written by Ashley Elridge-Ford in London
Kate McCgwire's Heave, 2008, comprised and composed of pigeon feathers that seem to pour out of the wall like a gushing of water.
Andrea Gregson's Headspace, 2006, a surprising intimate little world that reminds me of the toilets at Sketch, Mayfair.
Kounter Kulture, around the corner and at the back of The Future Can Wait, had a completely different feel. It is the first time the 'fair' has been hosted in London and they have an edgy funky feel that The Future Can Wait does not. As I walked in I was told that all guests had to leave by five thirty because of a "celebrity party". That gave me ten minutes. As I completed my short trip up the stairs, I wondered what on earth a celebrity party was and why anyone would call it that? Just as well the exhibition was small but - and I emphasise this – it is totally worth the visit. There was a strength in painting throughout the show. The works are innovative, refreshing, colourful and playful. Once again, a plethora of Chinese artists whose works are of the same high calibre as those on show at Scope. There are many on my To-Watch and Wish-List. Some of the highlights are:
Chen Qiuchi, Tank No. 2, 2008.
Liu Xin Tao's Collapse Night, 2007 No. 20 and Collapse Night 2008 No. 4.
The photographic work of Rob Carter that unfortunately, due to the stark overhead lighting, I was not able to capture well on my camera. His photographs are seascapes that have been seen before in other notable artists' photographic works but there is an enhancement of colour in these that has not been seen before.
The very Lichtenstein with a dark twist in the collage and painted works by Hush.
I then happened into the Saatchi Channel 4 New Sensations exhibition where the photographic portraits works of Matthew Robert-Hughes is well worth noting.
The saccharine and rather frightening paintings by Laurie Hogin, most of which had sold.