Saturday 1 November 2014

Saturday Nov 1st: PODCAST Launch: Episode 1 of the BUTLER / RYLING / RADIO Show!

Kinder + Linder =  Episode 1 of the BUTLER / RYLING / RADIO Show!
In this episode Fred Butler + Tom Ryling discuss London’s Frieze Art Fair 2014, how October is now officially ‘Art Month’, play some tunes, ponder the ever revolving cycle of the coolest hotels in town, muse on where all the canapes went and work out why exactly Fred hates Halloween so much.
Head over to the TUMBLR to see videos and stills that relate to the conversation for reference.

Thursday 30 October 2014

Thursday 30 Oct: The Nike Women’s Color Block Collection

NikeLab just launched the latest Nike Women's Color Block Collection and invited  the extended network of FAM girls down for the launch at the 1948 store.  It's the perfect dream optical pattern for me from a mix of polkadots and Memphis style squiggles with 3M reflective print across this monochrome palette.  Each of the "Mezzo" print t-shirts are limited edition as each tee is cut differently from the fabric roll and overprinted with the dot pattern.  Check out the full capsule collection with Nike Tech Fleece over at the store.
DJ's playing on the night included Radio1XTRA's Clara Amfo and guest Radi Dadi who are both running the Paris Half Marathon in March next year so check back in the New Year for news on that.............

Monday 27 October 2014

Monday 27th October: Turner Prize - "Things Shared" by Ciara Philips

After a week of wandering around Frieze, scratching my head and trying to figure it all out - it was a breath of fresh air to walk into the Turner Prize and just immediately fall in love with the work on the wall.  What I'm referring to is the room titled "Things Shared" by selected artist Ciara Philips who has literally covered the gallery's walls with blown up bitmap images of the accidental ink blotches from her screen-printing practise.  Here is an artist who has exposed (forgive the screenprinting pun!) the process of her profession as the actual concept in direction of her shows.  From what I gather it is a craft that is steeped in precision and the skill in execution, so this is a bold move to strategically disregard all the recognised guidelines and focus on the happy accidents in the waste.  She gathers together the glitches and grafts them together in collages by cutting up, gluing and sewing.  Its the actual physical act of pulling a squeegee that she's interested in and the essence of the hands-on action involved in finally showing the "Medium Is The Message".  These abstract works are kind of mushed together in a manic frenzy of colour and mark-making.  Perhaps its this organised chaos that I like!!!   It's so free and loose but edited, not a mess (the layout of the room mimics the letters "OK" in the posters).  In this new wave of post-Internet art, its lush to see someone going right back to basics and having playful fun with craftsmanship and testing the art-world's acceptance of having this as the primary context.  Ciara gets the A.O.K from me!  

Find out more about the 30th Turner Prize here.