regardless of gender, are invited to explore through any medium themes surrounding female form, female issues and the roles of women in today’s society.

Sweet'Art as a collective is dedicated to the promotion of art that is thought provoking, intelligent and challenging in its consideration of both aesthetic and concept. '#1' as the launch show will reflect this in showcasing a range of work that follows a positive, feminist ethos with consideration of the way in which imagery representing women can so often be created in a context of negative conditions as determined by gender.

We are pleased to announce that in taking donations on our private view night we shall be supporting the amazing charity Wise Dolls. Wise Dolls supports female survivors of domestic violence through Arts Therapies. http://www.wisedolls.org.uk/

Click here for the promotional video https://vimeo.com/57169902/






29 January - 3 February 2013

GRAVELAND
GRAVELAND - A playful art and photography exhibition that explores cemeteries from around the world and how we remember the dead.

Graveland is a vibrant exhibition that looks at cemeteries and tributes from around the world, exploring the idea of memorial. Photography, stories, objects and decorations will show some of the many different ways we commemorate people worldwide, from the traditional to the more unusual.

This will be further explored by artwork including drawings, sculpture, installations, photographic art, film and craft. It is a participatory exhibition that also asks the audience to get involved and contribute to the show with their thoughts, ideas questions and play.

Graveland seeks to help dispel the idea that death and remembrance are solely sad or morbid topics. It will create a space, which is beautiful, inviting, informative and respectful, yet playful, in which people can take a look at these things from a different angle. Death is one thing we know we can be sure of and is something we all have in common yet it is also something that is often pushed to the sidelines. We want to bring the subject to the forefront in this exhibition, and create an environment where we can discuss this, learn, think, create and enjoy.

People visiting the show will be able to get involved in games, write and make artwork themselves, giving their views on the questions asked. And those who want to read more widely on the topic will be able to spend time in our library area. During the week we will be making the most of the space by holding a creative workshops and a Death Cafe, as well as holding an opening event with performances.

Exhibiting Artists and Photographers:
Carla Conte, Hin, Pablo Delgado, Sabra Lawrence, Giovanni Ferri, Shehnoor Ahmed, Robin Bath, Candida Lucca, Steve Ferrar, Rachel Wallace, Tina Bueno, Mathew Fleming, C.J. Chandler, Pia Interlandi, Adam Charlton,
Patrick Harrison





19 - 27 January 2013

IN THE VOID
A group exhibition of painting, photography, drawing, installation, video and green-graffiti by four young, international, contemporary artists: Bongsu Park (South Korea), Ema Kawanago (Japan), Wonji Seol(South Korea) and Jonathan Longuet (France).

The title 'In the Void' represents an invisible and dematerialised space that exists between human beings and is a key concept between these 4 artists, alongside their own recognition of the world. 'Void' connotes a space existing but being absent simultaneously that implies an infinity and endlessness of artistic exploration.

For this occasion, the participating artists will take a creative journey across phenomenological issues of human being, birth and death, biological and psychological relations, and ethical, artistic, psychological implications as well as an ultimate approach to the human body. Such personal investigation into our intermingled lives will be drawn in the exhibition space in adoption of a new methodological approach to perceive art as a medium of communication amongst human relations.

BONGSU PARK, South Korean, lives and works in London,
'Cube', performance video & installation video
'Cube', Silkscreen images
'Cell', photography

Through my work, I have endeavoured to grasp the answers to rather fundamental questions about life; birth and death; being and becoming on my own terms. Such questions have intrigued and fed my thought. My approach to those questions is not necessarily based on a metaphysical philosophy or a religious belief or scientific analysis; however, I have taken them as a way of viewing the world and life and also as an inspiration for my work.

I have tried to employ any possible practices, processes and media for my work to show my art world. For example, video clips with performance and installation; organic materials; knitting and weaving; photography and silkscreen. www.bongsupark.com

EMA KAWANAGO, Japanese, lives and works in Bordeaux, France
'Welcome to Japanese society', installation
'We never know', painting
'Left brain-Right Brain', video

My work is built around the relationship levels. Themes appear in a variety of different aspects and scale: biological and physical relationships between distance, space, time, and also social relationships between human beings, cultures and countries...The differences and similarities between humans and other living beings have always intrigued me.

Influenced by my studies in biology (Master 2 specialty ecosystems), I use a variety of techniques ranging from two-dimensional representations (painting, drawing and photography) to large three-dimensional works (installations) to explore these different areas of interactions. "The practice of multi-media is a necessity in order to present the different levels of relationship"
Emakawanago.wordpress.com

JONATHAN LONGUET, French, lives and works in Bordeaux, France
'Stunning series' paintings living plant / green graffiti,

I work with a living plant paint (Graffiti Green) and in the development of autonomous organic paintings. "The idea for this project is to share with the public aspects of my experimental works and their ethical implications: philosophical and artistic. Green Graffiti is made from algae, these paintings evolve like a plant, grow slowly during time depending on conditions. "Green Graffiti Paint" comes from personal research and cooperation with several biologists and lichenologists since 2005.

The work is made of living algae harvested around the foot of Bordeaux's buildings, cultivated and applied to a canvas or a wall. A simple microscopic observation of green graffiti allows us to see: territorial wars, food, duplication, waste management... these same problematic issues that we find in the heart of our contemporary civilizations apply to complex systems of plants. By giving humans forms to plants, I try to open a dialogue between human beings and their biological environments, highlighting their common traits, their reactions to the reality of survival, their necessity to live in a community, what is the definition of an eco-system.
peinturevegetale.blogspot.fr

WONJI SEOL, South Korean, lives and works in Seoul 'Folding', installation 'Untitled' installation, collages As the image of the human body, its changing body composed of folds, small hollows, bumps, wrinkles and other features that make us what we are, I wonder in my artistic work about contractions, expansions, breaths and silences that punctuate and compose the instant, the elusive identity. 'Folds' in this installation, I fold, unfold, a collection of papers folded layers as a slow breathing space. 'Untitled' is a series of collages from assemblies of images from magazines and newspapers.
http://sulsiksik.blogspot.kr/

With support from: http://www.kisskissbankbank.com/en/projects/in-the-void-crypt-gallery-london-exposition-d-art-contemporain /






14 - 15 December 2012

Honey & TAR: A Salon Show
Honey & TAR is a brief survey of 2 Dimensional by 11 upcoming artists. It is an amalgamation of incompatible practices linked together by one aim: To question the role of painting in times when it is considered a purely commercial endeavour. By incorporating the traditional within the contemporary, it aims to provide a wholesome view of painting as a contemporary art practice.

Artists: Ekaterina Golubina, Holly Upton, Lewis Blake, Malaika Sellen-Ferere,
Mouna Osman, Minsun Kim, Nazanin Sharif, Sheila Miranda Maurice-Grey,
Sacha Sukasam, Shristie Budhia, Woody Kim





8 November - 3 December 2012

SPAIN (NOW) 2012
23 artists from across Spain. Curated by Blanca Soto

This exhibition takes us on a journey through contemporary Spanish drawing with the work of 23 artists from across Spain, artists with different trajectories and with different ways of approaching drawing. It comprises the most simple and rudimentary techniques to new technologies applied to drawing, that include:

Pencil on paper by Sofía Jack, Sito Mújica, Oscar Seco, José Luis Serzo and Domingo Sánchez Blanco. Digital prints by Marina Núñez, Enrique Radigales and Daniel Silvo.

The geometrical abstraction of Ruth Quirce, to the simple abstraction of Abraham Lacalle and the pure line of Imanol Marrodán. The drawing-video hybridisation of Juan Zamora.

The nod to antiquity of Manuel Barbero. The instant drawings of Juan Ángel Gónzalez de la Calle.

The oneiric drawing of Luis Quintero. The comic of Luis Pérez Calvo. The landscapes of Santiago Talavera and Jesús Zurita. The conceptual geographic drawings of Lola Marazuela and Paco Mesa who create a real drawing, a great global drawing, from an imaginary line.

Click here for a review of the exhibition: http://www.culture24.org.uk/art/art410389/






9 October - 4 November 2012

DARE TO WEAR
Curated by Sue Kreitzman, the Wild Old Woman who created 'WOW'. and 'Flashier&Trashier'

Twenty seven visionary artists explore profound wardrobe conundrums:
Will flamboyance set you free? How many kilos of weird jewellery are correct to wear on any given day? Will wearing beige really kill you? And...What should we wear on the way to the afterlife??

An all new, exuberant riot of profound junk:
Art is not just for museums, white cube galleries, or the carefully chosen walls of one's home. It should never remain closeted in the perimeters of one's life or in the back of one's mind.

If you love art, and long for more colour, texture and pizzazz in your life,
If you want an innocent and potent drug that will change your life,
If you tire of the same old, same old and wish to break free, then...

DARE TO WEAR!
Don't leave art to languish on the walls. Wrap yourself, festoon, engulf and adorn yourself. Glory in texture, colour and spectacle. Erupt into the world: brash, glittering, bejewelled, and multicoloured. Dare to be a graffito, a collage, an assemblage. Burst into art, and you will change your world forever.

We are Wild Old Women, and a few Wild Old Men. And this year we have added some Wild Young Artists to the mix as well. Our materials are usually salvaged, frequently kitsch, often surprising, and we use them to tell profound and colourful stories.

