Wolfgang Buttress Exhibits at Alice Black Gallery

'Becoming and Dissolving' ‘The Art of Appreciating Simple Beauty in a Naturally Imperfect World’ is the new exhibition at Alice Black Gallery in Soho, London.

The show is inspired by the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi and brings together the work of 11 contemporary and post-war artists in exploration of this theme.

The quiet constant of what the Japanese have for centuries referred to as Wabi-sabi is beginning to gain traction in the West. Wabi-sabi has its roots in the Buddhist pursuit of simplicity and restraint, fostered through a deep connection with the natural world.  In the 15th century it evolved into a distinctly Japanese ideal as a reaction against the dominant aesthetic of lavishness, ornamentation and rich materiality. Today it provides a welcome antidote to our contemporary world of impersonal digitalization, hard edged mass production and frenetic pace.

Wabi-sabi by its very nature defies easy definability. It finds its expression in natural materials, organic processes, earthiness, irregularity, the unpretentious and the unassuming. It is about the subtle, the ephemeral and the evanescent. It bears testament to nature in its perpetual state of flux. Wabi-sabi prizes perception over reason. To observe it, and come to appreciate it,  it demands we slow down and allow its muted, unconventional beauty to permeate us.

The works in this show have been chosen to reflect the core tenets of this mysterious and elusive aesthetic ideal.


Date: Friday 15 September – Thursday 16 November
Private View: Thursday 14 September, 6-9pm

Gallery address: 47 Berwick St (1st Fl), Soho,London W1F 8SQ
Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm and by appointment

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BE play live at Coventry Cathedral, Saturday 7th October 2017

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Wolfgang Buttress curates a site specific performance at Coventry Cathedral on 7th October 2017.  Music ensemble BE will perform a unique soundscape that features the live-streamed sound of 50,000 bees from a hive within the Cathedral grounds alongside an inclusive choir developed specifically for the evening.

BE will perform their critically acclaimed album ONE; a constantly changing and evolving multi-sensory symphony - a dialogue between bee and human. An integral part of the performance will be hosted by a bespoke community choir engineered by the Pod's Collective//Pod, an artist collective derived by members with lived experience of mental ill health.  The Pod is Coventry City Council's award winning mental health resource and creative hub.  

Acclaimed perfumers Haeckels have created a bespoke site-specific scent for the evening, which is derived from local botanicals and the essential oils from a newly installed bee hive in the Cathedral.

BE is the collective name for the musicians who recorded the soundscape for Wolfgang Buttress’s multi-award winning sculpture The Hive which is currently sited at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The Hive seeks to highlight the importance of the honey bee in our food chain and their plight as a species.

BE have created critically acclaimed sell-out performances at Glastonbury, Blue Dot, Caught by the River Thames, End of the Road festivals, St Mary’s Church in Nottingham and inside the Hive at Kew. Tim Jonze, The Guardian music editor, voted BE one of his top five gigs of last year. The soundscape ONE was voted as one of the best albums of 2016 by Rough Trade, The Guardian and The Quietus.

This event is part of Collective//Pod’s annual mental health arts festival Scratch the Surface - DIALOGUE and is supported by Coventry City Council and Coventry Cathedral.

Date: Saturday 7th October 2017

Performance starts: 7:30pm

Venue: Coventry Cathedral, 1 Hill Top, Coventry , CV1 5AB

Tickets: £35 Premium (online booking fee applies) £25 Regular (online booking fee applies)

Tickets Available: online at gigantic.com (book fee applies) or in person from Coventry Cathedral Gift Shop

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw, a creative entrepreneur from Nottingham very sadly died this year. A great friend and colleague, we will miss you.