ORGAN THING:  Repetition? Dialogue? The Depot and Charlie Smith bring together the art of Graham Dolphin, Zavier Ellis and Sam Jackson for a conversation or two in a beautiful East London room… 

Zavier Ellis

The inaugural collaboration between The Depot and Charlie Smith London, Repetition “brings together in dialogue” the works of Graham Dolphin, Zavier Ellis and Sam Jackson. And it is very obviously a dialogue with and within the room, indeed a rather beautiful room for a dialogue. Now I have to be upfront here, Amy Winehouse did very little for me, a tragic tale and much loved by many, her music never touched me, I never did get what all the fuss was about, so part, a big part, of the dialogue here is lost on me. Can’t honestly say we’re that keen on her music being turned on seconds after we walk in, we’re the only ones in space early on a Sunday afternoon and I’m really not a fan of background music in art galleries at the best of times, how can I politely put it? I can’t stand her music.  

We’re told this is work presented “in dialogue”, the works of Graham Dolphin, Zavier Ellis and Sam Jackson. “A core element within each artist’s practice, the exhibition collates their shared interest in repetition in its multiple forms – from Graham Dolphin’s shrines to lost pop culture icons, Sam Jackson’s utilisation of the repetitive language of subconscious thoughts and Zavier Ellis’ exploration of the cyclical nature of revolution”

I’ll politely leave Graham Dolphin’s shrines to you, not really my thing or my icons and well yes Amy is oft repeated. Repetition? Well I’m not really seeing it here, not massively, and I do like a repeat. I am seeing an exciting show in a beautiful room, a show that almost becomes, I guess, an installation, a whole, just one thing rather than a collection of pieces in an exhibition. And those gallery walls are beautiful, the space is enticing (that damn music though!). One whole, and yes, conversations and relationships but  the real excitement is in the individual works, especially the large Zavier Ellis Revolt Repeat piece that takes up a whole wall without dominating the conversation, There is enjoyment in his repeat of his words, his textures, his revolt and resist,  his repeat after me. Do like a texture, do like a repeat, so like his work.       

“Each artist emphasises the power of language and meaning through repetition. However, they also disrupt it, allowing the audience to interpret freely. Exhibiting together for the first time”

Sam Jackson

Sam Jackson’s paintings are brought out by the conversations with the other works, the other two artists, the walls, the building, and I guess some of those Graham Dolphin Graffiti pieces do have something about them, I don’t want a conversation about Amy though, I’m trying to be respectful and polite here. I guess it is about the way you read the room, if only the entry point had being silent enough for the art to make the noise, to allow for the interrogation of the repeat. Damn fine show though, love those Zavier Ellis pieces. love his conversations with the room, great show, it is good to talk, to repeat, do go, it is worth it.  (sw)  

You find Repetition at 33 Boundary Street, London E2 7JQ. The show is on until October 24th, entry is free (as almost every show we ever feature is, we must stop assuming you know that) and you find the space just behind Shoreditch Church. More details

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