November 08th, 2010

Louise Bourgeois, Hauser & Wirth

What a wonderful Saturday! After heading to Clarence House for a quick Christmas shop (no, this isn’t a normal Saturday), we popped into Hauser & Wirth’s new galleries on Saville Row. Wow, wow & wow. The two individual spaces side by side on Saville Row are simply stunning. Yes, they’re the traditional white cube but by ‘eck these are spaces that are made for exciting, spectacular & groundbreaking work. You can just feel it.

To top it off we saw the most inspiring, sensational, mind-blowingly talented female artist of our time – well her work at least. The amazing Louise Bourgeois. Her work is gentle and tender, harsh and violent, soft and hard, clear and ambiguous, sexually charged and vulnerable, radical and bloody brilliant.

You have to, have to, have to see this show. What a woman! Amazing to think she hand welded some of this spider in her 90s. Wow…again.

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October 14th, 2010

Do they think we’re stupid?

There’s nothing worse than lazy marketing, with lazy insight and a message totally out of synch with the times. I mean really, who creates and commissions this tosh?

Here are two fine examples of how not to advertise.

1/ The Cathay Pacific ad says to me ‘we’re out of touch and haven’t a clue’ or ‘if you want to be looked after very happy & pretty ladies, we’re the airline for you’. Absolute piffle…insulting piffle. This convinces me of nothing.

2/ The Taiwan ad says to me ‘we’re a land of lovely, happy smiley ladies that love dayglo makeup’. No, I will not got to Taiwan because of this. Are you off your heads? You’re not selling sex or makeup…are you?

(Sorry, I deleted the photo on my phone. It made me angry.)

Can I remind the drones who are churning out this appalling work that women make 80% of ALL purchase decisions. We’re not really an audience you can afford to alienate. Please stop acting like you or we are stupid.

Right I’ll get off my soapbox now. That feels better.

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September 14th, 2010

Ride ‘em cowgirl

This made me smile today. I want one! Although clearly you’d look like a bit of a plum bombing around town on this ‘horsey’ number!

Here’s a gorgeous quote for you from designer Eungi Kim’s who recently won the Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010 - ‘I wanted to give a special look to bicycles so that people would care about cycling not only as transportation but also as a lovely pet.’ Sweet.

Found via Gizmondo

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September 08th, 2010

Corinne Day

For me this is such an iconic image that reminds me of my mid teens, the 90s, of aspiring to be older, wiser & sexier than my goofy age allowed. It was at this time in my school holidays that I worked with Storm and saw the immense impact that this series of photos by Corinne Day had on the young Kate Moss. A mega star in the making.

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September 06th, 2010

Murakami’s hall of mirrors

Take the world’s most famous & prolific Japanese contemporary artist and ask him to create work for arguably France’s most iconic, historic monument to grandeur of days gone by – and this is what you get. A smorgasbord of swirling contoured surfaces, a cacophany of colour and a sense of spirit and play to baffle and inspire.

Original Chateau de Versailles pieces would have been commissioned to demonstrate taste and wealth. This new addition is a spirited and emotional response to the rich, swirling surroundings.  A wormhole into the artist’s mind which is clearly a place of wonderment.

“For a Japanese like me, the Château de Versailles is one of the greatest symbols of Western history. It is the emblem of an ambition for elegance, sophistication and art that most of us can only dream of.

Of course, we are aware that the spark that set fire to the powder of the Revolution came directly from the centre of the building.

But, in many respects, everything is transmitted to us as a fantastic tale coming from a very distant kingdom. Just as French people can find it hard to recreate in their minds an accurate image of the Samurai period, the history of this palace has become diminished for us in reality.

So it is probable that the Versailles of my imagination corresponds to an exaggeration and a transformation in my mind so that it has become a kind of completely separate and unreal world. That is what I have tried to depict in this exhibition.

I am the Cheshire cat that welcomes Alice in Wonderland with its diabolic smile, and chatters away as she wanders around the Château.

With a broad smile I invite you all to discover the wonderland of Versailles.”

Takashi Murakami, 14 Sept-12 Dec @ Chateau de Versailles

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September 02nd, 2010

Bloomberg SPACE – Comma 26 & 27

Last night I visited Bloomberg SPACE to view the latest artist projects in their ongoing series called Comma. As far as corporate art programmes are concerned Bloomberg are right up there – championing experimental art, helping artists to develop their practice and bringing much needed financial support.

Everything from the invites, the gallery info, the work on display and the whole experience was polished, considered and well-thought through. Elina’s time series of morning portraits running round the mezzanine level were a refreshing way to observe the ever-morphing aspects of body & mood. Keep up the good work Bloomberg.

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