It’s a rare thing for a Wednesday when the bright young things and wildly reclusive creatives converge to celebrate a collection of works, but last night Soho saw the launch of its second annual submission show with a remarkably low key fanfare. Lights of Soho, usually and ironically, hides its light rather under a bushel as one of London’s members lounge and generally too cool hub for Soho’s creative community.
“DARKNESS CANNOT DRIVE OUT DARKNESS, ONLY LIGHT CAN DO THAT” was co-curated and named by FAD Magazine’s Mark Westall, and, as it goes, a finer choice could not have been found.
In collaboration with Hamish Jenkins and Alexa Pearson, Lights of Soho is the culmination of a year-long voyage away from the camera and action and into the light. Over 100 artists working in the medium of light submitted works to be considered for the show. Over 100 artists who work in the medium of light submitted works to be considered for the show with the final 40 artworks being shaped into a well overdue spotlight on the London art scene.
Mark Westall, Editor-in-Chief of FAD Magazine said:
“I was smashed by the sheer volume of submissions and the variety of talent on display here this evening. It was a pleasure to name and curate the show alongside Alexa Pearson of Lights of Soho, and I have been completely inspired by the response.”
The launch party was a veritable who’s who of London’s “cool kids gang” all turning out to support of their talented chums and muses. Lights of Soho curator Hamish Jenkinson states, “We could not be more thrilled with the launch of our second annual submission show. It is an honour and pleasure to house works from such talented individuals as Philip Colbert, Olivia Steele, Christabel MacGreevy, Kate Bellm – and so many more! Thank you to every single artist who submitted, and to those who were selected to exhibit. A special thank you to Mark Westall, who has played a crucial role working alongside the Lights of Soho team to curate the show.”
Godson of Andy Warhol, Philip Colbert, exhibited two new neon works titled ‘Neon Lobster’ and ‘Popcorn’. Philip is a renowned artist and fashion designer, who has exhibited at the Tate Modern and has worked with Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora, Kate Nash, Alison Jackson and many more. Colbert is also the founder of pop art label The Rodnik Band, and earlier this year wrapped a BMW 7 series in vinyl adorned with fried eggs.
Designer Christabel MacGreevy collaborated with photographer Kate Bellm to create a series of photographs, shot by Kate and edited by Christabel. Christabel said:
“The ‘Absence of Light AM and PM’ are triple colour screen prints based on a photo by Kate Bellm. Kate is an old friend and I have always loved her dreamy landscapes. I was looking at the moiré of light that bounces across screens and creates the digital rainbow you see on a computer in direct sunlight, and added that on top of her photograph. I then broke the new image down into separate colours and screen printed it by hand. I like how they are now being presented on a light box - it works with the emphasis of light in the image and the over layered diffraction and warping.”
Also exhibiting are renowned neon artist, Olivia Steele – who has displayed works across the world from Burning Man festival to the Rumney Guggenheim Gallery, New York, Lauren Baker, who has just had her first solo show at MC Saatchi, Dangerous Minds and Benjamin Murphy, plus many more talented light artists.
Lights of Soho’s second annual Open Submission show will open to the public now until the 29th October.