For those who like art that provokes a strong response from the viewer there is a fun little show currently being held at the Seventeen Gallery, located just at the bottom of the Kingsland road.
Upon arrival we were presented with a series of works by Tom Gallant, who cuts out ornate patterns from various pornographic photos. The beauty in the patterned motifs do a great job in countering the vulgarity of the pornographic images used. However the same can't be said of Jota Castro's photographic print of a statue of liberty souveniere protruding from some guys arsehole!
It was hard to take a lot of the work seriously at times as on the floor of the gallery space was a Nathan Barley quote etched on a large piece of slate, reminding you of the absurdity of what you were viewing. Michael Joo's 'Yellow, Yellower, Yellowist', an aluminium shelf supporting 3 beakers of urine of increasing tonal values being a good example.
Going down the stairs into a dark basement area the atmosphere changed, roaming around a darkened space there was a dog kennel in one corner. Playing inside was a video which managed to induce a shriek from an unsuspecting woman who happened to bend down to have a look.
The exhibition runs until Thursday 23rd December, i've deliberately kept the photos from this show to a minimum as not to ruin some of the 'surprises' of the show. So if you have the time i would recommend heading down there to have a look for yourself.