ORGAN THING: Elements, a potentially exciting new East London gallery out in the elements…

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Paul Sakoilsky at Angus Hughes gallery

A quick shout out for what looks like it might develop and become something rather interesting.

The one time Angus Hughes gallery, now known as the Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes Gallery, a space in a great big house up at the top end of Hackney, an interesting space, a rather formal space, an old-school gallery space hidden behind another big black door.  A beautiful space that it might be argued, could maybe do with a bit of an energy injection and a bit more attitude (and a sign or two? yeah that one again, why don’t galleries like to tell people where they are?)  Probably fair to assume the Angus Hughes team are not big fans of the way we do things here with this Organ thing and Cultivate and such and why not? We know we’re not everyone’s cup of tea, and we need a hundred different approaches and variety surely is the the spice of art gallery life isn’t it? If everyone did it the same way things would soon become rather predictably tedious. There’s been some good shows at the Angus Hughes gallery in recent times, quite a few of them covered more than favourably on these pages (Simon Lewandowski’s angry mob, or the time Harry Pye & Gordon Beswick decided to re-cycle a few old paintings and turn them into new collages, or that time with the creme pies and Paul Sakoilsky. Right now potentially things are threatening to happen out in the back yard of the Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes Gallery…

Elements Gallery is set to be “London’s first dedicated space for outdoor art, art that engages directly with outside conditions responding to, rather than withstanding the elements”, they talk of “Art, Sculpture, Installation Art, Architecture, Science, Environment, Change, Urbanism, Imagination, Education, Freedom, Action, Ecology, Cities, Mapping, Dialogues, Interdisciplinary Practise”, the space is set to be the outdoor element of what is currently the Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes gallery. There’s been other outdoor spaces and galleries of course, but a dedicated outdoor space presented with all the conventions of a modern contemporary art gallery with regularly curated shows, events and such….

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Right now, like almost everybody everywhere (besides us), Elements are crowdfunding, “Be part of a unique project, breathing new life into a neglected courtyard space in Hackney, East London, to create Elements Gallery London, the city’s first dedicated exhibition space for outdoor art, inspired by the seasons. A free-entry, non-profit venue based at the Lubomirov-Angus-Hughes registered charity, Elements Gallery London will serve the local community and schools as well as the wider public”

Rebecca Feiner is curating things an Elements, “Rebecca is an event organiser, curator and multimedia artist with a successful track record of making art accessible to the public in unusual spaces beyond the traditional gallery setting. These have included a church belfry, an industrial lift-shaft, bank vaults, a water pumping station, car parks, cemeteries, woodlands and warehouses. In 2015, as part of the London Festival of Architecture, Rebecca animated a neglected 1.5-acre site next to the Olympic stadium for DEN-CITY1, a utopian art city built from the detritus of the surrounding area and featuring more than 50 participating artists in a three-day festival, that was free to the public”

LUBOMIROV / ANGUS-HUGHES is proud to present its new permanent outdoor gallery space – Elements Gallery, curated by Rebecca Feiner.

Elements Gallery is London’s first dedicated space for outdoor art, which engages directly with outside conditions, responding to, rather than withstanding the elements. Taking inspiration from the seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Feiner’s curatorial programme will consist of four three-month projects in this unique urban environment.

Elements Gallery artists make explicit our relationship with the environment, creating durational work, provoking cross disciplinary dialogues and public engagement, interpreting natural conditions, from corrosion, erosion and weathering to space and time.

Visitors are invited to take images of the work on their mobile devices and thus participate in the visual timeline of each season’s art and helping to plot the changes, both small and large, by uploading and sharing their images through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

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