Monday, 30 August 2010
It was a pleasure to reactivate the Young Gods project and I'm delighted with the results. Scouring college shows is always an enjoyable process but scouring with intent is even better. My final selection of nine artists working across mediums included Joshua Bilton, Amy Cade, Leah Capaldi, Alexis Milne, Nika Neelova, Lara Rettondini, Ryan Riddington, Benjamin Senior & James Winter, all garnered from Goldsmiths, the Slade and the Royal College. The show came together well and the private view was busy as ever, and we reported sales for Benjamin Senior on opening night. Charles Saatchi visited on opening weekend and the following week it was announced that Bilton and Neelova had made the 20 strong shortlist of 'Saatchi's New Sensations'. More recently Neelova has made the final four, which involves making new work for the Saatchi show during Frieze week as well as a three minute Channel Four short. Having witnessed filming in the gallery, I'm confident Neelova's interview will be well received as she was so eloquent and revealed a deep understanding of her practice. Leah Capaldi has won another well respected prize by being selected by Parasol Unit for 'Exposure'. Her excellent video installation 'Sculpture' will be on show at Parasol Unit this September and October. Not to be outdone, Alexis Milne been selected for the international 'Start Point Prize'. Finally, it is with pleasure that I can announce Nika Neelova's stunning sculptural installation 'The Night also Falls' has been placed in a London based collection.