Amsterdam: Cardboard or Coffeeshop?

Animation, Art, Artist, Arts, Events, Performance, Performance art, sculpture, Street Art, Theatre, Workshop

For two weeks now I haven’t been able to look at a discarded heap of cardboard without seeing some kind of lusus naturae piece itself together from the rubble and emerge as an animated being.

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Interview: Lee Mc Donald

Art, Article, Artist, Arts, Bristol, Inspirational, Installation, Interview, Performance art, sculpture, Video

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Lee Mc Donald is a Plymouth based artist who uses sound and movement to make kinetic, sonic and often public sculptures out of recycled or reclaimed objects. Describing his work as quasi scientific Lee’s practice is based in experimentation and testing. I first met Lee when he turned the courtyard of Baggator Community Centre in Easton into an art installation for the 2014 Bristol Biennial.

Body Language – The Saatchi Gallery

Exhibition, Installation, Painting, Photography, sculpture, Uncategorized

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I spent the last weekend up in london and had a free day, so I did what I always do when I have a free day in London, I went to visit some galleries. I decided to start at the Saatci Gallery because I liked the look of their new exhibition, Body Language.

On arriving to the Saatchi I was annoyed by the usual things, having to pay for a guide, strange layout of the building etc… All was forgotten quickly though. The exhibition itself seems to centre on the ways people are portrayed and the ways in which we like to portray ourselves.

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Going from gallery to gallery I was confronted by the eclectic mix of styles I have come to expect from the Saatchi Gallery; ranging from humorous sculptures to vibrant paintings and haunting wooden gravestones. The thing with what’s shown at the Saachi is that, at the same time as covering a massive spectrum of ideas and processes, it still manages to hold classic roots. Painting, sculpture and photography.

Starting in gallery one and slowly trying to make my way numerically though the exhibition spaces, however difficult it may be, I found that the exhibition started somewhat lacklustre. Walls of paintings on paintings in a loose style which try to grasp as much meaning as possible. However, there were some interesting images. I came upon the work of the Japanese painter Makiko Kudo. Surreal colourful landscapes with manga style characters painted into and across them. As I looked at the images it started to remind me of being a child and loosing myself in comics and video games. Creating a fantasy world in which you can be whoever you wish. Your image is yours to create.

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I think for me the star of the show was the work of Denis Tarasov, a Russian photographer who takes images of gravestones with pictures of the deceased carved onto them. What I found so interesting about this is, when looking at each person you can get an idea of who they might have been, or at least who they wanted you to think they were. Clearly the people immortalised in expensive stones were of a certain wealth. Some graves boasted this with gold inlays and pictures of their cars and castles, and some played it down. A humble looking woman standing in front of a landscape doesn’t her wealth but rather her power as she appears taller than even mountains. All of these graves acted as a strange neo-egyptican burial tradition, leaving this world with all the things that you believe make you strong and impressive, on a plaque for everyone to see.

Tarasov’s work there was in the gallery with the installation work by Marianne Vitale which echos the photos as well as juxtaposing them. The wooden graves taken from lumberyards act as a physical memories of the factories or warehouses the wood was reclaimed from. The scarring, knocks and cuts across the timber show as battle scars and time marks from their previous lives. The humble wooden graves symbolising the previous jobs and lives offset the high quality prints of egotistical burial markers.

All in all I would say that I definitely enjoyed my visit to the Saatchi Gallery and want to thank the stewards for giving me invaluable insight to the work.

Thanks for reading.

Charlie CT

Baking Art?

Exhibition, Inspirational, Performance art, sculpture, Uncategorized

Check out this amazing post about the largest unicorn cake I have ever seen, all as part of National Baking Week, with donations of appreciation being made to Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, National Baking Week’s charity partner. It is the most incredible edible masterpiece I have ever seen! 

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http://usvsth3m.com/post/63752247867/unicorn-rainbow-cake-is-the-best-thing-ever

http://misscakehead.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/edible-pop-up-baketopia/

80pence is all you need

Bristol, Drawing, Exhibition, Painting, Performance art, Photography, Printing, sculpture

Where can you currently find a life sized wish bone, pickled onion knuckle dusters, an incense filled fish tank and a video based around KFC?

Bloomberg New Contemporaries is a touring exhibition, and this year it’s other venue is Spike Island in Bristol. The collection of 46 recent fine art graduates works features over 100 pieces and is split across two sites – there is just that much work! 8 Millennium Promenade (next to Pizza Express) has provided Spike’s offsite space for New Contemporaries and can be reached by the Bristol Cross Harbour Ferry for 80 pence.

New Contemporaries provides us with the first look at who might become big names in the art world in years to come. The diversity of the work selected is incredible. I am a Gallery Invigilator at both of Spike’s New Contemporaries venues, and having spent numerous hours with many of the works, there are many I still do not fully understand, yet that is beginning to not bother me.

