SPLENDIFEROUS! – AN INTERVIEW WITH VILLAIN

There seems to be a recurring theme of me being always in the wrong place at the wrong time. So, while I duly attend all sort of tedious and lacklustre shows, I missed out on the opening night of Villain’s solo show ‘Fantabuloso’ at the Atom Gallery in Hackney. I got to see his works only the morning after, when Super Fu*@!ng Gay caught my attention on my daily slog to work. Given the historical lack of diversity in superhero comics, I was surprised to see how many of them…

TEN QUESTIONS TO … WENDY BAILEY

RED LADY - WENDY BAILEY

AS: Wendy, when we were first introduced, you were working in PR, could you please give me a brief summary of your career? WB: When I was 16, I ran away from my all girls convent school, the Ursuline Grammar School in Brentwood. I changed out of my school uniform in the High Street toilets and into jeans and jumper. I studied Drama Performance – because I wanted to be an actor. I also took Art – for theatre design and because I loved it. My first job was as…

GUERILLA GIRLS: IS IT EVEN WORSE IN EUROPE?

The Guerrilla Girls are a group of feminist activist artists whose aim is to expose the dishonesty in politics, art, film and popular culture. They wear gorilla masks whenever in public thus achieving two goals at once: being easily recognised as a group while granting anonymity to each member. The title of this new work commissioned by the Whitechapel Gallery is a revision of their 1986 poster ‘It’s Even Worse in Europe’. In keeping with their core ambition of highlighting gender and ethnic discrimination as well as corruption and injustice in the art world, they present a summary…

TEN QUESTIONS TO … CONSTANCE MACQUEEN

AS: We have just seen your paintings at the annual University of Brighton BA Fine Art Painting degree show. How has your style developed since you started university? CMQ: The most noticeable development lies in the specific process of creating my works. Nowadays I am concentrating on the formal elements of painting rather than the subject I am portraying. This has helped me gain a more mature painting style which is always pushing my technical abilities rather than the subject. Technically I strive to push paintings to the point of losing them, which is extremely scary and has made me…

THE LONELY CITY – ADVENTURES IN THE ART OF BEING ALONE

THE LONELY CITY - OLIVIA LAING

A for Art or possibly Autobiography? Psychology or Politics and Ideas? The Lonely City could legitimately sit on any one of these shelves. Working in a bookshop reinforces the importance of filing and the need to know where stock is, and more tantalizingly, understanding which position will tempt a browser. Part memoir and part artists’ biography, The Lonely City was written by native Brit Olivia Laing as a reaction to finding herself suddenly and unexpectedly living alone in New York. Her loneliness drove her to finding solace in the realm of visual art. Experienced by millions, but not widely…

PLAYING TO THE GALLERY – GRAYSON PERRY

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry’s Playing to the Gallery is his short guide to visiting a gallery, looking at art and asking questions we are too embarrassed to ask. It reads like a conversation, rather than an essay, which enables Perry to turn childlike questions into something more philosophical, appealing to my enquiring mind. The title is dual purpose as the word ‘Playing’ demonstrates his belief that art should be seen and enjoyed by a wide and non-exclusive audience but it also toys with the idea of modern exhibitors needing to ‘play the…