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Hell’s Half Acre - Old Vic Tunnels

Exhibition preview

LAZARIDES Gallery, in collaboration with The Old Vic Tunnels, is presenting Hell’s Half Acre, a ground-breaking series of installations, in the recently discovered labyrinth beneath London’s Waterloo station – from October 12 to October 17, 2010.

In order to bring the vision of Steve Lazarides to one of London’s most arresting performance spaces, the maze of tunnels will be converted into a large-scale evocation of Dante’s literary masterpiece Inferno.

Visitors will explore the nine circles of Hell through the contributions of artists including: George Osodi, Antony Micallef, Polly Morgan, Jonathan Yeo, Conor Harrington, Christian Lemmerz, Vhils, Paul Insect, Mark Jenkins, Boogie, David Choe, Doug Foster, Zak Ové, Todd James, Bäst, Ian Francis and many more.

Artists will provide their own interpretation of hell with freedom to reference both Purgatorio and Paradiso from the trilogy of The Divine Comedy. Through the curatorial direction, interaction with the exhibited works – paintings, sculptures, video pieces, performance and mixed media installation – is encouraged and part of this thrilling multi-sensory experience.

Highlights of the exhibition will include, for the very first time, 3-dimensional installations by Conor Harrington and Jonathan Yeo; a new exclusively commissioned film by Todd James/REAS; the powerfully chilling photographs of George Osodi and Boogie; and a surprise finale by Paul Insect.

Speaking about the exhibition, Steve Lazarides, owner of Lazarides Gallery, said: “Hell’s Half Acre is a subterranean journey into hell as envisaged by a group of young, cutting edge artists. It’s a vision of our hellish society under coalition rule, inspired by Dante’s Inferno.”

And Hamish Jenkinson, Director of The Old Vic Tunnels, said: “The Lazarides Gallery is a force of nature, a global phenomenon and I mean that in an epic way! ‘Sell Out’ shows in Los Angles, Miami and this October, at the Old Vic Tunnels here in London. I can’t wait.”

Admission: Free but as space is limited all visitors must book ahead. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.lazinc.com or www.tunnel-228.com

Time: Tuesday to Thursday 6pm – 11pm (extended hours at the weekend).