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Favourite quote: 'At the dinner table when I was very little, I would hear people bickering - the father to the mother choosing to defend herself. To escape the bickering around me I started modeling the soft bread with my fingers. With the dough of the French bread - sometimes still warm - I would make little figures. And I would line up these little figures on the table and this was really my first sculpture' Louise Bourgeois, May 1999
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Three years ago in June, I was on the train to Coventry going to meet Corinna Spencer. I was on my way to see the Tainted Love Exhibition, a group show installed by her, its origins derived during a discussion... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at down by the water front
New York : On the second leg of my trip I investigate the confluence of artistic invigoration, gentrification and rent hikes, crossing the bridge from Manhattan's Lower East Side to Williamsburg and then Bushwick. (Part 1 – Follow the Art)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at down by the water front
New York : On the first leg of my trip I search for the city's creative edge, following the art through Central Manhattan to Chelsea and then North to Harlem. First published in Garageland Review Aug2014 View from Chelsea High... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at down by the water front
Zidane A 21st Century Portrait. I just caught up on the World Cup matches from Friday and Saturday night (still got to watch Germany France). And seeing Brazil and Columbia I was reminded of the notion of what it must... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at down by the water front
Getting the Balance Right. A few years ago I went to a discussion about sustainable fashion, one of the speakers was Katherine Hamnett. Back then the organic cotton manufacturing industry was in all sorts of conundrums about authenticity; from growing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at down by the water front
This is well worth a listen. Hyperallergic's discussion held Saturday 9th March in Brooklyn streamed via the link below. Running at 2 hours 30min - is something to perhaps take in short bites. On the subject of art and the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at down by the water front
“Erratics are boulders or rocks lifted, transported and deposited to an unfamiliar environment, far from their original location, by glacial movement”. I’d seen Alex Pain’s work earlier in the year at the opening of Two Queens new gallery space in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at down by the water front
It was in early May that I first came across Tainted Love. Or rather I already knew about the exhibition while it had been in its first home at Transition Gallery in Hackney, London during the spring of 2012. But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2012 at down by the water front
Ok ..I'm on a bit of a soapbox here, and I would like to be a hell of a lot more postive.. Not happy on reading about Europe's crisis (and pretty damn well the whole world's). Governments and councils are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at down by the water front
CUSP and Vanilla Gallery space is new – literally since March. The cavernous space was opened in a vacated Cash & Carry building at 2 Queens Street in the Cultural Quarter of Leicester. With this literally being the 2nd exhibition... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at down by the water front
This Sunday’s report in the NYT Review on creativity, and the current shift toward group thinking has, I think, got some wider social connotations. Taking the office space “brain storming” ethic to its logical openplan-inclusive conclusion : A video gaming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at down by the water front
Ok I've slept on London's Frieze and Affordable Art art fairs... More later, though on Frieze with its satellites of Moving image Contemporary Video and Sluice. And not least the very gripping (albeit mainly London-centric) graduates fair incorporated at AAF......... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2011 at down by the water front
Oh the irony…… I am taking a few moments to reflect on the recently opened exhibition by Jennifer Dalton “Cool Guys Like You”… exhibition that shows through drawings, graphs and photographic image a startling, and in these troubled times, seemingly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at down by the water front
Original photograph copyright of Glenn E Friedman Public Relations, Plagiarism, and Self Promotion This is how the World Assembly of Public Relations defined PR in August 1978 : "The art and social science of analysing trends, predicting their consequences, counselling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2011 at down by the water front
OK…Redlight/referencias de Ms Dynamite aparte …. Cuán verdadero! podría haber sido mi indicación - la línea para tantas interacciones - con mi falta de espanol de habla + la necesidad desesperada de lecciones! lecciones! lecciones!. (las disculpas en el avance... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at down by the water front
In amongst all the maelstrom of social media : with its tweets… be they purposeful political strategy's or not. Within all the FB nudges, pokes, likes, inane games, mind numbing time consuming *interactions* much lauded by the nay sayers and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at down by the water front
Ok, I was going to call this post Lazy Hazy Days of Summer… or something…it being about Lazy Oafs Spring and Summer 11 collection and all things summery!. And, with it now being well on the way into early June,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at down by the water front
Its a funny old world…. as I am out here in Spain expecting to post about the nuances of Spanish experience, and away-from-it-all rural niceties. With sporadic internet and therefore a less frenetic absorption of *wider* info. Only to find... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at down by the water front
Ok, Firstly apologies for not keeping you posted more frequently than every couple of weeks while I am here in Spain. Truth is I am actually doing more of what I came here to do, and that is, making art.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2011 at down by the water front
Hmmmm, ok, having had a few ups and downs (and it has to be said some were expected, internet and wifi being one) during my time here in Spain. Another of which I could have seen coming, based on either... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at down by the water front
I have been in Southern Spain a month now. Village life has a rhythm. The elements demand respect. Modernity is kept in a certain context; power blips are a-not-too-frequent fact. Signals bow to the weather. And things carry on in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2011 at down by the water front
It is my first sunny Saturday without a cold wind gusting here in Spain. The sea is still, the air is tranquil with bird song and spring aromas. The quiet before Festivo Dia del Andalucia on Monday no doubt. When... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2011 at down by the water front
I'm here ! Over the next few days and weeks I will be posting from Southern Spain with a few impressions of my journey, from the cold, rainy bustling mid-UK city of Nottingham to wintery Southern Spanish city of Malaga... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at down by the water front
Four months ago I, along with many others, were eagerly awaiting In The Days of The Comet, the aptly titled British Art Show 7 exhibition, to arrive at Nottingham Contemporary. We were not disappointed, the once-every-five-year event took up its... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at down by the water front
Been thinking about the type of art projects I have been interested in recently, and, increasingly I’ve noticed that they have a starting point with Kickstarter a creative project site which encourages people who are interested in seeing a project... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at down by the water front