Gabriel Fine Art Gallery
Cottage 2 Old Paradise Yard 20 Carlisle Lane Waterloo SE1 7LG
17 APRIL TO 1 MAY 2015 Tuesday to Saturday 11-6pm
Private View FRIDAY 17 APRIL 2015 6.30-9.30pm
‘…FIRST OF ALL LEARN ABOUT DEATH, THEN ABOUT OTHER THINGS’
Nichiren Daishonin, 13th Century Japan
Behind St Thomas’ Hospital, and formerly a Buddhist centre, GABRIEL
FINE ART is situated near an old burial ground and close to the site of
the old train station used in 1848 for transporting the bodies of the
Cholera epidemic – it is rich with a history associated with death.
Death as a subject to shout about is provocative, but it walks with us
every day. The three curators MELISSA BUDASZ, ILINCA CANTACUZINO and
YOLANTA GAWLIK question what this final taboo may mean, exploring its
finality and the fear it engenders. The result is thought provoking and
cathartic. You will find a wealth of drawing, painting, photography,
sculpture, time-based media, performance, poetry, and song during the
last two weeks of April.
The Devil in Shaw’s philosophical play ‘Man and Superman’ claims
‘This marvellous force of Life of which you boast is a force of Death.
Man measures his strength by his destructiveness’. More than 30 SOUTH
LONDON WOMEN ARTISTS and friends come together to challenge such a
notion by harnessing the force of life, rather than death, through the
art process, and question through their work the finality of death. Each
artist may have different beliefs and cultural backgrounds but death in
the end unites us all. Confronting ‘the end’ and the darkness of
fear or futility can unleash a transition, a liminal state, a courageous
leap into something new.
SLWA is collaborating with GABRIEL FINE ART and SOUTHBANK MOSAICS who
are based in the CRYPT at ST JOHNS CHURCH WATERLOO SE1 where there will
be a FREE EVENT on SATURDAY 25 APRIL 2015 2-4PM showcasing THE RYE
POETS, BEATA KOZLOWSKA who will create a live performative drawing and
the duo SARAH LLOYD AND IAN KENNEDY will sing songs about death. Come
join us after for tea and cake as we host a DEATH CAFE, a forum for
discussion, led by COMPASSIONATE FUNERALS.
The CLOSING EVENT at Gabriel Fine Art ON FRIDAY 1 MAY 2015 6.30-8.30PM
will also offer poetry and performance. There will be a special SLWA
publication for sale for £10.00, a catalogue documenting the artwork,
exhibition and poetry.
Jacqueline Merry Bernard