31 October 2010

Richard Wilson - 20:50 (1987) at the Saatchi Gallery

I popped over to the Saatchi Gallery over the weekend to see part 2 of the exhibition Newspeak: British Art Now. I've taken a load of photos of the show which i'll post about later on this week, however there was an exhibit in gallery 13 that was so amazing i thought i'd give it it's own post.

Richard Wilson's 20:50 transforms gallery 13 into an epic illusion, something you have to see in the flesh to truly appreciate. Upon entering the space from the entrance platform you view a room which confuses your perception of the space. At first i thought it was a double height room with a sheet of black matt fabric stretched across it. I then realised the room was shallower and that instead of a matt surface, it was in fact a reflective surface mirroring the ceiling and the gallery architecture.

It was only later whilst reading through the Guide i discovered the room is in fact "entirely flooded with oil"

Richard Wilson - 20:50, 1987
Richard Wilson - 20:50, 1987

As i said you have to see it in person to really appreciate the optical illusion, to get a preview of part 2 of the Newpseak: British Art Now and see more pictures of Richard Wilson's work click the link to my flickr set.

29 October 2010

Claire Harvey - Frieze Art Fair 2010

Part 2 of the Frieze Art Fair featured artist is Claire Harvey.

Claire Harvey's work consists of solitary figures engaged in day to day activities. It was amazing to see how well she had captured the mood of the subjects in her work considering how small the pieces were. The size, spacing, and subject matter of her work had an amazing ability to block out all the 'noise' of the exhibition. I really liked the way she had chosen to use clear glass to show the humble white sticky tac attaching it to the wall.

Claire Harvey exhibiting at the Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, 2010
Claire Harvey exhibiting at the Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, 2010
Claire Harvey exhibiting at the Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, 2010
Claire Harvey exhibiting at the Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, 2010

24 October 2010

'Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper' at the Haunch of Venison October 2010

Held at the Haunch of Venison located just off Regents Street curator Toby Mott exhibits his amazing collection of posters flyers and fanzines from the British punk scene. This is easily my favourite exhibition of the year so far. If i could relive my gigging life in any era it would be in the late 70's London, it was such a vibrant music scene with some of my favourite bands touring. Alas this isn't possible so i guess this is the closest i'll get. It was great to have the opportunity to immerse myself in the ephemera of the day and see all the venues and pubs i frequent appearing in the posters and flyers.

'Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper' at the Haunch of Venison October 2010
'Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper' at the Haunch of Venison October 2010
'Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper' at the Haunch of Venison October 2010
'Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper' at the Haunch of Venison October 2010
'Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper' at the Haunch of Venison October 2010

The expressive visual language of the flyers and posters really suited the scene and had a real energy about them. It was also great to see Jamie Reids iconic designs for the sex pistols, and Linda Sterlings work for the Buzzcocks.

The Exhibition runs until the 30th October so if you want to see it you'll need to be quick, if you can't make it down check out my Flickr set for more photos (there are quite a few)

22 October 2010

Marcus Coates - Journeys through the 'Lower World'

So the first of the featured artists from this years Frieze Fair is Marcus Coates.

Coates is acting as a modern day Shaman, trying to find answers to questions such as 'How can the city control illegal bicycle parking and 'Where does hair go when you go bald? He does this by delving into a place called the 'Lower World' which is inhabited by various birds and animals.

Whilst browsing through the galleries i came across this horse headpiece which turned out to be one of Coates' shamanistic costumes, i love the reinterpretation of the shaman as a westernised modern urbanite. To really appreciate what he's up to i really recommend watching this video from the Tate also clicking on the images below will take you to the video, i want you all to watch it that much.


21 October 2010

Frieze Art Fair 2010 - Regents Park

We headed down to Regents Park last weekend to visit this years Frieze Art Fair, the entrance to the fair was £25 (which is a bit steep) but after visiting i would say it was worth the price. I've taken photos of the work that particularly interested me and put them into a flickr pool here, i've also tried my best to annotate the pieces although there are some gaps.

What i'll do in the next few weeks is pick out some choice artists to share with you here on this blog. As a bit of a taster below are a few pictures for you to look at, a highlight for me was Daphne Wright's 'Swan' made from marble dust and resin.

