Berlin C/O – Blow Up – The Swinging 60’s Influence

Blow Up

Blow Up

England, or more accurately London would have been quite a place to be in the 1960’s, that is no new news. It was like everyone was high as a mo of and delightfully embracing their new found open minded approach to everything. The sex, the drugs, the music, the fashion, the liberation and everyone looked unfathomably cool. England was the don when it came to all things cultural, and one area where big changes and new routes were being taken were in photography, the likes of David Bailey, Don McCullin and Terence Donovan were taking fashion photography to a new place and the world was taking note. The C/O in Berlin, a favourite photography haunt of SF has had a rather delightful exhibition called Blow-Up, from the film by Michelangelo Antonioni. Now at the time of writing SF was not totally au fait with the film but it takes the form of a photographer and his shooting of models and also everyday life in a kind of paparazzo style, the main character is loosely based on all the photographical forerunners of the day, hence the exhibition splices parts of the film with shots from this era.

London as it was...

London as it was…

Being a former Londoner…. the shots of the Eastend were the perfect tonic today on what was a god awful day of hailstones and high winds. Can we have summer soon? We have a small selection here for your viewing but get down there before it shuts on the 8th….

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Roof top vibes…. – Ben Slow & Carl Cashman colab

Roof tops should used for pirate radio station ariels (in the 80’s and 90’s), wafty bars to sip over priced gin based cocktails and now wonderous artistic endeavours.

Friend of SF Ben Slow teamed up with Carl Cashman to put this rather spiffing piece of aesthetic eye candy on the roof of Jealous gallery in London.

Picture of the Day – To Scale Bell

Al Fresco Penis

Al Fresco Penis

A certain Martin Creed was certainly put on this earth to make waves, to challenge thoughts, to amuse, enthrall, disgust and generally make everyone challenge their own perception of what they think about themselves, others and every life. Head to the Hayward for a rather eclectic and epileptic experience

Picture(s) of the Day – Popart at Barbican

It has a been a busy month at SF towers, and by that we mean alcohol, food, Christmas jumpers, snow, late nights and a lack of time to update. That and the two bust laptops that broke in the space in 24 hours.

In other news SF dropped by the Popart exhibition at the Barbican. Some great stuff there but nothing mind blowing, the best bits you will see below. If we are totally honest it was £12 for a whole bunch of nice things to look at but the narrative was a bit weak. It was a shame because the Barbican is one of the best Galleries in London with some brilliant exhibitions and events.

Oyvind Fahlstrom

Oyvind Fahlstrom

Something a little kinky?

Allen Jones

Allen Jones

Slick and angelic cowboy

Jann Howarth

Jann Howarth

 

A dip into the ICA

Sometimes you want a quick artistic immersion, short and sweet. Like a quickie before heading out to meet friends. Well the ICA is SF’s fave for this very thing.

See what you will......

See what you will……

At the moment you have Lutz Bacher with Black Beauty , Design by John Cheim and Zhang Enil’s Space Painting

Mini review now.

Lutz Bacher, loved the imagined chess board, it has a life size Elvis after all, very playful and something easy to relate to and interpret as you please. SF enjoys art that does not give a prescriptive or obvious meaning but merely sets some themes and ideas and lets the viewer wander and wonder of into them.

Design – John Cheim, iconic collection of books he has designed for a variety of names such as Warhol and Bruce Webber featuring Madge, Matt Dillon and a fellow draped in a wet dog.

Zhang Enil’s Space Painting, taking over the entire room by the café, long brush strokes create a very smooth effect. For SF the effect is not dramatic enough/. Personal taste and all that

Picture of the Day – Adrian + Shane

Something from Soho today.

Adrian + Shane are a couple and a couple of artists. They are really quite cute on their Instagram page and generally if you wonder around London and Berlin you can spot signs they have been there. See below.

Adrian + Shane

Adrian + Shane

SF will revisit these lovely chaps in more detail another time

Cocks…. and lots of them

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SF likes a little bit of oddity, some flesh, some controversy and hell…. Some cocks.

The soon to finish ‘Keep Your Timber Limber’ exhibition at the ICA covers all of the above.

Beverley Knowles

Beverley Knowles

Regardless of your persuasion, gay, straight or indifferent, the visage of a unfathomably large member is always going to raise a smile.

Cock Fighting

Cock Fighting

Just a few pictures to share, and the focus of the exhibition was gender, sexuality, politics, war and censorship with artist ranging from Tom of Finland to Mike Kuchar, Beverley Knowles and Judith Bernstein.

Iconic Tom of Finland

Iconic Tom of Finland

The images are startling and powerful but also often playful and fun, but other times dark and quite disturbing.

The Don of Portraits

Unmistakable style

Unmistakable style

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)

Skeleton Key

Skeleton Key

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.

Familiar faces from London 2012

Familiar faces from London 2012

PDS uses both stencils and free hand spraying which in itself shows his versatility and skill.

Swallow Your Pride

Swallow Your Pride

Marlon

Marlon

If you hit Brick Lane and just around by the Barbican centre you will be able to find numerous Paul Don Smith pieces