Nathan Coley - To the Bramley Family of Frestonia

Author: Nathan Coley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910221051


Page: 190

View: 989

'To the Bramley Family of Frestonia' is a publication documenting a public art project in London by Glasgow-based contemporary artist Nathan Coley (b.1967). At a time when housing and the property market are at the center of much social, political, economic, and cultural debate, Coley's project is a pertinent and thought-provoking exploration of issues of housing, ownership, history, and activism. In the mid-late 1960s, the Greater London Council moved local authority tenants out of their run-down terraced houses in the Freston Road area of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and into newly built blocks of flats nearby. The Greater London Council was planning to knock down the terraced houses and to regenerate the area, but the plans were beset by delays so the houses lay derelict for almost a decade. During the 1970s a group of squatters began moving into the old houses - there were around 150 people living in 35 houses at one point toward the end of the decade. The group, which was an eclectic mixture of freethinkers, hippies, creatives, drop-outs, and activists, became a somewhat radicalised community calling themselves the "Free Independent State of Frestonia", taking the name Frestonia from Freston Road. The squatters self-organised to the point that they printed their own stamps, had their own passports and even applied to the UN for independence from the rest of the United Kingdom. In a legal manoeuvre to prevent the authorities from evicting them without rehousing them, all the members of the community made themselves into one large family and changed their surname to Bramley, taking the name of another road on the estate. They adopted the latin phrase "nos sumus una familia" - "we are all one family" as their motto. The residents of Frestonia developed a strong social fabric and complex cultural life before it fell into decline due to the crime, drugs, and social problems that gradually infiltrated the community.In late summer 2015, on the site where Frestonia once stood, the first phase of apartments designed by Haworth Tompkins Architects and built by the charitable organisation The Peabody Trust was completed and its new residents moved in. With one third of the properties for sale, one third for rent, and one third under the management of the Housing Association, the complex, called The Silchester (More West) development, will consist of 112 apartments.Nathan Coley was commissioned to make new artwork for the site. With its shapes and forms based on those of an apple tree - inspired by the history of the Bramley apple that gave its name to the Frestonia residents - Coley has not only made a striking steel and gold leaf rooftop sculpture, but also 112 small versions of the same sculpture that have been given to each of the residents as a house warming present. In doing so, Coley not only connects the new housing complex and its residents with its local history, but to wider discourses of modernism and sculpture, art and society, capitalism and alternative modes of living, hegemony and dissent. The publication, which forms part of the artist's commissioned project, presents a variety of texts, images, and documentation relating to the new housing development, to the history of the Bramley apple and to Frestonia - including a selection of archive photographs of Frestonia taken by former resident Tony Sleep.

