Shoreditch in London is a ethnically-diverse, edgy, buzzy area which young people love and identify with. Opposite the sea containers of Box Park, the Hales Gallery is tucked away in the heart of the Tea Building in Spitalfields, through a small door onto the street and down a long corridor to the main gallery space
Today, when you enter the gallery space, you see what appears to be a large geometrical bookcase ahead of you. In fact, it is an amazing optical illusion created by the British artist Andrew Bick using special reflective and non-reflective paints.
Bick has a fascination with geometry, creating it, destroying it and manipulating it, which is reflected in different ways in his works and in the two books which sit on a shelf in the centre of the gallery. Through the geometry, his works have an architectural influence and also reflect the labour, inspiration and intensity in which architects create their new inspirations.
Around the Tea House, street artists have been busy at work covering whole buildings. Is this new pop-architecture with art and architecture coming together? Architects, despite being a creative profession, would hate it!