James Smith

It’s impossible to imagine a single visual survey of the British landscape. Like the contours of a map, each of us could circle the same place and yet experience a unique vision. James Smith’s work manages to articulate his single experience while at the same time holding up a mirror, provoking us into looking at…

Cage Against The Machine

In 1961, the Wesleyan University Press published a collection of John Cage’s essays entitled Silence: Lectures and Writings. Already an avant-garde cause célèbre, notorious for his ‘silent’ composition, 4’33”, Cage’s revolutionary, Zen-derived, non- deterministic approaches to creativity were now available to all in one handy volume. Silence would duly become the catechism of the 1960s…

The Winning Formula

We took the job of Judging the Art & Music street art competition seriously. There were over 400 entries, many of them of a very high quality. Some of the key factors that went into selecting the winner were: which work stands out; who would benefit the most from winning this prize; and who has…

Consuming Passion

Cedar Lewisohn meets chef, restaurateur and art collector Mark Hix as he continues his journey into the art/food crossover. I was cycling from my house to the studio, thinking about what I was going to write for the latest column, when my phone rang – always annoying when you’re on the bike. I stopped and…

My Blakean Year

Peter Blake and Pop Music Pallant House Gallery, Chichester Sir Peter Blake may have just turned 80, but he shows no signs of retiring from the studio. He continues to release beautiful editioned prints and contribute to group shows. Following on from a exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall celebrating Blake’s life and career, Pallant…

Continental Film Night

Without any pretence at front-line criticism, Peter Wix presents a quarterly digest of armchair observations to help in your search for the best of old and new movies. The Boy with Green Hair    Joseph Losey (1948) Before his memorable cameo as a sinister dive bar owner miming ‘In Dreams’ in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet,…

Cataract

John Berger Notting Hill Editions Cataract, John Berger matter-of-factly informs us, comes from the Greek kataraktes, meaning waterfall or portcullis; an obstruction that descends from above. This essay, published by Notting Hill Editions as an attractive little hardback, is Berger’s affectionate tribute to the miracle of sight. In a series of diary entries written in…

Michael Warren (aka Ziggy Hero)

My Life as a Costumed Adventurer  Solo Sounds To find a fictionalised version of oneself as a central character in a popular novel must be a singular thing; even more so if that version of ‘you’ was a self-constructed persona in the first place. But such is the extraordinarily postmodern fate to befall one Michael…