A young man stands on a hill and belts out the Queen hit ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ to a pair of women, who remain unmoved. The two ladies in question are literally made of stone.
The more Dominic Watson serenades the Henry Moore sculpture, the more he is snubbed. This is one of the 46 pieces included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013, the long-running exhibition that showcases the most promising UK graduates. Other artists include Sarah Tynan, whose painting appeared in the Venice Biennale, and the fun dotty day glow characters of Tim Zercie. The selecting panel changes each year but have proven their keen eye for spotting talent – previous exhibitors include Jake & Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Jane and Louise Wilson.
*First published in lecool.com*
I used to work in retail. True story. And was once introduced to Kate Moss. She ignored me but that’s okay because I got to see her skin: it shone with a magical light that only the most expensive skin creams can create.
Artist Joseph Turner was king at creating that light, somehow mixing paint until it seared through the canvas and then bounced off into the room. An exhibition of his work Turner and the Sea will be the backdrop to some late-night nautical shenanigans today. Get wooed by the sounds of women of the sea, get tattooed with words from old sea shanties and in the mood with a Thames-themed quiz. Eye patch optional.
*First published in lecool.com*
HAMPSTEAD sculptor Isabel H Langtry paid tribute to trees and the natural forms that inspire her work this week.
Six of her bronze pieces stand on a huddle of plinths in a new exhibition, Discerning Eye, at The Mall Galleries.
Mucky Kid is about a little girl who killed another little girl. Thankfully it steers away from the gore porn that can seep into the handling of such an emotive topic.
Sam Potter’s debut does not rely on the shock or brutality of the crime instead we meet Maggie “Mae” Radcliffe as a young woman who is on the cusp of release after having spent most of her life in prison. Sonya Cassidy may be recognised for her supporting role in recent BBC series The Paradise but she carries a lead brilliantly.
HOW could it go wrong? A brilliant scenario – two men randomly meet and hatch a dastardly plan where they murder each other’s foes – based on a successful Patricia Highsmith novel and the inspiration behind Hitchcock’s ultra-smart classic. But somehow Strangers on a Train fails to ignite, especially in comparison to the wondrous set from Tim Goodchild. What a feat of imagination, design and stage management.
The revolving set – the vogue it seems – conjures in turn a smart first-class train carriage, that spinning carousel scene, an expansive Bauhaus-style front room. Projections could get lost in such a busy and impressive set but Peter Wilm’s lighting adds speeding traintracks, fireworks and the lights of central New York.
The CamdenReview caught up with the Flowers Gallery curator Isabel Bingley this week as she excitedly accepted packages of small artworks for an upcoming exhibition.
Goldfish in matchbox, 2013, oil on board, 15.2 x 15.2cm ©Ishbel Myerscough
The annual exhibition Small is Beautiful is now in its 31st year. A group of artists are invited to submit work in any medium but each piece must not exceed 9x7ins, just smaller than an A4 piece of paper.
THE Hope Theatre – a space dedicated to new writing and fair wages – opens with two coming-of-age tales.
When Sandpits Avenue begins and the five enthusiastic young performers burst towards the audience sing-talking in verse about disenfranchised youth it feels a lot like watching a teen musical.
But look beyond the over-stylised choreography and twee guitar accompaniment and there is an exciting new talent in writer Nathalie Wain.
The 50-minute musical theatre piece races through the war in Afghanistan, PTSD, substance abuse, unrequited love, impotence, ambition and disillusionment but it is the intimate moments between characters, when the pace slows, that are most convincing and very touching.
The performers in League of St George also erupt onstage but it’s definitely not High School Musical as they scream out punk/ska sounds – a tidy nod from author Georgia Bliss to the Hope and Anchor’s punk past.
The performers double up as band members between short scenes and it’s a clever device to maintain pace and, well, attention.
At one point Nathan Parkinson’s mic stops working and he continues effing and blinding, and saluting the audience with one finger, regardless.
Adam (Oliver Tunstall) is a confused teen who looks towards the National Front for direction but finds it conflicts with his sexuality.
Jim Walker and Tunstall are both very impressive as father and son, their well-observed interactions belie their tiny age gap.
A promising beginning for the aptly named Hope Theatre.
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It all began in a place called Turquoise Mountain. What a name. Must be a place where magical creatures rise up on their hind legs and shake their sparkling manes to cast spells under rainbow waterfalls.
Actually, it’s a non-profit art school in Kabul. Eighteen students and teachers from the institute were paired up with treasured objects from the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar. The craftspeople responded to the artefacts using traditional Afghan styles, materials and themes, each coupling represents a conversation spanning 1,000 years. And they have travelled a total of 4,785 miles to out-sparkle the bodacious London venue, Leighton House Museum – a building more tile than brick – and a stunning example of late Victorian culture appropriation.
Charm isn’t a pretty face, bouncing biceps or curves that burst at seams. It may seem like an innate skill but a team of specialists are adamant social graces can be taught.
Do you slouch and shuffle as you schlep around town? Are wine labels only there to be furiously flaked off bottles? Do your eyes twitch and eyebrows itch at the words ‘small talk’? Dana Gornitzki, Mistress of Manners at The Charm School has corralled her pals to teach four different sessions just in time for the slew of Christmas parties. Still reckon charm can’t be forced or manipulated – consider Cary Grant, a man whose name appears in 98.7% of all sentences including the C-word. He was actually called Archibald Leach. And he took acid.
Last week, probably, some kid, maybe, had his gaming console implanted under the skin on his forehead meaning that he is now officially a cyborg and can play Surgeon Simulator but no longer see to walk in a straight line. Artist duo The Juneau Projects, aka Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler, can see where this is all heading.
Yep, to the Infocalypse. They can even see beyond to a post-digital world where technology, and therefore humans, has imploded. Their latest exhibition Welcome to Happy Redoubt imagines how today’s technology could be used beyond their original function. The piece will grow as visitors get involved and there’s even the chance to trade in the currency of the future – wooden necklaces.