|Sculpture by Al Johnson|
Leaning against a bench opposite the bar is Jim Jack's circular wooden sculpture, with its many layers that people have said make it "look like a giant crinkle cut crisp".
|Sculpture by Jim Jack|
It's apt that Jim Jack's nature-inspired sculpture is shown near David Elms's photographs of wildlife in and around Walthamstow. I had just come from seeing David's photographs that are displayed in the library and enjoyed seeing more from him. These photographs examine the impact of building the Olympic site on local wildlife, which is very diverse. Lots of helpful information is displayed on what you can do to help local wildlife and where you can go to see it, with maps and even seeds to feed to birds.
|Painting by Pete Smith|
Films are another excellent starting point for art and Picture Show: Film-Inspired Art has been a hit. Over 20 talented East London artists, designers and photographers give their take on films from Ghostbusters to The Birds. There's even a response to "On Your Marks", with Build's "Lord of the Rings", a figure holding out the Olympic circles. I especially liked Katherine Green's "Take Away, Lea Bridge Road" from Chungking Express, the swirling patterns in Anna Alcock's "The Lion King", the penguins in Martin Adams's "Happy Feet" and Danny Coope's lovely "Brief Encounter", which made me want to rewatch the film and hear Celia Johnson saying the words that Danny has written out in her clipped accent.
After going on a lot on this blog about how the Art Trail sometimes feels like an Art Hunt because some of the art is exhibited in such a way that you could easily miss it, I was delighted to see that Gabriela Castellanos has stuck an arrow to the wall pointing visitors to her work with the message "don't forget to look up!" Her love of colour shines through in her expressive work. Deborah Naylor's life paintings, excellently titled Nude Dude, Bare Mare, are also very expressive and I liked all the bold lines.
|Photograph by Penny Dampier|
Next stop, Inky Cuttlefish studios...