SF took a little trip out of Berlin recently and decamped to Southern Germany, and to Frankfurt, a city which is known as the financial centre of Germany, we took in the Schrin Gallery for a little bit of German Pop Art action.
A dentist’s chair… of some sort
Pop Art, everyone likes it, everyone is familiar with it and it is probably one of the least offensive forms you are likely to find. It is always laced with a kind of humour, it feels comfortable for all walks of life to appreciate. The use of everyday well known brands, images and icons makes the experience more inclusive for the viewer and less elitist, well that’s what SF reckons.
Germany in the Pop Art era, an interesting time, known as the swinging 60’s in some places, German’s were still living somewhat under the cloud of ‘that’ war but also Berlin was divided with different nations claiming their piece of the city. One area that was growing was a Pop Art movement and this exhibition gives us a small insight into some of the work from that period, combining film, sculpture, painting and movement, the curation by Martina Weinhart is a delightful myriad of colours and forms.
Here are a few of our most favourite pictures from the exhibition…..
Nice little idea to turn something so very iconically British, but that had maybe outstayed it’s welcome. The world famous red telephone box is now largely used for one of the following: 1. Pissing in. 2. Smashing up. 3. Taking drugs in 4. Making a call. It was time for a revamp.
We all love the red phone box as much as the old routemaster red bus and the red postbox, they are design classics, they are something to behold and be proud of. They have also been under threat for one reason or another. While designs hold keep rampaging forwards it is ok to keep some of the classics in place.
Even the ‘Old Bill’ are impressed
Solarbox, a clever idea thought up by two LSE students will be popping up across the capital in the coming months, the first is on Tottenham Court Road, it simply means you can go in and plug in your phone and charge for free when you are out and about, the energy comes (as the name suggests) from solar power and did we mention it is free. Well it is paid for by advertisers, so you will have to watch a few ads while you charge, but that is life. Get over it, we are advertised to 24/7, it ain’t going anywhere.
The simplest ideas are always the best, if they can benefit the environ then even better, if they mean that those useless smartphones do not end up with zero battery by noon on a day out, then this is a bonus.
Another weekend in Berlin and yet another little surprise uncovers itself. Another place which works in the daytime, the nighttime, the winter, the summer, for music, for food, for drink and for shopping.
Kanye, Kanye West, Kanye Omari West, Yeezy, Ye or God. A few of the names for Kanye. Others have less flattering ones for this rapper-come-designer-come-inventor-come-businessman-come-rockstar-come-cultural icon-modern day God.
Recently Kanye drew howls of derision for his ‘performance’ in three part interview with Zane Lowe for Radio1, but for why? For being a bit too brash? For being stupendously opinionated? For calling out the fashion snobs who ignore his ‘genius?’ For being just a little shouty? For the Mr. T esq gold chain? For failing to show a modicum of humility?
F*$k that, SF loves the guy for all those reasons, he is borderline ridiculous, but he makes amazing music. He is louder than a motorbike and what he has to say sometimes is a little non-sensical. But at least he says it with passion and believes it. He isn’t playing lipservice to anyone.
And boy can Yeezy rap. Yeezus is a brilliant piece of music
SF has previously avoided Walthamstow because there is little chance of catching a glimpse of the legendary pop foursome that was East17 as they have sadly passed on. There is another reason to visit, that is God’s Own Junkyard. And even more reason as the current sire it under threat from the scurge of the Eastend….. gentrification and redevelopment.
Following a visit to see Chris Bracey’s work in Scream London, SF wanted to do a little more digging. Following a request to the man himself, SF made the journey to deepest East London to find a not so hidden gem, a beacon of light next to a dreary railway line.
Stones vs Beatles
One man’s junk….
First a little history. The business has been going for over six decades, handed down through generations, starting as a lightyard servicing fairgrounds through to creating some of the wonderfully sleazy signs that adorned the shopfronts of gentleman’s clubs in Soho during the Raymond Revue era, through to today as Hollywood backdrops and expensive ob je dar in the homes across the world for the likes of La Moss and Elton. There was even a shop in Soho until that was consigned to the history books
Chris Bracey has created pieces for Alexander McQueen featured in David LaChapelle photoshoots, done parties for Agent Provocatuer and provided signage for movies such as Tombraider. Stanley Kubrick paid him a visit to commission the light work for Eyes Wide Shut. It is however threatened with closure as ‘regeneration’ is about to take place, meaning that a load of new-to-the-area-pram-pushers can move in. Every Friday & Saturday until the end of September you can visit for yourself and sign the petition to stop the brightest light in the Eastend from being moved on. The artist and his band of shining comrades are happy to talk you through any piece….. prepare to put by a few hours though.
For Pro Green
Is still glory
And something for the religious
Visit… sign the petition and save God’s Own Junkyard
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
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.
Berlin weekend that featured deserted house clubbing in Homopatik, all day brunches, numerous Berliner Beirs in Roses served by the scary lesbian owner, Warehouse clubbing at Berghain, a bit of culture at a photography exhibition in a shopping center (no link found), and a first viewing of Berlin Calling to get in the party mood.
Blu graf artist
By Urban Spree where there are bars, food places and ‘hipster’ markets