Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Critic's Choice; Top Five Exhibitions

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Critic's Choice; Top Five Exhibitions

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David Thorpe: The Defeated Life Restored Camden Arts Centre, NW1 This specially commissioned installation is a remarkably intricate work. Using tall wooden screens with panes of sap green, deep turquoise and murky brown glass, David Thorpe has created a bizarre selfcontained environment. Here you find an exotic group of sculptures, geometric structures topped with giant stars, mosaicked with hand-cast tiles. They look a like fantastical architectural models from some futuristic society. As a whole, the piece is meant to suggest echoes of the Arts and Crafts movement and its Utopian ideals of self-sufficiency. (020 7472 5500).

Until 1 July.

Paul Chan: The 7 Lights Serpentine Gallery, W8

Innovative American artist Paul Chan has made his name with lo-fi video art and digital animations, blending art history and pop culture references to create frequently dystopian narratives. His latest series, premiered here, evokes the seven days of creation. It's made up of drawings and large-scale digital projections, and fuses notions of the sacred and profane with a hauntingly poetic aesthetic. Cast onto floors and walls or glimmering mysteriously in corners, these animatedprojections seem almost like natural occurrences the result of light and shadows falling through a window, perhaps. (020 7402 6075). Until 1 July.

New York Fashion Now V&A, SW7

A fresh generation of New York fashion designers steps into the limelight in this zesty exhibition. It features around 60 outfits, the work of 20 fashionistas who have all launched independent labels between 1999 and 2004.

Zac Posen and Derek Lam are among the better known, with up-and-coming names such as Daniel Silver and StevenCox of Duckie Brown also represented. The clothes themselves range from glitzy frocks to sporty daywear that's almost as glam, along with new interpretations of old favourites and avantgarde collections by designers who favour miniature wind-up hula dolls over runway clothes horses. …

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