9 SHEDS
June 26th, July 3th, July 17th, Sept 18th, Sept 25 th from 1 to 6:30pm

Due to great demand the Sept 18th & 25th private events are almost full. Should you be interested in experiencing what got shed enthusiasts nationwide talking please email
gretta@sartorialart.com to include your name on the guest list.

Gretta Sarfaty invited friends-artists to interact with 9 sheds situated on her roof terrace overlooking Kings Cross. THE SHED is the intersection between the inside and outside, a British symbol of sanctuary that opens a new world of dreams and possibilities.
Invited artists: Olly Beck, Gordon Beswick, Katerina Botsari, Simcha Elias, Mikey Georgeson, Russell Herron, Liz Neal, Paul Tecklenberg, Harry Pye, Jill Rock, Richard Taylor, Florin Ungureanu. Russell Herron curated shed with Marianne Spurr and Stewart Gough.

Was the original gallery space making Gretta Sarfaty claustrophobic and trapped once more? She has been using the sheds as a space to store her many lives. Here past experiences are combined with new experimentation and transformation.


Miixed media on pavement

Olly Beck's installation creates the illusion that liquid gold is seeping out of the shed and onto the floor around it. The work continues Beck's fascination with mirage-like imagery and in this particular piece explores capitalist economics and its manifest contradictions.


'Trojan Horse' and 'Bring Back
the Prince'. DVD installation.

Harry Pye and Gordon Beswick are using their shed to screen two films; 'Trojan Horse' and 'Bring Back the Prince'. Both films feature music from a new band called, The Values. This shed is intended as a tribute to the 2-Tone record label. 2-Tone was the home of bands such as Madness, and The Specials from 1979 to1984. 2-Tone bands were famous for mixing pop with politics and their music often had an infectious ska beat.  


Junk . Mixed media

Katerina Botsari created her sculptural piece from the leftover debris in the gallery, aptly named ‘Junk'. She has rejuvenated the old scrap and in doing so has challenged traditional perceptions of what is seen as beautiful.


Bird Origami. Manipulated digital prints.
Simcha Elias: "My 'Origami Series' was conceived when I visited Japan. I started folding the beautiful patterned paper to produce different oriental inspired forms. Later in my studio I reconstructed these forms, with Gretta's 'Myth of Womanhood' images, forming diferent size squares that looked like kaleidoscopic patterns I then folded them to create my Family Fish and Crow Origami. I use Gretta's 'Myth Series' because her work is about woman's growth and it connected to my own life. I have been obsessed in finding and researching my own female identity as well as looking into my family origins, and where I came from?"

Charged Atmosphere Series
F2/158 2nd fl.W.room.from E
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Photograph on canvas on stretcher

Alison Marchant 'The way some images fade to nothing might fuel it with overtones of mortality...Here the dappled skin of the each image, literally the damaged surface...and it's ungraspable faintness of detail caused by massive enlargement, conspire to defy the natural urge to enter the rooms...light years away from the seductive colour magazine world of gracious living. The tension between Britain 's vigorous self-promotion through its aristocratic heritage of houses and institutions, and another reality of homelessness, sleeping rough and squatting, emerges on a metaphorical level. This dissonance also occurred to Marchant, a naturally political artist' (Martin Holman).


A Matter of Life and Death.
Birdbox installation.

Paul Tecklenberg and Mikey Georgeson in their collaborative piece 'A Matter Of Life and Death' - inspired  by a National Trust street sign informing us that 'the interior is viewable through the window'.
Georgeson and Tecklenberg use common or garden birdboxes to play with ideas of inside and outside. They aim to both amuse and entrance visitors by channeling the spirit of accidental romanticism personified by Sir John Soanes and passion his for bringing light inside for it's ability to not only enlighten but also define the meloncholy of shadow. 


You Haven't Heard the Last of Me,'
he said.That Was the Last We Heard
of Him. Wood, nails on shed.

Russell Herron is a sometime artist, writer and curator. His work, often featuring his own name, alludes to ideas of history, place, identity, objects, value, authenticity, success, failure and the infrastructure of the artworld itself. He lives and works in London. For this exhibition he is presenting a new work: ‘You Haven't Heard the Last of Me,' he said. That Was the Last We Heard of Him.


Shed Installation. Mixed media

Liz Neal explains: "The shed evokes in me a warmth and nostalgia that is quite saturating . It takes me back to my childhood where there were many old sheds in which we enacted domestic scenes amongst ourselves and sometimes with other children. I would sometimes direct my older sister in theatrical performances, whilst my younger sister would be found in an old horse trailer mixing mud pies.
This shed is a mini house in which I have set my dolls to play".


Guardias. Mixed media

Jill Rock paints objects, in this case pieces of wood found on the shoreline of the Thames in London and a woodland in Kent.  Each piece evokes for her an idea.  In this case, a giant feather from some mythological bird and a snake winding itself around a tree.  By hanging them on the doorway of one of the sheds they become symbolic guardians of the place - at once a fantasy and an age old concept of protection. 




Family Portrait. Antique guilded frame,
stand, photos collage

Gretta Sarfaty says: "My past lifes are portrayed here with stuffed animals representing an outward appearance of happiness and togetherness. They are incorporated with famous faces of celebrities and dignitaries to give the impression of a united relationship; the viewer has to draw their own conclusion if this is indeed the case."


Untitled. Acrylic paint on shed

Richard Taylor will use a gestured approach to mark making to create a painting that reflects the vibrant, lyrical nature of Jimmy Cliff's music. “Beware of tigers and bad dogs” is an idea that stems from his artist-in-residence on Portobello Road where the artist has been capturing the immediacy and urgency of a glance across the market place, these visual and auditory experiences will be reflected in the painting.   


Uthopia. Multimedia installation

Florin Ungureanu explores the concepts of power, politics, history, identity and death through irony and humour. Being interested in how they influence beliefs and perceptions by altering and subverting them.
From here derives the desire to further explore the need for uncertainty and the metaphysical loneliness of the human being, addressing such issues as solitude, amnesia, memory, suppression, doubt and the sublime.

 

Marianne Spurr and Stewart Gough (curated by Russell Herron)‘Various titles, but ultimately not titled.'
Two artists have been invited to show work, with Gough using only the exterior of the shed and Spurr the interior.


Untitled   Shed Installation

Gough's sculptures are playful assemblages of ready made plastic objects and component systems. For this show he has made a new temporary intervention. A guttering and drainage system has been attached to a section of the roof's run off, and this playfully morphs into a fantastical electrical storm fixed in a moment as it arcs to the ground.


Multimedia shed Installation

Spurr employs a range of materials and objects to explore formal concerns and the interplay between abstract and figurative languages. She is interested in boundaries and the liminal spaces between them: painting and sculpture, nature and artifice, the real and the imagined, the absent and the present.

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