Peace, Love and Peter Max

Here’s looking at you, Peter Max. The Eye of a Generation turned 80 today, and his body of work is looking more expansive than ever. His synesthesia-inducing Pop and Neo-Expressionist compositions have been luring enthralled audiences into his mind-bendingly bright universe since the 1960s. Showing nary a sign of slowing down, he continues to work fervently and…

Shine On, Crazy Diamond

Forget shock therapy, give me shine therapy. When modern civilisation feels sometimes brash and as if it’s falling to bits, a dash of glitz in an unexpected place can do wonders for a flagging psyche. Just ask once-upon-a-time dentist, self-described accidental collage and video artist Sara Shakeel. Admittedly, no clever amount of visual juxaposition can…

ZUZN: One Click Closer to Heaven

A real troublemaker. Eloquent and self-contained in an introspective stasis, we meet Doori Jung at a small cafe. There’s no small talking with her. Jokes, silly questions and one-dimensional thoughts are turned into reflections of both her and her work, and to be fair, the lines between are blurry and bend along the pipelines of…

Cash, Clash & Climate

MASLEN & MEHRA in collaboration with street artists, Shuby and Delete  Maslen & Mehra consider their more recent work to be ‘micro’. By that, they mean they are honing in on very specific political and environmental dilemmas. This requires a completely different methodology to previous work in order to explore detailed narratives. The sculptures in…

Ai Weiwei Needs You

He fêted his sixtieth birthday earlier this week, but you can help give legendary Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei another reason to celebrate. His new public art project, perhaps his most ambitious to date, needs funding to speckle New York City with testaments to the equality of all human rights and the strange hypocrisies…

Humberto Poidomani

The success of a self-taught artist can be a particularly beautiful thing, a reminder that talent can find the recognition it deserves even when an ivy league MFA isn’t part of the picture. That’s why it’s pleasing to briefly bring up Humberto Poidomani, who was born in Argentina in August of 1942. Yes, he’s been totally self-taught,…

Plasticine Days

There’s something about a novelty calendar that makes the rapidly fleeting nature of time a little less morose. What does it matter if  yet another August is screaming by if you get to flip the page to a fat baby dressed as a bushel of apples on the 31st? To cheer us as the days dribble…

Failed and Aspiring Artists You Already Know

George W. Bush “People are surprised. Of course, some people are surprised I can even read.”  One eminent bloke with dubious leadership skills and questionable artistic talents is none other than Dubyuh himself;  forty-third president of the United States of America, diplomatic dynamo and defender of freedom who nearly choked to death on a salted pretzel–George W. Bush.…

ALO Encore

I first encountered ALO whilst prowling Shoreditch alleyways in search of good street art. We chanced to find to find one muralist at work, occupied with a linear, yellowish image of a young woman on the blackening concrete of a corner building. One of my companions, a friend from grad school of a much more gregarious nature…