The Lisson Gallery & The Vinyl Factory held Everything at Once at Store Studios recently to mark its anniversary with this exhibition. Of the 24 artists included I’ll mention 2: Richard Long with Pelopennese Line, a temporary mural made directly on the wall.Al Arabia Al Madfuna III by Wael Shawky had me transfixed; here are a few stills from the film where the production in negative created a mythical and dreamlike atmosphere whilst the text dealt with history, estrangement and, at times, horror.
Open House London gives us, the public, the opportunity to visit buildings of all kinds not normally open to general view during the rest of the year.
Designed by Laurence Lee (who also designed the windows for Coventry Cathedral) they are a memorial to Nobel Prize Laureate Cyril Hinshelwood and represent alchemy and chemistry. The four traditional elements: red for fire, clear for air, blue for water and green for earth are all there along with the many chemical variants and combinations.
The Crypt Gallery is to be found below the huge church on Euston Road and is an atmospheric warren of spaces to explore.
White Noise, an artists’ collective, showed there recently including Annamarie Dzendrowskyj whose oil paintings evoke a sense of mystery and uncertainty Hanna ten Doornkaat has been featured in my posts before – her scribbled, scratched and scraped pieces telling of unknown histories This large canvas by Sandra Beccarelli intrigued me with its systematic arrangement of marks both on and in the canvas.
The principle of this blog is to be read in less than a minute so my intent is for you to be able to look into the connections further at your leisure. Whilst events have already taken place, many will recur including this one next year (dates at the end)
The first Roy’s People Art Fair took place in September, only ten days after The Other Art Fair Bristol and had a varied selection of artists including the ubiquitous Rod McIntosh showing a wall of tonda
and Sarah Needham with her colour field paintings, so much more impressive in real life than on screen.
I’ll be exhibiting at the next Roy’s People Art Fair at the OXO Bargehouse London 12th – 15th April 2018.
Still feeling inspired by artists I showed with at The Other Art Fair in Bristol. Here are more shots showing the wide variety of art as I whipped round before opening time.
Michelle Loa Kum Cheung’s landscapes,
There really is something for everyone at The Other Art Fair as, I hope, the following images and posts will show. It’s well worth a visit wherever it is.
From oil painted landscapes by Dawn Reader, another stand neighbour in Bristol,
Every TOAF event has its communal displays with the ones here including The Colours of Bristol, an Instagram project created over 7 weeks with Bristol 247, @porthjess and @joyfulbristol – I saw it before opening time as you can see from the frenzied activity below. Next to my stand was the I,the Poet. You, The Poet project by Biba & Laurie Cole which was consistently busy as visitors drew images and thoughts with outsized pens and brushes.
Again, all photos here are from her website as she was running a workshop when we popped in.
Often taken from rooftops, the original images are pulled from the media; compression, structure and constraint are all adjectives that come to mind when looking at the work which combines representation & abstraction.
There’s nothing quite like visiting another artist’s studio to get an insight into their work so I make the most of open studios whenever I can.
The viewpoint of an artist towards their subject and how they explore their particular project always intrigues me. Her work spans drawing, photography, video and installation so please visit her website as there’s too much to cover here. The drawings were the first thing I saw and, before I start , all photos here are from her website as I didn’t take any shots during our conversation.
For her insect drawings she painted four large sheets of plastic in a field and left them overnight.
Upon returning in the morning insects had traced paths in the dew, adding their own marks to hers.
The results remind me of maps and mountain landscapes seen from the air.
Other drawings include pebbles, ochre drawings using an imaginary language
and drawings of journeys – this is of the 52 Bus, Chesterton Road to High St Kensington, London.
I now wish I had taken photos in her studio but am due to send her one of my painting rags for another long-running project so expect to see her again fairly soon.