Three years in the making, artist Sue Kreizman’s collaboration ‘Dare To Wear’ is now on show in the crypt of St Pancras Parish Church in Euston, and runs until 4 November.
Featuring the work of twenty six artists, twenty three of whom are women, ‘Dare To Wear’ is an underground explosion of colour and exuberance. The works on show range from the delicate and refined paintings of Debbie Cicalese to the outrageous Wizard Of Oz-inspired cavern created by John William (complete with an ’80s pop soundtrack and snatches of remembered dialogue from Judy Garland and friends), Sue Kreitzman’s own tableaux featuring dilapidated dolls given a radical makeover to the video-enhanced and jewel-encrusted works by Zumetta.
According to Sue, ‘Dare To Wear’ is all about providing visitors with an experience that will:
“leave them exhilarated, over-excited, laughing out loud, and desperate to begin gathering detritus in order to make their own art. I hope that each and every one realises that anyone can make art out of anything! And never forget – don’t wear beige, it might kill you!”
On a more serious note, many of the items in the ‘Dare To Wear’ exhibition are actually wearable, so if your fashion tastes tend towards the adventurous you might just find something that will compliment your current wardrobe, or at the very least provide you with some new ideas!
An adopted Londoner, Sue Kreitzman is originally from New York. After a successful career as a food writer Sue has spent the last 15 years or so creating art. ‘Dare To Wear’ is the latest collaboration by ‘Wild Old Women’ - a loose collective of mature female artists which Sue founded in 2005. This time the show also involves a few wild old men too, and a handful of more youthful artists…
‘Dare To Wear’ is open every day from 11am until 6pm, with a private viewing this evening (Thursday 10 October) from 6:30pm until 9pm where most of the artists will be present. Thursday 1 November will also feature a special evening event dedicated to Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Visits to this new exhibition are free of charge, with catalogues available for a nominal fee. Do go along – it’s a real eye-opener!