15 September 2011

Apart Summer Show

I found myself wondering into the Apart Summer Show the other day during my lunch at Liberty internship (which I have unfortunately had to leave due to personal family issues), having walked past it numerous times without having gone in. I'm so glad I did. I managed to spend 45 minutes looking around the various artists' work.

There were so many different artists' work on show. It was a mixture of pop art, street art, photography, installations and painting. There was these two really amazing piece which I loved. They were people made up out of old playboy pin up badges. From far away they looked like ordinary coloured badges but when you got up close there were really these tiny pictures of beautiful, voluptuous women forming this much larger picture. I spoke to one of the artists, Tony Pronier, whose work was on show. I found his intriguing. He had set up a room which looked like a studio, and it was acting as his studio. His studio contained paintings of his studio, with the paintings in them - confusing I know. What came first, the studio or the paintings?

Apart was originally opened by Adrian Palengat on Portobello road, in 1999. The gallery then moved to another showroom in 2006, but still in Notting Hill though. 2007 found Adrian Palengat taking the gallery on the road and has held independent group shows in London, Tokyo, LA, Las Vegas, Paris, Venice and Berlin.

The exhibition has been extended and will now be open until 30 September. Find the Summer Show at 55-57 Great Marlborough St. The nearest tube is Oxford Circus. Entry is free.

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