Continuing my East End of London trail of Condo art spaces, I arrived in the lively multi-cultural environment of Mile End Road and down an alley to a courtyard of old buildings (on the site of Captain Cook’s former home) now occupied by a variety of businesses, including the gallery Carlos/Ishikawa hosting Koppe Astner from Glasgow showing a large imaginary world ‘Future Proof’ by the English artist Dickon Drury whose website indicates that he is also represented by a gallery in Norway (Galleri Opdahl in Stavanger) which has just held a show of his work.
The Norwegian link continued in the large room beyond where the Lloyd Corporation, a collaboration between the London-based artist Ali Eisa and the Norwegian artist Sebastian Lloyd Rees had taken over the space with a forest of telegraph poles on which different torn and worn notices which we walk past every day on the street reflect on modern life in ‘Person to Person’. What are the stories behind these different scraps of paper with their informal, unpolished and sometimes amusing print and images? Five other collaborators – Karin Baerman, Martin Westwood, Ionna Gerakidi, Nina Wakeford and Alberto Duman contributed to the accompanying booklet which brought the individual posters to life and looked at the stories behind them, real and imaginary.
As I came out of the tube station to reach home after visiting the exhibition, I couldn’t help but notice that the adjacent lamposts had signs on them seeking information about a lost one-year old tabby cat called Timmy while, further on, there were remnants of stickers on other lamp posts, many left over from last year’s election, plus the only one legal one which was about a planning application, but seriously out of date. Once put up, these notices are difficult to remove – they become part of our environment.