ORGAN: Left With Pictures back with their beautiful orchestral pop. Rose tinted pictures of Hackney? Christos Tolera opens at BSMT space…

Monday Monday, the window is slamming shut, close that damn window, never mind the window, places to be today, the 43rd say of the year will soon be upon us, 43 paintings must be painted, 43 works, but first the window and pictures and Left With Pictures and Homecoming Photographs of Hackney by night and the delight of Christos Tolera….

Left With Pictures

Left With Pictures

“For the past five years we’ve been steadily, slowly working on a new album. It’s called Afterlife, it was produced by Richard Formby. It’s released on the 29th April.  The first ‘single’ is called Terra Firma and we’re very proud and excited to finally share it with you! Enjoy” Said Left With Pictures. A rather beautiful return from the “orchestral pop band from London”  We organgrinders had almost forgotten about Left With Pictures  They play The Harrison, London WC1 on Saturday February 6th


BSMT Space, the rather intimately inviting basement space art gallery is about to re-open for 2016 after a number of impressive shows in 2015, shows such as the very well recieved Doing Lines show back in November)

CHRISTOS TOLERA - "Homecoming 18 September 2015" 23.57pm - archival giclee print 20cmx20cm) Edition of 5

CHRISTOS TOLERA – “Homecoming 18 September 2015” 23.57pm – archival giclee print 20cmx20cm)
Edition of 5

Homecoming: Photographs of Hackney by Night is a show by artist Christos Tolera

“I moved away from Dalston over thirty-five years ago. The Hackney I left behind was a very different one to which I returned. I currently live in an area that was pretty much a no-go zone for teenagers who didn’t live there, especially for the more flamboyant like myself. On my homecoming not only did I notice Hackney’s previously neglected architecture, but also a sense of pride in its presentation and on my journeys home throughout last year I started to document my discoveries of unexpected jewels in the night streets. I concentrated mostly on roses, which feature in my work as symbols of life, love and loss. I collected them like I was collecting companions. Over time, as I amassed many images, with encouragement, I decided to share this unexpected journey of recovery for Hackney and for myself.  The image of Hackney by night had been transformed in my mind from an imaginary urban despair to a tangible sense of hope and beauty in the face of adversity. It’s a story not just of Hackney, but also of London, and of coming home.”


Christos Tolera’s show opens at BSMT Space on Thursday February 4th and then runs in the Basement space (just around the corner from the Vortex at 5 Stoke Newington Road) until February 7th

Christos promises a show of rather beautiful photographs this time, but there are some glorious paintings to be explored at other times in other places….

 CHRISTOS TOLERA - 'I Become You', 2015 - oil on canvas  (75cm x 75cm)

CHRISTOS TOLERA – ‘I Become You’, 2015 – oil on canvas (75cm x 75cm)


Needed to go back and remind ourselves about what Left With Pictures were doing back there five years or so ago….

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