Benjamin Senior - Breathless

Author: Sacha Craddock,Ben Street,Gabor Gyory

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910221068


Page: 100

View: 8003

"Breathless' is the first monograph on the emerging British painter Benjamin Senior. His paintings conjure up a world that is delightful, curious, and distinctly his own. It is a world in which bathers lounge around pools and swimmers limber up before finally diving in; where we find people doing yoga and various exercise routines both indoors and out; where walkers and joggers take us out into the countryside, or into the city with their dogs. These physical activities - both leisure and sporting - would undoubtedly leave some of their protagonists out of breath, as the title of the monograph suggests, and may well inspire some viewers to shake off any lethargy and get physical too.But despite their clear iconography and endorphin-rousing semiotics, Senior's paintings are no mere campaign to get, or to keep, art lovers fit and healthy. For they are also carefully conceived and meticulously executed studies of the human body, of shape, line and form, of color, tone, light, and shadow. They are engaging explorations of composition and color, pattern and geometry, textures and materials, the natural and the manmade. This interplay between the natural and synthetic is played out in surprising juxtapositions, such as blue rubber exercise balls in dialogue with various-sized cacti, or between the materials and designs of sports clothing in contrast to the rolling hills of a spring landscape, or to autumnal trees at sunset. There are many other intriguing tropes, devices, and recurring motifs within Senior's repertoire, from cast iron grilles to unorthodox hats and hairstyles, perhaps leading his stylized vocabulary into the realms of nineteenth-century symbolist painting as much as into the health clubs, spas, leisure centers, and parks of today. Indeed, there is a strange sense of timelessness to Senior's practice that is matched by a captivating sense of silence, loneliness, and isolation, despite the figures often being present in couples, clusters, or small groups. Behind their toned physiques, stripy towels and goggles, underneath their winter coats, cagoules, and peaked caps, there are, perhaps, some small glimmers of inner lives - of sentient, intellectual, cultured, emotional, sexual beings trapped within. Senior's oeuvre is, in many ways, preoccupied with repression and expression, freedom and conformity, motion and stasis, balance and inertia, engagement and disengagement. One might even describe his rendering of the human body as a bittersweet analogy for human states of mind, for energy versus futility, effort versus relaxation, health versus decline. Benjamin Senior completed a BA in painting at Wimbledon School of Art before graduating with an MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in 2010. Recent solo exhibitions include at Grey Noise, Dubai, Studio Voltaire, London, Monica de Cardenas, Milan, James Fuentes, New York, and BolteLang, Zurich.Featuring an introduction by art critic, writer, and curator Sacha Craddock, an essay by art historian, museum educator, and writer Ben Street, and a text by curator, writer, and lecturer Gabor Gyory, this 100-page hardback monograph has been designed by Joe Gilmore / Qubik, edited by Matt Price, and published by Anomie.

Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz

Author: Edward Lucie-Smith,Richard Dyer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910221099

Category: Painters

Page: 235

View: 3857

This is the first major monograph on the work of one of Britain's most dynamic artists, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz. His striking paintings and drawings mine the hallowed halls of art history and popular culture in search of visual languages, imagery, themes, and motifs that he can appropriate, adapt, use, and abuse, bringing together different movements, genres, periods, and styles in dialogues that are surprising, innovative, and sometimes provocative.Lenkiewicz's imagination and energy seem to be inexhaustible, concocting endless amazing hybrids such as iconic Renaissance paintings invaded by characters from nineteenth-century Japanese woodblocks, French Revolutionary masterpieces spliced with German Romanticism, or Cubism infiltrated by Victorian children's illustration. The result is a peculiar and fantastical cast of characters and scenarios, whether Nazi soldiers trampling through the snow towards a crashed UFO in the middle of a village scene by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Snow White making an uncomfortable guest appearance in an already troubling Balthus interior, or a guillotined head assuming a cameo role in an otherwise serene still life. These painterly chimera are cultural mash-ups. Sometimes irreverent, sometimes witty, other times simply beautiful, odd, and arresting amalgams, they are always poignant, pertinent, and decidedly thought-provoking, inviting the viewer to think across time, cultures, countries, and ideologies about the many languages of art. In the process, Lenkiewicz has established his own distinctive oeuvre, one that perhaps perfectly illustrates the notion of post-modernity within painting - an oeuvre of juxtapositions and non-sequiturs, binary oppositions and the uncanny, ruptures and elisions, the real and the irrational. As well as often encouraging us to look at the history of art with fresh eyes, Lenkiewicz's practice asks about visual culture today, about how our understanding of the past rests on shifting sands. With an introduction by distinguished art critic Edward Lucie-Smith and a major new essay by writer and editor Richard Dyer, this beautifully designed and produced hardback book presents an impressive selection of works produced by the artist between 2009 and 2015. Born in 1966 and based in London, Lenkiewicz is of German and Polish descent; he studied philosophy at York University, graduating in 1990. He is the son of the late painter Robert Lenkiewicz and great grandson of Baron von Schlossberg, court painter to King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the Swan King.

Nathan Coley

Author: N.A

Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers

ISBN: 9783775736756

Category: Art

Page: 144

View: 6651

Nathan Coley is interested in the idea of 'public' space, and his practice explores the ways in which architecture becomes invested - and reinvested - with meaning. Across a range of media Coley investigates what the built environment reveals about the people it surrounds and how the social and individual response to it is in turn culturally conditioned. Using the readymade as a means to take from and re-place in the world, Coley addresses the ritual forms we use to articulate our beliefs - from hand-held placards and erected signs to religious sanctuaries.

