COLOURFUL COLLAGE

Creating art can be a great way to ease the anxiety of this period in lockdown. These short art tutorials are designed to make use of tools and materials that we already have at home and can be replaced easily with something similar if we don’t. They might help us break the cycle of boredom, entertain the whole family or practice mindfulness. Colours, patterns, textures and even the sounds we produce with paper, brushes and water anchor us to the moment.   FOR THIS TUTORIAL YOU NEED: – White Paper…

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…

JOACHIM KOESTER: IN THE FACE OF OVERWHELMING FORCES

JOACHIM KOESTER - THE PLACE OF DEAD ROADS, 2013

Our senses collect information and process it as iconic memory for visual, echoic memory for aural and haptic memory for touch. Some of it makes it into our short and long term memory. But do the sensory receptors retain any data in the long term? Does our muscular system store information about every movement we do? The Camden Arts Centre is hosting ‘In the Face of Overwhelming Forces‘, a multimedia immersive collection of Joachim Koester‘s works spanning the last twelve years of his career. In ‘The Place of Dead Roads‘ four performers…

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: THICK TIME

UNTITLED (BICYCLE WHEEL II) - WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, 2012

From the moment you step into ‘Thick Time‘ by South African artist William Kentridge, it is easy to understand why this new exhibition at The Whitechapel Gallery holds such broad appeal. It is bold, dramatic, visionary and nostalgic, making art accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. The many children present seem to love it. The common denominators of the six large scale installations are themes incorporated in most of his works: time, space and history. The mesmerising whirlwind of theatrical compositions manages not to lose sight of the details whilst upscaling the spectacle. ‘The Refusal…

TURNER PRIZE: 2016

ANTHEA HAMILTON: LICHEN! LIBIDO! CHASTITY!

Whilst it might be true that the Turner Prize has become one of the best-known and most-talked about prizes in the visual arts world, we could argue that notorious would be a more befitting adjective to describe it. Since its inception in 1984, it has been awarded to one artist out of four shortlisted, allegedly in recognition of an outstanding exhibition or body of work in the preceding year. They are mostly conspicuous rather than exceptionally good. ANTHEA HAMILTON: LICHEN! LIBIDO! CHASTITY! In a room covered by brick wallpaper, like the…

JANE ALEXANDER: AFRICAN ADVENTURE

AFRICAN ADVENTURE - JANE ALEXANDER, 1999-2002

The cinematic quality delivered by the flat, dull and desaturated colours of ‘African Adventure’ by Jane Alexander combined with the eerie silence of the room do not fail to unsettle. Immediately after the first democratic election of April 1994, which ended apartheid and saw the election of Nelson Mandela as president, South Africa became a travel destination and gateway for those interested in exploring the sub-Saharan countries. The tableau gets its name from one of those first travel agencies. Returning to the theme of abuse of power, central to the…

A THREATENING NEW DIMENSION IN NUMBERS

CULTURE, ANOTHER NATURE REPAIRED - KADER ATTIA, 2015

The unconscious attribution of human traits or characteristics to inanimate forms is a built-in mechanism which enables humankind to cope with, and somehow relate to, anything new and unknown. To some extent this applies to the art world too. The projection of such human features onto drawn, painted or sculpted objects brings meaning to, and builds a connection with, a reality which may in fact not have rules or significance. The infinite number of possibilities of expression available to an artist is left barely explored as people cannot regain absolute artistic freedom once the…

JEFF KOONS: NOW

PLAY-DOH - JEFF KOONS, 1994 - 2014

The sound of knives being sharpened reverberated well before ’Jeff Koons: Now’ opened at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery in London. The combination of two big names that some really love, but most love to hate, has attracted less than positive reviews, mostly by default. The marriage, however, promised to be a happy one. The two do not only share the ability of dividing the opinions of critics and public alike, but are amongst an elite of contemporary artists who have sold works for millions. They publicly profess admiration for…

THE HAUNTED HOUSE

Hänsel and Gretel learnt pretty quickly that the gingerbread house was not what it purported to be. Similarly the golden walls of the Haunted House, glistening in the Milanese sun, lure visitors away from the greyness of the industrial surroundings to witness an equally unexpected childhood trauma. The building, a renovated former distillery within the complex of the Prada Foundation, houses a permanent exhibition of Robert Gober plus two works of Louise Bourgeois. Admission is limited to a small number of people at any given time. On the first floor “Cell…

THE MIGRANTS – KATE MILSOM

Kate Milsom, The Migrants

Following the uprising in 1789, an ever increasing number of French aristocrats, clergymen and land owners whose properties had been confiscated sought refuge abroad. Britain became the commonplace destination in particular for those living in Brittany or Normandy. Although some of these émigrés settled and thrived within the Huguenot community or were hosted by fellow English noblemen, the majority were forced into areas like St. George’s Field, Southwark, where they lived and died in appalling conditions. Leaving a life of relative privilege behind, they were just as badly prepared for the journey…