This year, we are all about adornment: exaggerated depictions of jewellery and clothing. We look at both from the point of view of talismans, amulets, superstition, storytelling, psychological and spiritual armour, disguise, exuberance, weird joy, and - of course - art.

We present clothing and jewellery (outrageous, peculiar, lushly eccentric), along with other works of art that celebrate the topic: paintings, assemblages, dolls, sculptures, masks, installations chandeliers (!)...

The gallery will be filled with an exuberant riot of colour and texture, and will offer a profound comment on the nature of joyous/superstitious/artistic wardrobe obsession.

Think tribal. Think about foiling the evil eye. Think over the top, in your face, unfettered flamboyance.

ARTISTS: Sue Adden, Kate Bradbury, Amanda Caines, Debbie Cicalese, Chris Czainski, Tatty Devine, Ella Guru, Sheona Josiah, Sue Kreitzman, Fernanda Latif, Yvonne Mabs Francis, Lucy Martin, Georgia Mathews, Rosemary McLeish, Liz Parkinson, Quimetta Perle, Alicia Piller, Claire Pinney, Lauren Shanley, Julia Sisi, Karin van der Plas, Gini Wade, Felix Wightman, Phil Wildman, John William, Malcah Zeldis

Curator: Sue Kreitzman
suekreitzman@yahoo.co.uk

Assistant Curator: Peter Herbert





25 - 29 August 2012

CRYPTA SILENT MONOLOGUE:
Part 1 of an On-going Contemporary Art Project
This exhibition brings together 16 artists who make a diverse range of works that push the boundaries of the fields of contemporary art, and present interdisciplinary art practices that explore concepts, forms and techniques from across the fine, media and performing arts.

The Latin term 'crypta' originally defines as an underground room or vault beneath a church used as a chapel or burial space. While the crypt's traditional context is one of religion and memorial, this exhibition attempts to redefine this use by looking at an artist's personal expression in such a meditative space.

Being inextricably interwoven with the artists' own poetic voices about their personal affairs in everyday life, their practices represent metaphors for anger, sadness, dilemma, mindless self-indulgence and humour, delivered by the artists' inner monologues. They have found ways to transform everyday subjects; mundane or familiar things are presented in witty and unexpected ways.

This exhibition aims to present an experimental way of looking at the relationship between architectural attributes engaging with the chilling aesthetic and the mystical atmosphere of the crypt and various forms of groundbreaking contemporary art practice - incorporating film, installation, light, sound, sculpture and photography - through their manipulation of the space. These artists attempt to show how the juxtaposition between the space and their practice naturally reflect each other.

The exhibition will suggest a new direction for the interdisciplinary art practice in the 21st century.

Crypta Silent Monologue featuring the artists: Matt Gee; Maria Emilov Silvestar; Tugce Karapinar; Priscilla Namwebe; Alex Lewis; Marta Molka; Sarah Edgington;
Eirini Georgopoulou; Katerina Georgopoulou; Russell Morton; Murray Anderson;
Ruyi Wong; Mirei Yazawa; Fabio Lattanzi Antinori; Cedar Zhou; Sandra Robinson and
Catherine M. Weir.

For any press-related enquiries please email yennashin@yahoo.com
Website: http://cryptasilentmonologue.com/






16 - 21 August 2012

CONCRETE MIRRORS

Concrete Mirrors is an exhibition about the ethereal, the intangible and all things invisible.

The 26 artists that are part of this show explore ideas of desire, expectation and faith, in different times, through the spectrum of their personal experience, observation and discourse. The exhibition title takes its cue from the Acoustic Mirrors that were built prior to the invention of radar. Early warning systems against the possibility of an airborne invasion, the Acoustic Mirrors pointed their faces to the sky collecting sound in giant concrete dishes.

Alia Bilgrami, Álvaro Brito, Antonella Ferrari, Carey Garris, Fagner Alves Fernanda Brenner, Fernando Silva, Funa Ye, Ilsun Maeg, Inês Moura, Joana Roberto, Joao Sousa, Jorge Coelho, Josephine Reichert, Kate Janes, Nikos Varitimiadis, Olympia Polymeni, Paloma Bosquê, Pedro Henriques, Pedro Pires, Sara Bichão, Sarah Gilbert, Sascha Mikloweit, Sérgio Fernandes, Sofia Costa Pinto, Warren Garland





27 July - 1 August 2012

POINTS OF CONTACT

An exhibition showing the works of: Andy Charalambous, Kay Clinton, Clifford Gabb, Elaine Ginsburg, Maureen Klingels-Pruss, Stephanie Magnin, Jane Musgrove, Mladenka Ninkovic, Celine Samson and Phoebe Smith.

The artists of this exhibition met through the Working Men's College and work in a wide range of media. 'Points of Contact' features many of their more recent works.

