Charmed

With his handlebar moustache, Chaplin-esque coif and meticulous dress sense, Murray O’Grady is a distinctive young artist who speaks affably and discerningly of the pleasures of life as an aspiring charlatan. His work features in Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA London until January 16. What’s the relationship between your art and dandyism? My heroes are all…

Continental Film Night

Winter is upon us and armchairs beneath us if we’ve got any sense. Darkness descends early, but there’s nothing like movies to bring some light into our minds… especially when we contemplate the different kinds of darkness explored by the films in this selection. The Ghost Writer Roman Polanski (2010) Ewan McGregor’s acting has an…

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

The Barbican 24 September 2011 Little did he know, but when Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy passed on an obscure, mid-’70s Swiss recording of a peculiarly otherworldly eastern European folk choir to Ivo Watts-Russell, head honcho at his band’s record label, 4AD, he was setting in motion one of the 1980’s odder musical success stories. Watts…

Michael Crowe

The inhabitants of Kincaid Road, Peckham, got together and decided to exhibit their street as a work of art. Curious visitors were given a huge stack of keys and told they had full access to every home, car, diary, wardrobe, fridge. Every aspect of life was available to respectfully peruse, 24 hours a day (except…

Peckham Heroes

In the 1990s, Jessica Voorsanger forged a career from her unabashed love for David Cassidy. And David Bowie, The Brady Bunch and Micky Dolenz (from The Monkees). And John Lennon, Dennis Quaid, Rutger Hauer, Robin Williams (from his Mork days) and Treat Williams (after he was in Hair). And Andy Warhol. She served time on The…

Noel Fielding

The Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton Canongate Books I don’t want to say ‘surreal’. It’s the invariable adjective for everything that Noel Fielding does: writing; performing; art; dress sense; persona. But I give you: hordes of medic-cats, gaggles of pop-eyed zombie fox-men, a “Self-portrait with Fried Egg for an Eye” and a camel on roller…

Jeffrey Lewis

A Turn in the Dream Songs Rough Trade The sixth album from Jeffrey Lewis is a record of heartbreak, education and his signature self-deprecating humour. The music might be generally softer than on earlier releases and most live shows, but the songs remain versatile and cleverly constructed. Lewis’s live set usually features the standard guitar,…

A Landscape of Memory and Politics

The tower block was a beacon of hope, introduced as a solution to housing that turned grim. Pennie Quinton talked with artist David Hepher and award winning author Zoe Fairbairns about their work in response to this dominant force of urban architecture. She questions how they chose to blend ction, illusion and reality to reflect…

LuckyPDF

The LuckyPDF collective (Ollie Hogan, John Hill, James Early and Yuri Pattison) make TV shows, put on parties, subvert the internet and famously sold their mailing list. They also make art and curate exhibitions. Next stop: world domination. Interview by Ben Vickers. BV: LuckyPDF has held multiple incarnations. I first heard about your exhibitions in…

Face To (The) Face

Postmodernism is a notoriously difficult idea to pin down; sometimes it feels like the best you can do when asked for any kind of definition is to roll your eyes and say how tricky it is to get to get to grips with, thus proving how well you understand the complexity of the subject. The…