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.
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.Al 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.
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)
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
And those red dots below are from my camera, not some aberration on the mushroom.
To see more of Bridget’s work, visit Clockwork Studio’s Christmas Open Studios 8th – 10th December
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.
It’s an Art Deco joy with painted walls, plaster jewel-encrusted pillars, bevelled edge mirrors
and the diffused lighting fixtures of Lalique.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,