ORGAN THING OF THE DAY: Red Xmas at East London’s Studio 1.1

Red Xmas at Studio 1.1

Red Xmas at Studio 1.1

While everything else changes and gallery spaces are eaten up by developers, rent-hikes and the creep of expensive designed shops, coffee outlets and the rest, down in Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, East London, the one constant in a once thriving art street now almost lost, is the energetic space know as Studio 1.1.  The small artist-run gallery space has been quietly getting on with things since 2004, getting on with things right there in the middle of the street at 57a.  Right now they have a very busy group show called Red Xmas filling their white walls (reminds us of something that happened in another of East London’s once prominent art streets, can’t quite a finger on what), and a show that was mostly about an open invitation to artists to just turn up with red work.

A gallery open more often than not, and a space always worth dropping in to, not everything hits the spot in this busy show, there is however more than enough to satisfy the exploring eye (once again a group show with work not clearly labelled, there’s a vague list somewhere on the wall that really doesn’t help much when it comes to putting a name or two to the work on the show).  A busy group show in an intimate space, united by a dominant colour, always is going to make a striking impact, a quick glance through the front window demands to head in and check this one out…

Rather like Studio 1.1, no idea how they work with their contributing artists on a regular basis, (and I’ve almost fallen over that dubious ledge they have in the middle of the room a couple of times), but they do has a good feeling about the well lit space, always worth poking in their corners and discovering…     We like Studio 1.1     (S.W)

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