It’s rare to be the only person in a gallery space. Most often this is because there is also an invigilator or gallery assistant, typically perched on a seat, or tucked away in a corner, with their nose stuck in a book.
Since joining Camden Arts Centre as a volunteer, I have become (on occasion) that extra sole presence. It also means I have had the opportunity to be the only person in a gallery space. Not for any long time given, and in the presence of CCTV cameras and rumbling air conditioning units, there isn’t quite the sense of being alone. But it does give the chance to walk freely, admiring the changing dimensions and proportions of walls, floors, tables and frames as one walks around the space, without distraction.
The exhibition pictured, ‘A Tale of Mother’s Bones: Grace Pailthorpe, Reuben Mednikoff and the Birth of Psychorealism’, provides an intellectually and emotionally compelling insight into two fascinating surrealist minds. Learn more here about the show, which runs until 23rd June.
If, like me, you admire exhibitions through the curated relationship between objects, space, colourful walls and architectural geometries, then do plan a visit. (And if come when it’s quiet and I’m on shift, then I promise to hide away in a corner and not obstruct your view).
‘A Tale of Mother’s Bones: Grace Pailthorpe, Reuben Mednikoff and the Birth of Psychorealism‘ runs 23 June 2019 at Camden Arts Centre, London, NW3 6DG.