We were unprepared for the sheer expansiveness of the Brunswick Gallery, set beneath Bloomsbury’s Brunswick Centre, north of Holborn. It’s a vast room with high ceilings underneath the Centre. Divination, a travelling group show, exhibited in artist run spaces has arrived in London via Hamburg and Paris and certainly makes good use of this immense space.
Bit of the show were a turn off. For example, we were not keen on the video piece consisting of TV sets piled up on each other showing a constant stream of the text of Egyptian mythological stories over frantic jump cuts to a sound track of loud rock music. If the intention was ‘depict MTV having a nervous breakdown’ then they were spot on.
But there was much that was good. In particular, Juniper Daumier’s small, rather understated photographs of Nigeria, the ladder of white sheets and elongated glass droplets filled with a dark red liquid by Gaea Todd and the photo of a man (or strangely sideburned woman) with a single lit red light bulb where an earring would be, by Richard Gasper.
All in all, if you are in town, it is worth the little walk to the Brunswick Gallery and having a look. Even if it means possibly having to navigate through the now sadly genericised Brunswick Centre.
By Oliver Gili
Divination is at the Brunswick Gallery, Russell Square, WC1 N1BS until 28th of June.
Image Juniper Daumier, Mark II, digital print, 2008