Art Review: The King and The Minotaur

Photo courtesy of Jack Davies

Those who are sick of the prescriptive and standardised experiences of description boards and audio guides in the city’s big art galleries are advised to explore the pop-up (yes, we know that’s almost as ubiquitous as Starbucks these days, but bear with us) currently inhabiting the space at 7 St Pancras Way until the end of the month in the guise of The King and the Minotaur.

Ephemeral clouds of fabric have expanded to neatly fit the brick shell of a historic brewer’s barn to form a labyrinth, within which are nestled film and sound installations, live performance, artworks and an approach to edible art to rival the upcoming events at the Barbican. But you’ll need to abandon a conventional perception of what a wall is – as well as any traditionally British sense of reserve – if you’re going to get through this multisensory experience which is crammed full of character (and characters).

Within the maze you’ll discover pieces such as Lenton and Smith’s arthropodic furniture, which cowers protectively and almost menacingly over a family unit, whilst Adam Graddon’s intricate ceramic fish sculptures give a novel twist to a sense of scale. Flora Wellesley Wesley & Eleanor Sikorski may even discover you.

The gravity-defying Sipsmith bar at the heart of the maze is your crystalline reward at the end of your journey, serving appropriately unexpected concoctions such as Gin and Rocket Tonic, which given a good smash about is a real winner. It also provides the ideal vantage point from which to appreciate the disorientating juxtapositions provided within the labyrinth – although this might have just been the gin – as well as to pick up on some of the more subtle details of the many installations which inhabit the space.

Our advice is to forgo seasonal stylings and avoid sandals or white clothing, take cutlery if offered, and above all, go whilst you still can.

Tickets are still available for this weekend, but selling fast. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm, runs until 30th April.

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  • http://twitter.com/paulstroudmusic Paul Stroud

    Most disappointing. Very pretentious. Much like a tory politician on Have I got News For You – A great source of amusement, but not in the way the tory politician would have liked.

  • http://twitter.com/paulstroudmusic Paul Stroud

    The King and the Minotaur ain’t no Shunt! Not even close. It’s a very small experience that is not really worth £7. The venue in quite nice (A barn with straw and sand), but it’s not at all big. I’d hoped to get lost and regroup with friends telling stories of a mini adventure. This was never gonna happen in this ‘maze’.

    A few girls kinda acting like horses. A small band that were good musicians (but not generally what you’d wanna listen to on Friday night).

    I cannot recommend this event

  • Chapman Baxter

    Good idea, very poor execution. A few drama students titting about and a few sheets of translucent fabric forming an almost-maze, some chairs with “do not sit” signs, some mediocre sculpture that’s hard to see because it’s so poorly lit… seen this sort of thuing done so much better in the Old Vic Tunnels or BAC. Even the apparently naked girls were wearing bodystockings. Most disappointing.