Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Upfest is opening its new gallery in Bedminster on Friday and it will be definitely worth being there on opening night. Here is the link to the facebook page for Upfest. The address is 198 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 IJF and festivities start at 6pm. (image by Ian Phenna)
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Monday, 27 September 2010
Had a really nice weekend helping out at Brisfest with Upfest who were running a kids painting wall. The wall originally had an outline of Bristol's landmarks on but this was eventually lost due to artistic enthusiasm! Everyone had a lot of fun though, here are a few photos showing the development.
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Owen was on my art foundation course and has done very well for himself since studying at Brighton. I really like the piece above which seems very appropriate with all the new starters going to Uni.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Similar in some ways to Gillian Wearing's photo of Lily Cole Wolberger took a series of photos of a masked woman named Maggie in various 'holiday' situations (ever so slightly creepy!). He also has some interesting photos of American Landscapes on his website.
Monday, 20 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
I was pleasantly surprised when I received UWIC's alumni magazine to discover that Luke Jerram had also been a former student. I think he is a very clever artist, most recently gaining press coverage with his glass sculptures of disease. He was also behind the interactive piano installations which were located around the world inviting people to 'Play me, I'm yours'. He is evidently a brilliant thinker, someone who is changing the way we interact and engage with art.
Friday, 17 September 2010
Thursday, 16 September 2010
I saw the work of this lady at Pick Me Up which was held at Somerset House in London towards the end of April. I really like the detailed style of drawing, Castro was born in Argentina and now works in Paris.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
I absolutely love the work of Michael Gillette, I just saw him again on 'It's nice that' but remember the Bond covers coming out a while ago and really liking the retro styling.
Monday, 13 September 2010
Sunday, 12 September 2010
One of my favourite graffiti artists is Miss Van, I really like her hyper feminine but also slightly menacing characters, I saw a lot of her work when in Barcelona a few years ago. She also has a fashion range which is available online.
Friday, 10 September 2010
I just got back from a night helping out with the 'Solar Powered Outdoor Cinema' in St Andrew's Park, Bristol. It was basically a screen hooked up to a solar powered battery with a load of deck chairs and carpet for people to sit on. After a flyer drop around the surrounding houses at least 200 people turned up and really enjoyed the 12 short animations from all over the world. This was all part of the Encounters short film festival which is due to be held at the Watershed and Arnolfini between the 16th and 21st of November. After a sneak peak at some of the work I am definitely keen to catch more of this festival. There are two more solar cinemas next weekend which are well worth catching.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
For once I am writing about something in advance of it finishing! Saw this on the Here gallery website and thought it well worth a mention. A solo exhibition of the work of Mimi Leung on from now until the 9th of October.
Another excellent photographer is Gillian Wearing, I researched her ages ago for some project I can't quite remember and then my memory was jogged when I picked up one of her postcards from Dunedin Public Art Gallery (which was very good). I really like her work, so simple and stark. The portrait of Lily Cole is also interesting for its use of a mask on an already doll like face.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Whilst in London at the weekend I had a bit of time to wander around Covent Garden. I didn't know that it was on but I managed to stumble upon Ignite at the Royal Opera House which was basically an open house with lots of exciting little rooms and performances to stumble upon. Here are a few photos of the event and the surrounding area.