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I recently read this awesome article about the Halloween soundtrack on 20 Jazz Funk Greats. Of course 


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“One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts -just mere thoughts – are as powerful as electric batteries – as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison.”

The stunning garden surrounding the Studio gallery, with its landscape of tall trees and its various nooks and crannies, could be likened to the scenery usually found in a children’s literature classic, such as Frances Hodgson Burnett’s ‘Secret Garden’ or many of Enid Blyton’s books.

As adults, the nostalgia one may feel for this idealized world of delight, joy and small miracles is perhaps tainted by a shade of darkness. We have acquired the knowledge that these stories are not without cost to the writer. Indeed, many children’s authors have had unhappy lives or come to unhappy ends; not to mention the children of those writers whose childhood experiences have been the basis for many a tell all book.

In this exhibition visitors may explore the delight and darkness of the secret garden — (as we know, sometimes keeping secrets can be a very bad thing indeed) —through works which combine light and shade in a space where life, death and renewal take place on a daily and seasonal basis, where art fuses with nature or is restrained by the closed environment of the hothouse gallery.

In the Studio gallery, Taciana Coimbra’s ‘Immersions’, painted bodies of women in different positions, as seen from an a variety of perspectives, cover the whole room, representing a cathartic carpet of unforgotten feelings, loaded with truths and ready to return to life under the feet of the on-walking visitors. Stepping on this intriguing carpet, in the act of trampling on the bodies on images which could be interpreted as being beautiful or ominous, the visitor is brought to be part of a perceptive act that encloses the whole space. The figures are a form of alphabet –a necro-alfabet or dead alphabet because it is written in the private form of an unspecified place, where the buried bodies are not rotting human corpses, but feelings hidden in the subconscious and carved in the heart.

In the open space behind the gallery, in a game of hide-and-seek amongst the luxurious real-life foliage, are Luigi Menichelli’s still lifes captured in plastic and now become a synthetic material designed which has slowed down the inevitability of decay, thanks to human ingenuity in the expansion of technology. Like a modern-day poisoned apple from Snow White, they evoke immortality, death, and the human desire to extend life.

In the garden, listening to Ray Ganz’s ‘Nightmare on Skehan Street’ soundtrack of unique and unrepeatable compositions of natural and abnormal sounds, mirroring a nocturnal experience of solitude, the viewer becomes an active part of the artist’s research in acoustic meaning and selective listening.

Trying to trace their way back to the secret garden, the visitors start a quest to their personal Cosmogenesis, unveiling the innermost enigmas that lay behind the evanescing magic of children’s fiction.

“The Magic in this garden has made me stand up and know I am going to live to be a man.” Frances Hodgson Burnett

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The secret garden

Our preparations for our second exhibition ‘The Secret Garden’ are nearly complete, and we’re really excited to see it all coming together.  The show is taking place at The Bossanyi Studio in Eastcote and showcases an installation by Taciana Coimbra, works by Luigi Menichelli and sound by Ray Ganz.

PRIVATE VIEW: Sunday June 19th, 5-8pm (featuring live music with Joe Donohue)

EXHIBITION ENDS: Saturday 25th June


SATURDAY 11am–6pm

OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT: tel: 020 8866 2880


TUBE Eastcote station, served by Piccadilly and Metropolitan line  and BUS 282, stop  St. Thomas More RC Church

T: 0208 866 2880

E-MAIL: oliver&

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Cabin Fever at Private View of Secret Garden, 19 June 5.00 – 8.00 p.m.

Cabin Fever is a contemporary music project established in 2010 and led by British composer and performer, Joe Donohoe. Combining introspective lyrics with ethereal and dense musical textures, Cabin Fever’s sound is warm and deeply melancholic.”

Check out Cabin Fever’s compositions on:

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Ray Ganz at “The Secret Garden”

Ray Ganz is an artist based in London working within the fields of radio, sound, music, photography and film. He has authored radio shows and pieces for various radio stations, such as “Fame Exquis”, “Screamadelica”, and “The Love Letters of Dylan Thomas”. In addition to his radio work, he has exhibited at the Truman & Brewery and the ICA, among other venues, and is currently working as a Doctoral Researcher at Goldsmiths University.
You can check out his YouTube channel at

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Bare/Not seeks ARTISTS – Exhibition 19-27 June 2011

Bare/Not continues to ease on down the road to mega curatordom by presenting their second exhibition in June 2011.  The studio gallery in Eastcote will feature an installation from Taciana Coimbra (see the blog for more info about her work); we however also want to incoporate the garden space into the exhibition, currently untitled.  If you are an artist who specializes in or would like to venture into producing work which can be exhibited outside (subject to the vagaries of the British Summer) then do please get in touch at  Look forward to hearing from you.

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Bare/Not seeks SPACE…

Are you a piece of real estate all forlorn and lonely and looking to hook up with that special set of artists?  Then we are looking for you.  Bare/Not Projects is looking for an exhibition space for their forthcoming exhibition House of Dreams/Casa dei sogni.  We need a 4 or 5 room space to accomodate (just bare—–ly – did you see what I did there…avast me hearties – I should be keelhauled for that one) our artists and their dreams.  Of course no space is quite big enough for that but we are in a recession so it will have to do.  Ex-shop like properties especially welcome.  And especially welcome cheap spaces,  fairly easy to get to.  I know we’re asking for miracles here and the miracle needs to last for a month.  Get in touch y’all

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