Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Bermondsey Review: 'I Meet Together, I Agree' at the Vitrine Gallery, Bermondsey Street, SE1

Many met together at the Vitrine Gallery this evening – and it appeared that many agreed on many things.  But, just how many ordinary punters agreed on the quality of the art?
Be my bacon, 2014 by Eleni Bagaki
The Vitrine is split across two sites: a 16 metre long window in Bermondsey Square, viewable 24 hours a day, and a more intimate space in their main Bermondsey Street gallery.  Present in Bermondsey since 2010, they have demonstrated a serious commitment to the area, ‘selecting and nurturing new talent’ from around the world.
 #hashtactivismspreadswhilerocksfalldownthedrycliffintotheseasbythesunsetlight, 2014
by Stephane Blumer
Their latest exhibition, bafflingly titled I Meet Together, I Agree (taken from the Latin term congruo), presents nineteen works split across the two sites.  Unfortunately, the choice of pieces exposes how shockingly basic much of the art is.  
Be my bacon bacon, 2014 by Eleni Bagaki
The lazily cobbled together Be my bacon bacon, 2014 (a tall glass vase, a lump of clay and an old Jey cloth) fails to stimulate.  While Inevitable remains, 2014 (a sheet of blue painted PVC) is confusing to say the least.  Disappointingly, the exhibition lacks a clear overarching theme to cement the works together.
Unreleased plot, inevitable remains, 2014 (Heena Kim)
Thankfully, Soomeen Kim’s Forgotten Materials_series1, 2014 saves the bacon: her use of sanded and paint-sprayed recycled slates is inspiring. 

Forgotten Materials_series1, 2014 (Soomeen Kim)
Meanwhile, Heena Kim’s Unreleased plot, remade truth, 2014 brings colour and energy to the room.

Unreleased plot, remade truth, 2014 (Heena Kim)
With ten days left to experience it for yourself, meet together with friends at the Vitrine and consider whether you agree…
Forgotten Materials_series2, 2014 (Soomeen Kim)

More Information:

Vitrine Gallery

runs from :

21 - 30 August, Vitrine Bermondsey Street
21 August - 13 September, Vitrine Bermondsey Square

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