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13 - 22 July 2012

SURFACE II

Coordinators/Curators:
Louise Harrington 07932 063808 - louise.harrington1@ntlworld.com
Fiona Chaney 07934 440678 - fionasonja@hotmail.com

Surface II is the second exhibition to be presented at The Crypt Gallery by curators Louise Harrington and Fiona Chaney. This unique gallery space located in the heart of Central London instils an atmosphere of timeless serenity; a space in which the artists participating in Surface II reflect upon and continue themes explored during the first exhibition, Surface I, presented at The Crypt Gallery during the summer of 2011.

The notion of surface remains a tantalising and surprising constant, a question never far from language, thought and practice within the arts, science and philosophy. From the ancient world of Aristotle to the Twentieth Century of Avrum Stroll, the perception and interpretation of surface has excited profound and often contradictory points of view. The beginning and end of a questionable boundary, to be crossed or not. A provocative demarcation of differences and similarities whether constructed or evolved. A tactile or phenomenological experience where the qualities of surface share a complex relationship of interactions and possibilities, a balance between the physical and the psychological. Is surface a facade obscuring an object or image, or the visible plane of a hidden geometry in which space and object form an inseparable relationship. Is surface line, edge or space, or an expression of time or critical disturbance?

In Surface II, a multi-disciplinary exhibition, 26 selected artists use a range of media to explore the notion of surface, with each practitioner demonstrating an individual interpretation and perspective by exploring the inescapable, immediate and continuous surface of walls that turn corners, follow corridors, entering recesses and alcoves within The Crypt Gallery space.

Participating artists:
Louise Harrington, Fiona Chaney, Sophie Cordery, Regina Valkenborgh, Lyndsey Searle, David Donald, Hazel Walsh, Stephen Buckeridge, Juliet Guiness, Sarah King, Sinéid Codd, Susan Eyre, Kelvin Burr, Amy-Louise Watson, Jessie Rayat, Nina Ciuffini, Hélène Uffren,
Jo Lovelock, Sarah Rose Allen, Debbie Lyddon, Susan Francis, Samantha Blanchard,
Maria Gaitanidi, Cynthia Ayral, Natasa Stamatari, Alexandros Alexandridis





4 - 8 July 2012

LAYER ON LAYER

featuring Isabel Albi, Janet Brooks, Jenny Bush, Clare Cammack, Sara Eustace,
Thalma Goldman Cohen, Stephanie Herbert, Helga Lee, Ralph Overill, Claire Pinney,
Kate Poland, Wendy Roberts, Julia Tester.

Layer on Layer is an exhibition by a group of artists practising painting, printmaking and mixed media. Each artist has travelled their own path; a journey of challenges, experiments and exploration. Experiences are absorbed, ideas are developed, a gradual depositing of layer upon layer meaning and making. We welcome you to the cavernous corridors of the Crypt Gallery and encourage you to look beyond the surface.





29 June - 1 July 2012

UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON TEXTILE GRADUATE EXHIBITION 2012

BA (Hons) and Master of Design Textile graduates from the University of Brighton showcase the highlights of their Final Major Projects. Over the past four years, these designers have honed their skills and pushed the boundaries within the disciplines of knitted, woven and printed textiles.

The exhibition provides insight into a project that has been one year in the making. Having taken a specific subject matter and developed it within their medium, each designer has individually explored means of showcasing craftsmanship and innovation within their specialism. The projects explore a vast range of concepts and themes; knitted garments and structures based on themes such as icecaps, crystals or dance performance, Woven textiles have been inspired by the likes of tribal culture, religion, flora and fauna. Printers have been creating cloth inspired by space travel, architecture, poetry and even food.

As modern textile designers, the graduates proudly combine traditional technique and craft with contemporary innovation and consummate skill. This exhibition marks the end of a four-year creative process and the beginning of the journey to apply their skills and learning into their varied chosen careers.





9 - 24 June 2012

SUPERSATURATION

Sean Fairman, Luci Metcalfe, Carol Cooper, Adrian Tobin, Rebecca Fairman, Jenny Merrell, Melanie Titmuss, Dave Martin, Tony Sullivan, Sheila Fairman, Dan Smith

An exhibition of contemporary art practitioners working in ceramics, painting, assemblage and drawing.





20 May - 6 June 2012

POVERA: with a touch of colour
Michael Connell, mixed media artist

Michael's work of vibrant colour and his unique way of regenerating (recycling) materials into art form promises to be a very exciting event. He shows us that sometimes waste materials are not necessarily the end product but can be the beginning of something wonderful and creative. Over the years Michael has salvaged many used items from skips and building sites for use in the pieces of work that will be on display.

