London is full of busy pavements, energy, diversity, architecture and history. It abounds with busy days, lazy afternoons, wiggly side streets, city walks, & river meanders. There are a million different and unknown worlds colliding inside ‘London’, and a million more that float off in their own interpretations.
There’s just something about this city – it’s loved all over the world. Now I may be a bit biased given that my art studio nestles along the south bank of the Thames, but it has certainly captured the hearts and imagination of the art world in California. So how to represent ‘London’ in one exhibition?
Following on from the ‘London Art Box’ in LA last September, is ‘London Calling‘. This show currently features at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), known to present cutting-edge artwork since 1980. The exhibition includes my own work alongside 30 artists selected by OCCCA executive directors & curators. Although a few London icons do feature, London Calling’s main aim is to capture the cutting-edge emerging art scene that is being nurtured and stimulated in London. A difficult task given the sheer diversity and amount of boundary-pushing talent. OCCCA’s catalogue elucidates;
“The roster of artists reads like a who’s who of the young, UK art scene with involvement from Rosie Emerson, Tahnee Lonsdale and Agnetha Sjogren, amongst others. The incredibly talented artists have a wide number of achievements amongst them including Nicola Anthony who has received exhibition sponsorship from Tate Britain, had pieces shown at Tate Modern; Tinsel Edwards who has both Saatchi and Banksy as collectors of her work; and Rosie Emerson who recently exhibited at The Southbank Centre as part of The Women of The World Festival, Somerset House, as well as being featured in Vogue.”
As a fantastic way to start the new year, the gallery is having a reception night tomorrow (7th Jan 2012), to which the galleries patrons, art lovers and the art-world elite of LA and the OC have been invited to gaze (from afar) on the artwork created under Waterloo sunset. (Click here for your invite). It promises to be an exciting and mind-transporting occasion, and the perfect event to kick off the art/social calendar for 2012. I will be talking to the artists, guests, gallerists and curation team about their experience at the event. Watch this space.
To give you a sneak preview, click the link below for a 3D walk-through of the exhibition – tip, use the arrows to navigate or switch to 2D mode to see specific images:
Abigail Box, Agnetha Sjogren, Azadeh Fatehrad, Beth Nicholas, Carlos Martyn Burgos, Chantal Powell, Darren MacPherson, Katerina Stavrou, Katrina James, Kimi Wylde, Henry Wood, Joe Cruz, Lloyd Durling, Lyndsay Martin, Masa Suzuki, Nicola Anthony, Rachel Noble, Rosie Emerson, Robert West, Senghye Yang, Silvia Krupinska, Sylvia Morgado, Sun Ae Kim, Tinsel Edwards, Tahnee Lonsdale, Twinkle Troughton, Victoria Heald, Vikram Kushwah
See the press coverage so far for London Calling here
LONDON CALLING: OCCCA, Orange County USA
December 21 – Jan 12th, 2012
Opening Reception: Janurary 7th, 2012. 6pm to 10pm