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Controversial modern artist Damien Hirst is currently exhibiting his artwork from the last 25 years at the Tate Modern. This fantastic survey of his work brings about many an opinion, question and urge to cause chaos in what seemed to be an extremely controlled environment. I recently visited this exhibition and yes, I did feel the urge to be a little bit naughty. I thought this was quite ironic seeing as though Hirst is supposed to be the so-called ‘bad boy’ of the art world, and I thought that there might have been a little more interaction with the viewer. An interesting concept that came to my mind was the notion of rebelling against the art world. I thought that this said volumes about the industry today.
Questions, questions and more questions was what came out of my mouth the whole way around the exhibition. Isn’t that what art is about? It challenges the viewers perception of beauty, disgust and opens the mind to someone else’s opinions. ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living‘, 1991, was one of the most interesting pieces of the collection simply because of the idea that the viewer is so close to something which can cast both fear and amazement. I am fascinated by sharks, this eating machine being suspended in formaldehyde granted me the rare opportunity for a closer look. I had mixed emotions about this piece, one was awe, the other was sadness. The fact that sharks are an endangered species and here one is, dead and forced to spend the next 200 years in a tank being stared at by people, the very species who are killing these beautiful creatures.
The other piece that was really quite gripping was ‘Labdancer’, 2006. A piece about the modern view on life and death through the display of various pieces of medical instruments. I was particularly captivated by the instruments, some looking more like instruments of death rather than life saving apparatus. The grotesque nature of surgery is both sickening and a miracle, an interesting point about life and death. Some of the cold steel objects I had never seen before and so sent my mind reeling into the realms of my imagination about stomach churning operations and torture. What I should have actually thought was how this equipment helps to save lives, brings babies in to world and works miracles.
‘For the Love of God‘, 2007 was exhibited in a small dark room with the only light shining directly at the dazzling diamond encrusted skull. It seemed a little excessive and very dramatic but actually, once I had got over this it really did show off the sparkles to it’s best. Much like the rest of the exhibition, this was another of the artists comments of life and death highlighting the obvious reluctance in the Western society to talk about death. Inspired by the Mexican day of the dead and Aztec skulls, Hirst was keen to make the dark subject of death beautiful “You don’t like it, so you disguise it or you decorate it to make it look like something bearable – to such an extent that it becomes something else” (Quote from Damien Hirst, http://www.damienhirst.com/for-the-love-of-god).
I really did enjoy this exhibition and loved the fact that was extremely thought-provoking, I would recommend anyone to visit even if you’re not into art, you are sure to have something to say about these sometimes beautiful, sometimes silly and sometimes hideous works of art.
(All pictures are my own taken of postcards from the exhibition)
Flicking through Vogue UK’s April issue, I came across Mathieu Cesar. A 24 year old French photographer with a penchant for black and white imagery, “Things are just too beautiful in black and white…It shows emotion in a clear way and feelings are more obvious”.
I just love this. Black and white photography evokes an honest, uncomplicated and timeless energy.
The photographs below present a beautiful, glamorous and unique insight into the sitter or the object. A sparkly sort of glittery sensation is translated into a still of a moment.
(All images: http://mathieucesar.com/)
To celebrate this years Tignes Winter X Games, Nikita snowboards and The Loop Bar invited Basingstoke born artist Kev Munday to decorate it’s interior. True to his skate influences, he has created a unique ambiance via snowboard lighting. An ingenious way of taking the humble board using it in another dimension.
(Picture source: http://www.nikitaclothing.com/blog)
Tignes Winter X Games: http://www.tignes.net/en/professionnal-contents/winter-x-games-tignes-2012-save-the-date-897.html
Kev Munday: http://www.kevmunday.co.uk/
The recent Chanel Resort 2012 Cruise Collection was filled to the brim with a menagerie of different silhouettes and styles or as Karl Lagerfeld put it “too much may not be enough”.
Candies colours ranging from Rossi’s vanilla ice cream yellow (those of you who have been to Southend-on-Sea will know that Rossi’s vanilla ice cream is THE best ice cream ever made!), Parma Violet purple and White Chocolate Mouse ivory. Sweet, sweet, sweet; oh, and a few Chanel black and white classics.
With all this in mind one particular dress caught my eye. A beautiful black dress covered in shooting stars, which reminded me of Erte’s ‘Starstruck’ illustration of an elegant woman wearing a black dress with gold stars protruding from it. I love this reference, stars are one of my favourite prints and have been famously used throughout fashion history to portray an essence of fantasy, glamour and magic. All that fashion itself encompasses.
With thanks to the mentioned images sources.
Queen of fashion, Vivienne Westwood presented her A/W 2011 collection this weekend. The theme was Britishness. Her take on British style was as always fun, interesting and beautifully cut. For the most part the make-up was arty and eccentric and hair was wild with oversized crown hair pieces. The collection consisted of plaid, stripes, gingham, and colours galore.
This year, Westwood has designed the Comic Relief ‘Chari-tees’, which she featured in her A/W 2011 show. Adorning the front of the t-shirts are historical figures, such as Shakespeare and William Hogarth printed with a Comic Relief Red Nose. The thing that I love about Vivienne Westwood is that she has a passion for driving attention towards things that matter.
Comic Relief is 18th March 2011.
The fabulous fashion house, Christian Dior and Somerset House created an amazing exhibition showcasing illustrator Rene Gruau’s work for Christian Dior Parfums.
Titled ‘Dior Illustrated. Rene Gruau & The Line Of Beauty’, the exhibition is aptly named to present the amazing works of art. Having seen Gruau’s work in books, when faced with the real deal, a feeling of admiration like never before overcomes me.
The vivid colours and fine brush strokes are at last on show to a new generation of fashion, art and illustration lovers a like. The image shown on the postcard (‘Miss Dior’, Circa 1960) and advert is just a snippet of the beauty that lies within this exhibition. It has been curated very well so the spectator can obtain information in sections.
The section that stood out to me the most was ‘L’Homme Gruau’, a collection of illustrations to advertise the men in fashion. The best was a huge image of a pair of hairy legs below a fluffy bath robe and against a roughly painted black ink background. This was to advertise ‘Eau Savage’ in 1966 and was extremely controversial for the time.
Gruau’s style is pure and distinguished but with the ability to capture a moment, movement, and zeitgeist.
Marks + Stencils, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, W1 London
Ironically taken from the street and placed into a pop-up gallery in the heart of London’s West End. The first thought of a location for exhibiting street art would surely be Shoreditch or Hackney, but it seems to be a statement that this type of art work can be seen in a more commercial and tourist attracted area of the city.
Banksy’s choice of images and statements make for a refreshing and inspirational gallery. Both well known and emerging artists have been included, symbolising the way of the street artist: to bring a message, no matter what age, gender or background.
Each person has a unique view of street art and it affects us all differently, this exhibition is well worth visiting so you can draw your own conclusions.