Words by Charlotte Foster Image: Installation view of ‘The macabre Masterpiece of terror’, courtesy of the Monika Bobinska Gallery

Monika Bobinska Gallery

Kirsten Glass, Adam King, Peter Lamb -‘The macabre Masterpiece of terror’ Walking in, I am immediately confronted, face to face, with what looks like a giant squid in the process of being captured, fresh from a neon glittering sea. Being pulled up from the depths and hanging from a line. On the walls behind, a giant octopus leers imposingly, spreading itself around the gallery. The water dripping from its tentacles is splashed delicately and beautifully around where it touches the surfaces. ‘Macabre master of terror’ is certainly the right name for this show. Behind these luminous works the pictures in the background frame the larger than life works very well, giving an extra dimension to the show as a whole and making the monsters seem more real. Monika Bobinska Gallery, 242 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 For more information go to www.lounge-gallery.com

James Hockey & Foyer Galleries

‘KesselsKramer TRADE SHOW, 12 years of KesselsKramer’s work on show’ Basically, the title of this show is self-explanatory. It consists of a twelve year time line of photos of works by Helmut Smits. His works are sculptures, public installations, designed products and furniture. The time line is made up of images such as a photo of a bookshelf propped up with books under one side so the books on the shelves stay propped up flat against each other I.e. so they do not need bookends. Chairs with lamps attached to the backs and a drum kit made of tin cans.  A photo of a puddle in the road with a fountain coming out from it was a personal favourite. His works remind me of the same kind of quirky humour as pieces by David Shrigley but put to practical use.  Definitely pop in for a look. The exhibition includes a small book called ‘123 ideas by Helmut Smits’ which you can buy for £15. James Hockey & Foyer Galleries, Hoxton Square, London, N1 For more information go to http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=8450 Image: installation view of Alex Echo “It’s a wonderful life’, courtesy of VINEspace

VINEspace

Alex Echo -‘It’s a wonderful life’ This show was incredibly ‘itsy bitsy’, pink and lacy with eclectic vintage bits and pieces mixed with a lot of mirrors, a few words and squiggles of graffiti. It looked to me, like a 13 year old girl’s bedroom. The work is supposed to question ‘What would it be like if I had never been born?’ Well I think it takes more than a few mirrors to portray that kind of question. The only piece in the entire show which had some kind of promise was a ladder held up with a mirror at the top and a mirror at the bottom of it which seemed to confuse and enthral people to no end. They crowded up to it going: ‘But how does it DO that?!’ Here is your answer-because it’s two mirrors and a ladder. That’s why. Don’t go. Or do…see if I give a shit! VINEspace, 25a Vyner Street, London, E2 For more information go to www.vinespace.net

Nettie Horn

Anne Bregeaut/Marko Maetamm If you like the use of words and humour in Art then you will love works by Maetamm. His melodramatic writing, projected and written on the walls, makes the pieces comical but also makes you think about a deeper meaning beneath. He is confessing to us. I particularly loved ‘how I became an Artist number 1…as a revenge upon everyone’ (because his girlfriend dumped him and she did not care for Art) making you laugh, however, you also realise there is truth behind all that. Anne Bregeaut’s work, using bright colours and surreal settings, is beautiful but with darker undertones. Although the work is bold you can see fragility as she makes the viewer think about relationships, ‘the other half’, understanding and the subconscious. For example, a piece where there is a projection on the wall of two hands next to each other, one hand starts to move towards the other as if to hold it. In our minds, we are all willing and egging the hand on. However, it stops and moves back. A similar experience has happened to all of us, I feel. Nettie Horn, 25b Vyner Street, London, E2 For more information go to www.nettiehorn.com