Thursday, 30 October 2014

Thursday 30 Oct: The Nike Women’s Color Block Collection

NikeLab just launched the latest Nike Women's Color Block Collection and invited  the extended network of FAM girls down for the launch at the 1948 store.  It's the perfect dream optical pattern for me from a mix of polkadots and Memphis style squiggles with 3M reflective print across this monochrome palette.  Each of the "Mezzo" print t-shirts are limited edition as each tee is cut differently from the fabric roll and overprinted with the dot pattern.  Check out the full capsule collection with Nike Tech Fleece over at the store.
DJ's playing on the night included Radio1XTRA's Clara Amfo and guest Radi Dadi who are both running the Paris Half Marathon in March next year so check back in the New Year for news on that.............

Monday, 27 October 2014

Monday 27th October: Turner Prize - "Things Shared" by Ciara Philips

After a week of wandering around Frieze, scratching my head and trying to figure it all out - it was a breath of fresh air to walk into the Turner Prize and just immediately fall in love with the work on the wall.  What I'm referring to is the room titled "Things Shared" by selected artist Ciara Philips who has literally covered the gallery's walls with blown up bitmap images of the accidental ink blotches from her screen-printing practise.  Here is an artist who has exposed (forgive the screenprinting pun!) the process of her profession as the actual concept in direction of her shows.  From what I gather it is a craft that is steeped in precision and the skill in execution, so this is a bold move to strategically disregard all the recognised guidelines and focus on the happy accidents in the waste.  She gathers together the glitches and grafts them together in collages by cutting up, gluing and sewing.  Its the actual physical act of pulling a squeegee that she's interested in and the essence of the hands-on action involved in finally showing the "Medium Is The Message".  These abstract works are kind of mushed together in a manic frenzy of colour and mark-making.  Perhaps its this organised chaos that I like!!!   It's so free and loose but edited, not a mess (the layout of the room mimics the letters "OK" in the posters).  In this new wave of post-Internet art, its lush to see someone going right back to basics and having playful fun with craftsmanship and testing the art-world's acceptance of having this as the primary context.  Ciara gets the A.O.K from me!  

Find out more about the 30th Turner Prize here.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thursday 23rd Oct: JEFF KOONS: A RETROSPECTIVE at Whitney Museum of American Art NYC

Thanks so much to Alex Cunningham (see self portrait in the bottom of Balloon Venus above) for these incoming images from her visit to NYC last week.  Usually Frieze is jam packed with Jeff Koons distinctive metallic bulbous sculptures but not so this year  ........... so here is a little injection of pop fun from the recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum Of Modern Art.   The show has just come to an end but luckily Alex was able to catch it on the last day and get these great images to share.  See more of her time in NYC at the new Dover Street store etc, over on her Instagram.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tues 21st October: Alternative Miss World - "Neon Numbers"


Andrew Logan's "Alternative Miss World" comes around only once in a blue moon so when the chance arises its an extra big red ring in the diary for the months, if not years preceding it.  The previous pageant in 2009 held at The Roundhouse is one of the most memorable nights of my life and this year's 13th staging at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre was equally epic.  The three tier open-air auditorium was a buzzing hive of Queens in fluorescent yellow, hi-vis costume honouring this year's theme of "Neon Numbers".  Here is host Grayson Perry setting the ultraviolet tone in a spherical tulle pom-pom dress and latterly a floor length coat with a face pattern tufted from day-glow wool.  The Master / Mistress of ceremonies Andrew Logan wore his signature splice gender dress to play both Host and Hostess, twisting and turning from one side to the other.   Above you can see the feminine pleated side presenting the "swimwear" round - and YES that Octopus is actually a person which is just about evident from a pair of legs pocking out the bottom of the tentacles!   There was an inflatable trend this year with participants from all over the world including the Russian winner  "Miss Enigma" crowned on her cartoonesque blow-up barnet.  In the beginning I was sitting right up in the God's to have an aerial view of Jonny Woo opening the show but it wasn't long before I had to get down to the side of stage to start snapping the action.  The duration of the show is a long one with the amount of contestants, categories and of course changing of looks in-between.  Whilst the cabaret acts took over the breaks, I sat down with my studio mates Jessie Brinton, Margot Bowman and Kim Howells ........ and as it turned out Mario Testino.  No one in London misses this night out - it's the best celebration of embracing every conceivable concept of the human race as we know it.  Well done Michael and Andrew for pouring so much energy into pulling off another historical night to add to the legacy they started in 1972.  Long may it reign!!!!!!!!!!  
See my posts from 2009 here, here and here.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Monday 20th October: Frieze Art Fair - Return Visit

I always like to return to Frieze for a 2nd time to process everything properly after the initial viewing which is never enough.  Here are my snaps from the final day including the silver tyre tables at the desk of Gavin Brown's Enterprise which I loved - and the fact they were ridiculously happy which was very refreshing compared to the general seriousness of the rest of the (af)fair.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Sat 18th October: Frieze Sculpture Park

It's the final day of Frieze today so if you can't get into the show, make sure you take a walk around the adjacent "Sculpture Park" in Regents Park where the work can be viewed for free!  I took a run there yesterday and continued onto London Zoo via Regents Canal where Cerith Wyn Evans has an offsite project in the aviary ........... so much to see this week!