ARTIST OF THE WEEK DEBUT EXHIBITION
Despite the cold weather, four Artist of the Week winners; Akleriah, Alyona Larionova, Dragana Jurisic and Helen Gorrill had a very successful opening night at Salon Contemporary.
Helen Gorrill’s “Selling Olga”, consisting of prosthetic limbs hanging provocatively in the window, were a sure fire way to catch peoples’ attention. Akleriah, a Russian performance group with theatrical tendencies and a vast array of works ranging from dresses, hats, jewellery, and some eye catching sculptural textile pieces draped across the gallery wall. Dragana Jurisic’s beautiful photography “A Bird in the Head” welcomed you into the basement, adorning the walls with dreamy imagery, set aside from Alyona Larionova’s installation. Larionova develops two films projected onto opposing walls, engulfed by an organic, fluid curtain enveloping her space. To begin with, it appears as a tool to block out light in order to enhance the projected films when in actual fact it establishes a threshold into the environment, acting as a vertical structure predominantly consuming the space around her work as a direct message to the viewer that she presides as a single unit, away from Dragana’s illustrative photography.
Alex Mazzitelli also came along and warmed the night with his special home made eggnog in his duck man suit. Samir Ceric, the director of Salon Gallery, announced the final winner of Artist of the Week and it was… Alyona Larionova! After winning the public vote as well, she was ecstatic! Everyone had a fantastic night including the four artists’ friends and family. It was definitely one of the most dynamic previews Salon Contemporary has had. The exhibition will be on for a month so if you have missed the preview, drop by and have a browse around the amazing show. Some great photographs and films were recorded last night these will be up on our website and flickr in next few days so watch out for the space.
|Photograph taken by Mark Dolman at Salon Contemporary|
Works by Akleriah and Helen Gorrill