Saturday, 13 December 2014

Walls of Water - National Gallery

Eight previously unseen works by Maggi Hambling are on show at the National Gallery. The exhibition is titled "Walls of Water". It's only in one room but well worth a visit.

Maggi Hambling: ‘There are people who don’t laugh. I tend to avoid them’ - The Guardian 20th Dec 2014

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Frieze 2014 – Sculpture Park

It’s the annual Frieze art show in Regents Park, which as always is accompanied by the excellent Sculpture Park in the English Garden. The show is an eye watering £35 to visit so the alfresco, ‘free’ sculptures are a welcome sight.

The Sculpture Park is always worth visiting. You can take the Flann O’Brian attitude to the work, “Your talk is surely the handiwork of wisdom because not one word of it do I understand”  or approach it from the same perspective as the small children in the park, who when confronted by a video installation featuring the bare backside of artist Martin Creed, just laughed out loud.

It was fascinating to hear one small child ask her parents why Mickey Mouse was so sad. The children had become engaged in the work even if the adults were only interested in taking ‘snaps’ on their i-phones. (I think I have to be included in this category).

Kaws - Small Lie
Jaume Plensa - Storm
Not Vital - Head (Mao)
Reza Aramesh - Action 137

Martin Creed - Work No 732
Yayoi Kusama - Pumpkin(s)
Michal Craig Martin - Scissors (blue)

Sunday, 5 October 2014

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'

This installation is entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' and is created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins. It marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Each hand made poppy has been purchased by a member of the public for £25 with the proceeds being shared equally amongst six service charities.

It seems strange that the Tower of London, a building synonymous with the eccentricities of English history such as beheading former wives, torture and the excess of power should be the location for such a moving tribute. With current atrocities in far of places seeming to replicate such events the asinine practices of our Royal ancestors no longer seem so quaint.

I’m not sure what is more astonishing. The site of so many ceramic poppies in the Tower of London moat or the amount of people who have come to see the site, early on a Sunday morning.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Scrap Metal Merchants

I'm sure it's tough dealing in scrap metal but is an armoured vehicle really necessary. An everyday picture of the back streets of North London.

Monday, 22 September 2014

'Flowing' in China Town

I spotted this piece of sculpture today in Gerrard Place on the very edge of China Town. The 20ft figure is entitled ‘Flowing’ and is created by Singaporean artist Chua Boon Kee. The intention is for China Town to become a creative hub for Chinese & East Asian arts.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Rain over South London

Rain over South London from the 52 floor bar of the Sangri-La Hotel in the Shard.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Scapegoating – Gilbert & George

Scapegoating is currently at the White Cube in Bermondsey Street, exhibiting sixty new works by Gilbert and George. The pictures feature the sights, mood and multi-cultural world that is Brick lane and the parts of the East End where they live and work.

Sinister bomb shaped canisters dominate the work. These are discarded containers of nitrous oxide or “hippy crack” used to create hallucinations by local hipsters on a night out.