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For all the regular visitors on ‘Christina’s Blog’

I am delighted to announce Christina’s Blog is expanding and will continue to support artists and galleries on a new site titled ‘Rolling Plinth’.

It will serve as an online platform and offer space for artists and gallerists to have a profile and announcement board for exhibitions and as usual it will feature reviews and useful tips and hints on what to see for art lovers. We are also offering art related services and an opportunity to view work and purchase work from artists on the site.

I do hope you will join us on Rolling Plinth and continue to enjoy being part of our creative community.



Folkestone Triennial 2011

Folkestone Triennial 25th June-25th September 2011
In the run up to the Folkestone Triennial opening on June 25th we went to visit and check out the location. Preparation works for the Triennial are a transforming this small seaside town into a vibrant centre for creative excellence. Ok, it’s not on the scale of the Venice Biennale but it is a major event in Uk’s art calendar attracting a host of brilliant artists with innovative concepts, right on our doorstep. Only Read More

‘A Fete Worse than Death’

At MOCA 113 Bellenden Rd, London SE15 4QY

Dash and Dem have been working with a team of Casualty trainers who act out and demonstrate in the most vivid and realistic way what accident specific wounds look like and how to handle the wounded.Who is the Casualties Union? At inception of the Casualties Union in 1942 it’s founder Eric Claxon stipulated that dummies were forbidden and instruction was only taught on real casualties. Today it exists to provide casualties and patients as teaching aid.
Dash and Dem passed me The Dictionary of Injuries, published as a guidebook for rescue operators after World War II bombings. One of the aims of their project is to extend the content in collaboration with the Union and update the dictionary. Dash and Dem instigated research into the kind of wounds that modern and future weapons like the laser gun can cause.

“…It.all… happened… so quickly…” is the slogan for the photographic exhibition inside MOCA and it illuminates the extend of burning and tissue damage to the body such a lazar weapons cause.

A Video piece in the exhbition has one of the volunteers trapped under a piano simulating increasing pain a real time performance by one of the Casualty members lasting a 3 long hours.

Today, The Casualties Union provides trained volunteers to simulate injuries and medical conditions, to improve the realism of training in first aid, nursing and emergency rescue services.

Fete worse than Death was staged as day long performance event including a ‘Free injury face Painting disaster tour’ involving shops and businesses along the street where a series of staged incidents of ‘worse -case scenario’s that could happen when shopping.

Soon everyone all along the Bellenden Road was bleeding and had protruding facial or arm wounds. In the spirit of the fun of the fete the injuries were illusionary but real in the sense that it produced in us that instinctive panic that we can only describe as that deep down in the stomach shock when confronted head on with ripped tissue and blood and disaster. That is if you are squeamish!

There were competitions on who could limp better, and who could win at playing dead, and guess the accident! Medals and Rosettes were presented and prizes awarded for best act in faking pain. Fascinated spectators and participants engaged in pain and dripping with blood were having fun at the fair!

I left the scene unscathed, dipped into one of the new coffee shops in this lively street, to eat a most delicious cake with the excuse that it would stave off that sinking traumatic feeling one get’s in associations with injuries. So be careful it can ‘all happen so quickly’!
More about the Casualties Union here:
More about Dash and Dem here:

Richard Brautigan and the Library of Unwritten Books

This weeks explorations into the arts had me at home rereading some of Richard Brautigan ‘The Abortion: A Historical Romance 1966.

It is based on the idea of a public library where authors can bring their manuscripts, “the unwanted, the lyrical and haunted volumes of American writing’, Such volumes as: Growing Flowers by Candlelight in Hotel Rooms, My Trike and Love always Beautiful, a book rejected four hundred and fifty-nine times. Also mentioned is the Culinary Dostoevsky the author of which, it states, was a cookbook of recipes he had found in Dostoevsky’s novels. ‘Some of them are very good, ‘ he said. ‘I’ve eaten everything Dostoevsky ever cooked.’
Brautigan according to his first wife Virginia Aste, never went anywhere without his Dostoyevsky.

Abortion An Historical Romance, inspired the UK library of Unwritten Books a project in which ideas for novels are collectedand stored. It also I believe it inspired Haruki Murakami to write ‘Kafka on the Shore’ in which a similar beguiling heaven for literary enthusiasts is portrayed. Brautigan regularly spent time in Japan seeking inspiration for his writing. After the 1970’s his popularity waned in the US but continued to be read in Europe and was translated into Japanese.
Brautigan was enigmatic in life and death.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti said of him, “As an editor I was always waiting for Richard to grow up as a writer. It seems to me he was essentially a naïf, and I don’t think he cultivated that childishness, I think it came naturally. It was like he was much more in tune with the trout in America than with people.”[8]Brautigan’s writings are experimental, romantic,poetic, ironic and above all humorous and rock bands, writers and filmmakers have borrowed from his books, and in the 70’s at the hight of his fame, children were named: ‘Trout Fishing in America’.

