CAMDEN ART CENTER.
Nowadays the interest of modern arts grows on everyone. And i’m not an exception from the rule. It was quiet hard to find a gallery which i didn’t see in London, and which other students wouldn’t use for their reviews.
From the first side i didn’t recognize that the small, cosi, brick chalet with modern glassy doors could be a beautiful gallery. But that house which settle down in tod was an art school too, where everyone from child to adult can pick up a draw, sculpture, paint and other skills.
This gallery got only 2 floors. The library and the cafe situated on the first floor, where you can find small garden in the middle of the house, which is comfortable for eating, reading or drawing at the same time. There are a lot of trees and big glade outside of the eatting space which hide a lot of secrets.
Nature and it's ephemeral magic is the focus of a major exhibition of work by influential British artist Shelagh Wakely (1932-2011). Across all the galleries and the garden, the exhibition brings together works including the breadth of media like printing, video, unfired clay sculptures, ceramics, and exploratory drawings.
Wakeley was a pioneer of installation art. Her practice was characterised by a delicate touch, tracing the shifting behavior of light and observations of nature. She used only organic materials inclined to weathering and deterioration, her sculptures conjure a sense of temporality, and movement.
My favorite installation of Shelagh Wakely ‘Rainsquare’ (1994) situated in the middle of the galleries garden. Made of glass and aluminum leaf, leastways 20 years ago. Originally this project installed at the South London Gallery, the aluminum leaf has been left to interact with, and be changed by, the weather , allowing the silver patterns to display traces of falling rain.
When i saw that work at the first time, i thought that it's chessboard from the ‘Alise in wonderland’ story. I really liked the idea to show the installation outside of the gallery under the sky on the grass. And i prefer to work with glass and mirrors, so her projects were very close to my mood. After this exhibition i understood that i can use my garden as well. It can become a site for experimentation, collaboration and i can think through making. Besides I can use every surface i want and don't be scare to try something new with it.
I think that Camden Art Center is the best place for study. You've got enough space for work and a quite background which wouldn't disturb you. There is a library on the first floor which can be useful, the small garden where you can have a coffee break and continue working. It's very good place for yang artists, center got a special lessons for developing children skills in Art. And you can exhibit your own works, because Camden Art Center trying to help unbeknown artist to be distinguished.
Do i want to come back in this center? Totally yes!