Upfest Bristol 2015 – A Photo Update

Yesterday, I attended Upfest Festival in Bristol’s Bedminster and Southville. Its Europe’s largest, free street art and graffiti festival – with over 250 leading artists demonstrating their formidable skills. The artists have travelled from twenty-five countries, and across the UK, to paint live on 30,000 square foot of surfaces in front of 25,000 visitors. It…

Cally Spooner: Post-Production at Spike Island

Currently on at Spike Island, is Cally Spooner‘s Post Production.  It is an unusual show (on until the end of June), and essentially consists of two video pieces. You start at the end, with the credits rolling, in a near-empty, bright white space, and then move onto to the ‘main exhibition’ – a pitch black…

SARAH LUCAS: The Venice Biennale, France and Feminism

The 2015 Venice Biennale is now underway, and chosen to represent Britain, is artist Sarah Lucas. Her show, entitled, I SCREAM DADDIO is said to “reprise and reinvent the themes that have come to define her powerfully irreverent art – gender, death, sex, and the innuendo residing in everyday objects.” The show revolves around themes…

Examining Miró’s Reality

This week saw the birthday the legendary Catalan, Spanish painter, Joan Miró  – born 20th April 1893. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism; a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. But in this article, by looking at one painting from 1927 – I wish…

Edmund Clark and Peter Schmersal at Flowers Gallery

This week saw the opening of two exhibitions at Flowers Gallery: the work of photographer, Edmund Clark and the painter, Peter Schmersal. Although two very different shows, with very different atmospheres ­– the themes raised by each artist successfully manage to complement and elaborate on the work of the other. Peter Schmersal (a German artist from Berlin) produces…

Bristol Fog Bridge – with Fujiko Nakaya

Ever wanted to walk among the clouds? Well now’s your chance ­– quite literally! For the next two weeks, Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge is at Bristol Harbourside, and offers participants the opportunity to walk amongst the fog, suspended over the swirling waters below. It celebrates Bristol’s new status as European Green Capital, as well as…

Sikander Pervez

Following on from my post on FOUND at the New Art Gallery Walsall, this exhibition is accompanied by another, solo show – that of Sikander Pervez. Pervez was selected for New Art West Midlands 2014 – an event at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, celebrating outstanding fine art graduates from the West Midlands Universities. I…