More recently it has inspired Adam Curtis to title a documentary ‘All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace’ after one of Brautigan’s best-known poems. It is to be screened on Mon. 23rd May 2011 BBC2
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a BBC documentary series[1] by filmmaker Adam Curtis, well known for other documentaries including The Trap and The Power of Nightmares. It starts on Monday 23rd May 2011 at 9pm on BBC2.

I find Viginia Aste’s interview with Arthur Magazine about their life together the most informative see this link:
Arthur: What do you think he would’ve thought about current technology, the Internet?
Virginia Aste: In “All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace” [1967], Richard anticipated the impact of computer technology. He was happy to get an electric typewriter. It was a lot of work making corrections on copies of his work, and typing it over and over. It took a lot of time. It was a lot of work.
He would’ve been a great fan of the word processor because he couldn’t spell.
I think he ran out of things to write about, unlike Styron and Mailer—who he didn’t like. Alcohol shut down his spontaneity and depressed him and accelerated/exaggerated the parts of his personality that was pessimistic about people. I’m pretty sure he did not believe in God or an afterlife. He believed in art and the arts as the highest people could live for.

Simon Tyszko: Modern Neon Lights

Simon Tyszko: Modern Neon Lights
29th April-6 May 2011
Mol’s Place
23 Macklin Street
London WC2B 5NN
The gallery is the home and occasional exhibition space of Dutch art collector Jan Mol.

Last night in preparation for tomorrow’s finishing party, I was invited to attend Photographer David Ellis in conversation with Simon Tyszko. A program which will be broadcast on Resonance Radio shortly.
Simon Tyszko’s work is varied and includes neons, photography, and the moving image and texts.
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Ben Wilson at ‘For One Week Only’

For One Week Only


The last time I stumbled across Ben Wilson’s figure crouched on the pavement and amongst his working utensils was in front of the Royal Academy. I had just been to see the Van Gogh Exhibition when I saw Ben, was putting the finishing touches on a commissioned piece outside the gates of the RA. Ben is a long time and dedicated pioneer of, Pure Street Art in and around London. See previous entries and an interview on this blog. The opening of his solo show at ‘for one week only’ included bigger canvases and a series of humorous pieces of carefully painted figures and scenes on reclaimed finds of the everyday rubbish in the street. The event was so busy, that it was not the right time to ask Ben about the stories that had prompted him to make the individual pieces on show. But catch him another day and he will tell you how every one of the small gum pieces links to a person he comes in contact with or relates to an event he witnesses on his working days out in the streets. ‘For one week only’ website provides a map to the Ben Wilson’s ‘gum trail’ in and around St. James’s. The exhibition is on until the 8th of May. Recommend!

at the

Julian Hartnoll Gallery
37 Duke Street St James’s
London, SW1Y 6DF

2-8 May 2011 10-30-4.30

For more information please visit our website.
+44 (0) 7973 932271

‘the width of your arms unfolded’

Athanasios Argianas sculpture is a work where the physical object is integral to the sung performance. I caught the performance from above and from the balcony of the Barbican Exhibition Halls I had the added advantage of being able to enjoy the shadows drawn by this delicate and sophisticated metal construction and its performers. Later on closer inspection I found that loosely draped over and part of this sculpture was a long chain of flattened gold links, engraved with a poem titled: ‘The length of a Stand of Your Hair, of the Width of Your Arms Unfolded’, the lyrics of which were sung and performed.

Does one ever consider what might be the width of one’s collarbone or the with of one’s shoelace, or a sheet of the wingspan of a plane? I was delighted to be able to follow this performance and read the lyrics on the printed sheet available to visitors. For more about Athanasios Argianas work:

This work can be experienced until 22. May at The Barbican Exhibition featuring Pioneers of the Downtown Scene in 1970 Gordon Matta Clark Laurie Anderson and Trisha Brown. Check out the Program of Events.

