Tuesday, 27 January 2015
OUGD402 - Brief 01 - Reflective Practice - Exhibition Visit: Adventures of the Black Square at the Whitechapel Gallery
Abstract Art and Society 1915 - 2015
Somerset House, in association with collaborative arts organisation A(by)P, present 'Mapping the City', an innovative exhibition of works by established and emerging artists from the street and graffiti art scenes. To complement the exhibition, Somerset House and A(by)P are hosting a diverse series of events, including a series of film and music evenings, artists talks, performances and interactive workshops, all inspiring visitors to re-evaluate their own relationship to the cities in which they live.
The exhibition features works by over 50 internationally recognised artists such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon and Aryz, alongside rising stars from Australia to Argentina, Sweden to Spain and France to Finland.
Graffiti and street artists have an intimate relationship with the cities that they use as a canvas. They understand and engage with the urban landscape in unique ways – through subjective surveying rather than objective ordinance. Mapping the City will present a series of cartographic representations of the artists’ chosen cities. Ranging from literal to highly abstract, each map will be an individual response to the way these artists experience and interpret the places that they know so well.
The artists selected by A(by)P to take part in the exhibition use a wide variety of media in their practice, from digital technology to illustration, paintings to sculpture, and video presentations to performances. Over 40 of the works were specially commissioned by A(by)P, with artists using their individual aesthetic to share their knowledge of each city’s secrets and challenge visitors to look at their own urban environments in a new light.
Monday, 26 January 2015
"Leeds Print Festival is proud
to be independent and championing the exploration of traditional and contemporary printmaking process once a year in Yorkshire. This is year four"
I attended the opening night celebration at Munro House for the Leeds Print Festival 2015. There was a great atmosphere in the gallery space, with vibrant music and lots of smiling faces. There was some really interesting print work on display, it was a fantastic collection of contemporary print and certainly showed that print is not dead in 2015. Print is still relevant to graphic art, design and communication. There were some great examples of screen prints, lino prints, wood cut prints but a lack of mono prints which I was disappointed about.
Idiots Pasture Prints:
Hungry Sandwich Club Prints:
Kate Gibb Prints:
Nick Deaken - 'Don't Be...'
Sarah Harris Prints: