A Hackney art collective promises to upset the “wanky” London art scene with their debut show tonight.
Joe Goicoechea, Charlie Warcup and Sam Hamer work at Shoreditch’s Forever Beta agency and set up Loose London six months ago. They described their curation process simply as “finding stuff we like and whacking it on a wall.”
The one-night-only exhibition ‘Loose’ at Dalston’s Doomed Gallery aims to be closer to a house party than a traditional gallery show.
“There’ll be no wanky titles like ‘Consciousness of Whatever’,” Goicoechea said. “We just like looking at stuff. Have a drink and enjoy it.”
Instead of organising the event around a specific idea or artistic medium, the work is selected to express the trio’s own shared aesthetic, which is influenced by zines, skate art and DIY culture.
Black-and-white snaps by American skate legend, Ed Templeton, will be on display alongside Irish photographer Megan Doherty’s hazy, intimate portraits. Graffiti-inspired paintings by recent University of The Arts graduate, Hetty Douglas, bring a local element to the eclectic, international show.
Despite disparaging the pretensions of London’s galleries, Loose are enthusiastic about “trendy” Hackney’s local scene. “There’s places like 71A Gallery that’s conveniently next door to where we work that always have quite good shows on,” Goicoechea said. “There are a lot of things happening.”
The collective are not sure where they will go next, but they have already perfected their organisational approach.
“The way Loose is set up is to find nice work, find a cushy little gallery, get some drinks and have a party,” Goicoechea said. “Expect nice art and free beer.”
‘Loose’ is on tonight from 6-9pm at Doomed Gallery, Dalston.