An art after party features cling film, blueberries and unicornsby Simon Wroe / October 18, 2012 / Leave a comment
Friday evening and the Frieze behemoth has roared into after-party mode. At the Camden Arts Centre, gallery owners and buyers neck champagne as quickly as it can be poured. But many palettes are jaded—it’s been like this every night since the art fair began. A Frieze party needs a little extra something.
Climb the stairs to the galleries, and talk to the glacial blonde sitting beneath a unicorn’s head. She only speaks Russian. You can’t understand what she’s saying and she can’t understand you. So what? Here’s a shot of ice-cold vodka and a plastic ruler; now walk into the dark.
Strobe light picks out a scaffold covered in plastic sheeting, hanging mirrors, a guitar. More guests are wandering around, some hiding their confusion better than others. A bare-footed man dressed in white stands against the wall, blended into the background like an arctic fox. This is the artist and host, Simon Raven. His hands are over his face. Every so often he opens them to reveal flashing red bike lights where his eyes should be.