VIEWING ROOM, All Visual Arts, until20th October at THE CRYPT, MARYLEBONE CHURCH, NO 1 MARYLEBONE PLACE LONDON NW1 4AQ
This new All Visual Arts (AVA) show is the concept of Joe La Placa and Mark Sanders. Some 36 contemporary artists who have worked with AVA since 2008 are being shown in this very stylish salon-type exhibition in the crypt of this wonderful church designed by Sir John Soane.
In the garden are sculptures including the life-sized horse’s head by the Uzbekistan sculptor Unus Safardiar. Inside one arrives at the mezzanine level adorned with surreal drawings, paintings and polychrome ceramic sculptures. Downstairs in the main body of the crypt a similar variety of works await. On the walls are pictures such as Jonathan Wateridge’s Fog, a Rothko-like painting of a group of mist-enshrouded climbers. Nearby is a work by Wolfe von Lenkiewicz’s inspired by Holbein’s portrait of The Ambassadors, while next to it hangs Mr. X, a larger-than-life-sized image of a tattoo-covered man by Jason Brooks. In an adjacent corridor are a whimsical series of boxes by Charles Matton, showing interiors such as libraries and empty hotel corridors.