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Illumini Event 2012
Illumini will take you on a journey of Victorian hauntings, explore the dark side of a city long forgotten. Take torch light tours beneath the haunted streets of the city
A musty crypt proves the inspired setting for an exhibition about illumination, says Ruby Russell
Wander round the back of St Pancras New Church on London's Euston Road and an entrance guarded by an imposing row ofcolumns will lead you down into the cool, dark interior of the crypt. Musty stone tunnels give way to dark alcoves stacked withgravestones and end in boards, behind which the crypt retains its original purpose.
A new chapter began in the crypt's history in 2002 when it was noticed by a group of young artists looking for an unusual venue toexhibit in. Word spread and the crypt is now almost continuously occupied by one independent show after another.
For Jane Webb, an artist fascinated by light, the crypt had an instant appeal. "It's very atmospheric," she says. "It gave me the ideaof giving artists from all different backgrounds the chance to come together and create an event where we not only exhibit but entertain.
" In the show that developed, 13 artists will transform the space with works that use light as their inspiration or medium.
Figure this: Cybernetic Humanoids by Jane Webb
The opening night will have a festival atmosphere; fire performers and stilt walkers will entertain an audience that Webb hopes will encompass families and those who might feel excluded or simply bored by a more conventional gallery.
The artists' use of light ranges from visual jokes like light bulb-shaped candles and illuminated plugs, to Liz Murfitt's photograms that use light in a painterly way on photosensitive canvas, updating a process used by Man Ray.
Madi Boyd has created an installation constructed as a grid of threads across intersecting planes, illuminated by projected film. It creates a kind of optical illusion where it becomes difficult to judge what is solid and what is light, or to gauge the physical dimensions of the piece itself. I'm trying to work in quite a scientific way to see the limits of perception, to see how you can fool the brain," Boyd explains. "Thatled me into an enquiry into the connection between seeing and knowing and the ambiguity of perception."The crypt is a perfect space for my work because, on a physical level, I'm trying to sculpt light. For me, a blank canvas is a pitch-darkroom." Artists like Boyd draw our attention to the process of looking at the world.
The show also acts on our primal attraction to brightlights, whether mimicking the tricks of advertising in the case of Suzan Swale's Nauman-esque neon slogan, Tell Me No More Lies, oras in Jayne Lloyd's sculptures, by making references to the connection between light and domesticity.Lloyd's chair-like structures areinternally lit and covered with painted paper like Chinese lanterns. The light extends the forms with a warm, inviting glow, while thepaper excludes any physical interaction with the piece, raising more complex ideas of belonging and place.
Some of the most accessible works on display will be sculptures by Webb. She creates figurative forms embedded with recycledelectronic components and flashing LEDs, inspired by our increasing reliance on technology. The unique setting of the crypt will giveher cyborgs of an imagined future a chance to commune with the ghosts of London's past.
|The Review - FEATURE
Published: 4 September 2008
|New reverence for technology
THE Cyborg sculptures looming eerily in the cool dark alcoves of St Pancras Crypt from today (Thursday) could symbolise a carcass, an idol or perhaps a prophecy.
Jane Webb is known in the art world for her stained glass wall panels and light features made from mirror but her primary fascination, is with the influence of prosthetics and cybernetics on the modern psyche.
Using bits of old circuit boards and scrap computer to create bright and beautiful sculptures she aims to highlight how our reverence for technological tools affects the way we see ourselves.
Webb said: “These days with our accessories and gadgets we are all very much starting to look like mechanical beings, robots and sci-fi phenomena. It’s worrying how far it might go.”
The opening night at the St Pancras Parish Church in Euston Road, Bloomsbury, should be a packed out affair with outdoor fire shows, jugglers and stilt-walkers.
Everyone is welcome said Webb.
“It’s completely an open affair and free to everybody.
“The whole point of the show was to get a mix of all kinds of different people come and enjoy the work. When exhibitions open up they hold a private viewing just for the elite which I think is very off-putting for ordinary people.”
She said: “I think art should be seen and free and accessible to everyone. It’s a distraction from the daily grind – a way to relax.”
She has found artists at all stages of their careers from students to professionals and even people that have no experience in the field.
Andrea Tynmes an art student has used pictures she shot of the lighting used at various Amy Winehouse gigs as inspiration for her paintings. Her work will be exhibited alongside Webb’s mirror light box of Amy’s face, which glows bright red at night and is to be donated to the songstress after the show.
Nominee for the Garden Photographer of the Year award, Liz Murfitt has contributed photograms to light the corridors and stairwells while Silvui Pascal’s short film will offer a child’s eye view of the speed of light and movement.
• Illumini, curated by Jane Webb, opens September 4 and runs until September 17 at The Crypt, St Pancras Church, Euston Road. Open daily 11am-7pm free admission.
The dark recesses of the St Pancras Church Crypt will be lit up by the group exhibition Illumini over the next two weeks. Amid the illuminated photography and paintings, keep an eye out for glowing sculptural works by Jane Webb – who creates installations using recycled computer and electronic components – and Suzan Swale's neon signs.
Until Sep 17, St Pancras Church Crypt, Euston Road (entrance via Duke's Road) NW1, daily 11am to 7pm. www.stpancraschurch.org Tube: Euston
Set in an atmospheric location of abandoned corridors and recessed nooks, this exhibition brings together photographs, paintings and sculpture that explore light, by artists including Jane Webb and Andrea Tirimos . The publicly accessible opening night on Thursday features light shows, circus acts and performance artists working with illumination.
.........Was slightly freaked out because of the venue but it definitely good anyhow..........2. Posted by Vicki on 04 Sep 2008 10:27
..........Not to be missed!