REVIEW: ZABLUDOWICZ COLLECTION SOLOS

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If you're looking for great art this week, turn your back on the renovated warehouses of Hoxton and the old world modernism of the West End and head north, to a nineteenth-century converted Methodist Chapel in Kentish Town. The Zabludowicz Collection is a space for experimentation and conversation in, of and around contemporary art and, launching tonight, are exhibitions by four young stars: Adriano Costa, Sam Falls, Samara Scott and Michael E. Smith.

There's an embarrassment of riches on display here; you'd be ill-advised to walk past Adriano Costa’s room. It's atmosphere is how we might imagine Duchamp's cluttered studio: tattered rags, disposable cups and bronze casts of everyday objects are arranged in a precise, calculated manner. Costa asks the question of what separates the commonplace from art. His responses are chaotic and fragile but there is a sense of harmony that makes it pretty satisfying, even in its eerie instability. The irony in Costa’s work is unequivocally interesting. A stepladder is in suspended mid air with neatly arranged black face towels hanging from each step is named Study for a Tropical Boredom Moment (2012). Costa teases us with new possibilities in his disordered room of objects and exposes the power of the detritus of life.

Walking across the mezzanine and teetering on the creaky staircase is an experience in itself, intensified further by the haunting background melody of The Velvet Underground and shots from the haunting films of Andrei Tarkovsky, which make up Sam Falls’ video works, playing on old televisions precariously balanced on the elevated pews. Beyond this, there is still the sculptural installations of Samara Scott and Michael E. Smith to see. There seems to be a unifying theme, linking the artists, their works; these objects, fragments lifted and placed innocuously independently of themselves. You should go and figure out what it means.

The Zabludowicz Collection Solos open today and run until 10 August.