Happy Wednesday dear readers. What do you think of this amazing installation by artist Sergio Clavijo? He created it for the 2003 Istanbul Biennial.See and read more about his work here at his website--> Sergio Clavijo.
I have recently discovered the art of British born Tim Etchells. His work spans many different media including neon, fiction and performance. In his CV/biography he says:
My work is diverse, moving from a base in performance into visual art and fiction. Working across these different media and contexts seems to open up new possibilities and allows me to approach related ideas again by different routes, hoping to get closer to or maybe further away from the thematics and experiences that interest me - searching for a new perspective.
I haven't explored all his work as yet, but I am very taken with his neon pieces. His website describes them as 'miniature narratives'.
Apparently it is the 150 year anniversary of the London Underground. To celebrate, the London Transport Museum is having an exhibition of posters designed for what was/is the world's first underground railway. The posters span the period from 1908 to the present day. I thought they were very stylish!
I found out today that Salvador Dali had a pet ocelot from Columbia called Babou. He used to take Babou everywhere. He took Babou with him when he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, had him stay with him at hotels and even took him to restaurants. Crazy stuff considering ocelots, also known as dwarf leopards, are fiercly territorial and will fight to the death to protect their turf.
It's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this month. Diamond Jubilee! What a terrific anniversary that is. I hope to have a Diamond Jubilee something someday just so I can say "Diamond Jubilee" non-stop for a few months. In celebration of this great sounding anniversary, The National Portrait Gallery in London is holding an exhibition of...ahem...portraits that have been commissioned for her over the years. Behold a selection of a few of these...Which is your favourite?
Something I'd be very keen to see! The Tate gallery in London has just announced that it will be holding a huge retrospective exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein's work early next year. Some of his most famous paintings will be part of the show such as Whaam! and Drowning Girl. I can't imagine how lovely it would be to be surrounded by a room full of Lichtensteins!
Images from a great exhibition I saw last year at the Police and Justice Museum called Sin City: Crime and Corruption in 20th Century Sydney. Naturally enough, Kings Cross featured quite a bit in the archival photos and film. Here are some images of Kings Cross, or The Cross as us Sydneysiders like to call it, circa 1960, 1950, 1969 and 1970.