As we sit down to eat octopus and salmon at the Town Hall restaurant in Bethnal Green, I ask Suzanne, "So, how did you get into this?"
"How am I going to get out of this is the question", she answers, and we laugh. Suzanne is funny and quick with her replies. 5 years ago she started Vegas Gallery, it was supposed to be a minor non-commercial project related to her brother's media company MINIVEGAS. Quickly though after three exhibits that started in a basement of an old industrial warehouse in the heart of east London she realized this was going to become a full time project.
Suzanne studied at the prestigious Art Academy: Gerrit Rietveld in Amsterdam, originally with the thought of becoming an artist herself. Instead she represents artists that she admired then. Being inspired by Elke Krystufek's work while being a student and to now have the chance to represent her in a solo exhibit makes the hard work at the Gallery extra rewarding.
Press a key, 2008
Elke Krystufek, was born 1970 in Austria, she works mostly with paper, video and paintings, but also works with Sculptures and performance art.
"As in Krystufek's previous work, she brings a combination of insight and subjectivity to the genre of figurative art. Possessing a humorous and sometime ironic eye Krystufek plays with the viewer and the dynamics of looking at a painting. The texts which are employed in some of her works could be seen as poetry lyrics and musical scores as well as key words addressing subjectivity from a musical angle. The harmony that exists in the works is similar to tonal symphonies and the string theories which is then sent tail-spinning into chaotic dissonance by the over-subjectification the masses apply to more contemporary art." - Vegas
Me-who would listen to me, 2007
Elke Krystufek, Tracey Emin and Suzanne
at the opening of the Krystufek exhibition
After changing locations three times, Vegas Gallery is now located on Poyser Street under the arches of Cambridge Heath near Bethnal Green. The Gallery is actively participating in fairs from Volta Basel, Art Amsterdam to next weeks Crunch Art and Music festival at Hay (Wales).Suzanne mentions that one of the key show's for the Gallery was the "Peeping Tom" curated by Keith Coventry. Dealing with the subjects scopophilia and Voyerism. 80 works by artists like Tracey Emin, Tim Nobel & Sue Webster, Gillian Wearing, Mat Collishaw, Gavin Turk and Keith Tyson was brought together to great acclaim among press and visitors.
The next Vegas show will be a group exhibition called "I wish you well" opening Thursday 1st of December. It is co-curated by Anny Baranova, the artwork chosen for the show will be identifying the notions of one's experience and one's emotional state during the stage of the last good-bye.
As someone told Suzanne "The way to love, is to realize that it might be lost."