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!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Thursday 16th October: Frieze Art Fair - First Glance





















Frieze was a real relief and joy this year in a return to colour and fun themes spliced by interventions of live performance and interactive works such as this Carston Holler dice with the holes as slides for children.  A visitor snapped me standing in this spectrum space which was amazing timing as my sleeves were corresponding colours to the walls and were pulled up to the exact length of the line?!.... and my washed out hair was the same pastel hue ...?!
I have visited the Fair for just one day so far and now need to return for a closer look after this initial overview.  It is so brimming with visual stimulus that it's an exhausting experience without much physical movement!
Here are some of my faves including:  Gary Hume at White Cube , Laura Bartlett Gallery,  Performance by Nick Mauss,  Olaf Eliasson at Tanya Bonakder Gallery, Carsten Holler at Gagosian,  Spectrum carpet at Lisson Gallery)