My third day of Condo 2019 exploration was in south London, the first two days having been in Soho/Farringdon and in East London. Somehow the Elephant and Castle, that area of redevelopment around its sad, decaying and dying shopping centre, seemed to become the focal point as google maps directed me to buses and tube, which required interchange there.
First to Kennington where, surrounded by social housing estates, an old 19th century building which had somehow survived in Kempsford Road has become a centre for the arts, shared by greengrassi and Corvi-Mora. A discrete black door leads into the gallery reception and then through to a high-volume day-lit space, probably a former workshop or industrial unit which is now perfect for contemporary art, complemented by a lower and more constrained space up on the 2nd floor. In Condo, art from the two galleries is interspersed by work from Latin America and South Africa brought by Blank Projects (Cape Town), Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City) and Sagrada Mercancia (Santiago).
And then, back to that hub of South London, the Elephant and Castle, to go down a different road out of London, beyond Stockwell to the Tate Library, across the road from which is The Sunday Painter with its double-height space that goes down from the ground floor and still shows the beams connecting across. Here The Sunday Painter, along with Gypsum from Cairo and PPOW from New York show work from a variety of artists that respond well to the space. I have to admit to my shame, that I have not visited the Gallery since Condo 2018 – I should remedy that before Condo 2020! (On the other hand, it does show the value of Condo’s initiative every January).