Some of my favourite pieces strike a chord with me because of how they make me feel, rather than the knowledge or concepts behind them. I don’t fully understand them yet that doesn’t matter. What matters is the experience I gained from viewing and interacting with them, and focusing on why they are the pieces I chose to enthuse to others about.

So come along, and see which pieces grab your attention. Laugh at the ones you don’t understand and remember those ones that have the power to change how you feel.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries is at Spike Island until 10th November, when it will move to ICA until January 2014. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5pm.

What better way can you think to spend 80 pence?

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Yorgos Sapountzis Interview

Bristol, Other, Performance, sculpture

Prior to Young Arnolfini’s collaboration with Greek artist and performer Yorgos Sapountzis, Maz Shar spoke to him about his work. You can find a pullout of some of our work together in the YA zine, launching this Friday. (Click for info)

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Jean-Luc Moulène

Painting, sculpture

Some time in late 2012 I went to Oxford with my art foundation course and visited Modern Art Oxford among other things. My favorite thing about the trip was the exhibition on at Modern Art Oxford which was a Jean-Luc Moulène solo exhibition.

There were two things that stood out for me; his brass/glass knots and the monochrome paintings using ink from biros. I have been looking a lot to Jean-Luc Moulène for inspiration with the project I’m doing at the moment. I really like that in his practice he isn’t afraid to use many different mediums; video, paining, sculpture etc.

He has quite a large body of work so hopefully you also find something about his work interesting and inspiring like I do.

-Charlie CT

Sunday Round-Up: London Trip

Music, Performance, Poetry, Roundup, sculpture

Yesterday, a group of Young Arnolfini members visited Standpoint Gallery in London to take part in a 2-hour workshop with Duchamp & Sons. The workshop was centred around the Bobby’s Recital exhibition currently being held at the gallery, and touched upon things such as the creative use of musical instruments, sound, language and words.

Here are some of our experiences/highlights of this trip:

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One of the things that caught my eye as soon as I walked into the gallery space was the presence of a prepared grand piano, with coloured egg-shells resting on the strings. We talked briefly during the workshop about the strange effect that static instruments have in a space; such as instruments left on stage after a performance, or a piano that nobody plays in a household. I liked the way the piano was presented both as an instrument for performance and as a sculpture.

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I was really interested in the possibilities of a prepared piano, and how artists such as John Cage experiment with music. Below is an example of a prepared piano being played:

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I was really interested in the elements of performance within the work of the two artists who were running the workshop; Bryony Gillard and Jenny Moore. After seeing some of their work we were invited to take part in tasks.

Bryony had us experiment with words, playing a game of consequences with random sentences, the results of which were often quite surreal and poetic. Unfortunately I think someone picked mine up by mistake, otherwise I’d post some. Then we worked with the piano to see how words sounded once spelt on the piano.

Jenny’s part of the workshop involved the group collaborating to produce a radio show. This one is harder to explain, but the were no rules, only a set of suggestions. As the work developed my group ended up working towards a specific goal, which was translating the sounds of a guitar through phone signals, a toy megaphone and finally the camera’s recording equipment.

The experience gave me lots to consider. I’m starting my final project soon and have been considering moving into performance and video art, and the workshop allowed me to see other artistic methods and results. Overall I really enjoyed the whole day and really look forward to working with Duchamp & Sons in the future!

Tom

A poem compiled sentence by sentence from Young Arnolfini and Duchamp & Sons:

I ran down the narrow empty path,
In need of summer sun,
It didn’t matter anyway so I just left and went home,
As long as I get my kiss…

Just in Time – Xavier Antin

Other, Printing, sculpture

I was looking on the internet today to kill some time and I came across a project by the artist Xavier Antin. Here is his website.

You can probably guess from the picture above what is going on. This is titled ‘Just in Time’ and it’s a series of 4 printers from different generations each printing a single colour for a book. The first printer in the chain is a stencil duplicator and it’s in charge of magenta, second it’s a spirit duplicator that prints cyan, third is a laser printer that does the black and lastly it’s an inkjet printer that prints the yellow. I just thought this was a really cool and quirky idea. It reminded me of those Rube Goldberg machines where one thing triggers the next and you end up with a super complicated way of doing a simple task. The book which is printed out of this crazy machine is a series of pictures taken of factories and assembly lines which is pretty fitting.

I really like the way each book will be different because the paper wont always feed into each printer the same way. It makes each book unique. I’m usually a stickler for things being really neat and if I print something and it isn’t perfect that I’ll have to do it again, but for some reason I could live with this, I think it’s because I know exactly what has gone into making each picture rather than it coming magically out of one machine.

Hopefully you enjoyed this as much as I did!

Charlie CT

P.s. also check out some of the other work this artist has done, there is some stuff similar to this which is also pretty cool.