This exhibition is a must for everybody interested in abstract mixed media art.

www.michaelsart.co.uk
Sponsored by Neonclass Ltd www.neonclass.co.uk






10 - 16 May 2012

BERLIN: the Forger's Tale
An exhibition by Kevin Broughton & Fiona Birnie

BERLIN: the Forgers Tale follows the life of Twentieth Century forger Georg Bruni using his original, highly individual visual 'diary' (produced by drawings made on banknotes throughout his life) as a narrative guide, and with the use of archive material, paintings, drawings, sculpture, posters, photographs and multi-media installation we explore his involvement in the First World War, Cubist Paris, Germany's social & political upheavals, the astoundingly creative artistic culture of painters, film-makers & performers, & the legendary nightlife of the short lived Weimar Republic. Bruni's adventures in both Berlin & Paris examine his use of multiple identities & their relationship to his collection of masks, his craving for the company and desire to mimic the famous - artists, performers and the emerging stars of the film industry, also his nefarious dealings in the clubs and cabarets of Berlin's nightlife.

The forger's journey provides many parallels with contemporary life questioning issues of identity, the importance of individual status, and our reliance on and desire for the manipulated information which contributes to and constructs our world reality.

Artists Kevin Broughton & Fiona Birnie are interested in the influence modern technology and the media have on contemporary life and their part in the construction of our identity and society. Using adapted found material to construct images, objects and installations that question and comment on our notions of past, present and future realities.

http://theforgerstale.co.uk
http://www.broughtonbirnie.co.uk/






4 - 5 May 2012

24 EYES
A multi disciplinary exhibition by a small group of graduating students from the University for the Creative Arts Epsom. Works explore narratives of storytelling, performance and costume using moving image, textile desgin, photography and illustration.





26 - 30 April 2012

LOOCHOO
In the second half of the 18th century British Navy ships ran aground near Okinawa . The kindness and help of the Ryukyuan (people from Okinawa) at that time is well recorded. The British called Ryukyu "Loochoo", and reported that they were deeply impressed by Ryukyuans' culture and hospitality. The culture of the Ryukyu Dynasty still has a significant effect on both Okinawan artists and designers.

In this exhibition the artists and designers, who are all, in some way, related and influenced by Okinawan culture and traditions, have created works that respond in very personal ways to their conceptual thinking about 'Time'

Hiromi Tsuha - visual artist(London based)
Tsuha's work is shown and is drawn from a very personal starting point. Almost autobiographical in nature her art has an ephemeral quality that arises from the transient nature of the objects she uses. Tsuha often seeks to locate and present memories within her site specific art and her choice of her materials is always crucial. Simultaneously poetical and playful her work continues to explore the motivations we all have to find a place of our own in the face of all that we have lost, and the decisions we must encounter to realise our desires. For the Loochoo show, Tsuha admits her desperation for time and looks at her own reality when confronted by it. She projects this through installation work inspired by Okinawan winter scapes. HP: http://hiromitsuha.com/

Atsushi Izena - ceramist
Atsushi Izena is a ceramic artist and creates pieces with an emphasis on functionality and how they serve people. For this exhibition, he looks at the topic of death; a subject inspired by the crypt itself. It is well known that in some cultures, death is a taboo subject. Izene wants to confront this by introducing to us a unique Okinawan cinerary urn that he designed.He states that "The process of creating and making an urn is one way of accepting the inevitable... how time affects us all. It could be a starting point for us to talk about our own design for death." Izena hopes that his piece will open up conversation about death and dying in an open and relaxed way. VIVACHE HP: http://www.vivace-life.jp/

Hiroshi Tanaka - textiles designer
Hiroshi Tanaka first worked at a design company in Tokyo. He returned to Okinawa to set up his own interior design company specialising in shop/store outfitting. Tanaka's evolving career led him to collaborate with his wife who introduced him to the world of textiles and later established himself as a well recognised bland YOKANG's textile designer in Okinawa. His work is hugely influenced by traditional Okinawan Bingata, a technique that dates back to the Ryukyu Kingdom of around 14th century which uses dyed fabric and patterned paper stencils. Tanaka has taken this ancient technique and has adapted it to his own artistic style using very precise details and colour schemes. His innovative work has an enthusiastic following.YOKANG HP: http://www.yokang.jp/index.htm

pokke104 : Yukino Ikeshiro - illustrator
Yukino Ikeshiro, better known as Pokke104, is recognised as one of the leading female illustrators in Okinawa. Her inspiration comes from traditional designs of Okinawan handicraft. Her work includes vibrant motifs of plants and sea creatures in unique display. She has undertaken a variety of projects including collaboration with HONDA. In recent years pokke104 has been exploring 'Ryuka' a type of Okinawan lyrical poetry dating back to the era of the Ryukyu Kingdom(15th -19th centuries). In this show pokke104 uses 'Kajadefu' - a song which suggests the joy of new life. She attempts to express the warmth and welcoming nature of 'Ryuka' through the medium of painting. Her use of colours and shape translate the traditional words and sounds of 'Kajadefu' into a visual commentary. pokke104 invites people with 'Shurei' which means to welcome with kindness and hospitality. pokke104 HP: http://www.pokke104.com/

