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After a busy week of building up the show, the opening was a great success! Despite the weather forecasts, that evening the skys stayed clear until everything was winding down.
The front room was a riot of colours, as the show truly lived up to the name “Bright Lights – Dark Shadows”. Chris Von Steiner’s bright, multicoloured work mirrored on the opposite wall by Mkan’s black & white canvases. Their two collaboration pieces (made after the two met at the Fusion 5 Festival in Cannes, organised by Strychnin) highlighted the similarities between the styles of work, and also bridged the gap between their differences
It was great to see some of Chris Von Steiner’s buyers from his last show at the gallery (“Lost Boys of Dreamland Forest”) again, along with new and old faces. It is always a pleasure to know that people are coming to every show we have here at the gallery, and that they appreciate the artists and artwork we work with.
Vermillion Lies played a fantastic accoustic set in the main room, which complemented the mood of the evening perfectly. They came away with some new fans, and we hope to see some of their fans coming back to the gallery as well!
Francois Escalmel’s work also got a great reception – his more subdued, thoughtful works are perfectly suited to the more intimate feeling of the Vault. We will have pictures of the Vault later on, but in the mean time here’s a shot of the corridor. As you can see, it was pretty packed with artwork – in view are Madeline Von Foerster, Claudia Drake, David Stoupakis, Daniel Van Nes, Jan Czerwinski, Dayvid Lemmon, David Hochbaum, Beth Robinson, Mimi S, Ryan Obermyer, Seymour, Raf Veulemans, Lisa Mei Ling Fong, and Seen “The Godfather of Graffiti”