"Down the Aisle"
Andaz Hyatt Hotel (London)
Irina Stark is a curator and an art consultant that I keep meeting at various Art Events. Irina runs Stark Projects where she manages private collections and sets up exhibitions for emerging and mid-career artists. Lately she has been busy curating the exhibition Super Brand at the Andaz Hotel. Super Brand was put up in connection with the Frieze festival, but you still have time to run over for a cocktail and a viewing, it stays up until this Sunday (the 30th of October).
Another show that deals with our addiction to consumerism and brand names (the last post I wrote was about Josephine Meckseper and her take on it). I particularly enjoy the "Down the Aisle" piece. Is our new church really the mall? Laura Keeble used reclaimed cathedral stained glass on the shopping trolley and the basket.
"..."Buy this you will feel better, be better, live better".
"The final journey up the aisle to the altar, where a donation box validates and blesses this feeling of uplift as a true exchange". - Superbrand
Simon Monk is represented with a series of five paintings called "Secret Identity" each representing a plastic model of a famous superhero.
The enlarged "lego" pieces are made by Matteo Negri. Inspired by the way he played with Lego as a child, he now turns it into and adult expression of his ambition and self-expression. He bends the rules with not only using the straight standard bricks but gives the lego different loops and curves. This brings out the question of what do we do within a society with no clear answers? and with too many choices?