This was Alice's weekend, with some cracking reviews of bands she saw, ones to watch for the future, and some of her favourite moments.
So this was my first ever Great Escape weekend and had an awesome time. I've collated all of my reviews into one post rather than into lots of individual posts for ease.
Tamara Saulwick’s “Endings” is at odds with the usual perception of performance art and is a great example of what it can be. By breaking away from conventional dialogues between those onstage and instead utilising interview recordings, lighting, physical performance and music “Endings” explores the process of death in a way that can only performance art can do.
A conversation is an overstatement. A ramble from Vivienne Westwood with Lucas’ intelligent thoughts and questions would be more accurate. (Read more)
The format for TEDX is simple: each speaker talks about a subject, with the Brighton meeting entitled “We can be heroes” – the iconic David Bowie lyric.
‘Unheimlich’, it means ‘uncanny’, ‘familiar, yet unfamiliar’ and ‘concealed, out of sight’ and Holly Rozier’s sculptures site perfectly within this space halfway between beauty and horror. (Read more)
Christopher Spring went to have a look at the Brighton Festival piece at the Lighthouse, here are his thoughts on Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda).
The Cells was Pop Up Brighton's most ambitious event to date, taking over the old police cells below Brighton Town Hall - Christopher Spring went to have a look.
Fabrica's 2016 programme begins with a residency for April and May from the illuminating Ron Haselden, Christopher Spring had a little look and gives his two cents.
Christopher Spring visited Earth, on at ONCA until the 3rd of April, and was very impressed by what he saw...
Roisin O'Sullivan takes a look at Eve Shepherd's White Exhibition at the Jubilee Library, giving a great insight into feelings and emotions that can be subtly invoked by artwork.
With Phoenix Gallery starting the new season of major exhibitions for the year, Abigail Bowen took a look at the New Immortals Exhibition.
Christopher Spring takes a look at Ian Hodgson's "Refrain" Exhibition and gives his thought on this ghostly solo exhibition.
Victoria Crick popped along to the "Love" exhibition at Brush Brighton to peruse some art under the theme of loooooove...
Every Christmas we find ourselves striving to find that little “bargain buy” or that “gift for that perfect person” in large retail shops. The constant buying and bulk-buying of unnecessary items made all over the world is undoubtedly negatively effecting the environment, the human lives of those making it and the lives of those consuming.
“I love this exhibition. It feels like home,” remarked Barnaby Simpson, one of the four founders of the now well established Corridor Gallery.
Usually at private views there are conversations about the work, but 60-70% of the conversations are about other things. On Thursday night the work was the talk, a true definition of a private view.
This is not the first time I have seen the London-based illustrator Hattie Stewart. I was lucky enough to view her exhibition last year which was a series of pieces that bastardised the front of magazines. It was beautifully executed and displayed some great satire that was both insightful and entertaining.
So, after the subtle and delicate musings of Elaine Bolt this morning, I thought I would go to the other end of the spectrum with the works of Jana Nicole. If Bolt’s work is a calming sip of peppermint tea, then Nicole’s is a shot of tequila, a sniff of salt and a squeeze of lemon in the eye
Elaine Bolt won Oh Comely magazine’s Best In Show award last night at Brighton Art Fair’s Private View, so it seems like her work is as good a place as any to start off the live blogging features from this weekend at the Brighton Art Fair.
Congratulating her on the award she still seemed very flattered and slightly in shock.
The past week in Brighton has had a distinctly oriental flavour to the town, the Costume Games organised by Moshi Moshi, the Japanese beating South Africa with a last gasp try and Lady Aiko’s residency at Ink_d Gallery.
The last one is (obviously) the most topical for this blog, but one that has had a significant impact in the city as a whole, from the exhibition itself to her mural in The Lanes.
Until the industrial revolution it was an honour for people to be known as a “renaissance man” – that is someone who is a scientist, artist and author. Leonardo Da Vinci was one, the other that springs to mind is the romantic works of William Blake who created art, poetry, also fascinated by nature and science.
Sometimes in Brighton we have a tendency to be attracted to the alternative. Whether this be alternative lifestyle choices, fashions or a perceived rejection of convention. Sometimes though, it takes an outsider to embrace the very consumerist culture we live in to better realise its ridiculousness and ridicule the very thing a lot of us try so hard to reject.
“In years to come when I win the Turner prize you’re going to regret not walking in.”
Like a good headline; whether arrogance or tongue in cheek, a statement as brash as this on the sign outside any exhibition needs to be explored. Very quickly you realise the statement is intended as an irony - but perhaps with an element of truth - and sets the tone for the playful exhibition created by Distant Animals, the brainchild of artist Daniel Alexander Hignell.
Often we are told that something has to have some great big deep meaning with 177 different techniques, and a concept that will contend with the meaning of life and transport your mind to a brand new level simply by being in its presence. Warhol changed all this with the advent of “pop-art”, literally meaning popular art. It became OK to create work that is simple to understand and appeals to people for its simple message.
Often when we hear ‘squid’ we think of a delicious deep fried sea-side snack drizzled with lemon and sprinkled with salt. However, Lilia Yip’s exhibition urges visitors to reconsider the squid as resource for scientific discovery and intrigue. The fashion based exhibit focused around a fascination with synthetic biology and marine creature, the squid.
The Dorset Pub. Not usually a venue which I associate with the art scene in Brighton. The creativity usually associated with the food and drink there, and the creative ways you can incubate a hangover. However, this week Smoke + Mirrors collective, created by Alice Leverton, are hosting a design fair at the Dorset to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.
The first word that comes to mind when visiting Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s installation is simply ‘wow’. Visually spectacular yet deeply unnerving, “Fragility” is a magnificent example of recycling i.e. taking a material usually considered waste and re-using it.
For photographers or artists who generally work on their own this provides a nice change of pace and a challenging little exercise in the creative process. It really challenges you to conceive and execute a concept accurately and, importantly for the purposes of the marathon, quickly.
Whether we care to admit it or not, there is a need to play, be childish and express ourselves in all of us. Last night I was lucky to take a couple of hours out of my daily grind and play with the Doodlecats.