Saturday, 9 March 2013

Uliana Apatina at St Mark's Church in South London

Yesterday was the opening of Uliana Apatina's show in The Crypt of St Mark's Church in South London. The show is called "That Side Where Real Is". Getting in was a bit like doing an assault course but once I had climbed through all the ropes and wires she had put up, I witnessed an impressive series of interactive installations. You can find out more about Uliana's work by going here: The Crypt is directly opposite Oval Tube. You can make an appointment to see the show any time that is comfortable for you including evenings and weekends, please, contact the artist directly: or 07944401310 Here's the press release... 'That Side Where Real Is' - a series of physically constructed, site-specific, inter-connected installations challenging our perception of space and the idea of the space as such built from ephemeral materials or materials that become ephemeral when being constructed into the space. Components of 'That Side Where Real Is': Cracking [Room1] Transparent Invisibility [Room2] Suspended Dreams to Eat the Time [Room3] There Is No One In Here [Room4] Vertical Immersion [Room5] All How It Was [Open Room] Black Penetration Into and Through Horizontal Dimension [Corridor] Red Gloss One String [Entry Hall] The exhibition's title, 'That Side Where Real Is' refers both to the visual challenges conveyed through the materials used and the way they trick the mind by disorienting the body, making it to squeeze in-between something that seems to be impossible to enter, perceive something that human eyes cannot simply see unless they are positioned at certain angles or fixed at the points of the space where the light is reflected. Emotionally and intellectually challenging chameleonic geometry that constantly changes into hallucinational spaces while your body is moving. It is a division between physical and abstract, rational and intuitive – with a big question mark on which of them is real. A peculiarity of the site is echoed in here – being in an underground crypt, empty and dark, with the whole universe of life happening on the upper layer inside the building of the church itself; and, then, beyond the point of the church – in a real life on the streets. Due to the very nature of the crypt 'That Side Where Real Is' deals with a notion of a death/life duality. All components of the installation are process-based constructions - having been built by the artist in a process of inhabiting the site and creating the artwork directly there without a preliminary plan or scaled model.

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