Tuesday, September 28, 2010

As Fast As You Can

I saw this amazing work by Omer Fast at Videodrome in Berlin (the show I keep banging on about). He's an interesting artist but this piece is something else.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Short and Sweet

If you're around Wednesday 29 at 1pm Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski are putting on a performance (their first) for 12 minutes at Space.

'Normal Love' is an imagined cover of a found song, inspired by an unseen film. Layering live music and vocals on to previous sessions recorded at their studio and the Union Chapel in Islington, with visuals from their forthcoming film projected on to the performance.

Um I think I may be in the film and projections... dancing...

The piece is part of Charlie Woolley's Radio Show (which runs until Oct 16 to coincide with his solo show). Listen live here: http://radio.spacestudios.org.uk

Friday, September 24, 2010

Back from Miami install of 150 works at Soho Beach House. Quite proud. Had a much better time than expected in the city. Obviously ill the minute I returned home and the adrenalin subsided.

Today I'm going to make a collage for Tjorg Douglas Beer of The Forgotten Bar who's putting on a show in Berlin during Art Forum. Gonna make something along the lines of this I put together ages ago. Its rare I make anything. Scissors and glue out in anticipation (as illustrated by Ellen Lanyon.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Cordelia Swann

I saw a truly brilliant artwork last night. Cordelia Swann's Piece at Polytechnic at Raven Row. The sounds of Charlie Mingus' I X Love hit me when I entered the room. The music was the accompaniment to two photo projectors doing a slide show, taking turns to create fresh juxtapositions of images. 'The Mysteries of Berlin' (1979-82) was all about the Cold War, the dark truth within images, the rise of Communism. I spotted a still from Ashes and Diamonds. It was a bit like in Antonioni's Blow Up when David Hemmings keeps blowing up a photograph to look at a more intense detail and spot a murder. A kind of dialogue-less film. Basically its bloody great.

Monday, September 06, 2010

In the Pink

Pink seems to be the colour of choice for exhibition invites this week. Polytechnic opens at Raven Row on Wednesday night and if the tube strike has abated I'm there (Mark Titchner opens at Vilma Gold the same time).

Two shows opening on September 9 - one in Paris and one in London - both seem to be claiming the Lower East side artists that were so big a couple of years ago. At Agnes B's space, Dash Snow, Ryan McGinley and Harmony Korine's films get an outing; while at Ritter/Zamet in London, Jonathan Ellis King has curated The Coke Factory bring together work by Agathe Snow (who I think is the best of the bunch), Dan Colen, Aurel Schmidt, Nate Lowman et al. He's aligning the work with NYC as a kind of 'factory' (the word Warhol hovers invisibly above the press release). It'll be interesting to see if the work stands up or if that crop feels strangely dated and out of step with now which I expect some of it will.