It was in early May that I first came across Tainted Love.
Or rather I already knew about the exhibition while it had been in its first home at Transition
Gallery in Hackney, London during the spring of 2012.
But now it was June and I was on the train to Coventry to see Corinna Spencer, one of the artists and the curator, who'd also had the inception of the whole idea.
And, newly installed I was interested to see how I would react to it there, placed in a concrete and glass 1960’s built former council-office.
I'd heard of The Meter Room before and being a keen art-tweeter living in Nottingham had noticed that for a gallery somewhere outside the usual London area, that the artists who had been asked to join this exhibition were an interesting group – whose base could have been from absolutely anywhere in the uk.
The Meter Room is a great use of gallery studio space right in
the centre of Coventry. Looking out onto the main road only a short distance from
the station it’s easy to find. And, up a short flight of stairs I came across
Tainted Love’s second home and the lovely Corinna Spencer. She explained that
all the artists involved were people whom she thought would bring interesting
insights and also fun elements of expression to the idea of Tainted Love. A
traditionally tragic, sometimes illogical and emotive idea that seems closely connected to our
perception in understanding the fragility of pure love.
I had seen the work of some of the artists before. From Transition Gallery owner Cathy Lomax's The Sixteen Most Beautiful Men to Hayley Lock's individual site specific collaboration with romantic writers set in English stately homes with (Now that would be) Telling. Which culminated at Transition Gallery earlier this year. Already hooked on Corinna’s paintings of Moss Haired Girls and her more recent Fanbook and Gems. I was interested to see the sum of the whole.
And a must-read specific Diary of Tainted Love events has been written to compliment this tour.
Georgie Flood : Shroud and Flower Eater
Corinna Spencer : Robert and Jesse
One of the pieces caught my eye as its presence had a slightly different visual effect….. in as much as all you could see were columns of tightly wrapped copper coloured thread. They offered no insight other than their finitely woven exterior. I later found that the artist Alice Anderson had taken objects of personal meaning and hidden them in each core, while having meticulously and repetitively wrapped them in the fine copper thread. The only obvious differences within these columns from the outside were in their height and their distance from each other.
Each piece opened a window into this world encouraging a journey.
Different ideas surrounding the expression and subsequently the viewer’s
perception of a certain kind of Love. Be
that from the point of view of the unrequited to the worshipped, the idolised, rejected, excluded or the hurt.
I found each artist took me on a slightly different and revealing tangent of thought, within the more darker, subtle and humorous areas of how we feel love. Places I had never been before. A journey well worth taking.
Tainted Love is next in its final home of this year from
29th Sept until 18th November 2012 at Downstairs Gallery
Downstairs opened in 2011 in the heritage building of Lady Pidgeon's former Great Brampton House, Madley, Herefordshire.
A great artist on artist interview in a special Tainted Love edition of Arty Magazine which can be bought through Transition Gallery shop or by post.
And a Diary of Tainted Love events mentioned above.
Downstairs at Great Brampton House, Madley, Herefordshire.View Larger Map