FITZROVIA NOIR AT REYNOLDS
An exhibition by Russell Clark
The work of Russell Clark served up for his outing at Reynolds is from a series of music inspired pieces that saw him win THETOP100 art prize in 2009. Beating off over 200 entries after being selected by five judges ranging from Gallery owners to Christie’s experts his entry titled DECLINE based on Guns and Roses Spaghetti Incident took the Number 1 spot. DECLINE is available as a limited addition print via http://www.jealousgallery.com
The work on show creates a creative and humorous reinterpretation of classic Album covers and songs. Food becomes the muse in these vivid and beautiful acts of witty pastiche. The prism of the iconic Dark side of the moon is replaced with a samosa and Metallica’s “Kill em all” sees tomato ketchup where there was once blood.
The show also premieres specially produced additions to the ongoing series enjoy and tuck in.
Since Fitzrovia Noir were introduced to his art we have been lucky enough to have work produced by him for the exhibitions Exquisite Decay 2 and the forthcoming FOR THE LOVE OF. His work has also been on display at Christies, exhibited and auctioned in Montreal and was hung alongside Ed Ruscha at last years Mas Civiles Galleries CLUSTER exhibition.
Having worked for over half a decade in Fitzrovia Russell was keen to show his work at Reynolds.
Over the past few years the art world has again embraced Fitzrovia and we at Fitzrovia Noir are Honoured to introduce its latest artist Russell Clark.
Purchase and see more of his work at www.shootthepast.com
Middlesex Hospital Portraits
An exhibition of photographs by Peter Mackertich
Taken within the Middlesex Hospital as it was being demolished. Using a 1940s Speed Graphic large format camera, Peter took photographs of 40 ex – hospital staff in situ. Each subject was asked to bring an object which stood for their role at the Hospital. The pictures hint at the stories and emotions attached to this historic building and site.
Feb–Mon 15 Mar
Mon –Fri 10.00am – 6.00pm
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an arts group formed in early 2008, by five London based artists, Fitzrovia Noir has to date curated and produced twelve group shows in eighteen months, showcasing 120 artists to a combined audience of over 30,000 people in England, France & Scotland.
This show is one part of a new series of regularly changing exhibitions at Reynolds Charlotte Street that will feature artists working in the local area.
Using media ranging from painting, collage, photography and film, the group recently documented the demolition of the local Middlesex Hospital over a period of 10 months. This involved asking former patients and hospital staff to be photographed and interviewed. Established photographer and lecturer, Peter Mackertich produced photo portraits within the building as it was being demolished. Using a 1940s Speed Graphic large format black and white camera, Peter took photographs of 40 participants, a selection of these are displayed here.
It soon became clear that all those approached had very strong feelings about their former place of work and the portraits aimed to capture the meaning of the Hospital for each of them. To signal this further we asked each portraitee to bring an object or item which stood for their role at the Hospital. The process elicited these remarkable pictures and hint at the individual stories and emotions attached to this historic building and site.
The portraitees range from former nurses, doctors and consultants from many different medical areas, telephonists, porters, former patients and those born there. They include couples who met there and subsequently married in the Hospital’s Victorian Chapel.