= The Crawford Arts Review: July 2017

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Until Friday 15 September

Oxford Street is possibly one of the most underappreciated streets in London. It is  undergoing a marvellous renaissance. In a single brief visit last week, I was able to find streetscape art, architectural art and gallery art all flourishing off north Oxford Street in the area opposite Bond Street Tube.

Streetscape art
The tiny Bird Street runs from Oxford Street to Barrett Street just behind. Smooth as a billiard table artificial grass has been laid - making the little street feel like a breath of the countryside, even in the rain. A row of beach cabins have been installed (see left) and you can have your picture taken and instantly uploaded to your device.

Snazzy new architecture 
Walk to the end of Bird Street from Oxford Street and turn right into Barrett Street. Be careful crossing James Street and continue along the southside of the quiet pedestrianised enclave that leads to St Christopher's Place. There at the top you will find Jigsaw - in a sleek and modern building that somehow blends perfectly with its older neighbours. On the far left you will find my third surprise, the Tyburn Gallery.

Gallery art
The Tyburn Gallery is well named for the river of that name (now underground confined in a pipe) crosses Oxford Street at this point on its way down to the Thames. The gallery is showing Untitled, a group show of the work of five artists. Left is 'Hotel Globo' (2016) by M
ónica de Miranda, one of a series of 10 shot in an Angolan Hotel unchanged since the 1950s.

Joël Andrianomearisoa (his 'Passion labyrinth' from 2014 works with flat and folded black paper on a white ground, full of subtle interaction from every angle. It reads, to me, like a wonderful 3D (and rectangular) evocation of Kazimir Malevich's 'Black Square' (Malevich's memorable exhibition at Tate Modern was covered in this blog in August 2014). Three further artists complete the lineup. Victor Ehikhamenor shows large works of intricately perforated white paper. Edson Chagas shows us Luanda City in a series depicting 'everyday objects'. Some of the urban walls of Sfax in Tunisia form the basis for the work of Mouna Karray. Enjoy it all: the art; the architecture and design; the light, the peace, the super clean sparkle, the unhurried atmosphere - with little or no motorised traffic, you'll feel welcome here.

Tyburn Gallery
St. Christopher’s Place

26 Barrett Street
London W1

Tuesday–Friday 10am–6pm
Saturday 12pm–5pm

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Indoor glass to brighten your space

Ways to make the summer solstice last a little longer - but only until Sunday 23 July

Brian Clarke, a visiting Professor of Architectural Art at University College London, has been called 'the rock star of stained glass'. His 'Summer Solstice Screens', works in laminated glass, are being shown at the Heni Gallery in Soho.

There's nothing quite like stained glass to bring light and colour into interiors. The summer solstice marks the longest day. June and July represent peak sun, peak light and peak colour out of doors. But you can amplify the available light and try to prolong summer by bringing some of the light inside.
Shown here from the top are Clarke's 'Ascot' (2017), 'Wall Street' (2017), and lit by window light and itself lighting up one of the gallery windows, a version of the mesmerising 'Darkness Visible' (2012).

Heni Gallery
6-10 Lexington Street
London W1
Check gallery for opening times