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…

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…

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…

FOUND: New Art Gallery Walsall

Last night saw the private view of New Art Gallery Walsall’s new exhibition: FOUND. The exhibition featured seven artists (Paul Chiappe, Julie Cockburn, Ellen Gallagher, Ruth Claxton, John Stezaker, Vesna Pavlović and Erik Kessels), all of whom transformed and re-worked found, visual material.  It featured photographs, postcards, slides and magazines – all gleaned from the…

Collective Individuality: Art and Identity

What makes you, you? This was the question I was left pondering, as I left Willem de Rooij’s photographic exhibition at the Arnolfini. Willem de Rooij is a Dutch artist based in Amsterdam, and this latest exhibition – his first major show in a UK public gallery, consists of eighteen panels, each displaying a selection…

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…