LEQUIOSIAN : Taichi Naka, Eriko Naka - fashion designer
LEQUIOSIAN's aim is to use a set of creative textile designs. Expressing the image of the 'LEQUIOSIAN' people - a fictitious nomadic tribe, in a different context. Their unique designs, with photo images of Okinawan landscapes, characterise the methods and fabric of Okinawa in an efficient and economical sewing style to provide versatile and flexible use of clothing. It could be said that the basic concept of their style is a 'thinking design'. For this show, an interactive approach to their work is encouraged, whereby the medium and participant, together become a vehicle in the creation of new abstract art modelled against an atypical setting. How and what will the emergence of Okinawa in the London Crypt unfold? cochinda studio blog:http://ameblo.jp/cochinda

Kyota Matsudo - visual artist (glass)
His major at University was sociology. He led the production and design of blown glass at a glass studio in Nagasaki following the Tokyo glass art institute. He then left for the USA and produced works at "UrbanGlass" then introduced his work to the gallery and shop whilst he was attending 'National academy of design school of fine arts' in New York.Matsudo's site-specific work in the exhibition is inspired by the Crypt's history and space. He pays homage to the 557 people buried there, by introducing his piece as a traditional Okinawan ritual of honouring the dead. His work is an embodiment of his living presence at a moment of time in the present, connecting to and contrasted with, the dead and of a time that once was. Blog : http://www.commons-sense.net/blog-08

decco : Moritaka Nakamura, Satoko Nakamura - potter unit
decco creates predominantly tableware. Porcelain is their signature work. Their creations have appeared in numerous articles and magazines. The popularity of their work is mainly due to their collaborative approach, working with artists of various disciplines and concepts. For this exhibition, decco challenges the concept of time through their refined methods of craftsmanship. They hope to elicit dialogue with the viewer through their interactive work.decco HP : http://www.decco.jp/2010/index.php

Aya Taira - visual artist
Aya Taira ponders the connections between nature, the cosmos and time and tries to tie all these elements together in her work. She uses empty larval cases of the Cicada. The larval cases are not just husks of empty space; they hold echoes of the past and signify life anew. Just as black holes elude our comprehension, the life of the Cicada remains, for most part, out of sight and mysterious. Their empty vessels are black holes; black holes of forgotten memories and of stories untold. Taira thinks about her ancestors, the Ryukyu people and how they are like constellations. We look to them in wonderment but there is so much that's unanswered. However, we are somehow all connected by a mysterious thread. web album: https://picasaweb.google.com/tairaaya

Eiten Oshiro - painter
Oshiro is both a 2D and 3D artist and works with different mediums such as paint, iron and steel. He has held several solo exhibitions and has collaborated with musicians in his 'live' work. Oshiro's unique familial background of mediums has led him to take an interest in the spiritual world. Communication between the physical and spiritual world is characteristic of ancestral worship in Okinawan culture, a traditional practice that goes as far back as the Ryukyu period. For this show, Oshiro tries to make connections between the historical past and the present, the physical and the spiritual, nature and the cosmos; all the elements that he believes are inherent to what is the 'Okinawan vibe', and expresses this as lines and colour in his work. HP:http://www.eiten-style.com/

Chihiro Furugen - paper jewellery designer
Furugen has worked in various design fields but eventually specialised in jewellery design. Her allergy to certain metals led her to search alternative materials. She grew a fascination with paper, its nature and qualities, and pushed the boundaries in its use in jewellery design, achieving interesting and creative results. For this exhibition, Furugen explores the ephemerality of paper juxtaposed with the idea of regeneration. The paper that she uses is made from the Okinawa 'Ge-tto' plant, valuable to the Okinawan people because of its many uses. The motif in her paper object is inspired from the flowers produced by the plant. She hopes that her work will inspire people to think differently about paper and its usage.blog : http://chihirofurugen.ti-da.net/

HOME : 12 collective artists - moving image
'HOME' , a concept jointly planned by Tsuha and Taira in Okinawa in 2010 has been screening at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Club Else, Z space . Each artist from Okinawa and London depicted the HOME within a 5 minute video work. This is a first screening in a foreign country.

