Amongst the hustle and bustle in the streets of Peckham is a small gallery tucked away just off the main road.
The Hannah Barry Galleryhas been opened to the public for three years now. With the recent addition of two center walls, this exhibition is the first in its history to have three artists being shown at one time.
As you walk into the gallery, 192.168.13 [MONSTROcity] by Berlin artist, Viktor Timofeev, is on display. With bare white walls, the paintings hang in great contrast to their backgrounds and capture your full attention.
This exhibition shows off nine paintings by Timofeev, all with the common theme of fictional city-scapes. Each painting is greatly detailed, including backgrounds that are full of light patterns and designs. The artist has even left some of his original penciled-in sketches of the beginning phases of his pieces.
The natural flow of the gallery’s interior leads you to the next room, which is home to Fleet, by British artist James Capper. This exhibition is comprised of dozens of small sculptures of raw, industrialized machinery. They are explained as “three dimensional plans for as-yet-unconstructed machines.”
They are simple and do not have a lot of color or detail to them. As you study these works more closely, your focus is on the machine and its possible function, because it’s not always immediately obvious, nor intuitive at first glance. The sculptures were made from all types of building material, from pieces of wood to fabricated metal, to thoughtfully constructed pieces of cement. The smaller sculptures lined a shelf on the wall while larger works lay positioned on the floor.
Odd Paintings, by Bobby Dowler, make up the third and final room of the gallery. For the past two years, Dowler has been making his paintings from second-hand canvas and wood he finds in London. In this exhibition, his art is said to be the “product of appraising, anatomizing, manipulating and synthesizing the materials into new objects.”
Each piece has a sense of rawness to it – the frames are not fit to the painting as staples attach the pieces of uneven, stringy canvas to the 2x4s. Bits of glue, wood pieces and newspaper are incorporated into the thick, gloopy lines of the overly-textured paint.
Although all three artists have very different styles and the art they produced were so extremely divergent from one another, there was a smooth, natural flow to the gallery. Each exhibition had a sense of rawness to it, giving them all a kind of underlying commonality, to seemingly, very different artistic styles.
The exhibition runs until 16 October. The other Hannah Barry Gallery, located on Bond Street, is opening an exhibition by James Balmforth entitled ‘Forces and Needs‘ on Thursday 6 October at 6.30 pm.