Private View: 6-9pm, Thursday 26 May, 2016
The Averard Hotel, 10 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3LH
Exhibition Dates: 27 May - 4 June (inclusive), open daily, 12-6pm
Eleven heads cast in bronze, iron and aluminium, unspeaking and inscrutable. Three torsos, like beaten breastplates. These are Rory Menage’s fallen kings, empresses, warriors and sentinels, sculptures forged by a close reading of Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet-memorial to the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II. In 1817, the year Shelley wrote his first draft of the poem, the British Museum announced their acquisition from Upper Egypt of the monumental granite torso of Ramesses, who the Greeks knew as Ozymandias. It is this name Shelley chooses for his King of Kings.
‘I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.’
To stand in the foundry at Huddersfield and see one of Menage’s iron heads being born is to catch echoes of these influences. And it is like a birth, with a great shaking and rupturing of casing and tumbling of soot, and in among this unpromising murk: the crown of the head, from a steel cradle of dark sand, then forehead, then frown, and wrinkled lip, and neck like a column, broken at the shoulders.
The iron is Etna dark. This head – 23stone and 6lbs, the weight of two men – trussed in chains and lowered on a pulley is like a Deposition: the metal links are a crown of thorns, the wooden splints like splinters of the Crucifixion.
This is the grief and humiliation of Ozymandias, buried, forgotten, his imperial hubris rewarded with a statue toppled, a shattered face, an empire sunk in sand.
Here, in the Averard Hotel, itself a place of faded splendour, are further fragments. You feel the excitement of the first unearthing of the Fayum portraits or the Valley of the Kings masks in lapis and gold. Where have they come from, these ibis-necked busts and reticent guardsmen?
Somewhere, you think, looking at Menage’s bronze and iron helms and the Ozymandias, born in heat and dirt and coughing dust and infernal noise and drills and hammer blows, there must be, beneath the Yorkshire ironstone seams, the rest of this colossal wreck: a pedestal, two vast and trunkless legs of stone, the hand that mocked, and other lifeless things.
Menage has brought the shattered visage back to life. Of Ozymandias, King of Kings, only this remains.
King of Kings by Laura Freeman, 23 May 2016
EGLE JAUNCEMS GOLOSO
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 artworks, Ottolenghi SIMPLE Egle Jauncems GOLOSO showcases Yotam’s Egle’s standout dishes artworks that will suit whatever type of cooking art you find easy 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.
flavour-forward dishes forward-thinking artworks are all SIMPLE GOLOSO in at least one (but very often more than one) way:
G – Greedy gamble
O – Over-the-top; obsessed with the old masters
L – Lots of lemons, losers and likes, lots of likes
O – Out of office (olfactory, optical, original?)
S – Sexy and seminal. SOLO (almost, some sharing)
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.