London’s newest hippest Art Gallery, Payne Shurvell, launch 4by4

by Katie on September 6, 2010

As is the law of the land, all great launches whether art or fashion seem to happen on the same night at the same time.  I shall be upset to miss this launch as I’ve over committed myself to Vogue’s Fashion Night Out (on 8th Sept) but hope to get along to this ASAP as Payne Shurvell (16 Hewlett Street, London EC2A) are fast becoming one of the most exciting, ground breaking little nouveau galleries in the Capital.

This week sees Payne Shurvell present 4by4 throughout the month of September which is a series of four curators / four shows / four publications / four weeks and is being held in association with Neville Brody’s ADF (Anti Design Festival).

4by4 will be a series of multi-faceted, short, sharp shocks including video, sound, readymades, text, performance, interventions, ceramics, crafts, publications and newsprint. In a bold programme of shows and using whatever means necessary, 4by4 will give artists a chance to take new risks and show work which might not ordinarily get exposure. In keeping with the principles of Brody’s ADF, 4by4 will show work that is challenging and experimental and questions current thinking and assumptions.  That’s what I like about Payne Shurvell.  They’re already not afraid to take risks and to furrow their own path.

The ambitious month-long programme will be overseen by Neville Brody and co-ordinated by James Payne. The rapid succession of exhibitions will be challenging but are intended to give the artists freedom to experiment and to incorporate elements of serendipity and chance.

Works featured include Gary O’Connor’s ideas around deceit, pretence and contradiction (featured above). Gary’s work blurs fiction with reality and incorporates writing, sound and sculpture. Writing plays a key role in Gary’s art projects, not simply as an accompanying text that explains or validates the artwork, but as a considered component of the piece.

Go see.

Each of the four shows will be launched on Wednesday evening and will run until Saturday of each week. 4by4 / 8 September – 2 October 2010 / 16 Hewett Street, London UK EC2A 3NN
+44(0) 7977 996568.  Open: Wednesdays 6pm-8pm Thursday – Saturdays 11am – 6pm
Additional opening hours for the ADF launch on 17 September 6-8pm
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Nat Tate September 6, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I loved the last show at this gallery. Lovely space too.


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