Creative Mallorca

A few days away in Mallorca recently highlighted the importance the island places on the artists, the public realm and creativity.  From the Museum of Modern Art and its expansive collection to the playful public artwork and furniture found in the many squares. My hotel even displayed some quirky artworks.

 

                           

       

 

Kent Creative Awards 2017

We are delighted to be finalists in the Kent Creative Awards 2017 in the Public Art category.  The awards celebrate the arts and culture in Kent, celebrating individuals and organisations who make a worthwhile contribution to the artistic and cultural life of Kent. The ceremony will take place on 19th May 2017 at Ashford School. 

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Gallery Hopping

A week of FrancisKnight birthdays and with it comes a few days off and a chance to check out some independent galleries in London.  First up, back to The White Cube in Bermondsey to see The Crystal Land by Josaih McElheny and Fragments by Ibrahim Mahama.  Stunning galleries that easily show off large scale installations both thought provoking and beautiful. Next stop Victoria Miro in North London, where Do Ho Suh’s Passage/s was well worth the steps to the top floor gallery space – featuring a stunning walk through configuration of nine structures. And finally Antoni Tàpies at the Timothy Taylor gallery in Mayfair showing late works by the celebrated Catalan artist – bold and abstract, perfectly framed with the title Revulsion and Desire.  

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Anselm Kiefer Exhibition at The White Cube

A quick trip to Bermondsey last week and we managed to catch the Anselm Kiefer show Walhalla at The White Cube.  It was a stunning and apocalyptic exhibition fit for the season; dark and lead heavy with the skeletons of life bulldozed into piles of rusting hospital beds, bikes and starched splattered hanging garments. Believe us when we say it was a real treat on a cold February afternoon!

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The Infinite Mix - Saturday 10th December

As the Hayward Galley undergoes refurbishment they are showing pop-up exhibitions. The Infinite Mix is an exhibition in association with The Vinyl Factory and took place in the creative space called The Store, 180 The Strand.

The Store is a brutalist 1970 building with three floors and car park, and expansive views over the Thames from the Store Kitchen and Shop. The Store is expanding and in January 2107 will be opening its creative space and complex of studios.

10 audiovisual artworks took over the vast spaces within the building displaying moving image and in most instances composed, commissioned or remixed soundtracks.

Highlights included:

Ugo Rondinone Thanx 4 Nothing 2015 featured legendary beat poet John Girono performing Thanx 4 Nothing a poem written on his 70th birthday.  The multi-screen installation featured close ups, high speed editing, and black and white contrasts.

Dominque Gonzalez-Foerster OPERA 2016 appeared as an eerie floating ghost like apparition of Soprano Maria Callas.   In the holographic illusion the artist appears as a luminous figure dressed in the singer’s signature red dress and dramatic makeup at the end of a dark derelict corridor lip-syncing to Callas’s arias

Finally Jeremy Deller & Cecilla Bengolea Bom Bom’s Dream 2016 is a lighthearted, funny video that follows the adventures of a Japanese dancer known as Bom Bom.  The dancer travels to Jamaica to dance in the local dancehall music scene.  The original soundtrack is by Dellar.

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