Esoteric Art Collective Opens New Exhibition on Charing Cross Road

by Cass Art Student Ambassador

Third time’s a charm in the collaborative group show “You Have Got My Bone”, featuring performances, painting, installation and a polymorphous plethora of methodologies by the exalted Esoteric Art Collective. The show is set close to Cass Art Charing Cross, occupying multiple floors of O-Yes, Old Foyles Bookstore at 121 Charing Cross Road.

Opening from 5pm on Monday 20th April through to Friday 25th April, the exhibition will feature the work of over 30 practitioners hailing from institutions across London. Read on for a sneak preview into what you can see there...


Chase Coley harnesses the materiality of glass, metal and water in the construction of ambient objects which the artist performs in a ritual which ecstatically reveals the sounds latent in the dynamic between objects and the environment. Coley’s effort is to “tame, control and amplify” these situated resonances in order to suspend expectations of when we access certain modes of listening.

The understated work of Pascal Colman influences the viewer to contemplate the banality of everyday things, simulating an emptying of meaning which activates a meditative state.  ‘Zettai Mu’ is a series of photographic prints which evoke the absoluteness of nothing. The piece ‘Present (not present) is an architecture of sound which permeates the exhibition space, inviting the viewer to re-submerge into a state of undifferentiation. Xanthe Horner’s practice activates the interchange between accumulation and shedding, in an installation which employs personal monologue and the ambiguity of a subjective symbology of objects which counter-balance individuation in the incorporation of a Zen aesthetic. 

Amber Rowe painting 

Amber Rowe’s painting challenges the notion of the ‘work in progress’ in her presentation of works in an unfinished state that stimulates a sense of play and active process. The overcast city and the influx of architectural spaces are recurring metaphors simulated in the tempered hues which gradate across the surface, muddling scarceness and convolution, constituting a sketchbook-esque aesthetic.

Ellen Rose seeks out the tensions between the anterior and interior in the discovery of hidden worlds, drawing on the ‘dark continent’ of feminine subjectivity and the persistent exploration of material qualities, from abstract painting to the appropriation of found objects in sculptural pieces. Adam Frost is an artist who has figuratively and metaphorically lost his head. His work presents the alienating effects of the city and conflicting impulses of desire and fear. His erratic and yet fragile self-portraits stir pure affect in the viewer, self-professing his practice as a catharsis from the numbing pathologies of meta-thinking. Adam Frost presents his divided self in a finely tuned eruption which streaks black, convoluted lines across the picture plane.

Ellen Rose painting 

The video work of William Glass, Rhona Foster and Ginte Regina are a saturation of rich visual imagery which arrests attention in the submersion of the viewer into a visual scene. Spatial and temporal co-ordinates are remapped in the switching of pace between pieces which are affective on multiple sensorial registers.

The work of Bryony Hussey displaces the ordinary viewing experience in the temporalization of video in her artwork ‘Peripheral’. Originating as a work created for online viewing, the videos depict a physical journey. The artist is influenced by an interest in ‘spaceless time’, whether in the physicality of walking from A to B, or in metaphorically pencilling in time to ‘do’ art. Hussey sets out to allow the work of art to occupy a time rather than a physical space, utilising new media to extenuate this stance.

Feeling inspired?

The show is taking place on multiple floors of the Old Foyles bookstore (121 Charing Cross Road), opening from 5pm on April 20th and running for five days until April 25th, with viewing hours between 10am and 9pm.

A range of performances will be taking place each evening showcasing the work of the collective and affiliates between 7pm-9pm from 20-24th April and between 5pm to 9pm on the last day of the show.

By Xanthe Horner, Cass Art Student Ambassador 

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