ZOO ART FAIR 2007
HAPPENINGText: Sayaka Hirakawa
How would you like to experience an art fair where, along with the exhibition, you have elephants and giraffes in your peripheral vision? Did anybody go to London Zoo Art Fair last year for exactly that? Who knew they moved to the Royal Academy of Arts this year? How can you call it Zoo Art Fair if it no longer happens in a Zoo?
Zoo art fair showcases commercial and non-commercial arts organisations that have been running for less than six years, and represents galleries, project spaces, artist collectives, curatorial groups and publications. About 60 exhibitors based inside and outside of the UK were on display.
Elizabeth McAlpine “The Height of the Campanile”
Laura Bartlett Gallery, based in central London, exhibited the work of Elizabeth McAlpine. Presented mainly though video and sound related time frames. “The Height of the Campanile” consisted of 8mm images of San Marco Campanile and a glass case placed under the projector. Contrasting with the silent images, the film reel spools from the projector then twists and turns around inside the glass case below the projector to create paisley-like patterns. The stillness and motion made an interesting juxtaposition. The length of the whole film which coiling in the case giving a feel of the height of the Campanile.
One of London’s newest art spaces, 176, based near Chalk Farm, exhibited a special show “An Aside” as an extension of their current show “An Archaeology”. American artist Dan Ottoe’s pornographic neon work got attention for it’s eye catching quips. “Everything will slip thorough your fingers like water.” “You have more freedom than you’re using now.” Being born into a farmer’s family, it could be Ottoe’s critique about the materialistic aspect of American society.
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