Sunday, 9 July 2017

Cancelled

























Human spirographs in the 'cancelled' exhibition space of the artist Marlie Mul at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow.




Monday, 29 May 2017

The Mystery Hotel












Visiting the funfair is turning into a bit of a ritual. Here is last year's visit. I love the way the rides are cleverly packaged and I love the new striped awning that wasn't there last year. In my opinion, the fairground aesthetic just keeps on winning.




Monday, 22 May 2017

To the peninsula my friends

































To the Peninsula my friends*


To the Peninsula my friends,
the old one goes to ground
A whole new swathe of London
standing on the stirring ice
Scuffed knees and drowsy bees
in those stark and sullen solitudes

A cascade of irises,
The roar of heavy, distant surf
Towers cut like prisms
safe return doubtful
The naked soul of man
wrapped by the river Thames

Big, eclectic and original
The end of the axis
By endurance we conquer
vistas that never tire
Months of continuous darkness
15,000 new homes



* Inspired by the "Ernest Shackleton Lodge" ( pictured above) that I saw on my walk along the rapidly developing Greenwich Peninsula, I decided to combine quotes by the polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton, with the language of property development brochures to make a poem.







Sunday, 9 April 2017

So long, and thanks for all the fish

I walked into the Tate to see a member of staff holding an inflatable fish. 


This was after seeing a striped man trying to outdo St Paul's with his pointy hat.



At first sight unsettling, this image is benign: people enjoying merging and emerging from the water spray installation outside the Tate

These workmen at the Tate are responsible for your Seele (German word for soul). However, they are not buying at the moment. I tried. 


When you step inside, the 'book' is in fact a video installation showing unpublished photos of built spaces: urban, corporate, detailed. mundane, and epic side by side. In short, wonderful and insightful. This part of Tillman's show is off the turbine Hall and as far as I know this part is free entry. 



The former power station supports life: a bush. Actually, Peregrine Falcons have been spotted hunting pigeons from the tower.







you know it is a good show when the staff are still enjoying it

A surreal part of the day, seeing Wolfgang Tillmans in person who kindly signed the catalogue for me.





Perhaps the best slogan of all time?






 Scorched earth policy applied to design - Berliner U -Bahn seating







I obviously came late to the inflatable fish party: The Tate roof.


This aerial image is like a map of somewhere else
Canary Wharf. When you know the formative structure of the building is going to be more interesting looking than the building itself