Fraternise - Salon
I keep walking the London streets only guarded with my Art map. The streets are not too well marked on this map, but it does lead me to places it would have taken me years to find without.
On my London Gallery hunt (swearing to myself I will have been to them all during this year...) I find quite a few hidden treasures.
One of them is the The Beaconsfield located in the Vauxhall area and holding its forth inside an old school:
The Beaconsfield is now holding it´s exhibit "Fraternise - The Salon". Naomi Siderfin one of the two Artist-Directors kindly invited me in and told me a bit about the exhibit.
This exhibit is especially directed towards new collectors, combining unknown and known artists with work ranging from £5 - £20,000.
Flights of fancy, 2011
Whole work: £1,200
Each Stem: £45
From the series Confessions.
This series is quite fascinating. David Berkin made each sitter make a confession while he leaves the room. The picture is taken during the time the confession is told. This is supposed to be his mother. Makes you curious....
Big Love (Unique Proof) 2010
Swarm II, 2004
I did love this night, 2002
In the back of the building is this rather dark dungeon looking arched tunnel that has been converted into an art space. It still smells a bit like fish? and the trains are thundering over my head... at least it felt like it. But, I still enjoyed exploring the pieces.
Amelia Newton Whitelaw
If you Die I´ll kill you, 2011
Quite a dramatic title, but also humorous when you get to know that the Balloon was huge when the installation opened and gradually it evaporate. It can be filled up to the size you want if you should decide to collect the piece.
Small Stele (red) 2011
I enjoyed this one a lot. It comes in a blue version as well... but I rather prefer the red.
Wanderlust III, 2010
I asked Naomi about this awkward piece and she said "Isn´t it beautiful?" which made me mumble a bit.
I am not sure if I ... eh... would say that... But, Naomi just smiled and told me that at the opening it was a pretty spectacular burning of the rocking horse. Something that reminds you about how important it is to know certain pieces stories.
Tamsynette Pick-Me-Up, 2011
After the viewing I sat down in the canteen and enjoyed the flat screen editions, with a good large overspilling latte.