Pucker up and enjoy this little bit of funart. Lovely to find something new, cute and different in the urban metropolis
A little return to street art for SF, after a little search for some nice piece by a certain Paul Don Smith (link missing as his website seems to be down, so find it yourself you lazy so and so’s)
PDS has been an active artist on the streets of London for over 25 years, his pieces are unmissable and you could not confuse them with anyone also, dreamy colouring of culturally relevant characters have come to be synonymous with the artist. Not exclusively a street artist or one for galleries, just an artist who choses the place and subject and gets on with it, some may say too commercial being that he has done many a celebrity but if it spreads the work then who are we to argue.
PDS uses both stencils and free hand spraying which in itself shows his versatility and skill.
If you hit Brick Lane and just around by the Barbican centre you will be able to find numerous Paul Don Smith pieces
Somewhere you can eat, somewhere you can have a coffee, somewhere for the kids to play, somewhere for inst-twat pictures.
Each year an artistic type is invited to design something for the Serpentine Pavilion and for 2013 it is the brilliant light filled structure by Sou Fujimoto. Simple white frame, glass and light creates something quite epic that you spot from such a distance.
SF made a little journey to the Serpentine this weekend to check out Sturtevant, a lady from the US who resides in Paris. a lady who in her early artist adventures was maligned and misunderstood by the establishment who felt she was simply copying the work of others. Times changed and the idea that she was actually more visionary and actually re-interpreting the artists who influenced her, such as Duchamp and artists who were relatively unknown such as Warhol and Lichtenstein, both who went on to be fairly well known. I recommend Leaps Jumps and Bumps.
Her use of iconic imagery, sex, light, music and repetition bring an uncomfortable beauty, maybe not suitable for all the family but free and worth the visit. Anyways the hours are wearing on here and sometimes it is nice for a little self discovery isn’t it? Do a lil research then……. otherwise feast on these funnies
Anish Kapoor divides opinion, clearly talented and possessing the vision and confidence to create truly awe inspiring pieces of quite ridiculous scale and grandeur. On one hand his use of a huge variety of materials and ideas is brilliant, on the other the epitome of vulgarity in modern art that is the ArcelorMittal Orbit….. or that bloody great eyesore slide thing next to the Olympic Stadium in London’s Eastend.
With this in mind a visit to Kapoor’s first foray in Berlin was an exciting / galling prospect. SF need not have worried as it was quite wonderful, varied, gigantic, ridiculous and thoroughly worthwhile. Even if it was tricky getting a few stolen pictures on the iPhone. Never will I understand why galleries stop you from taking a couple of picture momentos.
Kapoor has over his career forged an impressive reputation and body of work and as a Turner Prize winner he has been noted as one of the most important artists of his time.
His exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau comprises of almost 70 pieces from sculpture to wax models, to mirrors, to some huge spaced out bouncy castle to a canon to shoot huge paint pot side bullets into a corner of the room. SF likes.
Here is what the Guardian found out when they spoke to the man himself
The Tate Modern is one of London’s well known gems, an imposing building viewed from the river, a marvel inside and home to some rather awe inspiring collections. SF already brought your attention to the brilliant Ellen Gallagher, but the free exhibitions have much to offer.
Dan Flavin, an American artist is an artist we knew a little about but whom we like muchly. A minimalist artist who worked with sculpture and most recognisably with fluorescent lights and panels. At the Tate Modern there is a room with a series of his works plus a series of coloured T shapes, the repetition and bright colours are quite mesmerising in the tall white rooms of the Tate’s Artist Rooms.
Also in the Tate Artist Rooms is the artist with the name to end all names…. you can only imagine how difficult it was for this kid to learn how to spell their own name. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian is an Iranian artist, still active and working from Tehran. The mirror image is amongst SF’s favourite in the gallery, with every movement and passer by the image changes a tiny amount, no two shots of the reflection in this piece are the same and that is something that not many pieces of art manage to do. To live and breath with the surroundings.
Scream Gallery on Eastcastle Street is fast becoming a regular haunt for SF on lunchtimes, the variety of top modern art in recent months, available for commercial sales is a welcome tonic to a day in stuffy London Office.
Unfortunately the cash-money supplies were at a low level so it was purely a voyeuristic visit with no souvenirs for home. Work from a variety of up and coming and slightly more known artists have been brought together for a recent exhibition under the rather unimaginative name of…….. Summer Exhibition 2013
The masters and the fizzy nectar
Religion kills and starts all wars….. at least this is pretty