What’s the best way to introduce upcoming artists to a broad public? Throw an arty party and let the pack dance! Said and done by the East Wing X-committee from the Courtauld Institute for Arts. On January 20 the 10th edition of the biannual East Wing exhibition will be opening, and the taster-session ‘Any New Material?’ in mid-November gave a little sample of what’s to come.

Rosalind Davis, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Clare Curtis.

The walls were shaking, feet were stamping, and style was in the air at Notting Hills Arts Club on November 14. What has that to do with fine arts? Well, the trick is to keep your eyes open. On the run-down wall the paintings, drawings, and objects of: Dom Callaghan, Wan-Lee Siow and Christy Balfour were installed like parts of the wallpaper. Across it a photo-slide-show projected pieces from Laura Ellias, Hellen Higgins, Sam Walker, Craig Harvey, Imran Matteo Peretta and Flora Watson. The works merged into the setting as if they naturally belonged to the interior, whilst a superb line-up of DJ sets did their best to distract.

Clare Curtis, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.Material Matters is the title of the EWX show, and the pun obviously states the main focus: the use of pioneering media and experimental reinterpretations thereof. While some of the displayed works will wear the signatures of stars like Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread, or Arman, the major stress will lie on young emerging artists. And their works will be up for sale. East Wing is known for having a keen sense of promising talents: many members of the early-nineties Young British Awards movement had their public debut at EW shows.

The exhibition is at Somerset House until July 2013.
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