Just two short days ago the space in which I am now sat was packed with people holding tape measures, nails and wall paper paste cover brushes. A general underlying feeling of panic was in my blood. Would the show be hung in time? Will the work look good in the way I want it to be curated? Will it all arrive on time?
All of my questions have been answered.
The show is a resounding success.
The intricate and methodical installation of Lan Hungh sits in the corner reflecting the light from the energy saving light bulb behind it, courting the photography of Adham Faramawy and Joao Paglione either side. The beautiful and small protrait of Reynold's by Gareth Cadwallader sits grandly in the centre of its metre and a half pillar. On the reverse side of the stone, Liesel Thomas's realist camping trip paintings have drawn a great deal of attention, whilst the two are split by the humourous collages of the English Gentleman Tom J Mason.
In the corner, nestled behind a door a young lady reveals her thong from under a pink dress, whilst the drawings creator is dressed in the same colour hidden behind the screen of a giant Barbie Doll box listening to her walkman.
Back inside the space, and Jennifer Martin's representation of a model drips its way into the hearts of all who have attended. It's passionate and dark nature has inticed eyes from all over the world.
Sat in a beautiful threesome by Jennifer's side are the studies for Boo Saville's latest project. Mournful and saddening, yet intricate and somehow life affirming. Then we arrive at the Berlin natives of Gabriel and Don-Daniel. Their three meter high imgae recalls the great Gilbert and George and would have Andy Warhol drolling. Phallic, is rather an understatement for 'The Cockslide', but sometimes the obvious is the best!
It is as we look into Matthew Stones baroque and circular world of the dark and sexual, that we notice the number footsteps on the floor, that guide us through Mellissa Frost's impossible dance routine.
I am more than happy with the summation of this exhibition. The work from all the artsits as well as Sophie Rook, Alicia Reuter and Eleanor Rosenberg has brought together a show that is appealling to the eye and satsfying to the mind.
Thank you all for taking part and making this happen.
Until the next time...