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.

15 July 2011

Digital Masterclass at D&AD New blood 2011

A couple of weeks back, myself and Collective London director Steve Barnes headed down to the Truman Brewery to host an event by ShellsuitZombie at this years D&AD New blood. After a short introduction into some of the work we do at the agency, we gave out a mini brief for the students to work through.

Digital Masterclass at D&AD New blood 2011
Digital Masterclass at D&AD New blood 2011

The students had an hour to come up with some creative concepts for innocent drinks. The briefs main marketing objective was, "to change peoples perception of innocent smoothies as just being a tasty fruit drink, and to start promoting innocent smoothies as a healthy snack alternative". With the proposition being "innocent smoothies 'fill the gap' between breakfast and lunch".

Digital Masterclass at D&AD New blood 2011
Digital Masterclass at D&AD New blood 2011

A couple of the innocent drinks team popped in and we went around the various groups seeing what they came up with. Safe to say we were all delighted with the results, there was some great creative thought, especially considering he amount of time they had.

After some deliberation and a few heated discussions three entries really stood out. So congratulation to Daniel Owen for 'A Happy Vending', Robyn and Stacy for 'Boycott Brunch', and finally Marlety and Divya for their interactive 'caption competition' bus shelter. All three concepts had really strong merit, we look forward to taking you all out for lunch to celebrate, and finally thank you Jonny for organizing it all, great stuff.

The Shape Of Things To Come: New Sculpture at the Saatchi Gallery

Here are a few photos from the exhibition ' The shape of things to come' at the Saatchi Gallery. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this one, i thought the title of the show was fairly ambiguous, but i can say i was pleasantly surprised by the work on show. One of the highlights was was the Canadian artist David Altmeid's anthropomorphic sculpture titled 'The New North' I loved all the various materials used in it's construction, the geometric mirrors and crystals mixed in with the wires and hairs gave it an 'otherworldly' presence.

Below are some photographs from some of the other pieces that i thought really stood out.

David Altmeid - The New North, 2007
David Altmejd - The New North, 2007
David Altmejd - The New North, 2007

Folkert de jong - The Shooting Lesson, 2007
Folkert de jong - The Shooting Lesson, 2007

David Thorpe - I Am Golden, 2002
David Thorpe

Matthew Monahan - The Family Tree, 2005
Matthew Monahan

Bjorn Dahlem - The milky way, 2007
Bjorn Dahlem - The milky way, 2007

If you would like to see the show for yourself it runs until the 16th October, if you can't make it down there are more photos from the exhibition up on my Flickr here.

11 July 2011

The Incredible Sculptures of Berlinde de Bruyckere

I first came across Berlinde de Bruyckere's work at last years Frieze Art Fair in Regents Park. The fair had hundreds of art galleries from around the world representing literally thousands of artists, i remember it to be quite overwhelming, being bombarded with so many pieces of art within such close proximity. It was a piece by Bruyckere, titled 'Lingam' (2007), that was one of a few pieces of art from the show that i can still remember vividly.

During my last visit to the Saatchi gallery i was happy to see three more of her artworks on show. Below are some photos for you to look through from the exhibition, as well as a few more examples of her work.

Berlinde de Bruyckere - Marthe, 2008
Berlinde de Bruyckere - Marthe, 2008
Berlinde De Bruyckere - The Black Horse
Berlinde De Bruyckere - The Black Horse
Berlinde de Bruyckere - Various works
Berlinde de Bruyckere - Various works

You can see some of her work in the current Saatchi gallery exhibition titled 'The Shape Of Things To Come: New Sculpture. Which runs until the 16th October.

9 July 2011

ShellsuitZombie - Issue 2

ShellsuitZombie is a project run by fellow Collective London designer @jonnyburch that "encourages interaction between graduating students and the creative industry" by hosting talks and events up and down the country. I've been to a few events, and i can see that they are a great way to meet talented graduates, as well as the flip side of giving graduates useful contacts within the design industry.

As well as hosting talks and events the ShellsuitZombie team also produce this fantastic magazine, which contains a good mix of articles and interviews on all things design related (and some random things thrown in for good measure). The latest issue contains interviews with design legend Vince Frost and designer Dave Brown (Bollo from the Mighty Boosh), as well as cover art and poster by Noel Fielding. There is also a nonsensical article i put together, which is loosely based on an idea i had a while back, for a series of illustrations based around various mythical creatures that inhabit the London Boroughs.

ShellsuitZombie - Issue 2
Designer dan - The Pygmy Pigeons of Penge East
Designer dan - The Pygmy Pigeons of Penge East

Bias aside it really is a great little magazine, and at the bargain price of £2.50 (or two for a fiver) you can't go wrong. Get a copy for yourself by following this link and also check out the ShellsuitZombie website here.
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