Friday, 18 October 2013

Saturday 19th October: 'Erebus' at Londonewcastle Project Space

A show in time for Frieze with one foot in the fashion world is "Erebus", an exhibition of new works by photography duo Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones. I fell in love with their fantastical magical way of shooting via epic portraits of Bjork and latterly Patrick Wolf, (for whom I made an aeroplane to wear for i-D Magazine).

For this film project, the pair have worked with James Lavelle on the soundtrack,  art direction by Robin Brown and costumes courtesy of Stevie Stewart (Bodymap).  The main collaboration is with choreographer Russell Maliphant to present a multimedia experience that draws influence from a range of disciplines, including the sculptures of Auguste Rodin, figures in greek mythology and the juxtaposition between classicism and surrealism. 

The works revolve around the Greek God Erebus, who's name is often leant to an area of the underworld, and creates a stark interpretation of the darkest of realms through photography and a contemporary dance performance, which is documented in a 13 minute film.  

See it at London Newcastle Project Space in Shoreditch TODAY!

16th Oct - 20th Oct

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)