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
16th January… exactly one week since La Moss hit 40 and now the dust has settled it is time to share a couple of pictures of the heroine.
It just so happens that LA Moss is a January baby…. the month that all the best people are born in…
When it comes to new experiences, we work by the hypothesis that you should always try everything. So the trip to Disneyland at the age of 30+ sans children might have been a smidgen odd. Not So.
Apart from the charming Disney characters, the adrenalin pumping roller-coasters, the far from healthy snacks and the garish wonderland of colours, there is something quite brilliant. Well if we can be so bold as to opine. Almost a masterpiece
A simple equation Francis Ford Coppola plus George Lucas plus Michael Jackson with a touch of Anjelica Huston in a 4D mini movie set in space featuring implausible puppets, a zany story line and MJ throwing down some trademark moves. Plus MJ is wearing an outfit even more slick than Eddie Murphy in Delirious. I give you Captain EO
To give away the story is a crime but the basic outline is that MJ is the leader of delinquent crew featuring amongst others a mini-elephant-type-being called Hooter and their trip to redemption as MJ aims to complete a mission.
When the lines between pure unadulterated quality and otherwordly campery crap are this blurred, you find yourself lost for superlatives.
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
More Daft Punk teasers, this time a short sharp piece directed by long term Kanye collaborator Nabil Elderkin. The rather dreams clip is yet another example of how DP are releasing and hyping their new album through small, short, punchy soundbites and visualclips, creating just the right amount of expectation and buzz before unleashing the next stage.
Elderkin is clearly a talented guy (well he worked with the bat-bollock-crazy-shy-as-a-kid-with-ADD-on-a-sugar-rush-legend we know as Kanye) as well as Nas & Damien Marley and Seal and brands like Coca-Cola, Nike, Adidas and Oxfam
SF is looking forward to seeing the full film…. and the next release technique from our Gallic robots
Musically, culturally, aesthetically, emotionally, etc etc. Many of today’s creative types quote a certain Brixton born music superstar as one of their biggest influences. There are too many to mention so I would suggest everyone creating within the last 50 years would have been touched by the Starman in some way shape or form
One such inspired type was a certain David Sims. His 2013 re-imagined Bowie imagery known as Bowievirus features images you think are Bowie but in fact not.
Imagery featuring a model, rock star Vince Taylor and what appeared to be Bowie featured. But you could not tell which was which. Head to ICA to see for yourself, and to pick up a free print
At the V&A museum at the moment there is a rather amazing exhibition all about the man behind the multi-coloured-faceted-sexual-talented Mr David Jones.
SF always says Lego makes everything better and even picturesque cities such as ones just outside a historic Roma look a hell of a lot better.
SF loves a bit of electronic music, SF loves disco music. SF loves a live performance. SF is very excited about the new Daft Punk and the (please if there is a fecking god) tour that should follow.
Daft Punk are the purveyors of cool since 1993, the rarely seen, rarely heard, oft pined for French musical whizbots of our generation have created some of the most brain tingling music known to man. Defining generations
New album Random Access Memories out soon… not soon enough mind. Featuring a certain Nile Rodgers. Fact
One of the most seminal artists of the modern era and one that even a heathen would recognise. Mr Roy Lichtenstein was born in 1923 in Manhattan New York, the exact place that he died some 73 years later, by this time he had influenced a generation with his take on art and his use of modern advertising and imagery found in comic books.
The exhibition currently running at the Tate Modern in London is a whistlestop tour through his stages in thirteen rooms, from his early discovery of his now iconic styles through experiments, sculpture, Chinese Song dynasty influences and up to the end of his life and his artistic career.
Along with Warhol, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist defined a movement and one of the most exciting ones ever, the influence of modern brands taking art away from more traditional areas and injecting some humour and irreverence.
It has been said that Lichtensten actually was fed up with being seen as purely a pop artist and his iconic use of dots to create depth and shade actually limited his scope of work. Unconfirmed but you would can forgive the man for feeling that way.
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at the Tate Modern London runs until May 27, plan to book your tickets to avoid queues and disappointment. One of the finest exhibitions around and worth a re-visit. SF will be heading there again soon
Time to fess up, for a self confessed trainer freak, SF has one particular type which while seminal and of it’s time, brings nothing but a nauseous Lynx Africa enthused, overly baggy, Kappa-slapper almost Spliffy cold sweat. The Reebok Classic
That was until now.
Look at this bona-fide beauty of a trainer, it does not look like like a classic that would be worn by a football hooligan, bird shagging, stella drinking geezer called Tel.
It is not in leather, it is a sort of suede material in navy blue and exclusively designed in collaboration with European sneaker mainstay Sneaker n Stuff in Stockholm. This makes up a part of the Reebok Certified Network for the 30th anniversary of the much maligned but sometimes loved Reebok Classic. Available through only 17 stockists across the globe.
SF is having a re-evaluation