I am adding some of the lyric’s by Athanasios Argianas here: Read More

Clockshower Gordon Matta-Clark

Clockshower Gordon Matta-Clark
1973, 13.50 min. color, silent 16mm film on video
In this film of one of his most daring performances , Matta-Clark climbed to the top of the Clocktower of a 13 storey building in New York and washed, shaved and brushed his teeth while suspended over the streets in front of the huge clockface.
Currently on show at the Barbican. is a great exhibition featuring Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark’s works. The three leading figures active in downtown Manhatten during the 1970 explored and developed new relationships to the urban environment. The exhibition includes live performances and I highly recommend to go and see it 3March-22May 2011.

Lost Sounds…
Lost Sounds is a project that started with Rolf Julius, Miki Yui and Rie Nakajima in 2009 with the idea to explore sounds, the environment, objects and one’s visual acoustic perception. For the Lost Sound performance at Café Oto on 11th February 2011 Miki and Julius developed the idea and the concept together. Sadly Rolf passed away on the 21.January 2011 and the project now continues without his physical presence. There is an installation in the window of Café Oto, where I found myself listening to a stone. Read More

An Gee Chan at Tintype Gallery

An Gee is currently artist in residence at the Tintype Gallery. Over the week end she is inviting passers by to contribute to a print work. On a table in the gallery are rolls and rolls of lovely colored paper, wherefrom we are invited to tear out a figure. The story is of a village and its people having been uprooted.
The finished piece will be exhibited on the 26th of February in the form of a print. See more of her work:


Sound Art Gallery & Research Unit.
Unit 3b Studio 28 28 Lawrence Road, London, N15 4ER
Rie Nakajima /Ken Bodden
I Can Hear it.
11th Dec 2010 – 29th January 2011
The Sound Art Gallery & Research Unit is a new exciting space:
After attending, Parfums Pourpres du Soleil des Poles at the SLG and in the same week I was on a mission to seek out the Soundfjord gallery to witness a piece by Rie Nakajima who is working with Ken Bodden a piano tuner. See Press release. A friend had been present at the recording, and so we tried Read More

Parfums Pourpres du Soleil des Poles. SLG

Ulla von Brandenburg, Julien Discrit, Thomas Dupouy and Laurent Montaron
The SLG, presents the UK premiere of a new performance of a work originally created for the New Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2009. Taking as their starting point the phenomenon of synaesthesia, a neurological process which automatically links one sense to another, the collaborating artists have made a new piece focusing on the idea of somebody seeing colours when they hear music. Working with a synaesthesist, a minimal and static music piece is played on three traditional reed organs and then translated into a colour system simultaneously projected into the space.
The poetic title, a quote from Arthur Rimbaud’s ‘Metropolitain’ lured me into attending SLG art performance piece. Recalling a paperback wrapped in ‘Illuminations’ and filled with verbal delights by this complex and often romantic poet, I was unprepared for a violent affront to my aural senses in the packed hall at the SLG.
The room was filled with sound that gruesomely pared down to a grinding and grating noise was… drone. I endured the long hour watching the keyboard players fingers seemingly glued unrelentingly to the same key. The card players finger’s were busy shuffling for arrangements corresponding in color to the sound from stacks of cards in varying colours layed out on the table next to him. Sound is a like taste, a sense, difficult to substantiate Read More

This is an Art that sits on it’s Ass in a Museum

Future Map at the Zabludovich Collection 176 Prince of Wales Road, Camden

Let’s consider for a moment : What if we did not Work?
For the second time in two days I came across that notion of no longer working suggested as an action in protest against the many grievances uttered by many in today’s living environment.
Image: Catherine Wharfe,MA Photography, College of Communication.

At the Zabludovich Collection , the following evening I attended Future Map. The Zabludovich Collection hosts the exhibition showcasing promising talent from the graduates of the University of the Arts London. The opening was very well attended and busy.
A burly man at the entrance seemed to have walked out of The Madame Tussaud saving a little fledgling bird Read More

Werner Herzog’s 1970 Film: Even Dwarfes Started Small

PRESSRELEASE from the Museum of Everything
4:00pm – Sunday 23rd January 2011

Hello little friends, this week why don’t you skip into de verld ov bleck und weiss mit unsere neuer bestest freund Werner Herzog in this his second motion picture, unleashed in 1970 and entitled Even Dwarfes Started Small.
The film is quite unlike any other you will ever see. Call it unsettling, disturbing, austere or even hallucinatory, it is one of our most abstracted favourites, a seemingly brilliant metaphor for something, albeit that no-one has actually worked out what that metaphor is.
Also still on until the 11th February is the 3rd Exhibition co-curated by Sir Peter Blake. Featuring the recreation of Walter Potter’s lost Museum of Curiosity.

