Officially opening at 12:00 noon SLT on Tuesday, October 13th at CBK Art Gallery is a new exhibition by gallery owner / curator, Ceakay (CK) Ballyhoo, entitled Pop Up Love. On display are six pieces of CK’s art created in the physical world using aquarelle pencils, and presented as a set of pop-up story books.
“The drawings are simple, childlike,” CK says of the pieces,. “with silhouettes portraying a sensation, an idea, rather than a detailed picture.”
In keeping with the child-like theme, the gallery space has been in part decorated in the style of a child’s bedroom or play room. Toys lay scattered about, coloured stars hang from the sky as if suspended from a ceiling, revolving slowly with a glowing crescent Moon, casting shadows across the limited of the gallery like a child’s mobile might cast shadows on the walls of a room.
Each of the books is individually bound, and again in keeping with the title of the exhibit, bears a title related to love: Forever Love, Fragile Love, Hopeful Love, Lost Love, New Love, and All Love. If closed, they can be opened with a click, revealing the picture within which as CK says, is designed to convey the feeling or sensation suggested by the title, rather the provide a detailed image or interpretation. Clicking an open book will close it once more.
As well as Pop Up Love, some of CK’s in-world photography can be seen hanging from the walls of the gallery garden, while in one corner of the gallery sits a little multi-coloured children’s play house, and within it, a series of paintings of a landscape as might have been drawn by a young child. These paintings and the photographs around the gallery edges are all for sale, and if you follow the teleport “door” in the corner of the house, you’ll be carried up to the landscape itself, which CK has created in a skybox.
This is a charming exhibition of work by CK, imaginatively presented and which brings a smile to one’s face. As noted,Pop Up Love officially opens on Tuesday, October 13th at 12:00 noon SLT with music by The Vinnie Show. However, the gallery is open now for those who would like to visit ahead of the opening.
Should you decide to do so, don’t forget to take a walk through the gates into CK’s Mistwood Isle woods and garden, now rich in autumnal colours and incorporating a Halloween theme in the Devil’s Den corner.
- CBK Art Gallery SLurl (Rated: Adult)