So last week I did a bit of work for artist Brad Downey.
At the time I had no idea what I was doing, who for, or under what context.
Tonight, I went to the exhibition.
I’m not sure what I expected from going to an exhibition on The Strand, but it wasn’t this.
Initially in a spotlit room with double jointed contortionists wearing gas masks and whacking metal tubes against poles and carrying baseball bats, the whole thing was quite terrifying.
In a huge, cavernous warehouse in the centre of London there were video installations, graffiti, paintings, photos…
The work was intense and the rooms being so dark made it seem like something from a horror film.
I found the section with the pieces I’d helped with and there was a sudden calm.
The raw brutality of the other pieces was halted by a display of kitschy outdoor furniture with a series of photographs and a woman serving miso soup.
Being me, constantly hungry, and terrified of horror, this was such a welcome sight.
We settled down into the deckchairs that I’d sewn and I quietly sussed out the two umbrellas that other seamstresses had constructed.
The photos were of construction sites and I had put together two deck chairs, two directors chairs and a large umbrella constructed from the banners covering those buildings. They were ripped and tagged with graffiti, but for a day’s work…
Go see my chairs.
Lazarides and The Vinyl Factory Present: BRUTAL
FeaturingAntony Micallef, Ben Woodeson, Brad Downey, Bill McRight, Cleon Peterson, Conor Harrington, DALeast, Doug Foster, Estevan Oriol, James Lavelle, Katrin Fridriks, Karim Zeriahen, Know Hope, Lucy McLauchlan, Mark Jenkins, Miaz Brothers, Pose, Robert Hylton, Sebastian Horsley, Todd James.
Tuesday 15th of October 2013 to Sunday 27th of October 2013
Book through: http://www.lazinc.com/brutal