Last night I went to the opening of Crypta: Silent Monologue at the Crypt Gallery in Euston. It was the perfect end to a perfect day (Barbican architecture tour, finally talking with one of the participants of Tino Sehgal’s These Associations, the incredible TWEET ME UP by artist Tracey Moberly in the Tate Tanks and seeing the Tate Modern repopulated by London’s so-called subcultures).
A space as distinctive as the Crypt is a curatorial challenge, but in the case of Crypta these difficulties have been used to frame the works in a way that only highlights their strengths. Katerina Georgopoulou’s video and print has a sublime ambience, heightened by its setting in this subterranean cave. The mixing of media creates a familiar yet frustratingly distant sci-fi reality, viewing from this perspective we watch a world which is entirely inaccessible and yet so enchanting.
Kim Gladwin’s installation, complete with perfect business cards, was like something from the depth’s of Alice’s rabbit hole. A perfect white dress was hung upside down in an arch like the beginning of a fabulously magical realist story.
Tugce Karapinar’s work caught my attention for its sentimentality; old family photographs under resin and precious diamonds made from memories scattered over a mirror. The diamonds were the most effective, obscuring memories in unidentifiable scraps, bleeding colours or glittering the way nostalgia so often does.
Sandra Robinson’s Humans Born to Mice Parents reminded me of Rachel Kneebone, with more of an overt sense of surreality and less of the sweaty sexual overtones. Her mice-creatures were beautifully crafted and arranged amongst the dusty debris of the crypt.
Marta Molka’s Flight Transformation occupied an incredible space at the back of the Crypt. Here, in the tunnel of the arches with the spotlights casting perfect shadows, these origami sculptures recalled a memory of landing in London from Poland for the first time. They made a beautiful landing strip of light and shadow and told a story which can so rarely be put into words.
The exhibtiion is only on until the 29th August, so make sure that you visit http://cryptasilentmonologue.com/.