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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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In 2007, when they met Agustin in Honduras, producers and directors Tyler Bastian, Trevor Hill and Tim Skousen knew they wanted to make a film about him. Disabled by polio from birth and living in poverty has not deterred Agustin from his dream of one day taking flight.

For more than fifty years, he has been building a helicopter from wood, bicycle parts and metal scraps. His long journey to complete this complicated machine with no schooling  has many locals questioning his sanity and has made him a celebrity. But it is his spirit and determination to one day take to the skies that makes this short film incredible.

You can sponsor Agustin here, to help him finish building his helicopter!

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.


It’s time for a new feature on the blog of wonder, video interviews!! I am very excited to share with you the first video in the What Keeps Me series! Photographer Angela Dennis (if you remember I got the chance to dive into her world of photography), now shares what keeps her inspired and humble amongst other things!


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.

I can totally relate. After a day at the office, it’s in the still of the night you have time to create. And it’s no different for the creatives at DreamWorks. Moonshine is their first public art publication that truly showcases the breadth of their creativity. Below is a sneak peek documentary about their work.

Directed by Alexis Wanneroy & Christophe Lautrette, this brilliant film features the work of Sam Michlap, Paul Duncan, Marcos Mateu and a special appearance from Jeffrey Katzenberg, founder of DreamWorks.

It’s inspiring what can be done between those hours of work and slumber.