I have discovered that a friend, now retired, used to work in the basement of 3 Hanover Square when it was an HSBC Bank. In Southfields where I live, the HSBC has now become a popular Café Nero and our former NatWest Bank sits empty awaiting a new use. Will it be yet another coffee shop? How many bank branches will still exist in ten years time and what will become of all these old spaces?
The old HSBC Bank in Hanover Square has been bursting with creativity over the summer with Unit London’s second show in their new space with 8 artists, all different and any of which could merit an exhibition in their own right, including Tom Price’s surreal bodies apply entitled ‘The Presence of Absence’ and his beautiful, entirely different, Syntheses, which sit in front of works by Marc Gumpinger, Philip Colbert – another versatile artist -, Andrew Hemer, Michael Staniak, Joshua Hagler, Konrad Wyrebek and Ry David Bradley.
Sadly, summer is over and the exhibition has now come to an end. Happily the gallery re-opens next week with new work by British artists Will Martyr and Mr Jago. Given that they have two entirely different styles, one clean and precise, the other free flowing and wild, it will be interesting to see how the Gallery put these two together.