Gimme the Loot (2012)

(Adam Leon)  “Do what you gotta do to make that s**t happen”, says Sofia (Tashiana Washington) to her friend and graffiti partner, Malcolm (Ty Hickson). Once again, they’ve just had their latest work ruined by their rivals – the Woodside King Crew, from Queens – and decide that they need to come up with a…

Collage Culture

Gemma de Cruz: Mandy, the title of your essay is “Living In The Mess”. Do you feel that this is a terminal mess, or that the ‘mess’ could be organised into something beautiful, uplifting and challenging? There are artists like Christian Marclay and Dexter Dalwood who use the physical idea of collage but whose work…

Nowhere Boy

There’s a scene in Nowhere Boy, possibly the pivotal scene, where a three-way argument takes place between John Lennon, his mum and his aunt. This is reminiscent of a ten-minute film made in 1996, Travesty of a Mockery, in which a couple have a heated argument across two separate scenes. Both films are the work of Sam…

Tai Shani

The product of a peripatetic, cosmopolitan childhood and fleeting associations with miscellaneous art schools, free spirit Tai Shani went on to study fashion design and photography in New York and Tel Aviv. So how did she wind up in London creating large-scale performance art that marries historical characters with science fiction fantasy? Gemma de Cruz investigates.…

Jim Lambie

Television, Sadie Coles HQ When you’ve hit your fourth solo show with your London gallery and have one of the most envied CVs in the art world, there is a giant spotlight on whatever you do next. But Jim Lambie seldom fails to impress, recycling ideas and materials to full effect. In fact along with…

Sebastian Sharples

Sebastian Sharples studied photography, but has made his career as a documentary film-maker. Working for the BBC and on independent projects alike, he had been an unseen presence behind the camera for nearly twenty years. Sharpies’ photographs find the poetic in the mundane. To him, everyday situations are working still lives- all objects are subjects.…

Peter Davies

When I first met Peter Davies in 1996 he was living the dream – showing in trendy independent spaces while still at college, and selling his work to important collectors. Before you could blink, Davies went from student to Sensation, and the art world couldn’t get enough of him. After endless lectures about the ‘death…