Fieldgate Gallery Private View 14th January


On Becoming a Gallery!
An Exhibition in Three Parts: Curated by Fieldgate Gallery

Part Three: Jan 15th – Feb 6th
Aisling Hedgecock – Stewart Gough & Tom Ormond
Paul Eachus with videos by Nooshin Farhid

Private View: Friday, 14th January 2011, 6-9pm

Gallery open: Friday – Sunday, 12-6pm

26 Lower Clapton Rd (at the junction of Urswick Rd), London, E5 0PD
0208 9850450 / /
Aisling Hedgecock
Part accelerated speleothem, part architectonic folly, ‘The Ninth Stellation’ is a large polychrome sculpture by Aisling Hedgecock made specifically for On Becoming A Gallery. Constructed from an apparently infinite number of polystyrene beads and found Spanish religious ephemera, cut and folded into stellated icosahedrons, Hedgecock employs both meticulous craft and process-led action to transform prosaic materials into pareidolic semblances of biogeological growth.

Stewart Gough & Tom Ormond
Stewart Gough and Tom Ormond continue their collaborative investigation into the sculptural and architectural space around and in between their individual practices. Their two previous collaborations are large scale sculptural works: DeBeauvoir Manor (2006); a Tudor cottage façade made from salvaged loading pallets and plasterboard, which through experience in the round breaks down into a formal abstraction of blue sail like structures. European Vacation (2006-9), is a manipulation beyond the readymade of a ‘Rapido’ folding caravan. Here the existing flat pack panels are re-cut, trimmed and fitted with further hinges, enabling the caravan’s unpacking to continue beyond its designed function, taking flight into abstraction. For ‘Becoming a Gallery’; Gough and Ormond respond Read More

5,256,000 Minutes of good Luck and Peace in 2011

A minute in the world’s life passes! To paint it in its reality and forget everything for that! To become that minute, to be that sensitive plate… give the image of what we see, forgetting everything that appeared before our lifetime… quote: Paul Cezanne.

Is it not great to start a New Year! I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog so far and wish you all the very best for 2011. WordPress’s number crunchers tell me that my blog has been viewed 6.600 times last year! Reasons to be cheerful!

I would like to start this years entries with a focus at Joseph Popper. His work and interests and imagination are in paving the ground where possible futures can be imagined. Issues of futurology and the science of space and technology all play a part in his practise. This months header is part of an image from his recent work titled ‘Starfield’ available to view on his site! Joseph Popper is co-curator and originator for a project called: ‘There is no i in art’ which happens primarily at the Pigeon Wing and which I have progressively followed last year.

Drawing in Process

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
26 November 2010 – 20 March 2011
Laurance Weiner’s work is illustrated here: ART FUND:
Drawing in Progress a unique collection of some forty post-war American drawings, that from now will form part of its permanent collections. mima has been developing this significant strand of its collection since 2007 in partnership with The Drawing Center, New York and this will be the first time that they have collectively been put on display in the UK. All works have been aquired through the Art Fund International funding initiative that encourages UK museums and galleries to build outstanding collections of international contemporary art. As a result mima has had the opportunity to carefully research and acquire what now stands as one of the finest collections of post war American drawing in the UK. Artists that have transformed drawing in dynamic ways have been sought out.
Robert Breer, James Lee Byars, Nathan Carter, Robert Gober, Michael Heizer, Ellsworth Kelly, Barbara Kruger, Adrian Piper, Fred Sandback, Robert Smithson and Al Taylor amongst others.

Aware Art Fashion Identity

Royal Academy GSK 02.12.10 – 30.01.11

Aware demonstrates how Art and Fashion amalgamate to show that clothing is a powerful instrument for communicating identity in many different ways.

I was particularily struck by Alicia Framis installation in the show.

Alicia Framis addresses social components in contemporary living. Her work highlights shifts between different cultural heritages and the emotions of fear and tensions linked to intercultural dynamics. For this piece she collaborated with several fashion designers to make up dress designs using the Chinese flag the very fabric and emblem of China.
I visited the show with a friend over on holiday from Beijing and on viewing Alicia Framis work I found him to be quite shocked at seeing the flag turned into fashionable wear. ‘That, he said, you could not show in China, it could be seriously dangerous to do so.
In Europe and America I have seen many celebrities from pop stars to actors pledge their nationalism by wearing the flag. But China went through a phase of militant anti-fashion ideology during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. This bleak time for Chinese fashion began in 1949 and lasted 30 years. Years on the country is one of the biggest if not the biggest exporter of fashion garments in the world. The textile industry is one of its fastest growing economies and rose by 35% in November over the same period last year. Rising living standards in China have meant an increasing interest in style and fashion awareness. Yet paradoxically it is foreign western labels like Gucci, Louis Vuiton and Channel that are much preferred over their own lesser-known emerging designers. Conversely many western high-end designers have included Chinese influences in their catwalk shows.
Below is an image that was taken in the streets of Bejing by Ken Wang resident stylist and fashion correspondent to this blog.