Justin Mortimer - Hoax

Author: Justin Mortimer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910221143

Category: Art

Page: N.A

View: 9743

Published to coincide with a solo presentation of "The Hoax Suite" by British painter Justin Mortimer at The Armory Show in New York in 2018 with London-based gallery Parafin, the publication presents the thirty works that comprise this exceptional series of paintings depicting dead and dying flowers, offering an intense exposition of still life, or perhaps more aptly, nature morte. From one direction, pure abstraction threatens to rupture into physical space and matter from the other, figuration almost collapses into the abstraction that engulfs it. With Mortimer's characteristic combination of darkness and beauty, melancholy and metaphysics, observation and interpretation, the "Hoax" series is not only a significant body of work within the artist's oeuvre, but perhaps also one of the most significant series of paintings of flowers in our time. Alongside new photography of all the paintings, the book features a specially commissioned essay by London-based writer Freya Cooper Kiddie, in which she investigates the techniques and aesthetics of a series that fuses decaying organic matter with corrupted digital technology. While "The Hoax Suite" is an exploration of the dialogue between figuration and abstraction, its themes are manifold, from the contemplation of mortality to faded beauty and lost love - fragrant flowers in full bloom, as if to deceive us, soon decay. Here, in these dank, acrid, darkly psychedelic works, Mortimer shines a flashlight on the spectral beauty of death, and in doing so, reminds us that life is the agonizing yet ecstatic explosion of color that fleetingly fills the void.

Installation and the Moving Image

Author: Catherine Elwes

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231850808

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

View: 4828

Film and video create an illusory world, a reality elsewhere, and a material presence that both dramatizes and demystifies the magic trick of moving pictures. Beginning in the 1960s, artists have explored filmic and televisual phenomena in the controlled environments of galleries and museums, drawing on multiple antecedents in cinema, television, and the visual arts. This volume traces the lineage of moving-image installation through architecture, painting, sculpture, performance, expanded cinema, film history, and countercultural film and video from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Sound is given due attention, along with the shift from analogue to digital, issues of spectatorship, and the insights of cognitive science. Woven into this genealogy is a discussion of the procedural, political, theoretical, and ideological positions espoused by artists from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Historical constructs such as Peter Gidal's structural materialism, Maya Deren's notion of vertical and horizontal time, and identity politics are reconsidered in a contemporary context and intersect with more recent thinking on representation, subjectivity, and installation art. The book is written by a critic, curator, and practitioner who was a pioneer of British video and feminist art politics in the late 1970s. Elwes writes engagingly of her encounters with works by Anthony McCall, Gillian Wearing, David Hall, and Janet Cardiff, and her narrative is informed by exchanges with other practitioners. While the book addresses the key formal, theoretical, and historical parameters of moving-image installation, it ends with a question: "What's in it for the artist?"

The Immortalist

Author: Heathcote Williams

Publisher: London : J. Calder ; Dallas : Riverrun Press


Category: Death

Page: 39

View: 3271

The Lemon Tree Café

Author: Cathy Bramley

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473526671

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 1529

The Lemon Tree Cafe was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package. When Rosie Featherstone finds herself unexpectedly jobless, the offer to help her beloved Italian grandmother out at the Lemon Tree Cafe – a little slice of Italy nestled in the rolling hills of Derbyshire – feels like the perfect way to keep busy. Surrounded by the rich scent of espresso, delicious biscotti and juicy village gossip, Rosie soon finds herself falling for her new way of life. But she is haunted by a terrible secret, one that even the appearance of a handsome new face can't quite help her move on from. Then disaster looms and the cafe’s fortunes are threatened . . . and Rosie discovers that her nonna has been hiding a dark past of her own. With surprises, betrayal and more than one secret brewing, can she find a way to save the Lemon Tree Cafe and help both herself and Nonna achieve the happy endings they deserve? Your favourite authors have loved reading bestseller Cathy Bramley: 'Delightful!' Katie Fforde 'Full of joy and fun' Milly Johnson 'Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns' Trisha Ashley

