The ever expanding creative initiative Art Below, is taking over the London Underground one step at a time. You will already likely be familiar with the quirky art works often displayed in regular advertising spaces across tube platforms, but now commuters at Kennington Tube Station will be greeted with a bounty art work created by up 16 MA students at the City & Guilds of London Art School. Twenty A1 sized panels inside the 2 passenger lifts (normally taken up by advertising) are currently dominated by a varied selection of works.
I’m absolutely loving The Mad Artists Tea Party concept dreamt up by the one and only Miss Cake head of quirky subversive blog, ‘Cakehead Loves’ in association with the sweetest of brand partners, Tate and Lyle sugar. For a start, what’s not to like in the name? Mad, art, tea and party, all of my favourite things rolled into one extravaganza of ‘pop biscuits & toffee shocks’!
Establishments in the newly connected areas anticipate a significant increase in visitor numbers and with East London being a thriving artistic hot spot, the cultural economy is bound to benefit. In celebration of this fact comes CultureLine, a grouping of 10 museums and galleries which can be found along the length of the rail road.
The weather might not be up to much but it’s still summer and everyone likes a trip to the seaside so what better way to spend a lazy sunday than with a trip to the beach? Not the coast mind, this beach is in Whitechapel of all places. Scrivener’s Cove is a little-known writers’ and readers’ retreat that pops up intermittently in cities such as London. The pop up beach will be run by the Whitechapel Gallery, supported by Stanley Picker Trust, offering a relaxing space in the heart of the East in Altab Ali Park. So why not bring along a picnic and beach towel, a novel (or a trashy mag!) and spend the afternoon in the sand?
“For Our House is our corner of the world. As has often been said, it is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word.”
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, 1958
The Barbican Gallery’s latest exhibition ‘Surreal House’ is a fascinating psychosocial labyrinth of barely lit chambers each exploring the surrealist concept of the home in varying mediums and disciplines. The exhibition combines a hotch-potch of memorabilia, animated furniture, cinematic vistas, convulsive forms and phantom guest, making for a somewhat disorientating and absorbing journey.
June 2010, see’s the launch of Art Below‘s third Berlin Pillar of Art project, an initiative first set up by Ben Moore whereby 14 foot high Pillars in the districts of Berlin Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg are adorned with works by selected artists. The year the project will be run in collaboration with Art Barter, a public art exchange platform set up by Lauren Jones and Alix Janta.
In my recent trip to Berlin I visited the National Gallery in the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum of Modern Art. They are currently showing the first major retrospective in Berlin of the internationally famous American artist Bruce Nauman. The exhibition ‘Dream Passage’ runs from 28 May – 10 October 2010 so if you’re planning a trip to the German capital in this time, I’d really recommend a visit. This exhibition is a thoroughly dynamic, experiential immersion into modern art. Colourful, polictical and enjoyable, this was one of the best exhibitions I’ve been to in months.
Since the middle of the 1960s, Bruce Nauman has worked with a diverse range of media; his extensive oeuvre includes sculptures, films and videos, photographs, neon works, prints, installations and vocal works. This exhibition focuses predominantly on Nauman’s neon, film and architectural pieces.