Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Nao Matsunaga




















































Truly exciting and provocative stuff from V&A artist in residence, Nao Matsunaga. Grayson Perry may have embedded ceramics into the fine art arena, but Matsunga pushes the medium into new territory. And you can visit his studio at the museum (on various dates) through September. Go!
"An interest in ceremonial objects and spaces has been at the core of my practice for many years. By their very nature, ritualistic objects and spaces have to transcend the everyday, and I am in interested in how they move into the realm of the unusual and the extraordinary."

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Casagrande Laboratory































Some really interesting work from Casagrande Laboratory, from wooden shelters on the beach, to floating saunas and much more, all dealing with one big idea, Freedom.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

















































The Guardian
















The online architecture section in the guardian is actually becoming serious and interesting! Pieces on the new Serpentine pavilion, Rem Koolhaas talking about the Venice architecture biennale and an article on rebel architects working in restrictive conditions, plus much, much more.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Stephen Friedman Gallery - 4 X 4



















"Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to present ‘4 x 4', a historical exhibition of art and design which focuses on four key art movements occurring simultaneously across four continents in the 1960s and 1970s. It brings together some of the most innovative and important artists and furniture designers of that period and includes artists previously unseen in the UK.
For this exhibition, the gallery has been divided into four rooms. Each one is set out as an imaginary domestic living space in a collector's house during the 1960s and 1970s in America, Europe, Japan and Latin America. Four artists most closely associated with that time period complete the presentation in each room."
Don't think this is a half baked commercial design enterprise, the roll call is serious, with LeWitt, Nakashima and Ryman featuring, amongst many others. Only runs until the 19th July, so hurry.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Richard Mosse



















Last few days to see Richard Mosse at the Photographers gallery. Obviously this image does not do the large scale works justice but its very worth the trip. The feeling in the darkroom seeing these images appear must have been exhilirating.
"Mosse documents a haunting landscape touched by appalling human tragedy in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where 5.4 million people have died of war related causes since 1998. Shot on discontinued military surveillance film, the resulting imagery registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, and renders the jungle warzone in disorienting psychedelic hues. At the project’s heart are the points of failure of documentary photography, and its inability to adequately communicate this complex and horrific cycle of violence."