Whilst you may usually spot me flitting around the contemporary galleries, absorbing the glow of neon light sculptures or pressing my eyeballs up against a brightly collaged surface, every so often I take a trip back in time to visit the old masters and re-affirm the foundations on which our current artists build their practices.
The Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein is an exhibition selected from the private collection of the Princes of Liechtenstein, packed with opulent pieces from the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo eras. Surrounding the exhibition is a series of special programmes, from sketching workshops to chamber concerts, and a variety of dynamic and interactive activities and lectures. Read More
In my explorations of South East Asian art scene, its galleries and artists, I am taking in the Art Fairs - this month is Singapore's AAF, and next up will be Art Stage Singapore.
This video is my curated journey around the fair, picking out some of the galleries and artists who I felt were exhibiting work which represents the exciting contemporary art scene that is growing in South East Asia. Read More
New York-based French artist Bernar Venet has been exploring the notions of indetermination, disorder, chance, and unpredictability through art for decades. His solo exhibition at Art Plural Gallery has been a bold introduction to Singapore. The two month show closes on 24th November 2012, so if you are in the area do catch it this week.
The artworks on show include paintings of mathematical equations set in free plastic forms, which are part of Bernar Venet’s latest series. His Saturations and Shaped Canvases comprise mathematical formulas that boast a total degree of abstraction. Talking at the gallery, Venet explains that where other artists in the past have used diverse disciplines such as religion, botanics or geometry to be the framework, subject or motivation of their art, he draws from the field of mathematics. The artist passionately notes that, uniquely, “art is a discipline in itself, that feeds itself using other disciplines…to go beyond anything that was thought before.” Read More
Musings from my research journal:
2012 marks the 25th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s death. Catching the last day of the “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” retrospective at the ArtScience Museum was an early highlight (and a jet-lag kicker) upon arriving into Singapore last month.
A commercial illustrator by training, Warhol was fascinated by the relationships between fame, celebrity, art, fashion, advertising and our consumer society which he explored repeatedly in his work. Often controversial.... Read More
It’s been a while since I put fingertips to keyboard. As some readers, fellow creatives and friends will know, my efforts and braincells have been flurrying around over the last few months working to set up a second art studio in Singapore. Here, I will be creating a new body of artwork, as well as some exciting opportunities for other artists who will get the chance to take part in an exchange programme. Whilst time intensive, the process has involved forging many exciting new relationships and collaborations, meeting new people and discovering new places. I am delighted, amazed and overwhelmed to tell you that I am finally here: ensconced in my new art studio, equipped with a fresh horde of brushes, metallic pigments and ink pens, in the inspiring city of Singapore. Read More
I don't usually blog this sort of thing, but I was pretty impressed by this cultural spectacle. As were the hundreds of other watchers who had come to see the ceremony on the big screen at Greenwich royal naval college, which was a fantastic place to view it and a real display of the multicultural nature of London. Read More
Anyone living in London will have noticed that in preparation for the Olympic Games, a myriad of shiny new buildings, facades and artworks are materializing all over our City. This weekend I decided to bypass the luster and ostentation of new sights, and the glister of resurfaced old ones. I took a closer look at the things that have de-materialised, or are simply not there. (Like the Australian team bus that got lost somewhere between Heathrow and the Olympic Park last week, being spotted briefly somewhere around Buckingham Palace.)
I took a look at some invisible visions and the Hayward Gallery's exhibition Invisible Art of the Unseen... Read More
The seemingly alive installation, composed of 1,216 bronze droplets attached to individual motorized pulleys, bobs and weaves in Terminal 1′s departure hall at Changi Airport. While some examples of airline art look like they could’ve used more planning (the Oslo wang) or boldness (or less boldness, as is the case with Denver International’s “evil robo-horse” and what-the-freak murals), this moving artwork is minimalism at its best. Read More
The exhibition presents the largest survey of new Korean art to date, and highlights an exciting group of artists who have recently emerged on the global art scene, producing work that provides an arresting insight into the future of contemporary art in Korea. The show begins on 26th July, but if you pop into the gallery now you can see a taste of Korea coming through. Intricate oil paintings on aluminium surfaces by Hyung Koo Kang really draw you in, and beautiful 'translated vases' by Yeesookyung are growing in the lower gallery spaces. Made from 'ceramic trash', Yeesookyung's uncanny and bumpy objects have organic, bubbling forms featuring fragments of Korean patterned vases joined in a frankenstein-like manner to make new, growing forms. Read More
I will be popping along to this show on Wednesday, and would recommend it for everyone who loves design at its most exciting and cutting edge. My specific thoughts to follow, in the meanwhile here is what it's all about.... Read More
The genre-busting artHAUS exhibition at DegreeArt Gallery is still open until June. Having been featured in the guardian's lifestyle picks, it's well worth a visit - It is very inspiring for me to see the art in the context of interior design. The art spills out onto the walls (in some cases quite literally) and inspires other elements in the room. It's very imagination capturing and eclectic. But also rather nice to get inspiration for how to place objects & art in our own homes & spaces. I have recently rearranged my studio to reflect a string of inspirations emanating out of one central artwork. Read More