Art: SALON (LONDON) Presents… ‘Secret’

When: 22 June – 6 July 2010
Where: 97 Clerkenwell Road, EC1R 5BX

Crystal Bennes BA, MA, PhD is no doubt one of my more intellectual friends. Whilst she mainly scales the dizzy heights of awesomeness of clever clogs mountain, she occasionally frolics in the valley of art for kicks.

This is one of her intriguing ‘hidden spaces’ exhibitions. She’ll take a disused space left fallow by the council and turn it into something of an event.

Along with a group of well-flavored friends, her consideration and planning bring interesting art and ethereal ideas to a peak of spectaluarism to create unique and thoughtful events.

The latest summer ‘happening’ is in a shabby building on Clerkenwell road. In the heart of the creative capital, this building has the potential to be something beautiful, but remains unloved, peeling and frankly, quite sad in it’s interior. She’s going to be doing this… 

“…purchasing a single card from the thousands on display [at the RCA ‘Secret’ exhubution] with the intent to then invite the artist behind that card to produce a solo show”

The purchased card was by current RCA student, Noemie Goudal.  Bennes comments: ‘Noemie’s work is thoughtful as well as beautiful, but it also complements the SALON (LONDON) desire to promote the temporal, to react against unity of form and restrictions in theme and disciplinarily: her work isn’t simply photography – it’s architectural and theatrical, combining staged set designs with a narrative approach to storytelling.  Given that the decision to offer Noemie a solo show was made off the back of a single post-card sized work, I couldn’t be more pleased with the result of this rather chaotic process.’

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