Based above a pub of the same name, The Approach Gallery is showing work by Tom Allen and Hana Miletić until the 19th of June.
The Promise is Tom Allen’s first solo exhibition in London, showing new works from an ongoing series of flower paintings. Cast in luminous hues, these richly detailed paintings are inspired by exotic plants from Los Angeles (Allen’s hometown), as well as his international travels and trips to botanical gardens. Painted on small canvases, these carefully controlled works explore plants at their most hypnotic and bewitching.
Reflecting on capitalist modes of production and desire, Patterns of Thrift exhibits Miletić’s textile works. The pieces are inspired by acts of ‘care and repair’ that the artist has seen around London. She has been inspired by smashed windows, broken doorways and damaged car wing mirrors taped up with plastic and card. Miletić seeks to recreate these DIY repairs as textile artworks, hand-weaving the fabric in order to ‘further the act of care’. It’s fitting that Miletić’s work is being shown at The Approach, given Bethnal Green’s close historical connections to the textile industry.