Flat C is the brainchild of art curator Crystal Bennes (Filling Station,  SALON(London), and lots of other random stuff). After several frustrating no-gos with galleries covered in red tape, she decided to take it upon herself to set up her own. In her flat. And dubious as I was as to how this would work, it really did… and very well too.

Her cosy Stoke Newington couple’s pad has been transformed into a fully fledged art space showcasing ‘Pink Does Not Exist”. Linking various types of media through on a journey through existence and non-existence, light, physics and science… and badges.

“The exhibition includes Ross Sutherland’s documentary about creating a computer programme to write poetry; photographs by Henrietta Williams on the physical and virtual barriers guarding the City of London; two perceptibly threatening installations from Ben Woodeson’s Health & Safety Violations series; stunning composite images of transgenic tadpoles from the laboratory of researcher Nick Love; photographs and drawings of an experimental light-based long-exposure memory experiment by Freddy Tuppen; paintings that play on the experience of looking at “painting as painting” by Trevor Kiernander; beautifully-observed photographs by Catherine Hyland which depict the strange juxtaposition of one reality superimposed on to another; and a project by Gregory Sale which explores fragments of love poetry through the curious medium of the badge.”

The showcase  certainly kept us on our toes, not only with delightfully eccentric and thought provoking art pieces, but also with the live electrical wires stretched across the hallway to shock anyone that dared to go grab a beer from the kitchen!

Crystal Bennes told Hackney Bubble

“Circumstances meant that in this instance, the flat just happened to be the ideal place for me to host a show.  The best thing has been that, because it’s in a flat, and because I’ve asked people to make appointments to check it out, they actually have to talk to me and I’ve had some amazing conversations – from students to film makers – about the show, the work, the flat, whatever and that’s been such a refreshing change from the usual in-out of the gallery space.

Pink Does Not Exist  runs until 2nd June 2012.

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