Show 1 @ Bump

If you have been in Soho recently you may have noticed a new gallery pop up on Greek Street called Bump. Inside its doors, the inaugural exhibition from Richard White allows the work of four contemporary artists to interact and bump off of each other.

Show 1 celebrates the concept of chance encounters. Unlike most conventional group shows where each artist is presented individually. The Bump group’s work is all interspersed within one another. They don’t necessarily blend cohesively together either. Ellanah Sadkin’s bright graffiti inspired works are shown beside Toums black and white analogue prints. The juxtaposition between the individual aesthetics of the artists creates an alluring atmosphere that gives the audience the ability to question why certain artworks may be displayed together.

The artists on display have been allowed to bump off of each other randomly in order to create a discourse between works that may not ordinarily be shown or discussed together. The revamped old masterpieces of Magnus Gjoen create a fascinating arena for conversation when paired opposite the faceless figures of Duizer.

Lacking in wall text or explanation, the viewers are able to form their own opinions about the work, while the artwork is also given the opportunity to speak for itself.

I may be a little biased towards the show because I am a friend of the curator. Our meeting in itself was down to chance, sitting on a park bench outside a gallery where I used to intern four years ago. However, I truly believe this show deserves to be seen before it bumps away from Soho.

Show 1 remains on display at Bump Gallery, 14 Greek Street until 4 April

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer with a special interest in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and has written for After Nyne, Arteviste, Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, ReOrient and Suitcase Magazine. Lizzy is also curator of Arab Women Artists Now - AWAN 2018 (London).

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