Author: ceberhart

Rolling Plinth

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. RPF_flyer Advertisements

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

‘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. Shock- “…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 …

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 …

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.

Ben Wilson at ‘For One Week Only’

For One Week Only presents BEN WILSON – THE CHEWING GUM MAN 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 …

‘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 …