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A View From A Window Exhibition

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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Ephemeral Art

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but what is not mentioned is how transient it can be as well: soft silky skin gives way to wrinkles, a magnificent sandcastle gets swept away by the sea, pristine white snow turns to murky mush.

A View From A Window is an exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre which explores the work of Shelagh Wakely (19322011), whose pioneering installations focussed on ephemeral existence.

So if her art is meant to decay with the passage of time, what exactly is left to see? Well in the garden you will discover a recreation by her peer, Alison Waking, inspired by Wakely's garden a commission she undertook for St George's Hospital that was devoted to medicinal plants.

Inside you can see what remains of various desiccated fruit. A clementine, pear, and pineapple are now so withered that only the wire frame surrounding it is still intact.

Other items, while still surviving are perishable and fragile, such as as unbaked clay, abstract drawings, and a floor mosaic made from ground turmeric.

A View from a Window is on display until the 28th September, and is running a number of events, including Tom Richard's 'sonic art' music performance, an evening of talks in the the garden, and dance by Yong Min Cho.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 28th Sept
Phone: 020 7472 5500
Where: Camden Arts Centre
Cost: Free Entry
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