Street set building before the filming of Guerrilla

You know how it is, you’re on the way to work and a familiar street changes before your eyes. This little patch of London was transformed over a period of 3 days for 1 day of filming. I was told that it was for the upcoming TV drama Guerrilla starring, amongst others, Idris Elba.IMG_9384

I couldn’t resist photographing the transformation including removal of speed bumps and most of the road markings.


IMG_9385 IMG_9386 IMG_9389 IMG_9391 IMG_9392 Considering the action takes place in the 1970’s some of the shops were hardly altered, something I found both strangely reassuring and slightly unnerving.IMG_9393 Testing equipment for the sound of alarms.IMG_9397

It’ll all be gone next time I cycle past.

The organ at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral

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.

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It’s quite disorientating to see the organist play in front of you then hear sound coming from the quire on one side.Organ (1)

Five keyboards, Organ (2)

two rows of pedals, the base boards Organ (3)

and then all those knobs, each one connected to a pipe…four limbs just don’t seem enough.Organ (5)Organ (6)

Emerged at Frameless Gallery

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

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Joella Wheatley‘s oil and pen paintings andJoella Wheatley (1)

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. Cally Shadbolt (1) I was particularly taken by her drawings.Cally Shadbolt (2)

The commonality between the work presented, both visually and conceptually, was one of the pleasures of this show.

Petra Baker at New Designers London

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.

Petra Baker - Loughborough (4) Petra Baker - Loughborough (6)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.
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Petra Baker - Loughborough (8)More samples here , all beautifully produced and presented.
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The Ethics of Dust at Westminster Hall – an Artangel project

Projects initiated by Artangel are always intriguing so l get to them whenever I can. The Ethics of Dust works with the remarkable location and history of Westminster Hall and I, for one, found it a very powerful experience to walk between two layers of 400 years; the stone wall and the dust from that wall encased in latex.The Ethics of Dust (14) We visited on one of the busiest days of the year, with weddings and the summer tourist season in addition to the installation – maximum capacity was reached that morning.The Ethics of Dust (17) Westminster Hall itself is remarkable, the oldest building (over 900 years) in the Parliamentary Estate. These walls have witnessed the trials of Guy Fawkes and Charles 1st as well as many public ceremonies and lyings-in-state. Westminster Hall (1) Artist, architect and conservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos has worked with Artangel and the Parliamentary Estate for 5 years to clean the stone and produce the 50 metre long and 6 metre high latex cast holding the dust, soot and grime from past centuries. The Ethics of Dust (2) The Ethics of Dust (4) The Ethics of Dust (5) The Ethics of Dust (9)

It’s free to visit, you just have to book a time so get there if you can before it ends on the 1st September.

Time really is money at Ziferblat

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 tooZiferblat (1)

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.Ziferblat (6)

Ziferblat (2) Help yourself to multiple varieties of food and drink in the fully functioning kitchen.Ziferblat (4)

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It’s a friendly and inclusive concept with a broad demographic participating when we were there.

Recent work by Henrietta Stuart at Wimbledon Open Art Studios

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.Henrietta Stuart-Smith (3) Henrietta Stuart-Smith (4)

I really appreciate her handling of paint, the layering and mark-making as well as her sense of colour.

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To see other images I’ve taken of her work please search in previous posts or visit her web page.

Artworks at Tate Modern’s Switch House

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.

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I almost missed Corridor with Mirror and White Lights by Bruce Nauman as it was tucked away in a corner by a window. Bruce Nauman (2) 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

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Cristina Iglesias (3) Cristina Iglesias (4)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.
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Beirut Caoutchouc, a rubber map of Beirut by Marwan Rechmaoui had adults intrigued and children delighted

Marwan Rechmaoui - Beirut Caoutchouc (2) while we were all trying to get closer to Roni Horn’s glass Pink Tons.Pink Tons - Roni Horn (2)

Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

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.

Museum of curiosities (1) Sociable beer-drinking toadsMuseum of curiosities (3) Detail of In Fairyland by Tessa Farmer Museum of curiosities (5)

Kate MccGwire’s work at the back of a shelfMuseum of curiosities (8)

A shrunken head in front of more taxidermyMuseum of curiosities (10)

and skull popcorn.Museum of curiosities (11) The latest acquisition is this mummified head complete with remarkably fresh-looking hairMuseum of curiosities (13)

Nick Jeffrey at Wimbledon Open Art Studios

I had first seen Nick Jeffrey’s work at the Corinthia Hotel in London as his butterflies on gilded ground are very distinctive. I then came across him showing at the recent Wimbledon Art Studios open weekend.

The most dramatic piece is his new triptych, Wisteria under the Temple, some of which you can see below (complete with overhead fluorescent lighting). It’s a beautifully executed piece of work with sumptuous colours and delicate painting, well worth seeing when he’ll be exhibiting in September at the Loughran Gallery. I imagine it will sell straight away, if not before the show.Nick Jeffrey (2)Nick Jeffrey (5) Nick Jeffrey (6) He also sets objects into resin as this table surface shows, and his latest project is Nick Jeffrey (7)

about fish, some of which he caught at his first attempt. To see more, please visit his websiteNick Jeffrey (3)