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The latest exhibition organised by my collaborative art space Salon16 opens this week for four days only. Of course I’d love you see you there. Why not come to the opening night party and see Bunny de Sade perform her ‘musical soundscrape’? Or pop in on Sunday and model for award-winning photographer Kalpesh Lathigra? Or just come along any time between Saturday and Tuesday and see what all the fuss is about! For more information and the latest updates visit salon16.org.
WHO’S TAKING PART?
Four days of art, photography & performance
features recent figurative paintings by DAVID CAINES; photography by TESS HURRELL from her Basic Needs project: portrait photography by KALPESH LATHIGRA from his Recruits project; and extraordinary images documenting the social, sexual and sartorial liberties taken in nightclubs over a period of 20 years by DAVID SWINDELLS.
WHEN AND WHERE?
Saturday 18 September – Tuesday 21 September 2010
65 Hanbury Street
London E1 5JP
Opening times 10am – 6pm
Tube: Aldgate East
Overground: Shoreditch High Street
COME TO THE PARTY
Friday 17 September 2010
Musical saw virtuoso Bunny de Sade with members of The Readers
PARTICIPATORY EVENT / MODELS REQUIRED!
ORDINARY / MONSTER: KALPESH LATHIGRA’S POP UP PHOTO STUDIO
Sunday 19 September
12 – 4pm
Salon16 is proud to announce a special event on Sunday 19 September as part of the Ordinary Monsters exhibition.
Between 12-4pm, award-winning photographer Kalpesh Lathigra will be taking portraits of visitors to exhibition.
For just £5 members of the public will have the opportunity to be photographed by Kalpesh. In keeping with the theme of the exhibition, visitors will be asked to don a mask or headgear made by David Caines, and will be photographed both with and without the headgear. Contributors will be sent a high resolution digital file of their unmasked portrait for them to keep. The masked and anonymous portraits will be exhibited by Salon16 at a later date.
All are welcome, especially families.
LIMITED EDITIONS OFFER
Salon16 limited edition prints will be on sale at the event. RSVP for a 10% discount on the day. Follow this link.
For more information please visit www.salon16.org
Art critic Simone Pereira Hind has written this lovely review of SALON16 for the summer issue of local magazine N16…
Sim and Steve visit SALON16
Sim – Well here we are at David Caines’ home on Lordship Road, temporarily transformed into a new art venue and hosting the exhibition We Who Are Not as Others. Have you had a good look around?
Steve – I have. David is showing his own paintings, his brother Matthews’ Jacob Epsteinesque sculptures, and photographs by David Swindells, Tess Hurrell and Kalpesh Lathigra. The work is immaculately presented in the garden, garden studio and in parts of the house. The staging is intimate without being domestic.
Sim – What’s the title all about then? Looking around I’m struck by the idea of ‘outsiders’ in much of the work, such as in Lathigra’s photographs of Sioux Native Americans. The subjects seem alone and lost in the landscape, ironic given that they are the indigenous people. And Swindells’ photos of London clublife star larger-than-life characters like Leigh Bowery, who dare to be different. I’m particularly drawn to his YMCA-style go-go dancer print. Very sexy, but weird to think the guy is dressed as a ‘Red Indian’, given that I’ve just been looking at Lathigra’s work.
David’s work reminds me of one of my favourite films, Freaks, Tod Browning’s 1932 film set in a freak show in which he cast real sideshow performers with deformities. As well as alluding to circus perfomers David’s paintings often represent groups of seemingly disparate people; an aviator, a contortionist and a shaman for instance, who seem unaware of each other, don’t relate to one another, yet share a space on the canvas. I heard someone describe the work as poignant just now and I think that’s true.
Steve – Without wanting to get too deep, it seems like a comment on the human condition, that in the end we’re all alone.
Sim – Oy, oy Steve. Cheer up, it may never ‘appen. Come and have a look at Tess Hurrell’s work if you’re going to get all earnest on me. As well as being technically accomplished her images are truly enigmatic. In the three photos entitled Basic Needs she transforms mundane objects - wipers, a chair and an umbrella into mysterious objects of beauty and her Drawing Light No. 1 suggests the sublime in spite of its exposing its own construction. They’re beautiful.
Steve – You know, thinking about it, We Who Are Not As Others is also a reference to these artists kicking the mainstream and taking control of showing their work, rather than relying on the vagaries of the art world. It’s the enthusiasm of people like David Caines that helps guarantee a thriving art scene in spite of the much-discussed financial meltdown at our midst. I’m happy to report that this may be the first of many shows that David plans to curate in this space.
INAUGURAL EXHIBITION – ‘WE WHO ARE NOT AS OTHERS’
CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS: David Caines, Matthew Caines, Tess Hurrell, Kalpesh Lathigra, David Swindells
WHEN CAN I VISIT?
Salon16 is open to the public from SATURDAY 20 JUNE – FRIDAY 26 JUNE 2009.
CAN I VISIT AFTER WORK?
Yes – on WEDNESDAY 24 & THURSDAY 25 JUNE Salon16 will be open from 10.30am – 9.00pm.
WHERE IS SALON16?
Salon16 is in the home of artist David Caines in Stoke Newington. The address is 88 Lordship Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 0QP. Just knock on the basement door and you will be shown around.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Stoke Newington does not have an Underground Station. Nearest stations are Angel tube, then take bus 73 or 476 to Stoke Newington Church Street, OR Finsbury Park tube, then take bus 106 to Lordship Road. Buses 67, 149, 243 also will take you there.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?
Call David on 0787 988 3593 if you’d like to find out more about Salon16.