I am fascinated by the outward developments as seen in attire and fashion of the current political climates. In fact the assimilation of opposites, the merging of skills and styles from different cultures should promise richer ideas and diverse creations and above all new identities.  I am watching the space!
China is a nation that has 5000 years of history. It is one of the oldest civilizations and hence has an incredibly rich tradition of dress. The delicately embroidered robes with symbolisms of old and the manufacture of cotton fabric and silk goes back millennia. Major differences between traditional Chinese tailoring skills and western tailoring skills used to be in the cutting of the fabric. The early twentieth century, also constituted a golden age for China, many Western merchants came to Shanghai; they brought with them the distinctive western influence of molding with darts and cutting western suits. This changed the styles of Chinese dress to a mix of Western and Chinese. The modern Chinese tunic suit or so later called the Mao suit was invented replacing the old traditional robes and style of dress. Then later following on from years in isolation the country’s Cultural Revolution ended in 1976. Today again China lives through a golden age where global influences and new ideas and technologies are being integrated and amongst much else also create new styles and new ideologies of fashion. Exciting times!

The Law on the National Flag of China as follows:
“People’s Republic of China’s Law on the National Flag” Article XVIII: the national flag and its design must not be used for trademarks and advertising, it shall not be used for private funeral functions. Article XIX also sates in public, intentionally burning, mutilating, insulting such as trampling on the flag of the People’s Republic of China shall be held criminally accountable. In a less serious case, public Security Ordinance penalties will be imposed by public security authorizes such as detained for 15 days.

Shape and Material Artists

Curator: Laura Plana Gracia ,
At Vyner Studio Opening I got to speak to : Henry Byrne and Matthew MC Guinness who’s work I liked.

Henry Byrne current work at the Vyner Studio show addresses time management in the field of one’s passions. He particularily likes to incorporate smoke within his larger installations and also featured it in the sculptural smaller piece in this show. I liked the juxtaposition of materials such as wood and stone topped with the cuckoo clock and floating balloons. It successfully suggested thoughts and dreams held back by the substances we make things with and like to surround ourselves with.

Matthew MC Guiness offered delicious Spanish Omelette as part of his installation. Born in New York but now living and working in London. He explained how circumstantially he currently works in a restaurant and how this influenced his art making to the point where he now uses the kitchen as his ‘studio space’. He started drawing on kitchen cloths which are on show and invented new designs to eat from. I am looking forward to see where this leads him!

Shape and Material at the Vyner Studio

Forthcoming Show and Opening on Thursday 25th November at Vyner Street Studio’s 1-5 Vyner St.London E2 9DG
Contributing Artists: Mikael Alacoqve, Rania Bellou, Henry Byrne, Rob Chavasse, Elleanor Fawcett, Matthew McGuiness, Natuka Honrubia, Kristina Jimenez, Julia Mariscal, Jonhatan Moreno, Irene Perez Hernandez http://www.ireneperezhernandez.com, Curated by Laura Plana Gracia,( in collaboration with the Vyner Studio, this promises to be an exiting show featuring a group of emerging artists working in a variety of media seeking to find exciting new ways to reinterpret established sculptural traditions.

Damian Ortega at the Curve

I quote from the interview that Damian had with The Independent: ‘In some way objects are metamorphosing, changing their function and reviealing a new side to them. I’m not sure if I am being clear, but I think humor and fear create a ind of instability, forcing the viewer to interrogate the meaning of these objects which makes you perceive the other side of the coin. I am interested in producing another reality and a new knowledge, or at least forcing the viewer to doubt conventions and established ideas. I think this is the most ineresting thing about art.’ Read More

Student Demonstration 10/11/10

Is it not pityful that the actual issue concerning the cuts in education and increases of fees is not being discussed, and 90% of the pictures covering this event in the media are about the disruption by only a few of the 50’000 people who attended the march, people who came to make their views and serious concerns about the future of education in this country. Out on the street, it was peaceful nearly all day. I spoke later in the day to an Athropology Student at Goldsmiths who informed me that 1000 and more had assembled in the morning they set of and did they whole march joining up with other groups from other universities. She and her group felt dissapointed that at the end of the march they were greeted by fires and police , “it was such a small part of the whole event”, she said, it is a pity , because it overshadows the seriousness of the situation.
If the cuts go ahead The Arts and Humanities would suffer the most. Which would affect all bar 2 courses at Goldsmiths. This potentially could mean that in 10 years time Goldsmiths would not longer exist!

