Ha-Bit-Us at The Observer BLD


Sometimes I'll see an exhibition and it'll be good, I'll like the work, it'll be well curated, but there's not much more to say. I'll read the artists statement, maybe go see the show again. I'll look at the artists website, see their works, read about them but still there is nothing more.

I can only imagine that this is how people who say they 'don't get' contemporary art feel on a regular basis.

I am intrigued and I am interested in the work, the artists, but I am not touched, this is just my opinion though.

Ha-bit-us is a good show, curated by Matthew Burrows, who curated the first exhibition at The Observer BLD (where I complained that there wasn't any sculpture to fill the cavernous space...). This time there is large sculpture, and the show definitely hints at Burrows' curating style. Burrows gives each piece of art the space it deserves, allowing the viewer to really look at the work.

The whole exhibition fits in well within the space, and the art reflects the environment back at the viewer. The viewer is encouraged (in some ways), to deconstruct the exhibition, the works, but also their personal habitats, where objects and things can be divided into their separate parts. As viewers we're encouraged to delve deeper into how we represent what we're looking at, as an artist I'm reminded of the link between material, medium, context, and subject matter.

Biggs and Collings stand out for their geometric paintings. I like order and these patterns drawn my eye easily. Similarly Colin Booth's work sticks in my mind, walking around a corner and being confronted with his neon is exciting and surprising.

Despite my words, Ha-Bit-Us is worth seeing, it is a good show and it is a wonder to see how individual artists respond to a brief and it is super to see this space being used so well.

Basil Beattie / Biggs and Collings / Colin Booth / Stephan Buckley / Toby Christian / Nika Neelova / Yelena Popova