Artists based in Okinawa
Aya Taira, Masahiro Sonobe, Daniel Lopez, Kin Mari, Kobashigawa Kei, Togase Teppei and Sayo Yamazato

Artists based in London
Hiromi Tsuha, Daniel Bevan, Guler Ates, Andrew Kean-Hammerson, Wiktor Gacparski and Guy Oliver

e-mail: http://info@loochoo.jp
Loochoo HP http://loochoo.ti-da.net





14 - 22 April 2012

RESONATE
This show presents seven London-based artists whose experience in creating site-specific art has led to surprising interventions that resonate within the unique space of the Crypt Gallery. The contrast between the bustle of the Euston Road, the quiet calm of St Pancras Parish Church and this dark and mysterious burial place have led to reflections on the fragile nature of human existence, memory, loss and decay.

Installations incorporating found objects, multiples, constructions, kinetic form, sound, light and video explore the atmosphere and architecture of the Crypt. Chris Avis uses mannequins to explore, identify and reveal elements of human experience. Ali Darke's improvised still life scenes delve into the hinterland of memory where fact and fiction play in the mind's eye. Annette Freeman's 'Plane Song: Reverie' is a text-based work relating the experience of the London plane trees around the church. Jan Goodkin's new installation is inspired by a 20th century vocal score which gives voice and vision to an improvised idea about life and death. Heather Meyerratken uses found objects to tell poignant and sometimes subversive stories. David Pike responds to the architecture of the crypt through a contemporary take on the caryatids facing the Euston Road and encryption of various 'writings on the wall'. Richard Sharples presents a video installation that is concerned with the process of aging and the clash between suffering, dignity, growth and decay.

A shared interest in responding to surroundings, and a space which links past and present, has produced thought provoking works in an exhibition that asks the viewer to engage with the essence of this place.

CHRIS AVIS
Chris Avis uses mannequins to explore, identify and reveal elements of human experience. For the Crypt Gallery she has produced two sharply contrasting installations. A deceptively light approach to the search for identity reveals a darker message related to the traditional expectations of women. In the shadows, the second installation presents a self-indulgent but dignified approach to decay, nature's inevitable outcome of the human cycle. The quest for understanding and the acceptance of life's limitations resonate throughout the building, where past generations have spent time considering the disturbing relationship between life and mortality

ALI DARKE
Theatre designer Ali Darke's In the Wings appropriates the detritus left when the show is over. This collection of fragments and found objects is placed in odd places in order to reveal new narratives out of past dramas. The 'still-life' works mix abandoned and imagined thoughts in relation to her memory and experience. These collaged scenes have been freely improvised to resonate with the Crypt spaces and explore the hinterland between fact and fiction.

ANNETTE FREEMAN
Plane Song (Reverie) is a text-based work which relates the urban experience of the London plane trees around St Pancras Parish Church. Beginning with Wordsworth's poem, the Reverie of Poor Susan, this work explores experience, memory and the natural world and considers the link between the rural idyll of nature and the urban reality of the plane tree. Plane Song (Reverie) is part of a wider project which focuses on the London plane. Annette Freeman is interested in how people see and experience the natural world and how the natural world experiences us.

JAN GOODKIN
Jan Goodkin's work focuses on ways of capturing ideas about our transient journey on earth. The first piece expresses a sense of loss, suspending time in this special place; the second a subtle inner portrait using manipulated x-ray images; the third is a sculptural interpretation of our momentary existence. These works have been inspired by Judith Weir's 'Grand Opera' King Harald's Saga. It is with humour and integrity that the opera condenses eight characters plus the Norwegian Army into a ten minute musical drama, scored for unaccompanied solo soprano. Jan Goodkin will be performing Act 2 of King Harald's Saga (lasting 3 minutes) at the private view on Friday 13th April 2012.

HEATHER MEYERRATKEN
The poignant feelings which are evoked by 'things left behind' have intrigued the Australian artist Heather Meyerratken for most of her career. Her conceptual work often contains elements of loss, identity, memory and emotion. Her work invites the viewer to react with all five senses. She believes that this mix ensures that the emotional response will stay with the viewer long after they have left the 'scene'. In the Crypt Gallery Heather Meyerratken shows a slide collection which documents the life of an unknown lady from Prague through personal remnants gathered from a skip.

DAVID PIKE
This work engages with the architectural and spatial qualities of the crypt as well as the church above. An architectural model presents a contemporary take on the plight of the female Caryatids forced as punishment to carry the weight of the Erechtheion porch on the Acropolis and have been reproduced as a feature on the outside of this church. David Pike suggests that today's parallel is the disproportionate burden that women appear to be carrying for the reduction of the world's financial deficits. In addition he takes the word 'crypt' and its link with the decoding of messages to explore 'writings on the walls'. The viewer is invited to decode the graphic texts using the Mensula Jovis, an ancient 'magic square' of the numbers 1-16.

RICHARD SHARPLES
Richard Sharples presents a video installation that is concerned with the process of aging and the clash between suffering, dignity, growth and decay. Accompanying the installation are a number of new sculptural works.





