Korean Cultural Centre: Artist Talk Party and Fashion Show

I am constantly surprised by the fact that many Koreans I meet in London don’t know about the excellent and spacious Korean Cultural Centre, KCC, nestled in the middle of Northumberland Avenue, just a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square.

The KCC does what you would expect for a Korean-government funded operation – host all manner of events that promote Korean culture. The good news is that much of what they promote is by living artists who you can meet and exchange ideas with. read more

EUROART STUDIOS OPEN

This is one for the diary as it is the Euroart Studio opening with over 70 artists opening their studios to the public for viewing. Meet the artists and see their work of all types. It runs from the 6th until the 8th June 2014.

The participating artists are;

Mina Aidoo, Lydia Hardiman, Jim Pipkin, Jenny Kidd, Anne Teahan, Tessa Rawcliffe, Laurence Glazier, Phaedon Constantin, Sibylla McGrogor, Wen Wu, Gary Myatt, Lorraine Clarke, Stephen Buckeridge, Anya Beaumont, Emily Ault, Emma Wood, Raymond Isaac, Jeanette Khalil, Chloe Purcell, Mark Jeffreys, Sally Wilford, David Gadeke, John Bird, Juliette Jeanclaude, Non Worroll, Julie Eilenberger, Nigel Booth, Jo Aylmer, Stephanie Herbert, Judy Clarkson, Geoff Gunby, Trevor Banthorpe, Elisabeth Bond, Leyla Rees, Infinity Bunce, Monika Tobel, Matt Small, Angela Britton, Miranda Benzies, Katy Potts, Zoe Fudge, Nat Pimlott, Jonay Matos, Veronica Fox, Robin Lee, Georgie Nettell, Blaise Thompson, Andrew Lee, Anna Barlow, Sally Wood, Rhed Fawell, Emma Roberts, Polly Huggett, Stevie Rayne, Jenny Bush, Jane Fletcher, Max Atkins, Ryan Orme, Qing Qi, Eleanor Spalding, Julia Maddison, Fatima Jamadar. read more

Review: United Visual Artists, Momentum, Barbican Curve

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Momentum is a new ‘immersive’ installation at the Barbican, London. It is to be found in what is known as The Curve, a 200 yard curving corridor-cum-artist’s-space within the massive, City of London funded, Barbican Centre.

It is the work of United Visual Artists, the London-based masters of the wonderful Light Emitting Diode (LED), the simple technology that is fast transforming the world of electronic art. read more

Review: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd & Tala Madini, Nottingham Contemporary

Just a hop and a skip from Nottingham town centre is the city’s vibrant Contemporary art gallery, with its welcoming foyer, cafe and large gallery spaces.

This is the Brainbug. Is it me or does it look like something else?

Two shows are currently running: The performance artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (formerly Spartacus Chetwynd), and Los Angeles-based Iranian Tala Madini. Chetwynd is best-known for being a finalist in the 2012 Turner Prize, and Madini for her somewhat disturbing depictions of male authority and machismo.

Lets’s look at the wonderful world of Chetwynd first.

A word of warning. This work is not for the art purists. It is deliberately scatalogical and anarchic. read more

Review: Martin Creed, Hayward Gallery

The man who put  the on/off switch into art

Some Mothers do ‘ave ‘em. Move over Bruce Nauman, when it comes to big neon statements, Martin Creed is the man.

A show titled ‘What’s the point of it?’ puts the boot into the critics before they’ve even started. Never a bad idea, and perhaps a sign that arch ‘minimalist’ Creed is keen to ask visitors to decide for themselves what it’s all about before looking for explanations from critics and catalogues.

Creed is one of those artists that divides opinion fairly consistently. The cheeky Englishman-cum-Scotsman, 45, is perhaps best-known for winning the 2001 Turner Prize for Work no. 227: the lights going on and off. It consisted of a large gallery room where, guess what, the lights simply went on and off, alternating every thirty seconds.

It was the sort of work that most people hate because it falls into the ‘I could have done that’ category. Ah, well yes, minimalism – don’t you hate it? Those who loved it – me included – had the difficult task of defending it from the haters. Needless to say the tabloid press had a field day – and Creed’s future was assured.

But the truth is Creed pulled it off, and he continues to do so. So suck it up folks.

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Review: 12 Years A Slave

The most remarkable film of 2014?

Most probably.

There’s a lot of buzz about this film, and it’s not difficult to see why.

 

- It shines yet more light on a dark and largely unspoken area of history.

 

- It is yet another sign that Steve McQueen is blurring the lines between being an artist and a film maker.
- It is one of the most moving, disturbing films you will ever see.
Those reasons alone will make nearly everyone want to see it, and nearly all will ‘enjoy’ it.
In a nutshell, it’s the story of an educated, ‘free’, black man living in Saratota Springs, New York, in the 1840s. He has a family, a nice home and is an accomplished musician. He is lured to work in another town, kidnapped and taken to be sold into slavery in New Orleans. His captors rename him, pretending he is a missing slave – a shocking practice that was not uncommon at the time. What follows is predictable on a general level in that your know it isn’t going to be a walk in the park, and you know from the title how long this entrapment is gong to last. What you don’t know is the depths he has to go to to survive and the levels to which his new masters sink in the mistaken belief (mainly based on personal profit but also wrapped in misplaced religious beliefs) that they can treat other men as their inferiors.

 

So far so bad.

Review: Facing the Modern

Water Water Everywhere

Wondering past a downpour of what look like a broken water pipe spilling its contents on to employees in the cloak room; I had just paid to enter at the National Gallery. I make the comment that I would not leave my coat and bag, the receptionist agrees. I had gone to see what was to be a sublime show which was a nice surprise. read more

Review: Whiteout – 100 Years Gallery

Whiteout –  curated by Jill Rock

Jill invited artists, musicians, poets, writers and performers to explore their relationship to WHITE whether it be scientific, social, mythical, psychological, religious or aesthetic. Celebrating that split second of WHITEOUT – the imagination is accessed and the artist has the freedom to improvise.

Jill Rock Whiteout Performance

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Review: Trope – Carol MacGillivray & Bruno Mathez – Tenderpixel

Great is all I can say!

This was a great piece of work it was a shame it did not last longer after all the suspense. Still it was worth a trip to be there. A piece of theater without the actors. A stage which one becomes part of. We queued for about 5 minutes each to watch a short animation, sculptural install partly 3d modeling and partly real 3d objects called ‘Gaffer’ a Kinetic audiovisual installation.

It required darkness for the effect to be visualized. It is not easy to describe but one felt that one was observing a mirror in 3 Dimension. The sounds were realistic and the lighting controlled the observation. Everyone received a private view of the installation. The gaffer tape was 3d design and strips were stuck around as it was projected with a realistic sound of tape.

Check out their website you will see more of their work and also explanations on how the work has evolved into something very engaging. Thanks it was great is all I can say.

The show will be at Tenderpixel until 11th January 2014 closed o15th December – 7th January. So there is still time to see the show. So if your in the region of Leicester Square pop in.

www.trope-design.com

Tenderpixel, 10 Cecil Court, London, WC2N 4HE: www.tenderpixel.com

Review: Frith Street Gallery

Anna Barriball surfaces

The show at the Frith Street gallery was muted in some respects in the sense that the works were minimal. As a show they came together and had some connection but as individual pieces they really do little to inspire. I felt nothing. I am not sure what was expected of me in some respects. I waltz in with the hope to be delighted I suppose. May be I am just lazy and should have worked harder. read more