All posts tagged: art

Take Note: acrylicize – design masterminds

Giving whole new meaning to the act of ‘decorating the office’, art and design studio acrylicize has made a much sought-after business out of making art work in the workplace They’ve created design pieces and art installations in the headquarters of some of the biggest brands in the world and it doesn’t look like the work will let up any time soon bit its inception had pretty humble beginnings. Created whilst at university James Burke, together with his friend Paul Arad, tapped into a concept which looks into new ways of encouraging people outside of the art establishment to engage with art. Burke explains, “I wanted to develop something that could be appreciated by a wide spectrum of people so looked at doing something new with the simple ‘picture on the wall’ concept. The idea of acrylicize was to update the traditional canvas and develop a contemporary alternative using modern materials and technology. That’s where the use of acrylic came in and with it the name acrylicize.” Fast forward a few years and Burke and …

Parisian pop-ups

It’s a pop-up card but not as you know it. Part of the Spots Paris range, this 3D card by Paper Tango of the Louvre is beautifully intricate, having been laser-cut to perfection. A gift card that’s almost too good to gift. What a dilemma! (£5.99, papertango.co.uk)

Liu Bolin disappears in London

“The Invisible Man” showcases another brilliant disappearing act Three new photographs have been released in which Chinese artist Liu Bolin once again seemingly merges into his surroundings. This latest series, Hiding in London, sees him painted into the 7 July memorial at Hyde Park, on a tube platform at Charing Cross Underground Station and against some Underground escalators. The memorial photo commemorates those who have passed, who are no longer physically visible but who will never be forgotten, whilst the Underground photos are a reflection of the sheer numbers of people who pass through London tube stations every day, making a statement about this “invisible” routine of London life. The images were produced whilst Bolin was in London for his first UK solo exhibition, The Heroic Apparition, at Scream London earlier in the year. Liu Bolin’s Hiding in London photographs are available through Scream Editions.

Time for afternoon tea at Sketch

If you haven’t yet paid Sketch a visit since its plush-pink redesign by architect India Mahdavi in which 239 David Shrigley drawings work their way around the Gallery restaurant, its gorgeous afternoon tea should do the trick. The selection of finger sandwiches include an egg mayonnaise filling topped with a fried quail egg and caviar, and a warm mozzarella and pesto croque monsieur. Plain or sultana cube-shaped scones are served with obligatory clotted cream and homemade orange marmalade and strawberry jam. Then there are sweet treats and pastries aplenty from pistachio macaroons and raspberry meringue bites to almond and berry tartlets and strawberry cheesecake (served in glasses). Take note of your ceramic tableware too which come gloriously inked by David Shrigley but tempted as you will be to slip ‘a souvenir’ into your handbag, don’t – the folks at Sketch know how nickable these pieces are and will be making the ceramics available for sale online (from July) so you can create the whole fanfare at home without depriving the restaurant. Afternoon tea is served …

Ai Weiwei exhibits new work at Lisson Gallery

Although his physical presence remains confined to his native China – his movements restricted by his government – artist and social activist Ai Weiwei’s works and sociopolitical messages continue to capture an international audience. In his third solo exhibition at Lisson Gallery, Ai will revisit his ongoing, mesmerising Forever bicycle series with a new installation of geometrically-stacked, double-layer stainless-steel bikes. In a more haunting piece – a marble sculpture of a gas mask upon a tomb-like marble slab references the country’s hazardous levels of air pollution. There is also a pair of wooden handcuffs – a reminder of the metal pair used on him during his detention in 2011, as well as a clear crystal taxi window crank handle – a nod to the instruction made by government officials during the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China that window handles be removed from taxis to prevent passengers from distributing anti-government leaflets. Other items include cosmetics bottles made from jade and a replica of Ai’s father’s armchair carved from marble. The exhibition runs …

