This saturday we went along to Linden Hall Studios for the opening of their new show, “Down From London” a group show featuring a mixture of sculpture, paintings and projection from The London Group. The London Group was set up in 1913 amongst its notable members include David Hockney, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The group are a collective of artists practising in all disciplines and hold exhibitions annually. Sixty of the groups current members are featured in the show at Linden Hall Studios. The work is fairly eclectic, with bright colourful geometric pieces hanging alongside figurative sketches and abstract work.
One of the pieces that really stood out for us was the yarn piece, “A Sensation For Which There Is No Name” by Martin Heron. Strands of yarn had been woven around the balcony and beams of the gallery to form shapes. When you stand around the piece the strings frame other works hanging on the walls to create new compositions. As you walk around the balcony the piece transforms, striking out new lines and creating different shapes. We enjoyed playing around with the focus on our camera, it was fun capturing the different views through the string.
Another striking work was “Marine” by Philippa Tunstill. Layers of shape and colour are stacked up on a soothing blue canvas. The bright pink blues and pop of yellow lifting the work from the gallery walls. The piece really draws you in from across the room and was something we kept coming back to. There's a lot to be said for working in bright pleasing colours.
Whilst it’s not something we know a lot about we think the show really highlights the potential of mixed media, showing how to use non traditional materials such as carpets, tiles, and string. It brought a lot of textural variety to the show, even some of the canvas pieces were thick with layers of built up acrylic and swipes of paint.
It was altogether very experimental, with some paintings featuring neon green, yellow and orange. If you're interested in the non-traditional/experimental then this is something pretty unmissable, if your not then it’s probably worth going along anyway it’s always worthwhile to see new ideas on display.
The gallery was packed that Saturday afternoon, no doubt a signifier of the ever growing popularity of the arts in Deal. Of course, we’re all about supporting local people (and artists) but it’s a great thing to have outside influence every now and again to shake things up. The group were keen to highlight the strong link between London and Deal and were happy to represent that in the art world.
A great start to the 2018 program for Linden Hall Studio, and a great asset to Deal.
The show runs until Sunday 25th February. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 16:00, and Sunday 11:00 to 14:00