May 21 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Artist and curator Simon Oldfield has just opened an exhibition and project space in a building in the heart of Mayfair.
The gallery will be presenting a programme of curated exhibitions, solo presentations, screenings, discussions, storytelling, writing and performances.
The new show is Seduction, an exhibition exploring the power of beauty to seduce, and also corrupt, bringing a desire for a succession of pleasures.
Participating artists include Neal Tait, Sam Knowles, Martin Westwood, Ben Ashton, Ryan Leigh, Juno Calypso, Mark Davey, Daniel Wallis and Clare Price.
Others include Tim Ellis, Kay Harwood, Lisa Hall, Tim Stoner, Julia Fodor aka Princess Julia, Luey Graves, Ben Ravenscroft, Sam Plagerson and Jonny Briggs.
I was instantly impressed by the intimacy of Kay Harwood’s portraits.
A graduate of the Slade, with a post-graduate diploma from the Royal Academy, her training has been rigorous, and it shows in the technically brilliant canvases, of whom ‘Man adorned with Fruit and Fowl’ naturally stands out.
Daniel Wallis installations use natural materials to build ingenious objects in wood and rope that create a tension in the basement space.
Elizabeth Day is writer in residence.
An award-winning author and journalist, Elizabeth will be holding storytelling sessions for adults in the main gallery.
Embracing the immediacy of the spoken word and story-telling tradition, members of the public are invited to turn up at 4pm every Wednesday in December until Christmas.
Mr Oldfield said on the opening night: “We are delighted to launch this new exhibition space, made possible with the support of Grosvenor.
“The axis of Mount Street and Carlos Place is emerging as the cultural heart of Mayfair and we are pleased to be one of the first young galleries that is part of the creative revival of this historic area.
“Our programme will continue to develop, working with emerging and established artists to present a series of group exhibitions, solo presentations, site-specific installations, spoken word, performance and film”
The programme will be updated regularly with information available on the gallery site.
It is located at 6 Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 3A