Saturday, May 28, 2011

Converse/Dazed Artist Award 2011

It's that time of year again. The second installment of the Converse/Dazed Art Award, this year with The Whitechapel Gallery!

Got a great selection of judges alongside me Eva Rothschild, Kirsty Ogg from The Whitechapel, Darren Flook from Hotel, Sadie Coles, SPACE curator Paul Pieroni and myself. Apply here

Friday, May 27, 2011

Mark Leckey

I went to Mark Leckey's performance last night at his rather awesome Serpentine show. Two recorded sound performances booming out of a soundsystem sculpture which faces a mammoth sculpture by Henry Moore and one live 6 voice shouting staccato number. It felt like he was trying to persuade the piece to come to life - bombarding it with stimulus. It was an interesting take on history and performance. A guy at the back even fainted...

I'm a massive fan of Leckey and always have been. I first interviewed him years ago for a Barbican Curve show about the relationship between club culture and art where he was showing a piece called 'Londinium' I think. There's been crazy response to Jonathan Jones' review of his Serpentine show on The Guardian (and an interesting response by Isobel Harbison on

He shared his Top 5 YouTube videos with me in the current issue of Dazed which included wendyvainity and Crysis Barrels but you'll have to read the mag to see the lot and ready why. His top 5 objects are going on DazedDigital soon.

Images - Mark Blower installation view above, exhibition trailer below.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hard Copy

I contributed to this project curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel and Raoul Zöllner at PMGalerie in Berlin.
The one night only "exhibition as image-based on-site production-performance" is on Wednesday May 25 7-10pm at Selchower str 12.
I have no idea what this is going to look like but wish I was there. All the images I submitted were based around the idea of overloading.

"Hard Copy is a a propaganda project constituted around futuristic forms of disastrous mistranslation, tremendous cultish mannerism and friendly speculation on pre-fabricated life in post-industrial contexts... Initiated by AurĂ©lia Defrance, Julie Grosche and Aude Pariset, Bcc is a series of exhibitions based on the concept of curators materializing digital files sent by invited artists... Artist and self-publishing-collective Larry´s will convert them into an edition of mess-produced spam-sculptures and a print on demand issue."

Friday, May 20, 2011

Best in Show: New York

After a week in NYC having the best time with Blake Mawson, Thomas Dozol (image above) and Jeremy Shaw these are my art highlights:

1) The SSION gig at PS1

2) Night Vision (Image by Robert Frank below) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3) Wolfgang Tilmans work chosen by Beatrix Ruf at Andrea Rosen

4) Pair of Kara Walker shows at Sikkema Jenkins + Co and Lehmann Maupin

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

New Psychedelica Editions

The limited edition prints by Paul B Davis (the top image which says Critical Space when you cross your eyes) and Yoshi Sodeoka are both now for sale on the MU website .

Its hard to see the detail on the site but both are beautifully produced numbers at a bargain price. Yoshi's image above is from the same film but the print is of a different still. Just wanted to give you the sensation.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Berlin highlights

Highlights from Berlin so far this week

1 Alex Hubbard's basement video at Tanya Leighton group show The Confidence Man (still above)

2 The pryamid style black maze by David Adajaye that led to Noble and Webster's golden heads at Blain Southern's huge space

3 Buying Friedrich Kunath's Rising vs Setting catalogue at Konig Books.

4 Raymond Pettibon's work at CFA

5 Aaron Moulton's latest show at Autocenter - particularly the mesmerising flashing installation by Constant Dullaart which you can see below. This is an artist I think I'll be looking at a lot more...

Celibrate, Calibrate, a live GIF from Constant Dullaart on Vimeo.