A beautiful new pop-up bar has opened in the basement of Pelicans & Parrots boutique....... which you access by opening an unsuspecting panel out of the changing room upstairs ........ so its quite literally a CS Lewis experience. The space is decked out like a proper "Rum Shop" with the bar encased in a steel shell shack, stocked with a plethora of cocktail party paraphernalia from paper fruit straws to Pelican twizzle sticks! The colour-block retro furniture is carried thru to the feather headdress ornaments and decorations hand-made my Juliet and her sister. This is a very exciting addition to the "strip" that is rapidly evolving along Kingsland road in Dalston, and a destination I am looking forward to re-visiting when it next opens the wardrobe door.......
Friday, 29 March 2013
Thursday, 28 March 2013
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
I'm so glad I made it to this exhibition before it finishes - its full of lots of my favourite things - David Hockney (obviously), Cindy Sherman, Yayoi Kusama, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, Andrew Logan, Duncan Grant......... lots of drag and early experimental performance art and its documentation. Its fantastic to see a whole cabinet dedicated to Andrew's "Alternative Miss World" with original invitations, letters and photos of contestants including Leigh Bowery.
14 November 2012 – 1 April 2013
"Lichtenstein: A Retrospective" at TATE Modern is most certainly worth a visit and to be bookmarked in your exhibition trip diary because it unveils so much more than you assume. Ive photographed pieces to illustrate this - artworks that Ive never seen before including sculptures which was a complete revelation to me! The metal tubular shapes are so beautiful, I wish there was jewellery like this!!
Check out the related events here.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
I am a die-hard Bowie fan. Ive collected the records, have pictures on my wall............ hunt out Kansai Yamamoto in thrift stores ........... only fancy men in makeup (that's another story)........... and basically bow to the phophet of cool at every altar .......... such as the Terry O'Neill portrait in Liberty's menswear department. I'm agnostic but Rainbowie is possibly the closet thing I have to practising religion, worshiping false idols.
So on finding out the V&A were putting on a major Bowie retrospective, the pilgrimage to the mecca on Museum Street was made.
Unfortunately photos aren't allowed so here are images contributed from Rob Myers who stealthily snapped the private view to share the experience ....... from the ticket stub to Tilda Swinton.
Although I presume Im fairly well informed on all things Space Oddity, I actually learnt so much new information and anecdotes from this heavily annotated show. For example I didn't even realise the original "Scary Monsters" artwork of of Brian Duffy's photographs collaged in a painting by Edward Bell is absolutely MASSIVE............ that Lauren Bacall was an inspiration for his portrait on Hunky Dory ........ that Ziggy Stardust was shot on Heddon Street.......... that Sonia Delauney's dadaist theatre costumes influenced his outfit for "The Man Who Sold The World" performance on Saturday Night Live with Klaus Nomi, which laterlly gave Klaus his signature wide shoulder silhouette..............
The show is jam-packed with incredible material - both physical objects and stories relating and re-telling each stage on the evolution of his career. Book your ticket now if you haven't already, this is an absolute must see and cant be missed.......... especially the exceptional events schedule.
23 March – 11 August 2013
Thanks to Rob for the imagery : )