“I explored the stalls (around 30 in all) and I was genuinely blown away by the craftsmanship of the medals, swords and other items that were on display. I hadn’t expected this at all, I have no interest in anything related to war or the army, especially modern warfare and the tyranny it brings to the people it’s supposedly there to ’liberate’ and protect.
Yet here I was in awe of the hidden treasures that seemed to be littered everywhere I looked; one of 500 swords issued to Napoleon’s officers, an Indonesian ritual blade, a Masonic sword, tools of death and resurrection for collectors and historians alike. Like a kid in a candy shop, I embraced my inner nerd and became completely absorbed…” – Terry Obiora
Everybody likes to be a winner. We’re particularly reminded of that now the 2012 London Olympics is around the corner.
The perception of what ‘winning’ means different things to different people. In May Let’s Be Brief (LBB) & Boxpark put out an open brief inviting designers to visualise that winning formula in poster form.
Join us on July 5th at Boxpark Shoreditch to see the winning entries for ‘The Art of Winning’ exhibition, with music from art label Earnest Endeavours and a PA from The Insomniax.
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The Art of Winning Exhibition Preview: 6 – 9pm
2 -4 Bethnal Green Road | Shoreditch | London | E1 6GY
After having had the privilege of being featured as part of this series, I missed the opening night of Paul Cummings‘ latest exhibition at the Exposure Gallery in London. I – like you – have 13 days to atone for my sins.
Sincerity and candidness were the order of the day here, with Pauly capturing the subjects as he knows them. Paul used technology (in this case an iPhone) as his starting point, before bringing the portraiture back to the oldest of artistic mediums: charcoal. He made my hair look better than it does normally so I have to thank him for that.
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The exhibition is FREE, and runs until Friday 30th September 2011. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 10.00 – 18.00, and the address is 22-23 Little Portand Street, London W1W 8BU.
“Paper money will always return to its intrinsic value, zero” – Voltaire 1729
The word Versailles apparently derives from the Latin word versare, meaning “to keep turning, turn over and over”. Such esoteric [wiki derived] knowledge ties in nicely with the above quote, and even better still with the work of our new Junior Art Director Samuel Craven, who will be exhibiting at Versailles: a group show featuring 24 emerging artists.
Sam will be exhibiting an A5 piece titled ‘Eight Hundred Pounds’, ingeniously made entirely from the shredded remains of the amount he sold Thirty Thousand Pounds for. Yes, that really is £30,000 hanging on a wall.
Voltaire may have been spot on with his assessment, but while the paper returns to its intrinsic value, Sam proves that the idea – as always – remains priceless.
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The private view is on February 10th at The Gallery on Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP.
Tomorrow, Rich Mix will be bursting with talent and treats as the Showcase London exhibition rolls into town. There’ll be no greater talent on show than Lucy Wragg, who’ll be showcasing her new work alongside dozens of other artists.
You get to meet a star illustrator of the future and see a tiger eat some KFC.
How could you miss that.The exhibition runs from 5.30 – 11.30pm.
Only a year into his burgeoning career as a fine artist, my good friend and general man of ridiculous creative talents – Paul Cummings – is touted for the much-coveted Threadneedle Prize. Does he deserve to win it? Well with the manner in which he subtly yet oh-so-skillfully documents the dystopia hidden with the modern utopia, then I would definitely say so.
How he represents the dichotomy of class, economics and aspiration makes Pauly [to me and you] an invaluable addition to the world of contemporary art. It’s impossible though, to appreciate the craftsmanship involved in the creation of this series by simply looking at these online images, so if you want to cast your vote and feast your eyes then get down to the Mall Gallery today. With your help, the relevancy of Paul’s work will be duly rewarded.
It’s that time of year again. The New Blood as D&AD so nicely put it, leave the cosy sanctuary of student life to enter the big bold world of creative industry.
Free Range – the annual showcase for graduates – is a pick & mix of disciplines and styles from the creative folk of tomorrow. We’ll most definitely be popping down to some of the shows over the two month stint, and will give you a roundup of the ones you should keep your eye on.
I’d always hoped that life in 2050 would look like a scene from Back 2 The Future.Turns out the future is in fact a showcase of super sexy work from the likes of Future Deluxe, Graham Carter and Panda Yoghurt at the Life In 2050 exhibition.
It all opens this evening at the Proud Central Gallery near Charing Cross tube, but if you can’t get your hydro-skates on down there tonight, don’t worry as the show runs until May 4th 2010.