11 October 2011

The art of Nancy Fout

Browsing through the interwebs i came across these brilliant sculptures by Nancy Fout. Her work reminds me of Salvador Dali's 'Lobster Telephone', putting together two seemingly unrelated objects, leaving the viewer to interpret the meaning.

The Art of Nancy Fout
The Art of Nancy Fout
The Art of Nancy Fout
The Art of Nancy Fout

Looks like she has recently exhibited at the Pertwee, Anderson & Gold gallery (part run by the actor Sean Pertwee). The gallery launched in February this year, and looking on their site they already have an impressive portfolio of artists (including my personal favourites, Alistair Mackie and Kate Mccgwire) The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 11-4pm & Saturday 12-5pm so next time you're in Soho have a look.

7 October 2011

Tessa Farmer 'The Coming of the Fairies' exhibition at Viktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors

Here are some photos from the latest Tessa Farmer exhibition at Viktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors. I've featured Tessa's work a fair amount on this blog previously so it's great seeing how her work has evolved from show to show. Tessa has created a rich and diverse world, populated by macabre fairies that are trying to take control of the animal kingdom. It seems with each new exhibition the fairies are constructing larger, more ambitious flying machines. The addition of a large swan to this new installation is a striking play with scale, i look forward to seeing what the next show will bring.

Tessa Farmer Exhibition at Viktor Wynd's little shop of horrors, Oct 2011
Tessa Farmer Exhibition at Viktor Wynd's little shop of horrors, Oct 2011
Tessa Farmer Exhibition at the little shop of horrors, Oct 2011
Tessa Farmer Exhibition at Viktor Wynd's little shop of horrors, Oct 2011

The 'Coming of Fairies' exhibition runs until the 30th October, so if your in the area pop in and have a look. If you want to see more photos from the show you can have a look on my Flickr account here.

2 October 2011

Idea Generation - Hapshash Takes a Trip: The sixties work of Nigel waymouth

Last Sunday we headed over to the Chance Street to attend the Pyschedelic Sundaze event hosted by the Idea Generation gallery. The current exhibition is a major retrospective of the sixties work of Nigel Waymouth, including works created with Michael English as part of the British design duo Hapshash & the Coloured Coat. During this short 18 month burst of creativity they created the now iconic psychedelic posters for the London underground music venue the UFO club.

First up we had some readings from Michael Horovitz and his son Adam, it was a real treat to hear this legendary British beat poet perform. The life and energy in his performance was captivating and it was great to see this energy carried on through in the work of his son Adam Horovitz.

Idea Generation - Hapshash Takes a Trip: The sixties work of Nigel waymouth
Idea Generation - Hapshash Takes a Trip: The sixties work of Nigel waymouth
Idea Generation - Hapshash Takes a Trip: The sixties work of Nigel waymouth
Idea Generation - Hapshash Takes a Trip: The sixties work of Nigel waymouth
Idea Generation - Hapshash Takes a Trip: The sixties work of Nigel waymouth

Finally Nigel Waymouth took to the stage for an interview and Q&A session. It was really interesting to hear time talk about designing the posters during the late sixties, the influence of the Aesthetic movement in his work and the genuine desire to get colour, life and technicolour back into London. Nigel Waymouth and Michael English helped create a new visual language for poster design, having the type as image meant legibility was secondary, it was designed for the enjoyment of their generation.

Feeling inspired i bought the book '200 Trips from the Counterculture - Graphics and Stories from the Underground Press Syndicate' which has a fantastic collection of underground magazine of the period. More photos from the event and the book can be seen on my Flickr account here.

Viktor Wynd's Little shop of Horrors - Last Tuesday Society

For those who haven't been to the Little shop of Horrors on Mare Street, it's a fantastic curiosity shop with an amazing collection of objects ranging from taxidermic flying cats to a collection of used condoms believed to belong to the Rolling Stones circa 2003.

You can spend a good hour looking through all the strange items on show and still not see it all. At the moment i'm banned from buying any more items from the shop until we've moved into our new house, but i've already got my eye on a few new future pieces.

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If you want to learn more about the Last Tuesday Society you can visit their site here, they curate a host of talks, lectures and events that are always worth seeing. There are also a lot more photos of the shop on my Flickr account here.

It's also great to see they currently have a Tessa Farmer exhibition in the shop, the exhibition runs until the 30th October so make sure you take the chance and go down there. I'll post up photos from that later in the week, although if you can't wait the photos are already in my Flickr pool here.

