Last time I visited Lassco/Brunswick House (the big house in the middle of the Vauxhall gyratory), I reported that they'd opened a new cafe. Lassco is an antique salvage company where you can browse through any number of old artefacts (everything from old prints to refurbished bath tubs). One of the great joys of the cafe is the option to buy all of the furniture on display! If you weren't tempted by my review, you might be tempted by the knowledge that those who run the cafe belong to the Di Lieto family, who run a very good delicatessen in the nearby Bonnington Square.
In the meantime, Lasso applied for a musical and alcohol licence. I've no idea whether it was approved, but the venue has started hosting local events and is gaining in popularity... The first ever art exhibition to feature in the space is "Reclaimed", a sprawling show of over 30 wall-panels and watercolours by David Taborn, which will fill every room of Brunswick House. This is a very exciting development because it builds on the foundation of a strong arts community in SE11 (there are 5 art galleries in our tiny postcode).
At Reclaimed, the wall-pieces will contain 3D elements as the frames of each exhibit create a membrane allowing two worlds to suck or seep into each other. View intriguing works such as a musical typewriter set in a mirror, snooker balls pouring through a 2-dimensional harp, melting Wagner records and a swatch of Freud's sofa. The ingredients of David's weird and intriguging works are objects and materials 'that have had a former life'.
David Taborn is a NESTA Fellow and has exhibited in the UK, New York, Brazil, Belgium and Germany. His work is in collections including the Courtauld Institute, Djanogly Art Gallery, Government Art Collection and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts).
Exhibition: 2-21 December, Lassco, Brunswick House, Vauxhall
Open: Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Late openings: Thursday 9th December and Thursday 16th December 2010 to 9pm