Month: November 2011

Photosynthesis by Ehud Oren

Israeli artist and designer Ehud Oren has created these pieces of furniture in the form of New York style apartment blocks for the Braverman Gallery in Tel Aviv. These mundane items of domestic life are given a new meaning, shifting elements of the exterior to the interior world and blurring the boundary between art and product design. Images: Dezeen

Cherry Tree by Tom Price

Last month the Industry Gallery in Washington D.C played host to the following cherry tree sculpture by British artist and designer Tom Price. Price specialises in bespoke furniture products made in unconventional materials. Constructed out of plastic tubes and cable ties, the fairytale-like trees filled the entire room of the gallery, casting shadows and patterns onto the surrounding walls. Images: Tom Price

Richard Mosse's Congo Landscapes

Richard Mosse is an Irish photographer who captures various post-war and post-disaster landscapes, ranging from the Congo jungle, to former Yugoslavia, and earthquake-devastated Iran. The below pictures of the Congo were created with a recently discontinued Kodak infrared film, transforming the rolling hills and jungle vegetation into an artifical pink environment.   Images: Richard Mosse

Matthew Cox- Embroidered X-Rays

Matthew Cox- Embroidered X-Rays

Matthew Cox is a Philadelphia based artist, who creates unusual artworks using medical x-rays and embroidery, forming “a darkly comic and anachronistic impression of the human condition in the twenty-first century”. Cox studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York, before receiving the Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship in Painting and taking part in various exhibitions in the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia and the Georgetown College Art Gallery. His work is inspired by contrast between the materiality of the plastic acetate of an x-ray and the soft tactility of cloth and thread- “There’s a wide historical context, one ancient, decorative, and artisanal, the other contemporary and devoid of aesthetic intention. By simply placing one of these materials on top of the other the understood purpose of each is redefined”. Images: Matthew Cox

The New House, Bricks and Mortar, Farewell Leicester Square

The New House, Bricks and Mortar, Farewell Leicester Square

I have recently read three Persephone Books, which I would like to recommend- The New House by Lettice Cooper, Bricks and Mortar by Helen Ashton and Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller. I recently did a similar post on the Bloomsbury Festival Cream Tea and Conversation afternoon which you can find here. Persephone Books, on Lambs Conduit Street is a delightful bookshop and publisher focusing on the neglected fiction and non-fiction works by women, for women and about women. The titles are chosen to appeal to busy women who rarely have time to spend in ever-larger bookshops and would like to have access to a list of books designed to be neither too literary nor too commercial. The books are guaranteed to be readable, thought-provoking and impossible to forget. Farewell Leicester Square: Betty Miller wrote this, her fourth novel, in 1935. In the novel Alec Berman escapes from his restrictive Jewish family in Brighton, and although he has a successful career as a film-maker (perhaps modelled on that of Alexander Korda) and marries the very English Catherine, he …

ARCHIZINES at the Architectural Association

ARCHIZINES at the Architectural Association

The Front Member’s Room of the Architectural Association plays host to his month’s exhibition, ARCHIZINES. Curated by Elias Redstone, ARCHIZINES celebrates the recent resurgence of independent architectural publishing, promoting 60 different magazines, fanzines and journals from across the world. These varies from photocopied and print-on-demand newsletters, to full-colour magazines and thickly bound journals by architects, artists, critics and students. The arrangement of the exhibition allows the visitor to read each of the magazines, along with video interviews questioning the role of printed matter in the digital age.      Images: Elias Redstone

Government Art Collection - Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain by Cornelia Parker at Whitechapel Gallery

Government Art Collection – Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain by Cornelia Parker at Whitechapel Gallery

The second display of the Government Art Collection at Whitechapel Gallery in London was this year selected and curated by artist Cornelia Parker. The artworks are arranged by hue, hence the exhibition title ‘Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain’- a familiar mnemonic used to recall the key colours of the spectrum. The exhaustive task of sifting through the Government Art Collection’s vast array of 13,500 works led Parker to select the images by applying a kind of colour theory; a conscious way of choosing the works which would be hung in just one room. As Parker explains in the exhibition guide; “Presenting a cacophony of colour; an optical mix that allows the opportunity to blend your own political tint […] The spectrum as a way of unifying or codifying the works gives rise to curious juxtapositions, random clashes of Old Masters rubbing shoulders with YBAs”. Image: Government Art Collection

Theresa Himmer

Danish artist Theresa Himmer, who studied in both Aarhus and New York, has created a series of sequined graffiti installations on the facades of various buildings in Reykjavik. The ‘Mountain’, ‘Glacier’, and ‘Volcano’ series are a result of Himmer’s response to the Icelandic landscape and “extracted from the commercial world, they serve as a critique of the increasing and disturbing commodification of Icelandic nature”. The Sequin system comes from advertisement billboards, but has been put together in an alternative context in order to shimmer and dazzle, like a landscape reacts to changes in wind and light. Her work adds another layer to these urban walls, making the city dweller observant of their impact on the surrounding environment.  See: Theresa Himmer