Monday, 18 January 2010

Booth fever

The London Art Fair has been and gone - but what a great week it was despite the rather snowy mid-week conditions! Most importantly in my mind is the fact that it was a roaring success for Pryle and the Art Projects. The smallest section of the fair triumphed over the main space of the event in every critical review; Spoonfed hailed it as 'the undoubted highlight of the fair; for 2010 this part of the fair is more extensive and more exciting than ever before. With a blend of Zoo Art Fair edginess and Affordable Art Fair charm, the Art Projects section really is a delight.'

We were lucky enough to be a part of this and our installation was praised by all the interested and enthusiastic people who stepped inside and enjoyed the immersive experience and even those who suffered threshold anxiety and merely peeped in. It was such fun to see youngsters and adults alike enjoying the interactivity our booth offered and even better to see the surprised expressions on people's faces when they clocked their own image on the screen in front!

I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped out - either building, curating or manning the booths. It was a brilliant experience for us, made all the better by the odd celeb spot and the wealth of exciting work and people in the Art Projects. Here's to the next event....... x

Friday, 8 January 2010

These are very exciting times. Set up for the London Art Fair starts on Monday morning. There is lots more information on our website in the news section. Basically you should come along and see us in the project space, booth P17.

As the press release says .... 'Open will create a unique and immersive video experience which hopes to reveal a new way of viewing moving image. A series of nine videos entitled Portraits from the back by French artist Gabrielle Le Bayon will be projected on the back wall of the booth. The series places nine different figures in nine vastly differing landscapes. Each portrait captures the almost still figure gazing outwards at some part of the vista that lies before them. The careful dressing and placing of each character creates a serene balance between the aesthetic of the figures and the landscapes.

Open will also show work by philosopher and founding artist of the Artscape Project Hilary Lawson. Now Revisited Revisited seeks to explore the present and of what it is to be human. The philosophy behind this work is manifested in the overall booth concept, which will play with notions of spectatorship and self-awareness. Artists Lawson and Le Bayon have collaborated to produce a space which will reveal this new way of seeing.'

Follow us during the fair on twitter or even better follow us at the fair itself!!! x

Monday, 4 January 2010

Open head to the London Art Fair

Well I do believe it is now 2010 - so happy new year to you all. Just a quick little reminder that the London Art Fair is taking place in just over one week from now (12 -17th Jan). We are in the project space this year and have something very exciting planned - so it is definitely worth coming on over to have a look. If you would like more info then take a look at our website - I will be updating the news page very soon with more about the LAF.
Should be a thrilling read! Other than that I do hope that you had a very merry Christmas and that dear old Father Christmas was ever so generous with gifts. Hope to see you all next week x

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Happy Christmas from Open

Hello everyone,

a little festive blog for you all - a gift of sorts from me to you! It has been a busy last few months here at Open Gallery - we've been to 100% Design, the Affordable Art Fair, the Art Festival at Hay and also Pulse Miami. So as I'm sure you can imagine it has been all go! High time then for a nice little Christmas holiday.

The image above is taken from a collection by Isabelle Inghilleri - sets the tone rather nicely for the festive period I feel. Hopefully Father Christmas will bring you all video paintings for Christmas then you can have your very own version of something as beautiful as this in your very own house. (Or you can come on over to the London Art Fair from the 13th to the 17th of January and have a little look for yourselves if you don't trust the man in red to pick for you!)

Anyway, not much remains to be said other than have a very merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year! See you in 2010 x

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

A little more on Pulse

As I have now worked out just how to add pictures to our blog here is a lovely image of Gabrielle Le Bayon's work! We showed her collection ' Portraits from the back' at the Pulse art fair this year - if you fancy having a sneaky look at some of our other collections you can log on to our site and peak all you want! x

Monday, 7 December 2009

Pulse is over

As the Pulse art fair draws to a close thoughts now turn to the London Art Fair in January. Time to pack up the suncream and get out the scarf and wellington boots if the past few days have been anything to go by. Saying that the London Art Fair will be anything but a damp squib if we have anything to do with it. Setting up in the project space we have an exciting exhibition up our sleeves - no mere stand for us this year. Anyway, hopefully that is enough to wet your appetites and I'll be back again with more info very very soon......x

Friday, 27 November 2009

Open at Pulse Miami 3-6 December 2009

Open Gallery are lucky enough to be packing up the beach towel, suncream and sunglasses and heading over to Miami for this year's Pulse art fair. We have been touted as one to watch at Pulse Miami - which really is very exciting!

We are very keen to build on the success of our exhibition at the Art Festival at Hay. So we decided to fly the concept of the video painting over to the USA. We want everyone who comes along to see us at Pulse Miami to understand the idea behind the video painting and its philosophy. We have come up with a cleverly curated booth more akin to an exhibition space than an art fair to help people to learn how to view video paintings - it should be really interesting both for our visitors and for us!

We will be showing work by Hilary Lawson,Alys Williams, Isabelle Inghilleri and Sanchita Islam - if you want a sneaky look then go to our website and head to the artists page.

If you are thinking of coming along do get in touch - we would love to hear from you.

Until the next time x