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The Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, one of my favourite small galleries in London has an upcoming exhibition I am very excited about. Titled Curators’ Choice I believe it will be one their most revealing yet.

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Alex Flemming, Mapa-Da-Mina, 33 x 33 cm, 2010

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Kirstine Roepstorff

There is a simplicity and direction in Kirstine Roepstroff‘s work I admire. Her use of different materials, such as photocopies, fabric and cuttings produce a range of textures and effects in her work that fit perfectly together, even it feels like they shouldn’t. Her most recent work, Structures can be viewed at the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London until 12th of January, 2013.

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On Friday, from the cold of London I took a welcome break and walked into a warm red room to look at art. I was at the Pre-Raphaelite Exhibition, which is open to the public at Tate Britain until the 13th of January.

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Jean-Michael Basquiat was an expressionist in every sense of the word. Born and raised in New York, he became known for his graffiti work as the lyrical Samo. He played the clarinet in the band Gray, made films with friends in downtown Manhattan but it’s his brilliant paintings that saw him rise to international fame.

In the documentary below, Radiant Child, we get to see Basquiat paint, party long into the night with friends and hear him speak about his life in rare interview footage. His humble beginnings living on the streets of New York and meteoric rise to become one of the most distinctive painters of his generation was sadly short-lived. The radiant child never really grew up but his work lives on.

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I had a blast checking out the new art work by students from the Camberwell College of Arts. It’s so exciting seeing the graphic design, illustrations, photography, painting, sculpture 3D designs AND ceramics of graduates. From that list you can tell there was a lot of art!

I stayed pretty much in the Graphic Design area because I was there to support a friend, Michael Makonnen but I did wander to soak in what I could. Below is some of the work I wish I could touch, but alas there are rules. You can have a look at more art work from the show here. Some of this bunch may very well be familiar names in the near future.

Better yet, go to the show yourself! It’s open to the public until tomorrow! 

I seem to be having a thing for outdoor exhibitions and installations right now, which makes sense because Spring is finally here! Yesterday, I was in Southampton to do an interview, (which you shall hear all about soon!) and it was perfect timing because there was an outline of the Titanic from Prow to Stern right in the middle of Andrew’s Park. It felt pretty unsettling to be on that boat, even if it was just the outline! It’s a great installation, I’d definitely encourage you to commemorate the Titanic’s centenary by heading down to Southampton if you can.

And if you happen to be in London, this one’s for you: Out of Sync. Chilean artist Fernando Casasempere has put the courtyard of Somerset House in full bloom with 10,000 ceramic daffodils scattered around the Edward J. Safra Fountain Court. They make a beautiful impact set against the grandiose backdrop of Somerset House.

I for one am so happy it’s finally time to get out and enjoy Spring!

Titanic From Prow to Stern until 15 April,  free admission; Out of Sync until 27 April,  free admission.

1. rabbit

2. cloud in a jar

3. cooking set

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde is finally getting the 8 year old in me closer to her wish list. His recent work Nimbus II was created with the perfect humidity, lighting and a smoke machine. It lasted only for fleeting moments at HotelMariaKapel in Hoorn, good thing Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk was there to nab this beautiful photo.

So badass. Check out his other works here.

Work of Art:The Next Great Artist  is my weekly recommended dose of reality television. (I very luckily did not develop a taste for Jersey Shore or X Factor). It follows the basic structure of most reality competitions: contestants face a weekly challenge, each one harder than the last, each leading to the final gigantic cash prize. It’s the modern day fairy tale.

Here, fourteen up-and-coming artists go up against each other for a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and $100, 000 cash prize. Their judges are the business, Bill Powers is co-owner of Half Gallery in New York and Jerry Saltz is the senior art critic for the New York Times. Art auctioneer Simon de Pury adds French class and world wide renown to the mix as the well-meaning mentor.

But apart from the well-placed credentials, why do I like this version of the fairy tale? It’s about the art! These artists are all talented in their own disciplines, be it photography, sculpture or film and they must produce an original piece each week inspired by anything from pop art to parkour. Yes, this show is that cool.There is a scope of interpretation that excites me- artists are encouraged to be limitless with their imagination.

You can feel arty and cultured here.

A couple of weeks ago, I submitted my photos to be part of the lomography exhibition at the Media Workshop. They were added to other volunteers’ photos and here are the results!

Amazing, no?

For those not in the know (and I wasn’t until this project) lomography has its origins in the Russian and Soviet block ‘basic’ cameras, such as the 1920’s German Leica 35mm. They’ve really taken off again as a digital backlash and also because people love all things retro at the mo.

It is oh so easy, the more random and unplanned the photo, the better. It’s been fun catching friends off guard. If you don’t have a lomo camera you can download an app for your Iphone or Android.

Get silly and get shooting!

The Lomo exhibition will be available to view in Southampton until December.

At the Media Workshop on Thursday was the launch party for the exhibition Free Time. It’s simple, but I can’t think of a better title. With the free time volunteers had, they went to different locations to photograph other volunteers who were in turn giving up their free time for a cause.

The photos below are the fruits of labour of the Media Workshop staff and volunteers. (If you are in Southampton on a Thursday, I recommend you pop in and have a gander at the rest of the photos, they really are amazing). What are the fruits of your free time? It’s a wonder what can be done with a few hours sacrificed and team work. I am so proud of us!