Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ujino.... and another review

I saw Ujino Munetero do a rare performance at Cafe Oto last night. It was brilliant. He made banana milkshakes purely by the vibration of music he was creating. Definitely catch his show at Hayward Project Space for more DIY instruments.

And WGSN picked me out this month for Creative Space.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Beautiful Decay

One of my favourite sites beautifuldecay.com has given Creative Space its first review! Its a brilliant blog affiliated to the increasingly well done Beautiful/Decay magazine.

My book is plugged alongside Keegan McHargue's new book - an artist i've had the pleasure to interview for Art Review and Dazed in the past. I love his work.

Here's what they wrote:

“Creative Space,” takes a look inside the homes of of artists, creative directors, fashion designers etc. You know how dogs supposedly look like their owners? Well many of these artists works and aesthetics are (not surprisingly) reflected in their living spaces as well. For example, Wes Lang who draws from the detritus and relics of Americana kitsch and history within his artworks, lives in a wood paneled apartment in New York surrounded by his his grandfather’s shotgun, odd taxidermied creations and antiques with darker implications.

I could go on, but the book was a really fascinating voyeuristic peek. What I liked too, was that unlike many “house and garden” magazines, many of the artists houses were a bit unkempt, bits of clutter and empty beer cans and works in progress allowed to breath in the rooms, rather than some immaculate standard of perfection or wealth.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Nought to 60

I was asked to chair a discussion about art, fashion and music during the ICA's 6 month marathon of artists Nought to Sixty

A book of the project and transcriptions of the talks is just out - including me chatting away to Matthew Stone, Craig McCarthy, Christabel Stewart of Hotel gallery and Nina Manandhar.

It launches April 14

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


I saw the big Jazz of the Century show in Paris last week which I was reviewing. Remembered a strange teenage period when I all I would listen to was jazz from 1957 to 1962. These are the pieces of music I was particularly obsessed with...

Miles Davis: Blue in Green

Charlie Mingus - I X Love (from the album Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus)

John Coltrane: Lush Life (Click the top right box to listen)

Errol Garner in general (Click the top right box again)

It took me decades to find the piece of music at the back of this scene in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (Andre Previn 'Lost in a Summer Night')