BERKELEY SQUARE BRISTOL LAUNCHES SQUARE GALLERY
Private View from 7pm, with live music, canapés and drinks, 30 September, 15 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol
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This month, Bristol's Berkeley Square Hotel will unveil the Square Gallery, a uniquely creative space that will redefine the way we experience art.
Marking a new concept in the world of hospitality and becoming Bristol's first art hotel, the Square Gallery will inhabit the ground and basement floors of the Berkeley, incorporating the hotel's lounge, restaurant and bar areas. Blurring the traditional boundaries between gallery and spectator, the Square will challenge the way we appreciate art by enabling audiences to eat, drink and chat while exploring the work. The artwork on display competes playfully with the social function of the space, so that rather than merely providing an aesthetic backdrop, the art becomes a focal point of conversation.
To celebrate this Bristol first, the Square will launch with the Autumn exhibition, an ultra-modern collection of work that reflects the ethos of the gallery. Forward thinking artists will be given space to explore ideas using unusual media, creating works that are both intelligent and innovative. The exhibition combines artwork curated by Catherine Raspail from Bristol artists Zanny Mellor, Andy Stott and Johnny de Mearns. Video by Alys Williams curated by London's pioneering Open Gallery- dedicated to video painting and founders of the Artscape Project.
As specialists in video installation, Open Gallery were attracted to the Square's unique approach to presenting art work and have agreed to curate an ongoing series of video exhibitions in the space which will run as part of the Square's seasonal exhibition programme. Open will be showing video paintings by Alys Williams as part of the Autumn exhibition.
In 8 Moments, Williams explores the relationship between the present and the recorded, while in Inside Out, she examines the textured layering of the natural and built environment through the notion of the journey.
Elsewhere, illustrator and artist Zanny Mellor will exhibit scenes taken from Bristol and London. The artist's interest in the flow of human and natural energy has resulted in fluid paintings created using biro, acrylic paint, Indian ink and tea staining. Fellow Bristol artist Andy Stott will continue with his exploration of the fridge door as canvas, framing his ideas in a novel way and using this everyday material as a powerful and unusual vehicle for political and social commentary. Completing the exhibition, Johnny de Mearns will show a series of works created through a process he refers to as 'pyrocorpography' which captures the human body in a truly unique form of portraiture.
Exhibition runs from 1 October ' 1 December
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