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Ahhh, the Perry Bible Fellowship. Its superb brand of slightly cruel (okay, very cruel) humour is obviously top notch, but one of the things I like best about it is how Nicholas Gurewitch adapts his style of illustration to suit the subject matter. Special Delivery, for instance, has a high level of detail and realism to it, while Prank Dragon is done with brush pen in an Sumi-e style. He’s a bit clever.

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I can’t really just rattle off a list of artists for this, because it wasn’t quite the same as walking around the Tate, was it? The My I Like Event was held in Opposite Café, just down the road from LCAD, on a very very rainy day, with live music, discounted coffee and plasticine by the ton.

I’ve seen the tags for My I Like around college a lot, and had indulged in filling out a couple; the premise is merely to record on one side of the tag something you like, and on the other something you don’t. In Opposite Café a lot of the ones that were already filled out were on display, along with fresh ones to fill out. There was also the opportunity to make models of likes and dislikes using the aforementioned plasticine, and to draw/paint them, and plenty of people decided to participate. I enjoy interactive exhibits (my friend and I once run foul of the Baltic Art Gallery stewards by participating in something we weren’t supposed to) and the atmosphere was relaxed and fun, and my friend, who mildly putting it isn’t artistically inclined, enjoyed it as much as I did.

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Brooke Nunez! If I had a pound for the amount of times I’ve mentioned her whenever I’m talking about awesome illustrators, I’d have… quite a few pounds, I guess. LOOK AT HER VECTORS THOUGH. I prefer her more blocky, gradient-free illustrations but that’s just personal preference I think – she’s definitely good at using gradient mesh without making it look like she’s just trying to photographically reproduce an image, too. There’s a stylisation to them. You can hover over the images to see the shape outlines she’s used and they’re just crazy. They must take her forever, but my god the payoff’s worth it.

DLA Piper Series – The Twentieth Century: How it looked and how it felt (a retrospective of figurative and abstract art over the twentieth century)

Duncan Grant, Bathing (1911, oil on canvas) – use of male nudes echoes classical theme in architecture, but they are more streamlined and modern, a new take on the form

Edgar Degas, Woman In A Tub (1883, pastel on paper) – candid moment in time rather than depiction of female nude as idealised goddess – was sometimes criticised as being voyeuristic

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Bathers at Mortizberg (1909/26, oil on canvas) – vibrant, relaxed. Re-evaluation of ‘primitive sources’, themes of sexual liberation and a return to the natural

Paul Cézanne, The Large Bathers (1923, lithograph on paper) – harmony between figure and nature

Paule Vézeley, The Bathers (1923, relief print on paper) – influenced by Matisse and Modigliani. Free flowing forms and linear rhythms

OMG, Pablo Picasso, Weeping Woman! (1937, oil on canvas). Shared pain of artist and model post-Guernica and their turbulent relationship – Dora Maar dark and emotional.

Alberto Giacometti, Seated Man (1949, oil on canvas). My teacher at GCSE raved about Giacometti and seeing this picture brought it all back. Tense, shifting, overworked. Isolation of the individual.

Francis Bacon, Reclining WOman (1961, oil on canvas) – actually a man, genitals thinly painted over to disguise (possible attempt to disguise the homoeroticism of the painting at a time when male homosexuality was still illegal). Highly distorted, with vivid flesh tones – physicality of the body

John Latham – Man Caught Up With A Yellow Object (1954, oil on board). Vague and obscured human form echoing anxieties of the 1950s, however Latham sees yellow object as a symbol of englightenment

Jean Bubuffet -le Spinning Round (1961, oil on canvas) – attempt to emulate simple yet frenetic style of art brut. Excitement of returning to Paris after years in the countryside, teeming humanity

Andy Warhol!

Electric Chair print series (1971 screenprints on paper) – notion of mortality, but the chairs are empty so it’s less direct. Vibrant colours as contrast to dark subject matter
Marilyn Diptych – produced not long after her death, using a publicity still to project an aura of the idolised. Fading prints symbol for decay and death
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (1985, screenprint on paper) – added lined onto photograph portrait that suggest makeup of a Hollywood star; associating portrait with the celebrity culture of the 1980s

Bruce Nauman, a – e (1970, screenprint on paper) – photographs manipulating the body – body as object and tool. You cannot see his eyes, leaving the images somewhat anonymous, and deliberately non-autobiographical

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #97, #98, #99, #100 (1982, photographs) – posing as a nude centrefold covering up after the photoshoot. Confrontational gaze – exploitation, not glamour

Sarah Morris, Rio (With Palms) [Las Vegas] – referring back to Mondrian but with the bright garish colours of Las Vegas – reabsorbing the avant garde back into popular culture?

International Klein Blue is a very nice blue. Just sayin’.

Kenneth Martin, Seventeen Lines (1959-63, oil on hardboard) – different colours assigned different characteristics in the painting, with blue and yellow pushing in opposite directions and green and black more static

Peter Sedgley, Yellow Attentuation (1965, acrylic on board) – the combination of colours used confuses the eye and makes the surface shimmer, seem unstable

Damien Hirst, Ever Present Spiritual Guidance – uses dead butterflies’ wings in collage, creating something beautiful yet vaguely unsettling

Exhibition – Cult Fiction: Art & Comics

Travis Millard – surreal ink drawings, lots of winding tubes
Marcel Dzama – watercolour on paper. Did the artwork for Beck’s Guero! Delicate yet somewhat odd – bats, dancing creatures
Kerstin Kertscher – ink marker, hybrid pen on paper, collage. Sharp horizontal lines for shading. Prints onto the paper. Almost looks like a woodcut, sometimes…
Daniel Clowes – deals with very contemporary storylines with a retro, almost kitsch drawing style. Ghost World ❤
Posy Simmonds – really like her drawing style; simple, but not dumbed down
Paul McDevitt – reminded me of Chiho Aoshima for some reason on first glance. Somewhat unsettling scene, beautifully done in coloured pencil
David Shrigley – apparently really can draw! You learn something new every day. Beautiful wordless comic “Strange Toy Strange Child”. More typical film “Who I Am And What I Want”.
Debbie Drechsler – work dealing with abuse – “Daddy’s Girl”.

Material Gestures

Emil Nolde – The Sea B, oil on canvas
Pablo Picasso – Goat’s Skull, Bottle And Candle, oil on canvas
Juan Uslé – Bilingual, vinyl dispersion and dry pigment on canvas. Energetic abstraction – show to Nikki!
Fiona Raw – Night Vision, oil and acrylic on canvas. Thick chaotic paintstrokes over flat angular background. Streaks of light in the dark?

Poetry and Dream

Jannis Kainellis – Untitled, charcoal, paper, arrows and stuffed birds. ‘The death of imaginative freedom’.
Max Ernst – The Entire City, oil on paper on canvas. Pessimism crumbling iron city. Forest and Dove, oil on canvas – enchantment and terror of childhood woods
David Alfado Siquieros – Cosmos and Disaster. Spanish civil war.
Matta – Black Virtue
Germaine Richier – The Hurricane, etching and aquatint on paper

State of Flux

Dieter Roth – 6 Piccadillies. Variations of a tourist postcard
Robert Rauschenberg! Remember him? 🙂