Nina Gehl at Vyner Studio Gallery

Vyner Street Studio, 1-3 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG
Nina Gehl is currently showing her work as part of a Group Show at The Vyner Studio Gallery. The Gallery is Iker Garcia Barrenetxea’s new and inviting showcase for international artists in the East End.Gehl is showing a series of portrait paintings which she started to work on when she stayed in a remote place in the Italy and had lots of time, but no paints and material to work with.
She devised an ingenious method of making paint from using ash, mixing it with oils and then experimenting with other compounds until she could produce a consistency and finish that not only matches regular pigmented paint but lends the work a quality that enhances and is indicative of her subject matter.
The inspiration for this series of works draws on a memory of a near death experience Nina Gehl experienced as a child. The women of her family where all nearby but unawares of her plight of being close to drowning.
The resulting works represent singular or double portraits of women surfacing from tones of black, soft greys and browns. Other women disappear into the depth of the painting, are just out of sight, or are hidden in the black ground they are trying to emerge from.
A larger work titled Cunard Nurses sold at auction recently and depicts a group of woman in long white aprons. The painting is after an old photographic image taken in the Nursery Nurse Section of a Cunard Cruise Ship.
The scene tells of staunch woman who have made it their profession to offer safety and care for others. Nina Gehl’s paints the soft lights and shades of black vaporously and offers a fleeting glimpse of a bygone era. The work as a whole suggests a sense deference and respect for the inert kindness of women who are committed to care. It is significant and suited that these woman should be reclaimed from the ashes.

The show is still on until 6th November 2010 it comes recommended!
Other artists in the show are Alessia E.R. Avellino, Natuka Honrubia, Jon Braley. Curator: Iker Garcia Barrenetxea.

Oxo Gallery Rosl Arts

The 2010 annual Scholars Exhibition brings together work in a variety of media by winners of the 2009 Travel Scholarship: Anikpe Ebene (Nigeria) Chan Kok Hooi (Malaysia) Leo de Feu (UK) Keegan Simon Trinidad and Tobago) and Todd Stratton (New Zealand).
Anikpe Ekene creates playful sculpture from plastic straws and metal can bottoms, she explores the artistic experience and the creative process, with socio-ecological issues in mind. Note that I have used an image of her work at the Oxo Gallery for my header of the month!

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Gavin Turk: ‘Muse de Bois Rond’ Frieze 2010

I became an artwork when I entered Gavin Turk’s rent a bike shed.
Mind you I did have to do all the work. Once I had paid my one pence by credit card and been given a ticket, the volunteer from Chelsea College confided that he only learned to ride a bike yesterday but he would gladly take me around the prescribed tour. It was a wobbly and rather precariously slow ride. I am now in awe of the adept cyclists negotiating amongst traffic in London every day. I missed turning on the corner off the circle, I was fearful of colliding, with a car I sensed was somewhere in the vicinity, but really was miles away ! The inner circle of beautiful Regents Park, is lovely and thankfully the volunteer knew the way, and we wobbled on chatting about art all the way. It was fun. I have a little slip of paper signed by Gavin Turk stating I am now his ‘Muse de Bois Rond!’

Frieze 2010 First Impressions

Oh no! Oh yes!
Daniel Silver
The Smoking Silver Father Figures 2010
IBID Projects

This well placed group of Father Figures in the Sculpture Garden of Frieze in Regents Park surprised me and caught me unawares. In the half light of the chilly afternoon they are so nearly human size in their blue and green coats they could be gardeners. On closer inspection the misshapen heads, the cavities and gauging holes transform this crowd with their heavy bronze heads into figures both ancient and new. Wisdoms accrued over civilisations and a timeless humanist appeal. The ancient and pensive even humorous air about them which had me stunned at how very successful this work is. href=””&gt;
Thomas Scaraceno’s Airport Modules is a playful geometric assembly. Inspired and amused I viewed it from all angles and saw it come alive changing form and shape depending to where I saw it from.

