By Koray Hussein
On Tuesday I had the pleasure of going down to The Brick Lane Gallery for a the preview launch of the Art In Mind: Red Heat exhibition by Belgian artist, Simon Van Parys. It’s not a massive exhibition (The Brick Lane Gallery isn’t exactly the largest gallery in the world after all) but what the exhibition lacks in size it more than makes up for in originality and quality.
The exhibition consists of ten images of Van Parys’ incredible sculptures printed on varying sizes of aluminium. I chatted with Simon about the process and, I have to admit, got kind of lost after the five billionth (I may be exaggerating slightly) step but came away impressed.
It was a whole swirl of actually creating the sculpture followed by taking pictures of the sculpture then scanning the images into the computer then printing them out onto paper (some were directly onto the aluminium itself which left a really slick sheen to them) then adding some extra finishing touches on top of that then working over on all the layers to make sure it all looked perfect. I’m sure that I missed out a few steps in all of that (as well as committed a dozen or so grammatical errors in trying to get all of that down in one sentence) but it really is worth it as the pieces Simon has created, two of which were created specifically for this exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery, are more than impressive.
The exhibition is only running until the 13th and is definitely worth a trip (stop by Beigel Bake whilst you’re down there because… well, it’s Beigel Bake. If you need me to give you a reason then you have issues) so get down there and have a gawk at Van Parys’ work.