Art and about – A normal Noho night out.

by Katie on May 9, 2010

Around a week an a half ago, when we were still in the vestiges of an awakening Summer and we were all still pre-hung parliament, the gallery queen and myself trotted off to various events in the Noho area, all in the one evening.


It made a change from sauntering around the wealthy Mayfair galleries we’re used to but, inevitably, we encountered many of the same art folk, somewhat out of sorts as not in the usual environs of Albemarle or Cork Street or St James.

We took in the opening of the new Regina Gallery in Eastcastle Street with its Russian based art and, though I appreciated the works of Semyon Faibisovich, the ultra reality of everyday Russian life in Les Miserables didn’t float my boat. It was all a trite real and heavy. Not works I’d like to bear upon me in a small London flat.


At Alison Jacques Gallery, I discovered a new favourite: Haluk Akakce. Trained at the Royal College of Art, Akakce artfully manages to combine his Turkish heritage with modern, urban Westen living. You can see in his work the influences of his culture and the vivacity of New York. There’s a strong vivid fashion element to these works which grab your attention in their lightness and detail. Like clever Klimtian art nouveaux collages with sass. Akakce’s new digital film and six new paintings called ‘Coming Home’ explore the psychological and philosophical meanings of time and how movement and transformation through time can be aesthetically expressed. Despite this, the new Dr Who and his time exploration tardis were not in evidence.

What was in evidence was a stunning digital work called ‘The Dervish’ (2010) which was an intricate, monochrome, ribbon-like structure which was projected onto a wall and became hypnotically dynamic, drawing in the viewer with its changing shapes and forms.

The paintings captured me and I’d gladly offer one a home. Bright and light as well as detailed in their execution, the paintings should be rigid but seem to flow – Akakce’s former life as an architect is clear in his understanding of structure. The paintings are crafted intuitively and freehand by the artist by delicately scoring a sheet of film placed on the board to create a stencil. The process of making these works is reminiscent of the Surrealists. Akakce’s involvement with new interpretations of shape, colour and form and clear to see. And, though this may sound artfully pretentious, the paintings are a delight. Dynamic not doleful.


Feeling upbeat, the gallery queen and myself hopped off to a fun evening courtesy of ideageneration.co.uk. “The Limits of Control” DVD release directed by the enigmatic Jim Jarmusch was being celebrated. A cine projected film was played onto one wall while all around us, bright young things normally at home in Shoreditch drank Espresso martinis from coffee cups. Caffeine, alcohol and kookiness. Lots of fun.


All art images taken are of Haluk Akakce’s works, ‘Coming Home’ at Alison Jacques Gallery, 16-18 Berners Street, Ldonon W1. www.alisonjacquesgallery.com
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