Picasso at the Gagosian

I highly recommend this exhibition of Picasso’s work. Curated by John Richardson who is writing his 4th and last volume on the Life of Picasso, and hosted by the Gargosian Gallery it is on until the 27th of August 2010
Previous publications by John Richardson are : The Prodigy, 1881-1906. The Cubist Rebel, 1907-1916, The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932. Accompanying this last visually stunning volume is this Exhibition titled the Mediterranean Years 1945-1962.
Check out the interview with John Richardson and the arts desk writer Jasper Rees

The Gargosian Gallery in Britania Street has been divided into 4 rooms to transform into a quiet ostensibly private space to accommodate this special exhibition of paintings sculpture drawings and pottery on loan from Picasso’s Family and Friends.

I have seen it twice and it made me want to examine his work and the man afresh. When John Richardson spent time with Picasso in ‘the MediteraneanYears’ Picasso was in his mid sixties working from a villa in Vallauris. It is said that he saved the towns ceramic industry, because he had fallen in love with clay. Given that clay is the oldest materials in history to make art with , Picasso still managed to challenge, invent and extend the range of art that could be made from it into joyful humorous pieces.
Equally fascinating , foremost and moving are his paintings in the first room depicting intimate moments of domesticity and portraits of his children and wives. Exposed amongst the work is his love and affection for his children and his intimate understanding of the notions of motherhood.
‘Femme et l’enfant dessin’ 1957 is a painting of Read More

Bus Stop for Bees

Work by Margot Bannerman: Bus Stop for Bees.

Over the period of a few day’s I watched a garden grow high up and a top the concrete canopy overhanging a local independent supermarket in Archway.
This once rather plain and typically 1960’ tees building opposite the corner of St. John’s Church on Holloway Road has in the course of one week transformed into an elevated green oasis. Bees and birds can rest amongst wild flowers and watch the busy traffic of the Holloway Road roar by as usual while customers popping in for small necessities and sticky honeyed halva and cakes will be in the knowledge that above is as below with happy bees collecting pollen for making honey and birds doing what birds do in a surprise pleasure garden Read More

ToandFor a Nomadic Gallery

To and For a Nomadic Gallery
720 Holloway Road

I was delighted to see that the nomadic Gallery To and For have been able to secure an other space in Archway. To and For was founded in June 2009 by a young collective of artists that operated at 2 and 4 Archway Close last year with a series of exhibitions. The Cripple Gate Foundation has enabled for this exciting venture to continue, and the organisers of To and For Gallery have created a friendly and inviting space at 720 Holloway Road in Upper Holloway.

The collective share the running of the space and I spoke to one of the founders Jenny Hooper who invited me to join in an art and movement workshop. ‘We invite participatory activities and we are open to ideas from those in the area who would like to get involved.’ Currently advertised is a free workshop for adults in Screen printing and lino printing on Thursday the 12th of August at 6.30 pm in conjunction with their new exhibition PAPER EXCHANGE , with Heather Martin and John Lofts. Read More

Chelsea Degree Show 2010

I would have liked to take home one of Kei Tahara, fiberglass aeroplane’s. See more of his work on:<a
The show was good fun and had a great vibe. It is well worth seeing so if you have time before the 26th of June which is when it closes so have a look. I found some interesting work and here are some of my favorites to look out for in the future. Lucia Quevedo's exhibits made everyone smile. Witty inventions twisted everyday objects installed site specifically to the small room gave a twist to the mind and made the objects come alive with personality. A toothbrush looking to see under the shelf , an umbrella who’s place was to float just above the skirting board holding onto a plug, the chair with the leg up and a hammer who’s handle had all curled around to fit into the corner of the window ledge! James Laycock’s ‘Fish Wife’ and his piece of ‘Her Indoors’ are beautifully crafted inlay with added surprises and he had an order of 3 already by the time I got to see it.

Magic and Illusionism at the Hands of Tony Turner.

Tony Turner | Illusion Laid Bare
I was delighted to meet Tony Turner today at the private view of his work at Julian Hartnoll Gallery. He is a contemporary with Allen Jones and Kitaj, and studied at the Royal Academy in the late 50’s.

Vivienne Roberts from ‘foroneweekonly’ rediscovered Tony’s work and here to see and experience are these intricately end expertly crafted, magical and entertaining drawings, which he worked on in the 1970’tees. I was really enjoying these and was reminded of performances I had been to and that sense of amazement only a true magician can inspire in the audience.