Liu Bolin – Getting lost in his artwork

Giving true meaning to the act of getting lost in one’s work is Chinese artist ‘The Invisible Man’ Liu Bolin. In an astonishing series of new, unseen images, Bolin, using his body as his canvas, is painted and camouflaged so skillfully into his surroundings that he is barely distinguishable from the backdrop itself. Standing motionless and unnoticed, merging almost entirely with his environment, the performances-come-photographs are a statement, if not a reflection, of identity, of the relationship between state and society, for which China provides fertile ground for protestation. It takes 10 hours of paint and make-up with a team of assistants to render Bolin near invisible. The result of this work is then captured to produce the incredible photographs seen before you. Liu Bolin’s new work, along with his revealing installation which showcases his camouflaging methods, can be seen in his first UK solo exhibition, The Heroic Apparition. Monday 7th April – Friday 9th May Scream Gallery, Eastcastle House, 27-28 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8DH www.screamlondon.com

Print Shop: Art on the Underground pop-up

Whoever would have thought it: the Tube – the London Underground, a destination for art lovers. But come Tuesday 8th April, Piccadilly Circus Station will indeed have people flocking by in their droves seeking to get their hands on a prized piece of art. Specially commissioned by Art on the Underground to celebrate the London Underground’s 150th anniversary, there will be 15 sets of signed, limited edition prints available to buy, each created by some of the most lauded contemporary artists today. The 15 artists are Pablo Bronstein, Melissa Gordon, Runa Islam, Idris Khan, Sarah Lucas, Goshka Macuga, Robert Orchardson, Martha Rosler, Nedko Solakov, Frances Stark, Corin Sworn, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gillian Wearing, Lawrence Weiner and Haegue Yang. And for those who think work by such names will be out of their financial reach will have the chance to think again. Art on the Underground have partnered up with Own Art, an initiative that encourages and enables budding collectors to own contemporary art by making interest-free loans available them. Print Shop opens from Tuesday 8th – …

Art prints you can scream about

So you’ve had all you can of magnolia and greige walls but where to start for some unpretentious art? Well, stroll through Soho in the next couple of weeks and you may well walk away with one of the many brilliant limited edition prints on offer at the Scream Editions pop-up gallery. A world away from any stiff preconceptions you might have of purchasing art, the pop-up space is a lively and colourful affair with a healthy array of pop prints from various artists, books and hand-painted beer bottles by David Shillinglaw and neon works by Chris Bracey. Need a few pointers? Here, the team from Scream Editions give NOTED their picks from the pop-up. Jamie Wood, the man behind Scream Gallery and its more affordable online spin-off Scream Editions: “It’s hard for me to choose a favourite piece. I think everything in the space gives strength to the next work and I love the relationship that runs through all of the artists and pieces we are showing there. However, if I had to choose, …

A dark American history lesson by Ben Turnbull

Like it or lump it, and lump it you most certainly can but history – unabridged history, has no regard for selective sentiment. The reality and dark truth of much of American history, particularly with regard to its history of assassinations, sits at the heart of Londoner-artist Ben Turnbull’s latest solo exhibition, American History X: Volume I – The Death Of America. Here, art reflecting life, Ben lays it straight on how his work holds a mirror up to American history, pitting works of John F Kennedy alongside the likes of sniper assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, to his analogy of the ‘ars*-licking’ established gallery circuit. The obsession with America: “It began as escapism and to make my own world that was foreign yet familiar, as I’d been surrounded by American memorabilia at home and was obsessed with U.S. television programmes. I never thought I’d even visit the States as a kid so on reflection, I was forming my own version of the U.S. but in my own unique way through books, comics and toys.” The …

Must visit: Sotheby’s Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition

If there is one place worth making a trip to this autumn, Sotheby’s magnificent annual outdoor sculpture selling exhibition is it. Set in the beautiful historic gardens at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, the exhibition features over 20 works by an international host of Modern and Contemporary artists including Marc Quinn, Thomas Heatherwick, Mario Merz and Tony Cragg. Beyond Limits runs until 27th October at Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP. www.sothebys.com / www.chatsworth.org