I’ve never seen a large organ console close up before and was pretty gobsmacked when I encountered this one in real life. St Paul’s Cathedral hosts organ recitals several times a year and it’s well worth the experience,
The complexity of the instrument is mind-boggling. As Simon Johnson, the organist performing that evening explained, this console is Victorian with modern additions and was presented to the cathedral in 2008.
It’s quite disorientating to see the organist play in front of you then hear sound coming from the quire on one side.
two rows of pedals, the base boards
and then all those knobs, each one connected to a pipe…four limbs just don’t seem enough.
Julian Page and Joanna Bryant Projects collaborations are regularly featured here and this time at Frameless Gallery they presented, amongst others , drawings by David Watkins
Joella Wheatley‘s oil and pen paintings and
Cally Shadbolt’s processes, the record of activity so much more compelling than the end product, something I come across a great deal in my life. For me doing the work is what really matters. I was particularly taken by her drawings.
The commonality between the work presented, both visually and conceptually, was one of the pleasures of this show.
There is so much to see at New Designers every year that it can sometimes be difficult to keep to the parameters I set myself, although going round the show on my own helps me stay focused.
Loughborough graduate Petra Baker exhibited a tightly edited and mature collection of exquisitely made pieces using only black and grey. The organza hanging looks three-dimensional in this photograph yet is almost completely flat.
Deceptively simple in appearance, this is carefully considered work. Petra is thinking that automotive textiles may be something to explore – some of the luxury brands could be very interested.
More samples here , all beautifully produced and presented.
Started in 2011 in Moscow, the Russian word Ziferblat translates to clockface in English. The concept of a space where you only pay for the time spent there now has 15 locations in Europe so seemed an appropriate place to meet soon after the Brexit referendum result.
The photos below are from Ziferblat Liverpool in Albert Dock but the concept may be found in London & Manchester too
Once clocked in at the entrance you can then catch up with friends, do some work, read, have a business meeting, even pop in for a quick shower – just remember that the clock is ticking.
Help yourself to multiple varieties of food and drink in the fully functioning kitchen.
It’s a friendly and inclusive concept with a broad demographic participating when we were there.
Henrietta Stuart showed new work at Wimbledon Open Art Studios and I was interested to see that she has introduced more structure into her landscapes.
Big painterly skyscapes are a popular genre and I think she does them extremely well. They are also easy to live, revealing something new at every viewing.
I really appreciate her handling of paint, the layering and mark-making as well as her sense of colour.
To see other images I’ve taken of her work please search in previous posts or visit her web page.
The Switch House at Tate Modern has apparently increased exhibition space by 60% and here is some of the work now on general view. I’m warning you now, this is probably longer than a minute’s read.
Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum is keen for the audience to interact with his work – they certainly were here in part of his piece Capsules (NBP x me-you) 2000.
I almost missed Corridor with Mirror and White Lights by Bruce Nauman as it was tucked away in a corner by a window. Women artists are finally better represented; Pavilion Suspended in a Room 1 by Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias is an open structure with woven lattice panels including words and phrases from Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke
You can’t see the shadows here projected by Gego’s Horizontal Square Reticularia 71/10 – I love the fragility of it as well as the movement. I’d already admired her work shown in Radical Geometry at the Royal Academy.
Beirut Caoutchouc, a rubber map of Beirut by Marwan Rechmaoui had adults intrigued and children delighted
while we were all trying to get closer to Roni Horn’s glass Pink Tons.
I was delighted when a friend invited me here for a drink as I’d been meaning to visit for ages.
Found at the bottom of Mare Street, just by the canal, you enter The Museum of Curiosities by the friendly bar. Enter into a Wunderkammer of the rare, curious and wonderful, displayed in carefully themed groups. Contemporary art shares space with taxidermy, skeletons and variously identified artefacts in a dimly-lit and musty-smelling environment. I definitely recommend it.
Sociable beer-drinking toads Detail of In Fairyland by Tessa Farmer
Kate MccGwire’s work at the back of a shelf
A shrunken head in front of more taxidermy
and skull popcorn. The latest acquisition is this mummified head complete with remarkably fresh-looking hair