Thursday, 27 October 2011

Thurs Oct 27th: Quentin Jones "Haunted" at The Darkroom

For an accessory magpie like myself, one of London's best boutiques is The Darkroom Store on Lambs Conduit Street - a jewell in the crown of the city's loveliest cultivated row of independent shops. I love the idiosyncratic mix of quirky accessories and interior design sourced by owners Rhonda and Lulu's sophisticated eye. They have a strong visual concept which starts from the chess board floor, hand-painted by themselves thru to the special exhibitions curated in conjunction with their clients. The latest installation to take over the window space for a seasonal Halloween theme is by director / animator Quentin Jones. The girls approached Quentin to undertake the task matching her sinister style yet playful approach to conjure up a timely spooky scheme. Taking the logo ident of the store as a starting point, Quentin echoed the interlocking OO's in a pair of eyes constructed from screens showing an edited loop of her films. The rest of the sculpture grows out from this flashing focal point with vignettes of silhouettes carved accommodating shelves to display products and fulfill its decorative purpose. ............. the inclusion of a Phil Cuttance vase as a nose is perfect! When you visit the shop to take a peek, you will be treated to a sonic experience of a spoooooooky soundtrack compiled for the occasion by Jean Noel Young.
Visit the store to start off the weekend's freaky festivities seeing Quentin's illustration out of its typical cinematic context in 3D form and perhaps pick up a Jonathan Saunders scarf whilst you are there.