Charlotte Simmonds

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The Southbank Skate Park Location: Under the Southbank Centre Overhang Open: Day and Night!! 24/7         Southbank may seem like a tourist festival, but the little stretch between the National Theater and the Embankment footbridge is actually a quirky spot to mellow after visiting a couple galleries. Most of the crowds tend to linger further east at the Tate or west towards the London Eye, so on weekday afternoon you’ll find peace and, most importantly, a bit of  art treasure. The... [more]
Ujino and The Rotators - Ugly Knitting   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ujino at Hayward Gallery Project Space February 18th, 2009 - April 26th, 2009
Posted 4/5/09
        You could call “Ugly Knitting” many things: an exhibition, an installation, a performance, a hilarious racket. It’s hard to know exactly which is correct, but it’s also hard to feel like that matters. “Ugly Knitting” is a concert of sorts, performed by Japanese artist Ujino Muneteru and his band The Rotators. This band is talented and synchronized, their music a clacking beat that ignites rhythm into viewers upon its immediate absorption. This band is also composed entirely of... [more]
Roxana Halls Tingle-Tangle   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Roxana Halls at National Theatre March 30th, 2009 - May 9th, 2009
Posted 4/5/09
            Roxana Halls’ “Tingle Tangle” looms temptingly at the top of a spiraling staircase in the lobby of the National Theater. Taking its name from the German low-culture variety theater , popular in 1920’s Berlin, Halls aspires to a painterly re-creation of a night of garish cabaret. Curated in an act-by-act fashion, the show opens with “Willkommen” in which a deeply wrinkled emcee draws back a heavy curtain, his oversized shadow engulfing the canvas as he reveals several... [more]
- “Best of the U.K.” is a showcase  of six talented young artists selected from thousands of 2008 graduating students from the top art schools across the United Kingdom. Oliver Jones from Birmingham City University was selected from the six to continue onto a group show at the White Box Gallery in New York City. Gallery director and curator Samir Ceric shared his thoughts and excitement about this third annual exhibition with ArtSlant's writer, Charlotte Simmonds. Oliver Jones, Sarah Maple,... [more]
Rossi's   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 2/18/09
Rossi's 8 Hanbury StreetLondon E1 6QR 020 7247 2490 Aldgate East     A treasure trove of beans and bangers, Rossi’s serves traditional English food in a space reminiscent of a grungy New York diner. The combination is refreshing when it feels like the only place to go for a full English is yet another kind of overpriced pub. The humble interior offers a respite from the trendy art spots around Brick Lane. Locals fill the seats with the occasional foreigner wandering in to get a look... [more]
Another Way to Seer   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lindsay Seers at Matt's Gallery January 14th, 2009 - March 15th, 2009
Posted 2/16/09
        Lindsay Seers' film based installation at Matt’s Gallery, entitled , is a work of epic proportions; it took years to create and involves two films by the artist as well as a film and accompanying novella by artist M. Anthony Penwill. The exhibit is engulfing in its construction; upon entering the show you find yourself in a darkened and encapsulating dome-shaped theater surrounded by massive molecule-like sculptures. The electric blue lighting of the spherical screens gives the... [more]
Defiantly Worth a Try: Portraits of Soulful Subjects and Secondary Objects   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Olivier Richon at Ibid. January 16th, 2009 - February 22nd, 2009
Posted 2/14/09
        Olivier Richon’s is a bit like internet dating. At first it’s offsetting; what exactly is happening here, you wonder. Is this modern and progressive, or just weird? Yet for some reason you’re vastly intrigued, mesmerized even. You feel that, if given proper thought, this little bit of bizarre might conceal something quite special. The photographic series on display in the intimate IBID Projects Gallery consists of a series of portraits of an unusual type; his subjects are a... [more]