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WYRD THEN: WEIRD NOW

The Koppel Project    93 Baker Street, W1U 6RL

Dancen || Sol Bailey Barker || 2016 Courtesy The Koppel Project

Dancen || Sol Bailey Barker || 2016 Courtesy The Koppel Project

Buried in the heart of Baker Street is a not so little secret gem. 93 Baker street is home to The Koppel Project, a soho style spacious creative worskspace, coffee shop and phaidon bookstore upstairs and a maze-like contemporary art gallery in the basement. 

Founded by young artist and curator Gabriella Sonabend, The Koppel Project opened its doors six months ago introducing the work of some very vibrant artists including Sarah Roberts, Dominic Watson and Sol Bailey Barker.

The Current exhibition Wyrd Then: Weird Now features the work of a sculptor Sol Bailey Barker and photographer Tom Hatton.

Sol Bailey Barker is more than just a sculptor, having spent many years living across Peru, Columbia and Himalayas. His cave-like experience is vivid in this exhibition. Lined up against the wall you will see various objects that he has collected in the wild including an animals skull.

Wryd Then: Weird Now gives you a much needed history lesson. In a private room with rather comfortable chairs is a short film directed by Sol Bailey Barker. The film is set in modern day London and the Neolithic era. Bailey cleverly replays an account of a shamanic spring ritual.

Also on show are very large steel and oak wood sculptures, resembling ritual instruments. In collaboration with sound artist Joe Farley, a soundscape from the steel is created, this sound is also used as the soundtrack for the film.

A photographic series by Tom Hatton made in Blaenau Ffestiniog, a town in North Wales is a great addition to the show.

 

 


(A still from the film) Wyrd || Sol Bailey Barker || 2016 || Courtesy The Koppel Project

(A still from the film) Wyrd || Sol Bailey Barker || 2016 || Courtesy The Koppel Project

Beken and Offrung || Sol Bailey Barker courtesy The Koppel Project

Beken and Offrung || Sol Bailey Barker courtesy The Koppel Project


All images courtesy The Koppel project

Vanessa Power


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