Drains and Taxis

My Photographic Travels Through… New York

    ‘My coming to New York had been a mistake…. I found only a sense of horror and oppression which threatened to master, paralyse, and annihilate me.’ … Success and happiness were not to be. Garish daylight shewed only squalor and alienage and the noxious elephantiasis of climbing, spreading stone… and the throngs of…

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Britism Museum

‘Behold all is vanity and vexation of spirit’ – Art at the British Museum

This was the title Count Christian Dürckheim, who donated almost all the works on display, would have preferred for the British Museum’s showcase of 90 examples of German, modernist art.  Eventually titled Germany Divided – A Search For Identity, the exhibition is more than a mere exploration into ‘modernism.’  Germany Divided represents a very particular moment in the 1960s…

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National Portrait Gallery - William Orpen, The Receiving Room, 1917

The Great War in Portraits

Imagination, n.:  A warehouse of facts, with a poet and a liar in joint ownership. Ambrose Bierce  Who should win?  The Poet or the Liar? Does it even matter, and are they always destined to be co-owners? This exhibition revolves around contrasts and difficult questions.  It is an incredibly fitting portrayal of a war which…

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Bristol Harbourside and SS Great Britain

Art, Antlers and Exploration

O, what a world of profit and delight, Of power, of honour, of omnipotence, Is promis’d to the studious artisan! Doctor Faustus.  Faustus, the protagonist of Christopher Marlowe’s play; the ever aspiring scientist who sought mastery over nature through intellectual means, would probably have enjoyed Antler’s latest exhibition!  Its starting point is ‘human technology and…

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Andy Holden - Maximum Irony, Maximum Sincerity! IV

Andy Holden at Spike Island (Bristol Arts Weekend!)

Last weekend saw individual artists, galleries and all manner of creative endeavours open their doors to the public.  It was a weekend designed to encourage public participation and dialogue between the cities artists and galleries – a lot of fun to be a part of! For me, it started with the Andy Holden Opening at…

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The City Of Briswool

Originally posted on Knit Stitch Sew:
Regular readers will remember reading about an incredible woolly project being run in my town of Bristol, by art shop Paper Village called BrisWool. The ambition was to re-create a model of Bristol and all it’s iconic landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the SS Great Britain and…

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What’s the point of it? – Martin Creed at Tate Britain

  The point of what? Art, life, love, ….bodily functions!? Last week I counted myself lucky enough to see Martin Creed’s latest exhibition, a retrospective at the Southbank Centre. This exhibition brings together an enormous amount of his previous and current work, reflecting different thoughts, emotions and materials.  The themes flow wonderfully into each other,…

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