Saturday, 6 September 2014

The Bermondsey Review: 'Summer Graduate Show 2014' at Anise Gallery, Shad Thames, SE1

Drawing together the best work from graduates of the Royal College of Art and Central St Martins for a summer exhibition in Bermondsey can’t be an easy task.  Fortunately, whittling them down to four of Britain’s most talented young artists has fallen to SE1's very own Anise Gallery.  

Anise Gallery: located on the corner of Shad Thames and Gainsford Street SE1
Situated in the former industrial heartland of Shad Thames, Anise’s latest exhibition presents a refreshing collection of installations, animations, etchings and photography. 

Image © Anise Gallery

Ana Gold’s work consists of photographic prints of everyday items such as toothbrushes, shampoo, bottle tops and tea towels. Her images are unpretentious and accessible; they capture the mundane and breathe in new energy and life.
Image © Anise Gallery

Alida Sayer’s simple charcoal drawings on newsprint have a playful quality; appearing unfinished, they are easy on the eye and open to interpretation.

Image © Anise Gallery
But the Bermondsey crown goes to James Seow for his series of seven copperplate etchings, cleverly depicting iconic open spaces including Tahrir Square and the 9/11 Memorial Plaza: a battle of art versus geometry.

Image © Anise Gallery
Thankfully, this exhibition does what it says on the tin, without needing wordy brochures to explain subtext and meaning.  The main drawback?  There aren’t enough  photographs within the wooden installations - Bermondsey deserves to see more of them (but with a lower price tag).

Image © James Seow
The exhibition: runs from 29 August – 21 September

More information:

Anise Gallery, 13a Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London SE1 2PU

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