ART: Flat C, Pink Does Not Exist

Flat C is the brainchild of art curator Crystal Bennes (Filling Station,  SALON(London), and lots of other random stuff). After several frustrating no-gos with galleries covered in red tape, she decided to take it upon herself to set up her own. In her flat. And dubious as I was as to how this would work, it really did… and very well too.

Her cosy Stoke Newington couple’s pad has been transformed into a fully fledged art space showcasing ‘Pink Does Not Exist”. Linking various types of media through on a journey through existence and non-existence, light, physics and science… and badges.

“The exhibition includes Ross Sutherland’s documentary about creating a computer programme to write poetry; photographs by Henrietta Williams on the physical and virtual barriers guarding the City of London; two perceptibly threatening installations from Ben Woodeson’s Health & Safety Violations series; stunning composite images of transgenic tadpoles from the laboratory of researcher Nick Love; photographs and drawings of an experimental light-based long-exposure memory experiment by Freddy Tuppen; paintings that play on the experience of looking at “painting as painting” by Trevor Kiernander; beautifully-observed photographs by Catherine Hyland which depict the strange juxtaposition of one reality superimposed on to another; and a project by Gregory Sale which explores fragments of love poetry through the curious medium of the badge.”

The showcase  certainly kept us on our toes, not only with delightfully eccentric and thought provoking art pieces, but also with the live electrical wires stretched across the hallway to shock anyone that dared to go grab a beer from the kitchen!

Crystal Bennes told Hackney Bubble

“Circumstances meant that in this instance, the flat just happened to be the ideal place for me to host a show.  The best thing has been that, because it’s in a flat, and because I’ve asked people to make appointments to check it out, they actually have to talk to me and I’ve had some amazing conversations – from students to film makers – about the show, the work, the flat, whatever and that’s been such a refreshing change from the usual in-out of the gallery space.

Pink Does Not Exist  runs until 2nd June 2012.


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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