At last after a summer of planning and negotiations we can get back to putting shows on. CHARLIE SMITH london opens its new gallery space above The Reliance with a private view on October 1st featuring a very strong one person show by John Stark, his first London gallery solo. John has been working hard and has put together an excellent collection that is underpinned by a fascinating combination of theory, philosophy and history. Investigating alchemy, Nietszche and Jung, the work is thought provoking and as ever delivered with Stark's unparallelled finish.
Following the Stark show will be 'Future or Ruin', a curated group show featuring British and European artists including Harold de Bree, Gordon Cheung, Luke Jackson, Monica Ursina Jager and Hugh Mendes. The show will be a sideways look at artists engaging with right wing politics and militarism in an age of economic decline. One thing leads to another.
Leading on, Sam Jackson will have a much anticipated one person in December which promises to be a fantatsic show, and then Emma Bennett and Gavin Nolan will feature in the new year in combination with some very engaging curated group shows. All in all the exhibition programme is looking very, very exciting.
And as if this wasn't enough, Simon Rumley and I are hard at work on year three of The Future Can Wait. This year will be a total exclusive when we take on the derelict spaces literally on the roof top of the Old Truman Brewery. This show will be a London first in an incredible, as yet unknown location.