March 25, 2008
February 1, 2008
For two months, Ruth Hedges worked alongside Eastside Educational Trust in Woolmore School, Robin Hood Gardens Estate, east London, to document the lives of residents past and present – from the elderly who survived the war, to parents who emigrated from Bangladesh, and the local children whose school and homes will be demolished in the forthcoming regeneration. Read the rest of this entry »
January 7, 2008
Anri Sala – A Second Look
9 Nov – 22 Dec 2007, Hauser & Wirth, London
Outside it’s teeming. Shoppers in Christmas frenzy hoover up Piccadilly, and all its old-style excesses. Inside it’s dark. Pushing a heavy door of the discreetly labelled Hauser and Wirth gallery, the cold blackness is a relief. Read the rest of this entry »
January 7, 2008
Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937
The British Library, until 30 March 2008
It was a time of bold declarations and ideology. Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Dadaism and Constructivism all came out of this period, breaking moulds and ways of thinking. It is ironic, then, that within such mental and cultural freedom, artists took such pains to define their actions – as if breaking the rules created a hunger for new ones. Read the rest of this entry »
November 1, 2007
Did you stand there in the traces and let them feed you lies?
Did you trail along behind them wearing blinkers on your eyes?
Did you kiss the foot that kicked you?
Did you thank them for their scorn?
Did you ask for their forgiveness for the act of being born?
Ewan MacColl’s ‘Ballad of Accounting’ is a rallying cry against submission. While critically referencing those who ‘skim the cream’, it is equally a challenge to the masses who ‘accept the shoddy’. Read the rest of this entry »
September 1, 2007
It is summer in the London borough of Hackney and the recent heavy rain has made the Manor Garden allotments more fecund than usual. Poppies run riot, jasmine scents the air and fig trees are budding with fruit. Sheds flake, rust and crumble. The make-shift constructions are painter Julian Perry’s subject and obsession.