“She’s a phoney, but she’s a real phoney… Because she honestly believes all the phoney junk that she believes in...” (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
Monika Bobinska is delighted to present the first major solo exhibition by Sinta Tantra in the UK. Best known for her site-specific murals and installations in the public realm, Tantra will turn the white cube of the gallery inside out by focussing on the external walls of the gallery building and on the floor.
Real Phoney explores the delight in artifice and the surface image, the porous boundary between pictorial and physical spaces, and ideas of spectacle, submergence and superabundance. The show represents several departures for the artist, primarily her move away from representational signs and signifiers to an emphasis on pattern and layering. Tantra’s palette of ready-made industrial paints and plastics are also updated, with a variety of metallic, reflective and transparent materials included that enable the artist to investigate depth in new ways.
Sinta Tantra was born in New York and lives and works in London. She is a graduate of The Royal Academy Schools.
Her site-specific installations in public spaces include the Southbank Centre, Regents Park Bridge, Piccadilly Circus underground station, Canary Wharf, Camley Street Nature Reserve and Camden Town Hall.
She has won numerous awards for her work, including the prestigious Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award 2006 and Westminster City Council Civic Award 2007. She curates Camley Street Projects, a public art organisation that encourages emerging artists to respond to the redevelopment of London’s Kings Cross.
242 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9DA
Tel: 0786 606 3663 | 020 8980 9393
Real Phoney 8 May - 21 June 2009
Gallery open late for first Thursdays - Thursday 7 May | with music and cocktails
Artist talk - Saturday 30 May 4pm | admission free
Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday 1-6/Sunday 2-5 or by appointment
First Thursday of the month - gallery open until 9pm
Closed Bank Holiday Sundays except by appointment
I met Sinta when I was at the Saison Poerty Library in the Southbank and not only is she a great person, she is very very talented! I totally recommend a visit to this exhibition!