Ellen Gallagher at Tate Modern presenting AxME. A visual representation taking inspiration from both her Irish and African heritage.
Many faces of black advertising
The images she creates are otherwordly with black women styled with ornate do’s made of rubber, plasticine and plastic, bringing to life the aesthetic of an advertisement in a new and stunning fashion.
Getting hair did
Gallagher’s use of a variety of techniques and materials make for a vivid realisation of her subject matter. The sheer size of the repetitive imagery of black woman with yellow re-imagined hair is pretty awesome, very detailed but unfussy.
Possessed and blinged
AxME is Gallagher’s first major retrospective in the UK, with the title a play on both the ‘Acme Corporation’ and the BlackAmerican vernacular for ‘ask’ or ‘aks’ as it sounds.
Plus this amazingly conceptually f-ed up masterpiece is something between Dr Who, Cleopatra, Carry on Hospital and a bit of campery in the form of the furry space ship.
Short and sweet, for any regular SF readers you will find that there are a few recurring themes, one of which is Lego. We love Lego, since little boy status to bigger boy but just as much of a kid.
A classic in a classic medium
When you think of London you think of a few iconic things. Red buses, black cabs, pie n mash, Houses of Parliament and the London Underground Map. This year is the 150th anniversary and the design created by Harry Beck is pretty much as it was in terms of look and feel, only new stations have been added. If it ain’t broke… don’t fix it. Simple is always the best solution
So you have an hour for lunch break, at a push that is. Some rarely leave their desk and see the sunshine, most sit and work through but that is counter productive.
SF has resolved to make sure that once a week, a small trip will be made to grab a little bit of aesthetic relief at lunchtime, a stolen few moments away from flickering Apple screens and the twittering of phones.
First visit was to Scream in W1, a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of the retail centre of London town.
Static are a two man band featuring Tom Jackson and Craig Evans who use layering techniques of flowers, woods, debris, glass, paint and shadows to create an exhibition called Phantasms of the Living.
The inspiration behind the exhibition is dreams, hallucinations and the ephemeral, using these ideas to create imagery requiring the viewer to look beyond what they see.
First seen in March 2012, SF christened the wasteland the Graffiti Graveyard that was until it became a street football pitch complete with paint on walls and astroturf.
An oasis of colour and action off of an Eastend housing estate, spitting distance from the hispster homested of Broadway Market. Encouraging to see something beautiful, useful, socially enabling and owned by the locals in the Eastend. Sure I have missed it and it has already happened but just waiting for a Nike advert to be filmed here. They are proper urban afterall innit
Every few months the walls are re-sprayed by local and visiting artists, the only wall that has remained is the King Robbo wall. Maybe this will remain until he is 100% back on his feet after his coma