Something from the Old Country – Solarbox

British icon

British icon

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

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.

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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.

Lights and Mirrors at the Tate Modern

TM

TM

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.

Light T

Light T

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.

Flavin

Flavin

Mirrors

Monir Mirrors

Monir Mirrors

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.

 

Hackney Road – Paint on walls

Noyiaki - For the <3 of Cock

Noyiaki – For the

Hackney Road is hanging on to it’s few street art walls, before all the nice new flats are built and the road gets a Starbucks, and M&S, an All Saints, etc etc.

Before these disappear SF thought it a good idea to document a few that we have not featured. These are easy to find so no sign posting required

Colour of Rolling People

Colour of Rolling People

Yet another Eastend Graf art tour….. but some good designs an d a cool space…. until it becomes a gourmet burger joint

DMNK & KEFT

DMNK & KEFT

Summer sunshine on the walls of Hackney Road

Is this Lennon and the Stones?

Is this Lennon and the Stones?

Innocent stencils on Hackney Road, a commentary on how easy it is to make money? How it is child’s play? Somehow think not, SF like to think it is something more menacing with the sharp scissors and the blurred face

$ Dollar bill y'al

$ Dollar bill y’al

Funnily this is found right by a gay bar. Gays like a bit of trash.

Slutpink

Slutpink

And an old friend. We haven’t seen him for a while and this is not a new one so it was probably about time that our friend Sweettoof dropped by SF

Eye i Eye

Eye i Eye

Going (Lego) Underground

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

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

Simplicity

Simplicity

Artful Lunch Break

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.

Dream

Dream

First visit was to Scream in W1, a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of the retail centre of London town.

Hallucination

Hallucination

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.

Ephemeral

Ephemeral

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.

Just another coloured brick in the wall

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.

Bocchignano, Italia

Bocchignano, Italia

Jan Vormann and his crew present Dispatch Work, where Lego has become a part of the wall works across Europe and beyond, from Barcelona to Koln to New York to Basel to Quito to Amsterdam.

Barcelona, Espana

Barcelona, Espana

NYC, US

NYC, US

Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark

Taipei

Taipei, China

Man Ray @ NPG

The world's first selfie

The world’s first selfie

No long ass explanations on this, you should just want to see it anyway. FFS the man hung out with Duchamp, Coco Chanel, Dali, Picasso, Lee Miller and Max Ernst, whom he had a double wedding with.

Original hipster

Original hipster

Dali

Dali

Picasso

Picasso

Coco

Coco

A photographer who was more a visionary and created his own alternate reality through his images and techniques