Friday 18 October 2013

Friday 18th October: Patternity Studio Visit

Those Patternity girls have been prolific in producing projects since their solo show "Pattern Power" in April.  I visited their new HQ today for a catch-up on all these exciting developments - some of which I can't share just yet as they are still under wraps.  But the biggest news in the lineage of the leggy line is the collaboration with Pretty Polly to make their trademark product into an accessible accessory.  Previously Grace was screen-printing the stockings by hand which made them a limited edition coveted commodity, but now it is possible to pick up a pair of "Bricking It" PXP tights on any highstreet.  In addition to this, you can also see their signature shapes and structures taking over the window display design of COS stores.  The "Everyday Excellence" theme explores repetition, symmetry and precise geometric formations, created using everyday items.  These were also incorporated with pieces from the collection in a special short film for the website to run alongside the scheme.  
Last but not least, above you can see the Warp and Reason collaboration with bone china specialist Richard Brendon where the metallic cups reflect  morphing optical patterns from the saucer, finished with details in 24 carat gold.  
I can't wait to add to this list of updates but I'll have to hold off, till given the stripey signal ........... until then, head over to their shop to invest in an original whilst stocks last.

Thursday 17 October 2013

Thursday 17th Oct: Frieze Art Fair London opening

Anna Murray and I made our annual outing to the Frieze Art Fair - for her to find patterns in place - for me to do surreptitious art-world people watching, whilst snapping the works on show.  It was a real diverse mix of styles this year and something for everyone, whatever appeals to you.  Whether or not it's art or not is up for debate and a question I had to answer for a roaming i-D film crew, headed up by presenter Lily McMenamy.  I kind of think it doesn't matter - if you like it enough to want it on your wall then that's the main purpose and function any art should fulfil.  For instance the Berta Fischer iridescent perspex giant twists are something Keely Hunter might put on a head, but judging by the reaction of "likes" on my instagram, this was the overwhelming favourited winning work.  Personally my fave too!! Alongside these historical Bauhaus pieces by Xanti Schawinsky who was apparently apprentice to Oscar Schlemmer (Broadway 1602).  Yum! 

17–20 October 2013 Regent's Park

 (Anna Murray snapped infront of Herald St Gallery's stand)

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Weds 16th October: Walter Hugo's "Reflecting The Bright Lights" at Paul Smith Gallery

And here it is - the first showing of the final fifty portraits in the pin-hole camera portrait series "Reflecting The Bright Lights" by Walter Hugo.  The artist was given space by Paul Smith at his headquarters to set up the epic equipment in order to shoot the remaining subjects.  Now the complete set is on show at the Paul Smith Gallery alongside Walter's latest landscape work "We Are An Island" - seascapes processed using the location's water collected and purified.  GENIUS!
Read what Paul has to say about the partnership over on his blog here.
See official photos from the private view here.

16th October 2013 - 10th November 2013
Paul Smith No. 9 Albemarle StreetLondonW1S 4BL