Last Saturday I managed to get to my friend Andrew’s performance art festival in Stoke Newington, London.
In short, it was brilliant and should happen again – I really enjoyed the interactivity and atmopshere/feelings provoked by a lot of the performances, and their conclusions of awkwardness, heartfelt sincerity and a lot of questioning of personal space and privacy. Especially liked the work of Kimbal Bumstead who performed his piece ‘Touch Tent’ and Claire Blundell-Jones who was ‘spooning’ or being ‘spooned’ by participants for several hours. Enjoyed a full five minutes of staring into the eyes of a complete stranger and the poems of a good friend R. Makin, who we can also thank for finding an excellent pizza restaurant when it was most needed.
I’m currently sourcing material that might help me design a logo for this month’s Test Space: Kitchen which is sea themed (bring on the squid) . The night will feature what sounds like the most mouth wateringly poncey fish and chips ever, really vulgar sea shanties, Russian roulette food, Jelly eating competitions, the opportunity to throw lots of stuff at some other stuff, (exactly what it sounds like) a peep show and general nakedness. And much more involving booze.
I’m also designing a label for my friend’s new product range which she hopes to start selling on stalls in Bristol within the next month.
While trawling the depths of google image search yesterday I came across the artist Alain Valet and instantly took a liking to his china ink drawings
Also found this image which isn’t really relevant but I wanted to keep for future reference. And its funny. And its my blog shutup.
Also within the last couple of weeks I’ve been painting the walls of PSL during the mornings as theres a new exhibition in the readying – Roger Palmer ‘Latitude’/ Jeremy Wafer ‘Tropic’, photographic projects from the Tropic of Capricorn. There will be an opening during Light Night (October the 8th 6-8pm) with free drinks, and also the excellent combo of Soup and Cinema
I’ve also started working at Oblong Community Centre in Woodhouse as part of the design collective but as I haven’t had a chance to go down there very much for the last few weeks I’ll leave that story for another time.
Hello! I have just spent a lovely weekend in Newcastle and will write about AV festival and more shortly, in the mean time, heres a cat I’ve just finnished:
Have a good Wednesday.
Tomorrow (The 25th of January, ’10) is the opening of “As is Painting, so is Poetry” at The Norman Rae Gallery, Langwith College, York University – ‘ A showcase of work by ten sets of british contemporary artists exploring the relationship between written word and visual communication.’
Some of my illustrations from my last six months travelling around South East Asia will be displayed alongside work by some awesome artists; Amelia Crouch, Jon Owen, David Steans, Hardeep Pandhal, Kirsty Noble and Gareth Durasow, Nous Vous Collective, David Prosser, Lucy Cheung and Sarah Dee Barrett.
Plus it’s free, and there’s wine.
In other news, I’m currently in Kuala Lumpur, waiting for the Hindu Festival Thaipusam on the 30th of this month. More on that later…
We visited the Kuala Lumpur Art Gallery today, and I was very much impressed with a painting by Zhang Zhengmin, featuring a man covered in pig stamps throwing up over a bird.