Brooklyn vs London  
Brooklyn vs London
Claire Pestaille

12th - 27th June 2015

Private View: Thursday 11th June 6:30-9pm

Exhibition open: Friday 12th - Saturday 27th June

Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm (By appointment only, please contact

Carousel, 1st Floor, 71 Blandford Street, London, W1U 8AB

Brooklyn Artists: Mike DeSutter, Lizzie Gill, Daniel Greer, Morgan Lappin, Kieran Madden, Jay Riggio and Sajjad
London Artists: Anthony Gerace, Adam Hale, Gareth Halliday, Flynn Cameron Jones, Anna Bu Kliewer, Claire Pestaille and Michelle Thompson

This group exhibition presented by Something in the Attic explores the themes of perception and identity through 44 original works created by 14 artists: 7 Brooklyn-based and 7 London-based alongside a commissioned soundtrack. The show aims to unite an existing community: the Brooklyn Collage Collective with a group of carefully selected London artists who range from a daytime postman to RCA graduates. Using the medium of collage, the artists create diverse works, yet share the desire to create something new and different from the existing.

Drawn together by an intent to challenge modes of perception and re-think identity, the works in Brooklyn vs. London are at times deliberately confusing, unexpected, satirical and other times coherent, even obvious.

Series such as Claire Pestaille’s Femme Maison (2015) rely on imagery from the past in order to explore the absurdity of perception in the present day. By contrast, Adam Hale’s series The Daily Splice (2015) aims to regain ownership over free media publications handed to us each day as we enter the Tube. Exploring contemporary life further, Lizzie Gill’s Slam Dunk, She Messaged First (2015) references dating in the digital age, drawing parralells between the sensation of texting and a successful tactical move in a sports game. Although today’s digital age enables these artists to generate ideas, communicate and publish work - they have all returned to traditional modes of sourcing and working with imagery. Through many discussions, it is clear how far and wide these artists search to find the right material to work with, trawling through flea markets, garage sales and abandoned bookshops amongst other places. The search can take months or even years, yet the process of assembly can be nothing more than a happy accident occurring in minutes. A development of using only found material is exemplified in Anthony Gerace’s series The Ruined Map (2015) which combines historic material with his recent self-processed photographs, in these works he deliberately mixes pieces from different eras to create his own style, the result is an assemblage, covering enough of the subject to mask their identity and affect the viewer.

A soundtrack created by British music producer Ruf Dug will accompany the exhibition, providing a parallel to collage in the form of sampling cuts of both popular and obscure music from New York and London’s rich history of cultural cross-pollination: outtakes of Malcolm McLaren’s Buffalo Gals (1982) will meet thought to be unreleased private press records.

Developing the notion of collage beyond visual art, a series of events will take place during the 2-week exhibition: Collage & Music, in which music collective ReviveHER invite guest DJs to create a sound collage based on New York and London records played through a TPI audiophile sound system. Collage & Dining, in which Michelin star chef, Omar Romero creates a 6 course meal inspired by New York and London.

About Something in the Attic

Something in the Attic is a London-based arts initiative combining visual art with sound. Founded in 2012 by Cedric Bardawil, it provides an alternative to traditional exhibitions by inviting visitors to experience work in an immersive environment. His partner, Nick Hadfield is a music director, he also programs sound for a wide range of clients in the art, film and fashion industries.

About Brooklyn Collage Collective

The BCC is a collective of collage artists from Brooklyn and the surrounding area. Founded in 2013 by Morgan Lappin and Lizzie Gill, its mission is to push the broadening definition of collage through collaborative exhibitions, live collaging events, education and dialogues.

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