If you’re not familiar with Cacotopia and the current show at the Annka Kultys gallery on the Hackney Road, London E2, then you really should start at the beginning with last week’s Organ coverage – ORGAN THING: Opening night of Cacotopia at Annka Kultys Gallery, an imagined paradise or… This is an evolving show, last week the gallery opened with the first of five artists, Olivia Strange, this week Andrea Williamson has taken over the space, a new artist will take over the upstairs space on a weekly basis for the five week life cycle of the evolving show. Last week’s opening night was packed, a second visit the next day was needed to view things, things are busy here this week the temptation to rush is and grab a look at week two yesterday could not be resisted though. The intention was to escape the studio and go back today for a longer view and to watch that intriguing video properly, no time today and so, rather than not post something while the show is still on, here’s a rushed taste while you still have time to get there.
The second part and Andrea Williamson’s installation is on view as part of the of the show until 6pm on Saturday, so we’ll throw up these rushed words, a grab slice of the gallery’s own statement and some fractured photos, for the second part of Cocotopia is equally as compelling as last week’s first part was, so far this show is proving to be rather positive, Williamson’s week is a must see, especially her butterfly chair… (sw)
“The harsh realities that have come in the form of terrorist attacks, rising temperatures, police shootings, the refugee crisis, Brexit, and now Trump, have caused many to speculate “the end of the world”. Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s dystopian 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle, which also takes place during “the end of the world”, amidst Cold War paranoia, Andrea Williamson’s piece draws from her own imagination, particularly fascinated by Vonnegut’s description of a butterfly chair. Williamson’s version is a beautifully crafted wooden chair, covered with intricately hand-painted, motorised butterflies, whose wings are programmed to flap in correlation with the monitored pollution levels of Central London”.
Annka Kultys Gallery, is at Unit 3, 1st Floor, 472 Hackney Road, London, E2 9EQ. The exhibition will run from the 11th of January until the 11th of February. Viewing Hours Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 6pm.
Click on an image to enlarge, run the slide show and get a little bit of flavour…