The New York Fabric Convenience Store

In 2014 Lucy Sparrow’s famous-month long installation, The Cornershop, brought the plight of the demise of the local cornershop to London. Restocking an abandoned cornershop with felt bean cans, ciggys, marmite and porn mags, each item meticulously hand sewn by the artist herself. It was an unprecedented success delighting thousands of visitors and the press alike.…

Viewing Tomorrowland

Museums and galleries as we know them today are going extinct. The sparsely hung white walls, the stifling silence interrupted only by hesitant footsteps, the evil glare from the intern behind the reception desk, the dependence on paragraphs of restrained text on wall plaques — all slipping away into the past. I don’t mean to be…

Saturn Returns to The 27 Club

We study patterns in the stars. We contemplate their correlation with human behaviour. But we’re less astrologers than pattern recognition robots. Rather than paint the folks we meet, we wonder what makes them tick and why they are the way they are. With an abundance of Scorpio in my chart, I appreciate a deeper, more…

Picasso Uncovered

One hundred thirty-five years ago today, Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispín Crispiniano María de los Remedios de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain. His name is one of the better known ones, at least the first and last bits, and he’s remembered for playing several roles…

Understanding Modern -Isms

The origins of “modernism” date from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth. Urbanisation, grueling wars fought with never-before-seen mechanical horrors, medical advancements and new conveniences brought into homes had much to do with the formation of distinct, disillusioned-yet-progressive identities in the West. There were three concepts around which the brave new world tended to…

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

“We’re not at Versailles anymore, Toto,” comes to mind as a skinny green lizard darts across the classically beautiful face of a Greek caryatid replica. The sprawling, manicured sculpture gardens and looming square silhouettes of a stately mansion could fool most into thinking they lapsed back through the centuries into the fairyland of the French aristocracy. Yet…

Denim Does Good

Jeans for Refugees is a global initiative which facilitates innovation, communication and collaboration to raise funds for refugees worldwide. To be displayed at the Saatchi Gallery from October 24th to October 30th in conjunction with NAMA Women Advancement Establishment and the International Rescue Committee, the one hundred pairs of “Jeans for Refugees” are a collection of heartfelt expressions…

Us, Animals and Art History; Chapter 5: Postmodernity

Artistic expression has been present roughly since the first physically-modern men wandered the earth, and will likely never disappear from human cultural practices. Across all eras and continents, artists have used painting, sculpting and myriad other techniques to produce representations of generic daily life, broad zeitgeists and internal emotions or curiosities. Whether rendered with lifelike accuracy…

An Impossible Project

“The more digital the world the more analog the dreams.” – Doc An Impossible Project tells the story of the people who saved the last Polaroid factory in the world. It is an ambitious feature documentary, started in 2013, filmed over a period of several years, and not on a digital format, but on 35mm film.…

Cooking Class

Knowing one’s way around the kitchen is one of the better life skills to acquire; eating is, after all, a pretty nice thing to do from time to time. Yet when perpetually busying oneself in the kitchen, whisking roux and basting roasts, is expected of one— not based on a personal choice to pursue the vagaries of…