(Part 2 of 2)
I am not going to dwell a lot on this (part 2 of the article), as it is yet another example as the previous mentioned, and as it is also a New Year, Happy New Year everyone!
A friend artist was accepted to participate in an exhibition in Cork Street Gallery (http://corkstreetopenexhibition.com/default.asp - very expensive applications, although part of the income was given to a charity!); Cork Street is a street in London where quite a few galleries are placed and its right in the centre of town, placed within a very expensive area. So when you hear that someone exhibits on Cork Street it sounds great and very promising, as many renowned artists exhibit their works here. However, unfortunately, this was another example of a money making situation where the artwork was not necessarily taken as much into consideration. I actually believe it were worse than the exhibition on Vyner Street as this one seemed to also include craftwork within the contemporary works. Believe me, I have nothing against craft work, and I actually enjoy doing much of it myself, but again there did not seem to be much of a curatorial effort put into this exhibition. Basically, it seemed more of a case of how much stuff can we fit on the walls, in the space? The sculptures, which its nature is 3D, were placed in such close proximity to one another, in corners or other such places which meant you could not actually walk around them!
A catalog was made, a glossy, expensive catalog which seemed to cry out ‘how posh’ but actually, it was quite the opposite. They had included all the works of the exhibition and to my horror a lot of the artworks in it were cropped to fit, basically creating their own versions of them...
Do you think its okay or even good to have such exhibitions? Yes? No? Why? Because they do show many artists’ works and they might even get sold (therefore helping the artists and obviously the galleries?) and so on? I would love to hear your opinions on this matter.
Regarding the Matt Roberts exhibition space (mentioned in previous article) I would like to let you know, I received an email by them informing me that they are moving to a bigger location – which is good. At least they recognised the necessity for such a move and might actually be putting their money into good use.