This post launches my new [bitesize] series: articles exploring smaller, less mainstream art galleries, in less than 300 words. The idea is to give snapshots of the hidden gems London has to offer to art enthusiasts, and to do so concisely.
The Brick Lane Gallery
Located in vibrant Shoreditch, The Brick Lane Gallery is an eclectic fine art gallery, exhibiting artworks from all corners of the world. Running until 6th November are two exhibitions, ‘Photography Now’ and ‘Art in Mind; Sound of Silence’.
The subjects featured in ‘Photography Now’ span from wildlife to painting-like still lives. I was particularly intrigued by Muslim artist Ammar Syed, whose revisitation of Islamic patterns with a contemporary twist I found simply fascinating.
Amma Syed, Diptych from the series ‘Observational Paradox’
Wildlife photographer Richard Peters also took my breath away. He manages to capture lionesses, giraffes, and wolves from incredible perspectives. I also enjoyed the street style photographs by Suzanne Middlemass. Irreverent, colourful portraits of urban life, they are described by the artist as a ‘merry-go-round of wonderful characters that make up the pageant that plays out on the streets’.
Richard Peters, ‘Lionness’
‘Art in Mind; Sound of Silence’, the exhibition on display in The Brick Lane’s Annexe down the road, presents works from a wide range of media. The boundaries of painting are challenged by works such as Gregor Becker’s, ti-dimensional paintings made up of hand-cut paper stripes and other materials painted in acrylic. Shining with multi-coloured tessellation, the works are imbued with a sense of craft that is hard to find in contemporary art.
Gregor Becker, Various works
A more traditional approach (technique-wise) is taken by South Korean artist Rose Jiiwu Lee. She is fascinated by the duality of the many doorways we encounter in our daily lives. According to her, we all live in the present, that is the intersection of future and past. Admiring her canvases, we are invited to contemplate whether the view offered through the doorways is one we are heading towards or coming from. Exquisitely geometrical, her works hint at Surrealism and Suprematism, while being entrenched in our day-to-day experience.
Rose Jiiwu Lee, Various works