Olafur Eliasson room at the Monochrome exhibition, National Gallery

Olafur Eliasson shows us in the last part of Monochrome, Painting in Black & White at the National Gallery, that monochrome doesn’t automatically mean only black & white.

After a fascinating exhibition of more traditional interpretations, including some staggeringly convincing trompe l’oeil painting, you walk into a bright yellow room and everything becomes tones of that colour.

Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline BanksThe ceiling is lined with sodium yellow monofrequency lamps, a colour that suppresses all others.
Photo by Caroline Banksand even my pillar box red jacket cannot resist the influence of the shadow-free light.Photo by Caroline Banks

Everything at Once exhibition at 180 Strand , London

The Lisson Gallery & The Vinyl Factory held Everything at Once at Store Studios recently to mark its anniversary with this exhibition. Of the 24 artists included I’ll mention 2: Richard Long with Pelopennese Line, a temporary mural made directly on the wall.Pelopennese Line by Richard Long. Photo by Caroline BanksPelopennese Line by Richard Long. Photo by Caroline BanksAl Arabia Al Madfuna III by Wael Shawky had me transfixed; here are a few stills from the film where the production in negative created a mythical and dreamlike atmosphere whilst  the text dealt with history, estrangement and, at times, horror.Still from Al Araba Al Madfuna III by Wael Shawky Photo by Caroline Banks Still from Al Araba Al Madfuna III by Wael Shawky Photo by Caroline BanksStill from Al Araba Al Madfuna III by Wael Shawky Photo by Caroline Banks Still from Al Araba Al Madfuna III by Wael Shawky Photo by Caroline Banks

Makers seen at Made London

Artists and designers have and always will be, inspired by nature. These two makers, seen at Made London, are a case in point.

Bridget Bailey’s  exquisite interpretation of bird eggs made from textiles and feathers caught my eye, quite a change from her earlier insects and moths (see a previous post)

Bridget Bailey. Photo by Caroline BanksBridget Bailey. Photo by Caroline BanksBridget Bailey. Photo by Caroline Banks
Bridget Bailey. Photo by Caroline Banks

as did the work of another textile artist, Amanda Cobbett, who is completely obsessed with nature. Her highly reflective display boxes didn’t permit decent photos of these fungi so please visit her website for better imagery
Embroidery by Amanda Cobbett. Photo by Caroline Banks Embroidery by Amanda Cobbett. Photo by Caroline Banks Embroidery by Amanda Cobbett. Photo by Caroline Banks

And those red dots below are from my camera, not some aberration on the mushroom.

Embroidery by Amanda Cobbett. Photo by Caroline BanksTo see more of Bridget’s work, visit Clockwork Studio’s Christmas Open Studios 8th – 10th December

The ladies’ powder room at Claridge’s hotel, London

Ah, Claridge’s! I was seduced by this hotel from the moment I stepped in and just had to share the glamour of this room, too grand to be just the loos and reminiscent of those black & white movies where the heroines retreat to powder their nose.

Claridges hotel. Photo by Caroline Banks

It’s an Art Deco joy with painted walls, plaster jewel-encrusted pillars, bevelled edge mirrors

Claridges hotel. Photo by Caroline Banks

marquetry toilet doors with glass handlesClaridges hotel. Photo by Caroline Banks

and the diffused lighting fixtures of Lalique.

Claridges hotel. Photo by Caroline Banks Claridges hotel. Photo by Caroline Banks

Royal Society of Chemistry, London

Open House London gives us, the public, the opportunity to visit buildings of all kinds not normally open to general view during the rest of the year.

One of the venues I visited this year was the Royal Society of Chemistry where I wasn’t expecting to find these two contemporary stained glass windows within the complex of Burlington House.

Designed by Laurence Lee (who also designed the windows for Coventry Cathedral) they are a memorial to Nobel Prize Laureate Cyril Hinshelwood and represent alchemy and chemistry. The four traditional elements: red for fire, clear for air, blue for water and green for earth are all there along with the many chemical variants and combinations.

Stained Glass Art at RSC. Photo Caroline Banks

White Noise at The Crypt, London

The Crypt Gallery is to be found below the huge church on Euston Road and is an atmospheric warren of spaces to explore.

White Noise, an artists’ collective, showed there recently including Annamarie Dzendrowskyj  whose oil paintings evoke a sense of mystery and uncertainty Hanna ten Doornkaat has been featured in my posts before – her scribbled, scratched and scraped pieces telling of unknown histories This large canvas by Sandra Beccarelli  intrigued me with its systematic arrangement of marks both on and in the canvas.

Nobu Shoreditch hotel, London

I recently toured the newly opened Nobu Shoreditch, with interiors by StudioMica and  restaurant & bar by Studio PCH

The guest rooms are obviously a bit less accessible than the public areas so I’ll concentrate on them here.

The rooms share a combination of urban brutalism (concrete ceilings and exposed services such as sprinklers) from the Shoreditch location and Japanese aesthetics of Nobu, giving this place the feel of an oasis in the city centre. 

Judicious use of texture and lighting creates jewel-like points of focus. I confess to having a soft spot for the bathrooms; not only are they visually beautiful but really practical (as several guests have apparently pointed out you can tell they’ve been designed by a woman). The mirrors offer proper lighting with decent magnification and there is plenty of shelving for toiletries.

And who doesn’t love that washbasin?

This view of the courtyard garden from one of the suites gives an idea of the architecture concept by Ron Arad, implemented by Ben Adams

Roy’s People Art Fair in Islington, London

The principle of this blog is to be read in less than a minute so my intent is for you to be able to look into the connections further at your leisure. Whilst events have already taken place, many will recur including this one next year (dates at the end)

The first Roy’s People Art Fair took place in September, only ten days after The Other Art Fair Bristol and had a varied selection of artists including the ubiquitous Rod McIntosh showing a wall of tonda

and Sarah Needham with her colour field paintings, so much more impressive in real life than on screen. 

I’ll be exhibiting at the next Roy’s People Art Fair  at the OXO Bargehouse London  12th – 15th April 2018.

Artists at The Other Art Fair Bristol – 3 of 4

Still feeling inspired by artists I showed with at The Other Art Fair in Bristol. Here are more shots showing the wide variety of art as I whipped round before opening time.

Michelle Loa Kum Cheung’s landscapes,

Olivier Leger’s intricately detailed drawings, and Sara Dare’s suggestive abstract paintings.It’s not just me is it? The last post in this series follows next week.