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Bethnal Green October Tour - Saturday 25th October, 3-5pm


October is the highlight of the contemporary art scene due to Frieze Art Fairs and the hive of activity and events that surround it. As a result of the top international collector’s attendance in London and focus on the art scene, the galleries put on their best and most impressive shows.

This October we’re going to explore Bethnal Green galleries and the gems of East London’s artistic hubs.

We will be visiting the following galleries:

Maureen Paley

Herald Street Gallery

Laura Bartlett Gallery

The Approach

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Tickets are £18 and will sell out quickly! Contact info@contemporarykey.co.uk for more information.

[Image: Amanda Ross-Ho (The Approach) Installation at Frieze Art Fair, 2013]

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Maureen Paley

The gallery programme began in 1984 in a Victorian terraced house in London’s East End. Initially named Interim Art the gallery changed its name to Maureen Paley in 2004 as a celebration of its 20th anniversary. In 1999 the gallery moved present location in Herald Street, Bethnal Green. Maureen Paley was one of the first to present contemporary art in London’s East End and has been a pioneer of the current scene promoting and showing art from the USA and continental Europe as well as launching new talent from the UK. Gallery artists include Wolfgang Tilmans, Gillian Wearing and Keith Arnatt.

Gillian Wearing 

English photographer and video artist. Wearing has described her working method as ‘editing life’. By using photography and video to record the confessions of ordinary people, her work explores the disparities between public and private life, between individual and collective experience. The Turner Prize winner’s remarkable works draw on fly-on-the-wall documentaries, reality TV and the techniques of theatre, to explore how we present ourselves to the world. Wearing’s portraits and mini-dramas reveal a paradox, given the chance to dress up, put on a mask or act out a role, the liberation of anonymity allows us to be more truly ourselves.

Her new single-screen video work We Are Here sees the artist return to the area in and around Sandwell where she grew up. In the video people from the West Midlands present a series of monologues, speaking as if they have returned from the grave.

 

Herald Street

Herald Street Gallery in east London’s thriving art community specializes in modern painting, sculpture, prints and moving image art works by of-the-moment young artists. Ash Lenge and Nicky Verber opened Herlad Street Gallery in 2004. Named after the street it’s located on, this art gallery was ultra-cool and the two owners have even been quoted as saying “art was sold as a byproduct” as it was the parties and the general enthusiasm for the gallery scene in the East that enticed them to the area. However things have moved very quickly and they now represent over 15 artists.

Ida Ekblad, A Day of Toil Amongst It’s Ruins

Norwegian artist Ida Ekblad’s chance-based art practice is a literal reflection of her peripatetic methodology, a special kind of no-holds-barred urban folk art. The production of her sculptures, paintings, music and poetry revolves around ‘drifts’ taken around the cities in which she will be making the work. Her resulting works are exquisitely vibrant, free-associative compositions pairing dissonance with visual inventiveness. She displays a prodigious and playful imagination, referencing visual language.

‘Painting to me combines expressions of rhythm, poetry, scent, emotion….. It offers ways to articulate the spaces between words, and I cannot be concerned with its death, when working at it makes me feel so alive.’

 

Laura Bartlett Gallery

Contemporary art gallery Laura Bartlett has two spaces in London, in the trendy gallery area of Herald Street in East London, and in the cluster of galleries that marked an increase in art activity in Fitzrovia. Representing artists such as Nina Beier, Cypried Gaillard, Maria Lund and Alex Olsen, Laura Bartlett has been a permanent fixture at Frieze Art Fair each October and is considered one of the innovative and exciting galleries in London.

Beatrice Gibson, F for Fibonacci

Beatrice Gibson (b.1978) is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Investigating the utterances that form people and place, Gibson’s practice explores voice, speech, collective production and the problems of their representation. Employing the score as a paradigm for their production, Gibson’s film scripts are developed through open ended compositional structures. Her resulting films, meticulous and formal portraits of exisiting landscapes and the voices that inhabit them, work to complicate notion of document

 

The Approach

The Approach is a contemporary art gallery situated above a pub in Bethnal Green, London.

Founded in 1997 by Jake Miller, one of the gallery’s original objectives was to offer solo exhibitions to London based artists at the start of their careers – several of whom have gone on to achieve international success. Since 1998 the gallery began representing artists and the programme expanded into an international one, working with established artists as well as continuing to exhibit younger emerging artists and curating a lively group show programme. They represent artists such as Alice Channer, John Stezaker and Gary Webb.

Amanda Ross-Ho, WHO BURIES WHO

Amanda Ross-Ho’s work is inspired by detritus: the clutter and remnants of daily existence, and the ‘negative space’ of things over looked. Ranging from sculpture, installation, painting, and photography, her work seeks to uncover the subtle beauty of coincidence and anomaly. Working from source material as diverse as newspaper articles, narcotics agency records, life aspiration manuals, and home-craft instruction. Made from collected items of found ephemera – hobby reference manuals, old photographs, and bits of jewellery – Ross-Ho’s assemblages draw from the histories and associative meanings of discarded objects to describe points of cultural intersection.

WHO BURIES WHO is a new installation work that will further Ross-Ho’s ongoing interest in infinity and looping perpetuities, photography as an analog experience, and a forensic gaze to create an environment that is simultaneously a theatricised photography studio and an abstracted crime scene – potential sites of production, criminality, or dramatisation. The title is appropriated from Harry Nilsson’s track Down by the Sea, made in collaboration with John Lennon in 1974. The song woozily describes a couple who have sold it all and escaped to seaside retirement after a long life, taking stock of their remaining possibilities…

F for Fibonacci is a new film that takes as its departure point American author William Gaddis’ epic modernist novel JR (1975). An eerily prescient, biting social satire, JR tells the story of a precocious 11 year-old capitalist who, with the unwitting help of his school’s resident composer, inadvertently creates the single greatest virtual empire the world has seen, spun largely from the anonymity of the school’s pay phone.

 

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