Thursday, 19 October 2017

Thursday 19th October: Survival Techniques at Atom Gallery


After a couple of years since devising Survival Techniques and covering walls of London with inspirational motto murals, Naomi Edmondson now has a solo show at Atom Gallery in Green Lanes.  The gallery is situated above a screen-printing studio where you can view her prints being made ready for the limited edition run in conjunction with the show.  Out the back, she has painted a brand new commission on the side of their exposure unit which you can see in this portrait of the artist at her private view! 
Her archive of works are hung gloriously in one complete story alongside a London map pin-pointing the locations of her large scale street-art.  There is even a suggestion box to add your own Survival Technique to her bank of memos to be used in the future.  If you'd like a hands-on experience painting with Naomi, check out her Cass Arts workshop here

Thursday 19th October: Patternity X The Wellcome Trust "INFECTIOUS PATTERN"

Patternity invited me to The Wellcome Trust to see their collaboration "INFECTIOUS PATTERN" which is a venture to highlight the research that Wellcome supports via a patterned installation and film.  The windows down the Euston Road which are always brilliantly filled with scientific themed artwork now house the signature Patternity op-art designs.  For this site-specific project they researched and referenced the institution's library as source material for the shapes.  For example the iconic Memphis style squiggles originally came from an Alan Turing print derived from bacteria in a petri dish.  I never even knew this fact until their presentation and Q&A with Mike Turner who is Head of Infection & Immunobiology at Wellcome.  Mike gave a history of the success in supporting schemes such as Malaria medicine & prevention and HIV home-testing kits.  He also covered the current widespread urgent issue on the implications of antibiotic misuse. 
It's issues such as this that the campaign is targeting to address in educating the public passing the installation and via Patternity's global online network and community.  Part of this outreach is a chance to print your own patterned tote bag to wear wherever you go to share the message and "spread" the word.  Here you can see the bag which I collaged together during the press preview which is now a workshop open to the public.  Head over to Biletto for a ticket from which the proceeds will go to Unicef's life-saving vaccines.  

See the animated film here.

Thursday 19th October: Frieze Sculpture Park 2017

This year's Frieze Sculpture Park served as a perfect place for more of our "arts run" half marathon training!  Here are highlights including (top to bottom):  Takuro Kuwata, Kaws, Bernar Venet, Tony Cragg, Rasheed Araeen and Thomas J. Price.  All 25 contemporary artworks selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) are on display in Regents Park free for public viewing.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Saturday 6th October : London Design Festival - Design Junction talk by FranklinTill Studio

 On the Friday of London Design Festival I took part in a panel discussion exploring the role of colour in design, curated by FranklinTill Studio (Editor of Viewpoint Colour Magazine).  It began with an introduction to colour trend forecasting by Caro Till who then handed over to guest speakers DVTK who create immersive digital experiences and the food designer Arabeschi di Latte.  Each presentation perfectly complemented the group from such different disciplines but all glued together and guided by colour practice.  Here are snaps of my spectrum outfit lent by Kitty Joseph, Warstylist who attended wearing one of my necklaces and the colourful cocktails concocted for the event by Sweetdram.

Saturday 6th October : London Design Festival Flynn Talbot

The "Reflection Room" by Flynn Talbot at The V & A Museum 

Saturday 6th October : London Design Festival - Lubna Chowdhary

When I see something so good, it makes me emosh = Lubna Chowdhary, artist in residence at The V & A Museum.  The ceramicist opened up her studio during London Design Festival for visitors to have a poke around the paraphernalia of her process.  It was the BEST THING I'd seen for very long time and I've seen ALOT!!!!

Saturday 6th October : London Design Festival - Adam Nathaniel Furman

"Gateways" by Adam Nathaniel Furman for Land Of Ceramics at The Design Junction in Granary Square of Central St. Martins courtyard.

Saturday 6th October : London Design Festival - Yinka Llori

Out of the four works that Yinka Ilori exhibited for London Design Festival I only managed to get to two!  In addition to installations at The Africa Centre and The Restoration Station, here are snaps from his "Estate Playground" sculpture park at Citizen M Hotel and the Design Salon setting for his symposium at the Now Gallery.  I wish I had more time to have seen them all but there will be another chance to experience his up-cycled cosmic vision at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair this weekend at Somerset House.