There was the image of the beautiful assistant spot lit and levitating through a hoop in mid air, attached to an ingenious Read More

At the Pigeon Wing

Up coming and with the Preview happening today Friday 28th of May 2010 is the Laurence Weiner Collective , Maker or Marker at the Pidgeon Wing today.
Working with the ‘THERE IS NO I IN ART’ group of artists, is Richard Butler formulating responses to Laurence Weiner’s Statements of 1968.
‘People, buying my stuff, can take it wherever they go and can rebuild it if they choose. If they keep it in their heads, that’s fine too. They don’t have to buy it to have it, they can have it just by knowing it. Anyone making a reproduction of my art is making art just as valid as art as if I had made it.’ Lawrence Weiner.
I am looking forward to see you there!

The Museum of Everything Exhibition 2

On May 14th, 15th, and 16th 2010, The Museum of Everything will stage their second Exhibition at the Tate Mondern as part of the NO SOUL FOR SALE.

Exhibition 1 has travelled to the Pinacoteca Agnelli in Italy and for all those who so enjoyed it and partook in this ground breaking show , this Exhibition 2 is a great opportunity. The Museum of Everything will showcase 1000 works on paper canvases by newly discovered artists from across the British Isles. And Artists of all descriptions are invited to submit their work provided they are non-traditional , non-professional and non-exhibited.

I am attaching the call out  here for anyone who is interested to contribute to the Exhibition.

The Museum of Everything – Exhibition #2

And I look forward to  the forthcoming Exhibition!

Book Art at the Flow Gallery

Beauty and Art in Contemporary Book.
Designers Bookmakers are members of The Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders founded 50 years ago. see : On display at Flow are a selection of expertly crafted leather bound and tooled books. I spoke to Haein Song who is a practising book artist and bookbinder with ‘Book Works’ here in London she explained to me, that there are only major 4 Bookbinderies offering this type of specialist binding left in London plus some smaller studio bindery specialising in conservation and restoration. A book can take a month from design to the finished workings on a new book. Aspects of bookmaking include text, structure, illustration, print and paper and choice of binding. For collectors of beautiful books this show is a delight, every piece is lovingly crafted and unique and reflects the ideas of the individual artists. I marvel at what a book can be and how diverse the ideas are with regards to how it can be read. The Art of the Book has inspired many artists of the past and present and has a poetry all of its own.
For more information go to: or the links above.
I first came across Haein Songs work in the Mall Galleries some time ago where she
showed: Books of the Absurd. See one of the pieces below and more on her site.

Star City at Nottingham Contemporary

Star City
At Nottingham Contemporary

An Exploration back into the future under the influence of communism. A look at the monuments memorabilia and once highly secretly kept plans and places that shaped the idea’s and visions for the future of space travel in communist Russia.
Jane and Louise Wilson’s video installation show us this futuristic rocket machinery, now in a filmic investigation of Star City, a vast military research and secret training facility for Russian cosmonauts past and present.
The start of ‘the space race’ between the Soviet Union and the US was the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, then Sputnik 2 with Laika , the first dog in space followed by the US launched Explorer 1 Satellite in 1958 and the race to get the first man Read More

Drawing and Painting week at Trewidden Gardens Penzance

DRAWING WORKSHOP with Paul Wadsworth/see previous blog entry.

For anyone interested in attending a drawing and painting workshop at the beautiful Trewidden Gardens in Penzance sign up well in advance. Groups are limited to 6 people and will be held in July and August. Please contact for more details or leave a comment on this blog.

Dates for the course are yet to be confirmed but each course lasts for 5 days Mon- Fri 10.30 – 4.30 it can be booked at a reasonable £ 300 for the duration. Objectives will involve looking at materials , ways of working and mark making and working from the life model. It is a great opportunity to spend time in beautiful surroundings, concentrate on the work and meet interesting people talk art and expand on knowledge and skill.
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Arabian Love Story

I met Paul Wadsworth at the Majlis Gallery while in Dubai last month. He divides his time between a studio at the Majlis in Dubai and his studio at Trewidden Gardens in Penzance. A book of prints with the romantic title : ‘Arabian Love Story’ has just been published and is available from Paul Wadsworth’s website. It is a tale about love lost and rediscovered in the harsh climate of the Middle East.
The Majlis Gallery has been a cornerstone of art in the Bastakija for over 20 years. Showing international artists with an affinity to the Middle East and welcoming back each year artists who have almost made Dubai their second home.
Paul is one of Majlis Gallery artists and his work captures the climate and magic of the Orient, Read More