Black Light 6 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016




Private View: 12-6pm, Saturday 6 February, 2016

The Averard Hotel, 10 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3LH

Exhibition Dates: 6 February - 28 February (inclusive), open Thu-Sun, 12-6pm



Black Light is a group exhibition, co-curated with Twelve Around One, which takes Matisse’s Porte-fenêtre (French Window) of 1914, distinguished by its heavy application of black paint, as a point of departure. Painted in autumn 1914 at Issy, the sunlit scene outside the window is depicted paradoxically, in absolute darkness. There is a close parallel with the story of Oedipus Rex, as told by Sophocles. Oedipus is cursed by the gods to commit the crimes of regicide and incest as prophesied by the blind oracle of Delphi. He searches in vain for the protagonist of these dark prophecies, not knowing that he is looking for himself. Oedipus’ physical sight had blinded him to the metaphorical truth; on learning the truth of his own guilt he gouges out his eyes and finally achieves a prophetic, ‘inner’ sight. The drama of Sophocles hinges on the dialectic between actual sight and metaphorical sight, on the impossibility of achieving the latter without abandoning the former. Oedipus must be blind before he can see.

In a similar way, Matisse’s French Window operates by concealing the very thing it tries to represent. The vibrancy and hue of colour pigments could never really match the light and colour from the window. Thus, Matisse paints with the darkness of inner sight, his knowledge of the light. By now, he knows too much about light to try to paint it directly. By showing presence through absence, and using black as a sign or placeholder for light, Matisse is opening a path to conceptual painting. The ambiguity of whether we are looking through an open window onto a bright scene outside or at a reflection of the room inside in the glass of a close window, itself mirrors the duality of realism and psychological space of this painting. The Great War had just broken out when Matisse painted French Window; its implicit prophecy of these events, makes it a properly Oedipal painting.

The contemporary artists proposed for this exhibition build on the legacy of French Window. Here, painting, understood in its expanded sense, is both material specific and psychological space. It operates as a series of signs, obscures and obstructs to reveal, and plays on the duality of surface as reflection/window and inside/outside.

‘Black Light' is part of the second edition of exhibitions at the Averard Hotel.


About of the Averard Hotel:

The Averard Hotel stands at the western end of the Lancaster Gate development. Built in English Baroque with French mannerist touches in the 1850s, Lancaster Gate was popular with wealthy families. The 1920s saw its grand homes divided into flats and hotel rooms, and the introduction of Art Deco interiors. The Averard Hotel has been stripped back to reveal its multi-layered history in a state of arrested decay, as it awaits renovation into luxury flats. An exhibition programme, hosting a series of projects by international galleries, curators and artists, is taking place until October 2016.

Exhibition produced with the generous help of Aurora Multimedia and KitMapper

Egle Jauncems GOLOSO 7 Sep 2018 - 7 Oct 2018


with Dustin Ericksen and Tom Farthing


The Averard Hotel, 10 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3LH

Exhibition runs until Sunday 7 October 2018

Open Thu-Sun 12-6pm, and by appointment





...with an ensemble musical performance, on the occasion of the opening, featuring:

Adam Bonser, Myles Egan, Dustin Ericksen, Mathilde Ericksen, Anthony Faroux, Damian Griffiths, Paul Hookham, Marc Hulson, Lee Johnson, Julian King, Gary MacDonald, Leonardo Muller-Rodriguez, Edward Nash, Fabian Peake, Neena Percy, Rob Pratt, Jue Sota, Hugo Trouiller Varaldi, Martynas Vaikasas, Alex Vaos, Katie Wilkes, Jameelah Yaghoub, Maria Zahle & many more


Yotam Ottolenghi’s Egle Jauncems’ award-winning recipes artworks are always a celebration: an unforgettable combination of abundance, taste and surprise. Ottolenghi SIMPLE Egle Jauncems GOLOSO is no different, with 135 more than 30 brand-new dishes works that contain all the inventive elements and flavour colour combinations that Ottolenghi Jauncems is loved for, but with minimal hassle for maximum joy.

Bursting with colourful photography artworksOttolenghi SIMPLE Egle Jauncems GOLOSO showcasesYotam’s Egle’s standout dishes artworks that will suit whatever type of cooking art you findeasy interesting – whether that’s getting wonderful food on the table paint on the canvas in under 30 minutes, using just one pot hand to make a delicious meal sculpture, or a flavoursome dish complex installation that can be prepared ahead and then served installed when you’re ready. 

These brilliant, flavour-forward dishes forward-thinking artworks are all SIMPLE GOLOSO in at least one (but very often more than one) way: 

S – short on time: less than 30 minutes 

G – Greedy gamble

I – 10 ingredients or less

O – Over-the-top; obsessed with the old masters

M – make ahead

L – Lots of lemons, losers and likes, lots of likes

P – pantry 

O – Out of office (olfactory, optical, original?)

L – lazy

S – Sexy and seminal. SOLO (almost, some sharing)

E – easier than you think

O – Ooh-la-la!

Ottolenghi SIMPLE Egle Jauncems GOLOSO is the stunning new cookbook exhibition we have all been wishing for: Yotam Ottolenghi’s Egle Jauncems’ vibrant food art made easy (peasy lemon squeezy).


Easy to Decide Difficult to Accomplish – poem by Egle Jauncems


Tell me about those moments
Most incredible moments
Are there any moments with strange times or difficult times

Do you meet those moments at all ?

It was fortune and experience
I just gathered coincidences
I smiled and loved
Made food from light and life
Was following evocative smells
Filled pages with chocolate and hummus

It all went from a hobby to a calling Intense passion and huge appetite

Those are few key ingredients

To my success to charge and be in charge

Oh Goloso, you greedy boy, You did really really well !

Details and Opportunities
Faces and Missions
I loved expectations before, but I love them even more

On a more personal note,
I need some time away
It is easier to be away
There is an island there is no such island

There is such island

There is no island

Where I can be weird and alone and suffering and a little melancholic

Marginal outsider and a new comer
But also an extremely loving and gentle person
Where I can sit by the sea
I can grow lemon trees
I need lemons so much

Tell me more about the luxuries
Talk about key ingredients you look for to survive

Reach out to the rest of the world
Use your philosophical bend
Tell me more about your second choice of the morning

Coconuts and limes.