4 - 10 April 2012

UNCHARTED TERRITORIES INNER EARTH MYSTERIES
Karin Denk Photo Art
Charting microscopic fragments encased in crystals from Namibia, one of the earth's oldest geological regions, Munich based photographer Karin Denk offers a rare glimpse into the world beneath.

Her lens opens a way of seeing and experiencing the alchemical process of the evolution of life. The photographer manages to capture the realm where the finite and the infinite touch and merge into new structures that encompass scientific reality, mythology and meditation. The photographs offer a glimpse into a world of light that grows in darkness.

Light within Form + Spirit within matter
Images leaving whispers in the subconscious and traces in the mind.

All Images shown in the exhibition can be purchased during the exhibition.
Information: e-mail. presence1@gmx.de
www.karindenk.com





15 March - 1 April 2012

STILL SOUNDS
A Solo Show
by Margaret Moore
The tension between the power and fragility of nature and memory is Margaret Moore's inspiration. It leads to work in different media - sculpture, photography, print, film, sound and installation. In her practice Margaret considers history and heritage in relation to our increasingly globalised world. Collecting and cataloguing family photographs and cuttings are an important part of the process.

Still Sounds remains a work in progress. It is a large scale walk-through installation with sound and video. Margaret created Still Sounds as a series of screen prints on tissue paper from her family photograph collection. She then presented it as a walk-through installation of printed and painted hangings for her degree show in 2011.

Still Sounds will be Margaret's first solo show. The work will be displayed at the Crypt as layered hangings on lightweight see-through fabric to conceal and reveal simultaneously. Moving through Still Sounds, the viewer becomes part of the work. The accompanying sound installation combines song with recordings taken over the last three years in Glasgow and the Western Isles where Margaret's family originates. It explores the ability of voice to evoke memory, redefining our sense of time and place.

www.margaretmooreart.com






2 - 10 March 2012

AND YOU, WHAT DO YOU WORSHIP?
'The most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about. Stated as an English sentence, of course, this is just a banal platitude - but the fact is that, in the day-to-day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have life-or-death importance. That may sound like hyperbole, or abstract nonsense. So let's get concrete' David Foster Wallace, 2008.

Curator and artist Marinette Kaus and the Crypt Gallery present: And you, what do you worship? - A group show of 30 artists in response to David Foster Wallace 2008's speech: 'Plain old untrendy troubles and emotions'.

The show will present young British artists including Catlin Guide artist Adeline de Monseignat, Marinette Kaus, Valeria Alevra, Hannah Luxton, Rosie Edwards, Simon Foxall, Chrysostomos Tsimourdagkas, Thomas Jenkins, Lee Suh, Raphaël Tiberghien, Pauline Bickerton, Sam Bailey, Sarah-Bernarda Melcer, Vanessa Maurice-Williams, Isabelle Genevieve Marie Gressel, Michele Am Russo, Arthur Prior, Marija Nemchenko, Lara Kamhi, Jonas Schnyder, Lewis James Davidson, Jean Feline, Nancy Cogswell, Tom Leamon, Tazelaar Stevenson, Jack Spencer Ashworth, Charlie Abbott & Tilly Shiner, Marie Isabel de Monseignat, Camilla Emson, Isabelle Southwood.

Marinette Kaus, instigator and curator of the exhibition, says: 'On a daily basis we make decisions to what has meaning and what doesn't; we are looking for little truths. What you'll find in the Crypt is the work of artists investigating the 'Capital-T' Truth of their practice. It is about simple awareness - awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us. (David Foster Wallace)'.

David Foster Wallace's speech can be found here:
www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/sep/20/fiction

For more information about the exhibition please contact Curator of the exhibition, Marinette Kaus: marinette.kaus@gmail.com





18 - 26 February 2012

NEW WAVE PHOTOGRAPHY
Emerging talent from Central and Eastern Europe

The atmospheric catacombs of St.Pancras Church, Euston, venue of the gallery, hosts 11 young photographers from 6 countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic.

The exhibition demonstrates a high-level of technical ability as well as bold experimentation. Slovakian photographer, Peter Cibak introduces computer-generated figures into digital photographs in his series 'Zygota'. Monika Stacho's strikingly personal images demonstrate digital layering to create illusionary compositions of her childhood memories. Polish photographer, Katarzyna Niedzwiecka combines digital photomontage with gum print, a rare 19th century technique to create her surreal series 'The Animal Called Human'.

New Wave Photography challenges the perception of Eastern European photography by displaying vibrant, experimental work that celebrates the youthfulness of the artists themselves.

All photographs shown at the Crypt Gallery are available to purchase during the exhibition. Entrance to the exhibition is free.

Please view examples of the work and information about the exhibition at: www.unitedcreativity.org