Exhibition: At the End of the Line, Waterside Contemporary, London, November 17 2011 – January 14 2012
© Helen Pritchard
Anyone dismayed by the youth of the East London art scene can take solace from a new show at Waterside Contemporary. This enlightened public space, which has recently relocated from Islington to Hoxton, promotes "cross-generational" work.
For the latest group exhibition, At the End of the Line, this means talent born in the 1950s and 1960s are showing alongside artists who came into this world in the 1970s and 1980s. So perhaps age is of no consequence.
But it cannot hurt to include a video artist old enough to remember the birth of the Scratch video in the mid-80s. George Barber also shows a sense of history by using cars to make large abstract expressionist paintings.
Meanwhile youngest artist Lilah Fowler (born in 1981) is not really old enough to remember the birth of perspective. So those laws of space and depth are dismantled an played around with gleefully by her minimalist sculpture.
Karim Noureldin and Helen A Pritchard round out a show dedicated to the line in its many forms. Noureldin makes abstract blueprints that push the limits of practicality. Pritchard paints still lives which look more like landscapes.
But as heartening as it is to see four generations share the same space in such a focussed show, you have to wonder about the title. How old does one have to be to reach "the end of the line"? Perhaps it is better not to know.
- Open 12pm-6pm Wednesday-Saturday. Admission free.