Pancakes & Booze Art Show (2015) – Art Review

You Know its Just Out of Reach, Suman Kaur, 2015

It is always wonderful to see aspiring artists being nurtured. Excellent to see the artistic community coming together. There are several events that do this and encourage a togetherness and especially for those interested to come out and appreciate. Yes, if any word should be used it’s appreciation. It’s a wonderful environment where creative works exploring various different mediums can be exhibited and seen by many of their own contemporaries. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show was exhibited on the 24th September 2015 at the Studio Spaces E1 in London. It featured many artists as well as bodypainting, live music and drinks could be purchased and yes free pancakes. Though events like this always benefit from novelties such as free pancakes I cannot help but feel that this detracts from the art themselves – I digress.

Inferno 1, Steph Roche

What we were able to see in a fairly sizeable venue was the culmination of so many different artists that effectively filled the space – though a few were stuck round corners. They were so different so vibrant. There were sculptures, paintings, pen and ink sketches, photography and more. The concerns of the time, if by reflected by these works, is to the individuality of the particular artist. Many personal works reflect different and conflicting interests. Although an overt sexuality could be seen by many works, particularly the rather crude metaphor of penis as banana. What we instead tended to see was a willingness to explore flights of fancy. Works were imaginative, personal and often self referential. The individuality of the artist often stressed but a tendency to include aspects of paint or ink running to show that the work of art was a work after all. There were so many artists that it would be difficult to include a passage on all of them and I do apologise for any artists not mentioned below.

Hanging by a Thread, Boyle Kelly, 2015


I took particular interest to the examples below but this probably says more about me than the whole exhibit. These works show such diversity whilst also showing an interest with nature and reality and beauty – dark or natural. The simple flip of perspective in Cosmic Tears by Adeline Spengler manages to allow us to question reality as the real can be mistaken for unreal and vice versa – an effective trick. All the while the overt colours capture a very natural beauty. Like a peacock the strong colours and patterns of Hanging By a Thread by Kelly Boyle allow for a very gripping piece submerged in exactly what colour can achieve. However, what could be happy is offset by the unfortunate captions. You Know it’s Just Out of Reach by Suman Kaur describes an effective melancholy, the drips and darkened eyes give way to sheer emotion effectively captured. Something tribal and submerged in nature, Inferno 1 by Steph Roche feels very ancient as if primal from an inner subconscious culture. Whilst the character of the rabbit in In the Crypt by John Tedstone gives such a personality not seen in reality. The character is both mysterious and knowing, it has a certain power over you.

In The Crypt, John Tedstone, 2015

These are only a fraction of the works that reflect a certain diversity within the exhibition. Each artist is very different and I’m sorry not to include a piece on everyone. These are just some based upon personal reactions and not declarations by artists and certainly not to the detriment to any other piece. The venue and event helped many to be seen with such differences completely accepted. I go back to the word: appreciation.

Cosmic Tears, Adeline Spengler, 2015


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