31.10.13

ITS HALLOWEEN BITCHES

AND WE'VE GOT AN EXHIBITION TO TALK ABOUT

16.10.13

IF WHEN WHY WHAT - HOW MUCH HAVE YOU GOT?

Faithful Reader! The impending night shifts devoted to Christmas windows are about to start; the biggest, most ambitious and testing set of installations we've ever attempted. 
CHRISTMAS IS COMING.

Before all that, I still need to catch up on lots of the things I've seen lately, so sit back and enjoy the ride. I'll keep words to a minimum, so enjoy the pictures for what they are:

Gareth Pugh installation at Selfridges:
Shaking the disease - the mistiest view from the Tate Modern members lounge:
Checking out SLASHSTROKES exploration of negative space, collage and appropriation at their Space Warp takeover for London Design Week down in Kensington:
The old Selfridges Hotel sign - gone:
Toadstool takeover in Surrey, during what I reckon to be the official last day of Summer:
I was even able to have a cigaretto on the ground in the field.
Checking out my mother's fabulous attire pre Daddy Long Legs onslaught:
Did I mention that STUDIOGRABDOWN is planning an exhibition? #COMINGSOON
Dalston:
Mill Co.
BROKEN OVENS (HOB COOKED FOOD ONLY)
Dead bird, unlikely location:
London before Istanbul:
This photo of the Twin and I, taken when we were about 4 years old at Acorns Nursery. I vividly remember Miriam refusing to have her photo taken, and then for the woman putting this giant ribbon in her hair. We look so unimpressed its unreal.
SOPHIE T:
Summer is Over:
Mr Benjamine of Marks with his Orangina and moustache:
Miriam does Tree:
I watched Terror of the Zygons and rediscovered Season 12 Doctor Who:
Blackberry windows launched at work:
Christmas lights were put up on Oxford Street (CHRISTMAS IS COMING ETC.)
We went to Bristol for WERK (#SCHEMETEASE #GLACIERS)
Beard nets and all in one suits have been purchased for this install. #DETAIL #INTRICATE #NOCONTAMINATION
#COLLABORATION
Poppy's film card is almost complete #BELIEVEINFILM 
Watney Road Market:
Clare gets completely swamped by Wool:
Nars windows go in:
And a Wool Week window too:
Finally, the weekend happened:
END.

13.10.13

ISTANBUL 2013

Faithful Reader! Its all about to turn mental. Christmas is coming, exhibitions are brewing [did I mention that?!] and I'm so behind on blogging all things LIFE that I've got myself into one of those seemingly insurmountable backlogs of photographs and diary notes which you just look at and think WTF WENT WRONG.

Anyway. At the beginning of the month, I was very lucky to go on a work trip to Istanbul - one of Europe's largest cities, with a population of 17 million people - THAT IS HUGE. Where East meets West, where cats hang on every street corner and where every three hours, the air is filled with probably the loudest calls to prayer you'll ever hear. 

We were there to check out Istanbul's Biennial - an enormous gathering of the finest modern art from across the whole ofTurkey and the middle East. I won't go into too much detail, check out the pictures and you'll get the jist of it. 
It was impossible to be in such a place and not get drawn into the city's incredibly rich history - a conflation of religions, ideologies, cultures, languages, minorities and relics. This was like the best sort of field trip, where themes of appropriation, ownership and public space ran through the modern art we saw on display, to the ancient monuments of the past which littered the horizon, ending up at the concrete plains of Taksim Square, home to the city's most recent troubles.
The Dark Village:
Eating humous on the BUSIEST STREET EVER during the Football game:
MAMMA LOVE YOU!
View:
Cats (we didn't see any of the swimming kind)
Blue Mosque:
Cob:
Inside the Sophia Hagia:
11th Century mosaics:
Istiklal Street:
The Grand Bazaar:
Down by the Bosphorous:
Taksim Square:
Entering the Asian side:
Monkey and nappy:
Locals:
 
Scaffold:
END.