1 October 2011

V&A Lates - Power of Making Exhibition 2011

Last Friday we headed over to the V&A Late to check out the Power of Making exhibition. put together by both the V&A and the Crafts council, the exhibition presents an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. After a few tasty Bombay Saphire cocktails we hit the exhibition space and were immediately overwhelmed by the sheer spectacle of it all. The variation and imagination in all of the works was a delight to see, seeing the mastery of the materials used in each piece was very impressive.

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V&A Lates - Power of Marking 30/09/11
V&A Lates - Power of Marking 30/09/11

The show runs until the 2nd January, so you've still got a bit of time to make it down there. If you want to see a few more pictures they're up on my flickr set here, as you'll see i was quite taken by the wooden installation at the front of the V&A (took far too many photos)

28 July 2011

The 100 Project Launch Hosted by Poke

On Tuesday i headed down to the Biscuit building to attend the launch of the 100 project. The idea is to auction off 52 pieces of artwork (one a week), with the proceeds going to help support 100 local kids and give them a chance to study art at The Prince’s Drawing School in Shoreditch. There are some great artists and illustrators involved with the project, with standout work from Tom Gauld, Mr Bingo, Si Scott and Steve Price (PlanB Studios)
100 project launch hosted by Poke
100 project launch hosted by Poke
100 project launch hosted by Poke
100 project launch hosted by Poke

There are a few more photos from the exhibition up on my Flickr here, and if you want to know more about the project and bid on a few pieces go to the site (Si Scott's artwork is currently bidding at £380!)

27 July 2011

Creative Review 'Tweetup' at the Tate's Vorticism Exhibition 2011

Last week i headed down to the Tate Britain to attend the latest Creative Review 'Tweetup' and get a preview of the upcoming Vorticism exhibition. Having recently watched a great documentary on the subject i was really looking forward to seeing the show. The one artists I was most intrigued to see was Wyndham Lewis, he was a British critic, novelist, painter, and editor of the short-lived and incendiary artistic magazine Blast. In my opinion the guy was pretty warped, he wrote the first biography on Hitler and there is a great quote from Ernest Hemingway saying "he had the eyes of a failed rapist". Looking through his paintings you could see his warped industrial utopia being played out. The dehumanization of the figurative form, represented by geometric shapes, are set within these abstract futurist patchworks of modern cities all in a state of perpetual war.

This exhibition really shows the effect the first world war had on people, and it was really bleak. For my art A level i did a study from Jacob Epstein's 'Torso in Metal', at the time i loved the modern interpretation of the figurative form and spend hours looking and drawing. This torso was originally part of a bigger piece, which i got to see for the first time at the show. It seems Epstein 'butchered' this sculpture to reflect what was happening on the front line, to the troops who were being butchered at the hands of the mechanised machine guns.

Creative Review Tweetup at the Tate 2011
Creative Review Tweetup at the Tate 2011

It was great chatting through the show with the various people at the Tweetup. I love the mix of creative people the get together attracts. We tried to have a go on the interactive 'consequence' game put together by the interactive production company Specialmoves. It was great chatting to a few of the guys, it turns out they worked on the Kaiser Chiefs 'build you own album' site which i love and that they're down the road from us on Exmouth Market.

Many thanks to the Tate Britain and Creative Review for a great evening (loved the goodie bag as well). There are more photos from the event on the Creative Review blog, see you at the next one.

26 July 2011

House of Beasts at Attingham Park

House of Beasts is a new exhibition set within the surroundings of Attingham's elegant 18th-century mansion and deer park. Build for the 1st Lord Berwick in 1785, the house had been in continuous ownership by the family for more than 160 years with five generations of spenders, savers, and saviours who have loved or neglected this great estate.

Meadow Arts have done a fantastic job putting together this group of artists, it was great to see work by Polly Morgan, Kate MccGwire, Alastair Mackie, and Tessa Farmer. The exhibition included work specifically commissioned for the show as well as work that has been directly inspired by Attingham's history. Each artwork resonates so beautifully with the surroundings you have to look carefully as you roam around the house as you could easily miss a few pieces.

House of beasts exhibition at Attingam Park
Polly morgan at the House of beasts exhibition at Attingam Park
Polly Morgan at the House of beasts exhibition at Attingam Park
Tessa Farmer at the House of beasts exhibition at Attingam Park
Kate Mccgwire at the House of beasts exhibition at Attingam Park

The exhibition runs until the 5th July 2012, so you have plenty of time to plan a trip there. The National Trust has partnered with the Arts Council and have other great exhibitions up and down the country so for more information check out the website here.
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