SHOWstudio’s shop has opened a new exhibition, To Bed. Sleep often serves as a subject in art, affording artists with material and metaphors for work. Remember when The Tate held a mass sleepover in 2007 that coincided with a 19-hour screening of Andy Warhol’s Sleep? And what of John and Yoko’s week-long “bed-in” for peace. To Bed is a little more intimate, showing personal and vulnerable states of sleep. From Corinne Day’s photographic diary of her own hospitalisation in 1996, to Maiko Takeda’s sculpture that outlines the soft curves of a woman in bed, To Bed is devoted to the space of sleep. It’s voyeurism sans the usual titillation that comes with peeking through the bedroom window.
Maybe it’s because Emma Watson’s new pixie cut is creating way too much debate, or maybe it’s the overload of babydoll dresses on ASOS and TopShop, but whichever way you look it’s hard to escape the mod vibe this season. So we find its fitting the National Gallery of London has put together a new exhibition from popular 60s op-artist Bridget Riley. The focus is on Riley’s recent works, including a large scale recreation of her Arcadia painting, last seen at her Paris retrospective. Though the colour relationships and repetitive structures are very much key to an earlier era, Riley’s art still holds relevance. Like fashion, it’s a visual spectacle of emotion and reflexion.
Echo Morgan. An artist. An enigma. A creative, Confucius type under the guise of a little china doll. A future start of the London art scene. With a style that pays respect to the past but looks to the future, Echo Morgan creates a world of whimsy and wonder with every brush stroke and burst of colour.
Brisbane artist Andy Harwood is opening up his gallery space, Love Love Studio, and sharing his artwork with a new exhibition, Fragmented Anxiety. Set against a framework of layered, multi-coloured geometric shapes and loose brush strokes, it’s a puzzling and personal perception of the struggles of human emotion.
Whenever the end of year draws near, news sites feel the need to do the obligatory "top ten (insert_movies/songs/fashion faux pas/etc_here) of 2010" or a montage of clips that sum up "the year that was"*.
Remember that quasi-rock/electronica hit, “We Don’t Play Guitars”? It was the ‘hit single’ as music pundits say, from Chicks On Speed’s 99 Cents album. That song was the band’s foray into the public’s greater music/fashion/art consciousness because Chicks On Speed are something more than just a band. They’re a link between music, fashion and contemporary art. Their punk-inspired momentum has coerced the founding members, Melissa Logan and Alex Murray-Leslie, into some sort of multi-disciplinary, jack-of-all-creative-trades, experimental ‘being’. Don’t Art, Fashion Music is the band’s latest crossover project, a result of anarchic experimentation between artists, scientists and designers. Scenes taken from the project’s performance, on display earlier this year at the Dundee Contemporary Arts festival, have transpired to the pages of this book where the focus is on DIY “objekt instruments”, like the shoe guitar that simultaneously acts as instrument and fashion. Especially in the hands of a well-known Lady. Whatever art is supposed to be, Chicks On Speed like to challenge.
Daniel Askill. High profile filmaker. High profile clients. A pared down aesthetic that is austere and stark. A portfolio of work that moves from commercial to creative. Dance, video installations, advertising, short films and music videos.
While many labels can suffer the fate of becoming a "commercial" fashion brand, Something Else has managed to maintain creative integrity while appealing to the masses. And it's because there's always something a little cool, a little quirky and a little fun about the label.