The 14th March 2014 will go down in history as the day that Eye Like Gallery was truly begun. The day we finally signed our lease and got the keys to the shop. Note to self, must stop calling it a shop.
Now I don't expect history teachers up and down the land to be hastily revising their GSCE syllabus to include this momentous event, but in the little patch of England that is Beaconsfield it is BIG news. Bigger news even than the fact that the Sajna Indian takeaway in the High Street has installed 3 tables out front and is now calling itself a restaurant.
Now for those of you that are interested (and be honest now, who wouldn't be?) our new premises are located at 18, Gregories Road, Beaconsfield. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Ben and Vicky at Benedicts, a mere three doors away. So you can pick up your coffee on route to Eye Like and sup the delicious brew whilst regaling in the optical splendour of our freshly baked arty delights. Mouthwatering.
So here is the street view of our new establishment and as you can see we have wasted no time in making our mark. But as you have probably spotted from the big stick of rock outside, the previous tenants were a barbers who had been on the site for many years. As a consequence we fully expect for many months to come to have a procession of bespectacled middle aged gentlemen trooping in and sitting down on our chairs and asking for the usual. Not sure we'll be able to resist firing back the inevitable retort, "Of course and would sir also like something for the weekend?'. Ha! Chortling at the very immature thought.
So the big question remains, do we keep the barbers sign or not? Personally I think it lends the exterior a generous touch of whimsy, but it does hold the risk of perpetuating the confusion in the minds of those bespectacled oldies as to what lies within. It is what Lieutenant Columbo would have called a dilemma. Answers please on a postcard direct to Eye Like HQ. Oh and one more thing...
Well here we are inside the shop, damn I mean gallery, and I am sure you'll agree the ceiling is a sight to behold. We were tempted to leave it up and pass it off as an original James Turrell - "his early retail period don't you know" - but sense prevailed and it now has the word 'skip' written all over it.
You will notice that there is a beheaded dog in the bottom right hand corner. This is not a ghostly apparition or indeed a previous resident of the establishment that has been kindly bequeathed to us. It is in fact our faithful servant Brody who doubles up as a guard dog and who will lick any intruder into submission faster than you can say 'Scooby snack'. For those of you that will become regular Eye Like visitors we suggest you bring Brody a copy of The Times to distract him from the licking, as there's nothing he likes better than a nice challenging cryptic crossword.
Facing down the gallery the other way, what you can't see is the veritable treasure trove of space we have through the door on the left hand side. We'll be knocking out that wall to open up the space (with our bare hands of course) before strategically placing a lovely bit of steel inbetween to ensure we have no risk of an estate agents collapsing in on us from next door. It doesn't bear thinking about. The very idea of bodily contact with an estate agent makes my blood run cold.
So I know you have been asking yourself throughout the entirety of this pleasure palace of a literary feast, so what is the gallery sign going to look like? Patience my dear friend for it is to be our swan song, our Hallelujah at the end of our hymn, our bon-bon at the end of a Michelin feast. Wait here she comes…..Ta-Dah!
So we and Brody look forward to welcoming you into our humble shop, fuck….our humble Gallery, shortly. May will be the month that it showers art from the heavens right into your homes. We can't wait.
Eye Like Gallery.