Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Blessed Are The Cracks That Let The Light In

This week jotta unveils Blessed Are The Cracks That Let The Light In, a group exhibition set to illuminate the best in new artistic talent from jotta.com. The communal areas of The Trafalgar have been transformed into dynamic spaces permeated by the work of nine young artists.


With windows overlooking one of Central London's greatest views, and public spaces that accentuate light and dark, the work chosen from this group of jotta artists complements the design of The Trafalgar through play and manipulation of natural and artificial light and space, creating a fluid and surprising journey.

On approach one is struck first by Carolyn Godsiff's illuminated copper flowers (woven from copper found inside electrical cable), casting intricate shadows across the window, while Bangkokney Belle's illustrated adorns the glass. 
Bompas & Parr's copper sculpture revives the lost art of Victorian jelly moulding and also celebrates a historic London landmark, while down stairs East London's nocturnal face inspired Hana Vojackova's dark photographic fairy tale.

Elsewhere, discover light trails created by human movement that London College of Communication Graphic and Media Design student Andrew McGarity has rendered into moving image.

Light and illusion play vital roles in fine artist Sarah Samantha Jones' sublimely dreamlike imagery, while Nicholas Brooks has layered hundreds of photographs in his contemporary take on classical landscape painting, creating a digital animation that slowly moves though a dark and desolate space.

Christian Alegria's Polaroid photography reveals loose narratives constructed through light, while images shot over several years by Greta Ilieva document her subject, Annabel's, developing relationship with the camera, and indeed the photographer.

From its privileged vantage point beside two of capital's finest galleries, jotta's show will shed light on the next generation of London artists. Open to the public, it runs for six weeks, so make sure you get down there and explore for yourself.


Words by Imogen Eveson



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