A Pictorial Autobiography

Author: Barbara Hepworth

Publisher: Tate Gallery Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781854371492

Category: Sculptors

Page: 134

View: 5035

Picotrial biography of one of the leading British sculptors of the 20th century

The White Road

Journey into an Obsession

Author: Edmund de Waal

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374709092

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 2687

An intimate narrative history of porcelain, structured around five journeys through landscapes where porcelain was dreamed about, fired, refined, collected, and coveted. Extraordinary new nonfiction, a gripping blend of history and memoir, by the author of the award-winning and bestselling international sensation, The Hare with the Amber Eyes. In The White Road, bestselling author and artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate narrative history of his lifelong obsession with porcelain, or "white gold." A potter who has been working with porcelain for more than forty years, de Waal describes how he set out on five journeys to places where porcelain was dreamed about, refined, collected and coveted-and that would help him understand the clay's mysterious allure. From his studio in London, he starts by travelling to three "white hills"-sites in China, Germany and England that are key to porcelain's creation. But his search eventually takes him around the globe and reveals more than a history of cups and figurines; rather, he is forced to confront some of the darkest moments of twentieth-century history. Part memoir, part history, part detective story, The White Road chronicles a global obsession with alchemy, art, wealth, craft, and purity. In a sweeping yet intimate style that recalls The Hare with the Amber Eyes, de Waal gives us a singular understanding of "the spectrum of porcelain" and the mapping of desire.

Getting it Straight in Notting Hill Gate

A West London Psychogeography Report

Author: Tom Vague

Publisher: Bread and Circuses Publishing

ISBN: 1625172028

Category: Political Science

Page: 90

View: 2870

From 43AD, and the building of the (no doubt very straight) Roman Great West Road to Silchester, to 2009, another bout of Carnival Riots and David Cameron getting his bike nicked outside Tescos on the Grove, (retrieved with the help of a friendly / non-class conscious Rasta), long time Portobello Road resident and local historian/psychogeographer Tom Vague takes us on a breathless romp through the peoples history of W10, taking in Roman Coffins on Ladbroke Grove and Civil War skirmishes in Holland Park, Russian occultists at 77 Elgin Crescent, Tory anarchist GK Chesterton and his Napoleon of Notting Hill, Thomas Hardy compering poetry nights at 84 Holland Park Avenue with Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound, the pre WW1 Vorticist art HQ on Campden Hill Road ,WW2 bombs on Ladbroke Grove, Halliday Christie moving to 10 Rillington Place, teenage teddy boys rampaging at the Prince of Wales Cinema on Harrow Road, Max Mosely painting fascist Union Movement graffiti around Notting Hill in 1956, Peter Rachman renting properties to the ‘blacks and Irish’ before ruthlessly exploiting them all and ratcheting up local tensions, the infamous race riots of 1959, future Home Secretary Alan Johnsons’ original mod band the Area playing the Pavillion pub on North Pole Road in 1965, Pink Floyd at the Free School, All Saints Church, 1966, Performance, Powis Square 1969, Mick Farrens’ proto-punk Deviants at 56 Chesterton Road in 1970, Strummer, Jones and Simenon’s Clash on the Westway, in the Elgin, at the carnival riots....

Drawing Futures

Speculations in Contemporary Drawing for Art and Architecture

Author: Bob Sheil,Frédéric Migayrou,Luke Pearson,Laura Allen

Publisher: UCL Press

ISBN: 1911307266

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

View: 8538

Drawing Futures brings together international designers and artists for speculations in contemporary drawing for art and architecture.Despite numerous developments in technological manufacture and computational design that provide new grounds for designers, the act of drawing still plays a central role as a vehicle for speculation. There is a rich and long history of drawing tied to innovations in technology as well as to revolutions in our philosophical understanding of the world. In reflection of a society now underpinned by computational networks and interfaces allowing hitherto unprecedented views of the world, the changing status of the drawing and its representation as a political act demands a platform for reflection and innovation. Drawing Futures will present a compendium of projects, writings and interviews that critically reassess the act of drawing and where its future may lie.Drawing Futures focuses on the discussion of how the field of drawing may expand synchronously alongside technological and computational developments. The book coincides with an international conference of the same name, taking place at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in November 2016. Bringing together practitioners from many creative fields, the book discusses how drawing is changing in relation to new technologies for the production and dissemination of ideas.

