Monday, 17 October 2011

Christo and Jean-Claude, 40 Years - 12 Exhibitions

Running Fence, 1975

Wrapped Reichstag, 1995

This major collection of the artists' work spanning 40 year, as the title of the exhibition suggests. It is focussed more on the preparatory, conceptual and background work produced by the artists' to sell and fund their hugely ambitious projects. The show is made up of models, collages, drawings and skectches cataloguing some of their  key projects; such as Wrapped Reichstag, Over the River, and also the remarkable Mastaba project. The collages are beautifully composed of sketches, maps, photographs and material samples. Deeply engaging, the pieces of work bring these projects to life and are highly inspiring. Well worth a visit!

The show is running at the Annely Juda Gallery, London until October 22. 

Phyllida Barlow, RIG

Peter Mallet

This is a very exciting and surprising exhibition at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery, London. I was instantly struck by the unnerving impact of the huge blocks perched precariously and ominously on spindly timbers. There is a beautiful spacial quality as the visitors weave their way through the forest of timbers. The exhibition continues in various, beautiful spaces of the former bank. Each room you enter is a surprise; especially one exhibit hidden away in the roof space of the building.

RIG will be at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery until October 22nd.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

From Me to Thee Clement

Ian Goggin 2011

Ian Goggin 2011

Ian Goggin 2011

I picked up this early 1929 edition of 'All Quiet on the Western Front' from a charming independent book shop in Nottingham and was delighted to find this incredibly beautiful message on the inside cover. It brings up so many questions about the original owner of this fantastic book. Who was Clement? Was this a gift to him, or did he give it to another? I'd love to know the answer to these questions, but of course, it will be impossible to know. This book has now become a true treasure of mine.

Orpheus at Boughton House Gardens

Ian Goggin 2011

 Ian Goggin 2011
 Ian Goggin 2011
Ian Goggin 2011

Images from the striking and beautiful Orpheus project by Kim Wilkie at Boughton House, Northamptonshire. The massive earthwork sinks deep into the ground, with a gently sloping ramp spiralling into the ground towards a reflecting pool. The effect is very impressive, the visitor sees only the sky and there is a profound sense of calm. The project sits comfortably amongst the historical earthworks, lakes and avenues of the estate.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Flessenboot by Floris Hovers

Flessenboot 2011

A beautifully simple toy by Dutch designer Floris Hovers. Inspired by observing the fact that children are often more interested in the packaging rather than the toy itself, his individually hand-made sails can be attached to empty shampoo bottles and it is then up to the child's imagination to bring the toy to life.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Chanoyu: Models

A small selection of images of the models i produced for my project, 'Chanoyu'

Monday, 11 July 2011

Chanoyu - More Updated Visuals

 Roji - A space in which visitors prepare for Tea
 Transition space between Tea Houses and Roji
 Central Stair Structure looking towards Tasting Space
Tea House

Chanoyu - Updated Visuals

 Central Atrium
 Tea Blending Space
 Communal Tea 
Quick Drink 

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Glastonbury Awaits

With University over there's nothing left for me to do but celebrate and dance and sing and drink and laugh and run and fly and jump around a Somerset cow field. Let's hope the weather is as good as last year!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Receipt Rethink - Berg Studio London

Was flicking through this month's Icon (issue 097) and saw this great project by Berg Studio, London. The receipt is such a humble object which we interact with and use every day and I think a little spruce up like this could make us all enjoy these little pieces of paper that bit more.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Chanoyu: The Way of Tea

Final visuals for my project Chanoyu: The way of Tea. Wanted to capture the ephemeral and calming qualities of the spaces.

Visual Ink Drawings

Selection of pen and ink visuals created for my final project. My intention was to pick out material details and create delicate images to coincide with my concept.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Ann Woo

'Tara', 11"x14"

An image from Ann Woo's simple but remarkably  striking series of works

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Chorus - United Visual Artists

I went to see this installation at the Wapping Project in London. Set within the pitch dark boiler room, the combination of light, movement and sound was a haunting experience.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Nottingham Victoria Train Station

A selection of images that show the grandeur and beauty of the former railway station that was cruelly demolished to be replaced by an ugly and unsympathetic shopping centre. 

Friday, 15 April 2011

Nighthawks, 1942 - Edward Hopper

This is definitely one of my favourite paintings. I love the sense of intrigue, the play of light and the impression that we are seeing a fleeting moment in the life of the subjects

Sunday, 20 March 2011


I saw this short screened at Secret Cinema last month and was blown away. It is gruesome, shocking, haunting but most of all incredibly beautiful.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Portraits of Australian Criminals in 1920

A remarkable collection of photographs depicting mugshots of various criminals from the 1920s. 

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Takasugi-an by Terunobu Fujimori

A beautifully simple project and a key influence of my study of Tea

Photograph By  Edmund Sumner

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Esko Männikkö

Untitled Eyes: Esko Männikkö

An image that has fascinated me ever since I first saw it on my housemate's wall over two years ago. The direct eye contact emphasises just how-human like these animals are

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Explorations of the Golden Section

A series of conceptual models exploring the Golden Section. Created as part of my final project

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Biodegradable Shoes

Photograph by Corriette Schoenaerts.

A new range of fully biodegradable shoes that grow flowers when discarded and planted in the ground. Found on Dezeen

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Michigan Theatre, Detroit

Without doubt one of the most unusual car parks in existence. The contrast between the beauty of the former theatre and the grim car park is extraordinary.