Daphne Wright - Swan 2007 exhibited at the Frieze Art Fair 2010
Mark Manders - Yet Untitled Head 2010 exhibited at the Frieze Art Fair 2010
Eva Kotatkova - untitled 2010 and Gillian Wearing - Me as Warhol in Drag with Scar 2010 exhibited at the Frieze Art Fair 2010
Yuri leiderman - From the best and very dubious, part II 1975 exhibited at the Frieze Art Fair 2010

The Good Gods launch 'The F.T.E.P'

The Good Gods! EP arrived in the post this morning, pretty chuffed as it's a free release to members of their mailing list. In ode to Tom's grandmother Doris it come wrapped up in a copy of the Financial Times, which all adds to the DIY charm.

I've been to a fair few of their gigs, including their earlier incarnation Tom Hatred and the Angry Band. The music is great and it seems like things are picking up for them, with a few new music videos and a great cover of Robert Palmer's 'Addicted to Love'

The Good Gods launch 'The F.T.E.P'
The Good Gods launch 'The F.T.E.P'

The album launch is this Friday at the Old Queens Head on the Essex Road, entry is free before 8pm so see you there.

20 October 2010

Museum of Everything - Sir Peter Blake Exhibition

Had a trip down to the Museum of Everything last Saturday to have a look at the Peter Blake collection. Tucked away on a small side street in Primrose hill it has a fairly modest entrance, however looks can be deceiving as this is actually a very large exhibition space.

Exhibition #3 is a collaboration with Sir Peter Blake who for the first time is sharing some of his vast collection of self taught art, found objects, and anonymous artefacts. Being a fan of his work, (he created one of the most famous album covers of all time, the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) it's was great to see where he gets his inspiration from.

Designer Dan's trip to the Museum of Everything exhibiting Peter Blake's various collections
Designer Dan's trip to the Museum of Everything exhibiting Peter Blake's various collections

The exhibition runs until Christmas and it's definitely worth a visit, the highlight for me was being introduced to the eccentric Victorian taxidermy of Walter Potter of which Blake has collected a few pieces. In respect to the artist there was no photography but i did collect a few postcards from the exhibit which are shown below.

18 October 2010

Tate Modern - Sunflower Seed Exhibition by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

Over the weekend i had a chance to pop into the Tate Modern to have a look at the latest Turbine hall installation. Artist Ai Weiwei has filled the hall with 100,000,000 porcelain sunflower seeds, each piece is unique, being both individually handmade and hand painted by a small army of artisans.

It's a shame that a few days after opening visitors are no longer allowed to interact freely with the piece, i really wanted to walk over the porcelain and feel it crunch under my feet. Still i managed to find a video of Ai Weiwei talking about the piece on the Tate Modern site which gives a good explanation of the work

Tate Modern Sunflower Seeds Exhibit by Ai Weiwei
Tate Modern Sunflower Seeds Exhibit by Ai Weiwei

There are more photos on Flickr as well as some photos of the new Tate Modern extension (which looks great!)

17 October 2010

Tessa Farmer - 'The Ambush' 2010

I came across Tessa's work a few months ago serendipitously whilst searching through various taxidermy images online. I immediately fell in love with with what i saw, the juxtaposition of a fantasy world rendered as true biological specimens. After sharing my new discovery with a few work colleagues, i found out a good friend was in contact with her sister (small world). It was then i had the opportunity to commission a small piece of work from her. She was free to create anything she wanted, i didn't want to interfere as her art lies in the narrative and the world she has created.

I met up with her last week to collect it and had a general chat about her work, she was also kind enough to give me two books. The first book 'Little Savages' contains work from her time exhibiting at the Natural History Museum, and the second is from the Provenance exhibition in Bath which is full of amazing artists.

Safe to say i'm really pleased with how it turned out and i've taken a few photos to share with you all. Titled 'The Ambush' the piece portrays a scene of warrior fairies ambushing a hornet.

Tessa Farmer - 'The Ambush' 2010 part of designer dan's budding art collection
Tessa Farmer - 'The Ambush' 2010 part of designer dan's budding art collection
Tessa Farmer - 'The Ambush' 2010 part of designer dan's budding art collection
Tessa Farmer - 'The Ambush' 2010 part of designer dan's budding art collection
Tessa Farmer - 'The Ambush' 2010 part of designer dan's budding art collection

If you want to see more of her work have a look through her site, and if you want to see her work in the flesh (which i definitely recommend) she is exhibiting at the Saatchi gallery as part of the NewSpeak: British Art Now exhibition from 27th October.
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