Paul Simonon - Wot No Bike

Author: Tim Marlow,David Lancaster,Paul Simonon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910221020


Page: 64

View: 8593

A new limited edition publication of the work of Paul Simonon, the London-based artist and musician. With an independent minded, outsider spirit his paintings here bring British subcultures of the 1950s to 1970s into dialogue with modernist and realist painting traditions, particularly the social realism that came to the fore as these subcultures were emerging.

Sarah Medway - Voyage

Author: Andrew Lambirth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910221082


Page: N.A

View: 9876

This Is Not a Book About Gavin Turk

Author: Gavin Turk

Publisher: Trolley Limited

ISBN: 9781907112270

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 172

View: 6743

True to the spirit of 'Gavin Turk: The Artist' and punning on Margritte's famous visual puzzlement on the notoion of representation, image and meaning 'The Treason of the Picture', 'This is not a book about Gavin Turk' is another layer, another set of images and texts which add to the communication of ideas in which the Artist is as present as he is absent and vice versa. Featuring extensive examples of Gavin's work, these powerful images will sit alongside a rich polylogue between art critics, novelists, cultural commentators, artists and psychoanalysts to produce a wonderfully anarchic, thought-provoking cacophony of voices pondering everything from the nature of celebrity to that of chewing gum, alongside the meaning of eggs, the cultural relevance of punk, the creative possibilities of theft and the insidious reductionism of "Brand You" as relevant to the art connoisseur as the general reader.

The Napoleon of Notting Hill

Author: Gilbert Keith Chesterton,Walford Graham Robertson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Notting Hill (London, England)

Page: 300

View: 9100


James Turrell at Houghton Hall

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993288203


Page: N.A

View: 6712

The Pot Book

Author: Edmund de Waal

Publisher: Phaidon Press

ISBN: 9780714870533

Category: Art

Page: 320

View: 1503

The history of ceramic art is ingrained in the history of mankind. Clay is one of the very first materials 'invented' by man. An essential part of our lives it has been moulded, thrown, glazed, decorated and fired for over 30,000 years in order to preserve and transport food and water. And it was on the surface of these early jugs, vases, dishes, plates, beakers and amphorae that man placed some of his first decorative markings. In more recent times clay has been used not just by artisans and potters, but also by artists, designers and architects. The Pot Book is the first publication to document the extraordinary range and variety of ceramic vessels of all periods, from a delicate bowl made by an unnamed artisan in China in the third millennium bc, or a jug made in eighteenth-century Dresden, to a plate made by Picasso in 1952, a 'spade form' made by Hans Coper or the vases of Grayson Perry today. Each entry is sequenced in alphabetical order by the name of the artist/potter, the school, or style, creating a grand tour through the very finest examples of the artform.

Remaking Landscape

Author: John Hubbard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910787830

Category: Art

Page: 224

View: 6041

Whatever else', John Hubbard says, 'this is not another artist's monograph. I've already had a good deal written about my work in reviews, prefaces to exhibition catalogues, or as journalism. So, from what seem to me the most interesting, I have selected excerpts that relate to work either mentioned or illustrated in the text which I have prepared from entries in the diary which I have kept since 1967. I regard this book as an opportunity to interpret various events in my life in my own way; its purpose being to build a sense of intimacy which also has a flexible, entertaining structure. If it provides a brief facsimile profile of my painting and drawing, it will stand as a retrospective exhibition in itself.' In a long and productive life, John Hubbard met and got to know a wide circle of other artists and creative people. The notes from his diaries make fascinating reading.