We run through the thicket. Endlessy.
In search of culture, tribes, and like-minded souls. I lick your ear and whisper...
VISUALS explores inspiring exhibitions and beautiful havens to nurture the thinking process.
Exhibition at The Urban Jungle // 15 July - 15 September 2018
Hearty laugh, powerful, provocative, sensitive, sensual. She is lush.
The Urban Jungle is proud to announce Baby Besso's very first exhibition.
Preview: Saturday, 14 July 2018, 8pm
Provides a home for innovative, experimental and adventurous live music that exists outside of the commercial world. Café OTO supports many young artists and is more independent in its cultural choices than other institutions, because the evening programme is subsidised by the Arts Council England.
During the day the café is a calm and lovely place to put yourself back on track, try Persian-inspired cooking or indulge in some of Dalston's best cakes.
Display at Tate Modern // Boiler House Level 4 East
The British photographer has spent the past four decades exploring themes of class, leisure and consumer culture at home and abroad. ‘My job,’ Parr claims, ‘is to exaggerate reality’. The resulting images are at once seductive and grotesque, familiar and strange.
Exhibition at Tate Modern // 14 March – 5 August 2018
Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance and video who has pushed the boundaries of art for the last five decades. No need to pay for the special exhibition, the most exciting is to explore the installations in the tanks. Her recent artworks are dealing with topical themes such as climate change and extinction.
When you've had enough of the metropolis, escape to the great outdoors in Richmond Park with its wide open spaces, ancient trees and deer herds. Whenever I went to the grasslands, a deer herd scurried around me or bathed in the sun 15 feet away from me - a wonderful feeling. Richmond Park has protected status as an important habitat for wildlife and is a National Nature Reserve, London's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation.
Richmond Park presented by Sir David Attenborough
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Not everyone will be taken into the future
Exhibition at Tate Modern // 18 October 2017 - 28 January 2018
The Kabakovs are pioneers of installation art. Critiquing the conventions of art history and drawing upon the visual culture of the former Soviet Union. Their work addresses universal ideas of utopia and fantasy; hope and fear.
The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment 1985
New works, June 2017
Clockwise from the left:
Murder at the disco // Blood diamond print // "You came up behind slid your tongue into my ear told me things I could never say but always wanted to hear Your mouth is like a poppy I want to pull up and suck till it falls apart so you can't close up when it gets dark"
// I rip rich bitches diamonds from their ears. Stick them to my face. Now I got the most exclusive tears // Telephone box filled with vintage erotica // Diamond Tears
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden provides an oasis of plants in the middle of built-up Dalston. Entry is free, so you have more left for hot drinks, wine, beers, cakes, daily home-made soup and bread from their café. The social enterprise is running through volunteers and offers a year-round programme of activities and community events. The aim is to bring residents and neighbours together, break down barriers and combat social isolation. Dalston Eastern Curve Garden was created in 2010 on the old Eastern Curve railway line. It emerged from a partnership project ‘Making Space in Dalston’, which explored ways to address Dalston’s deficiency in quality public space. The Garden was planted in 2010 with wildlife-friendly trees and shrubs, including hazel, hawthorn and birch alongside butterfly bushes, bracken and other plants that were already growing on the derelict site and six large raised beds were installed for growing food. A paradise for transient gardeners.
Exhibition at Tate Modern // 9 February – 29 May 2017
As he approaches his 80th birthday, Hockney continues to change his style and way of working. This exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of his most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades. David Hockney is one of the most popular and influential British artists of the twentieth century. More importantly, this is an unforgettable exhibition. I was so impressed that I had to go twice.
Exhibition at Tate Modern // 15 February - 11 June 2017
Alongside portraiture, landscape and intimate still lifes, Tillmans pushes the boundaries of the photographic form in abstract artworks that range from the sculptural to the immersive.
Exhibition at National Portrait Gallery // 21 July - 23 October 2016
William Eggleston is a pioneering American photographer renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images. Eggleston is celebrated for his experimental use of colour and his solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1976 is considered a pivotal moment in the recognition of colour photography as a contemporary art form.
L'eau à la Bouche
A charming French café perfect for writing, drawing or dreaming, right in the middle of Broadway Market. OUI to croissant, baguette, saucisson! Avoid the busy lunch time (12.30pm-2.30pm) and the jam-packed Saturday market day. You can sit by the huge window and people watch for hours or slurp iced coffee at a small table outside. Sometimes next to Simon Green (Bonobo), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lauren Wilson (Our Girl) ...
I recommend the mushroom courgette quiche, cheesecake, plum tart, The Bologna sandwich (mortadella, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, self-made pesto) on toasted pagnotta or The Cosmic as a salad (hummus, olives, sundried tomatoes) with toasted wheat and rye bread. Chahir makes the best coffee.
The delicatessen is quite expensive but direct from France. Delicious.
Exhibition at ICA // 27 Jul – 25 Sep 2016
The exhibition charts a timeline of Detroit Techno music from its 1970s origins continuing through to the early 1990s. It explores how a generation was inspired to create a new kind of electronic music, merging the sounds of synth-pop and disco with funk. DJs and producers Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson formed the seminal music genre, using inexpensive analog technology, such as the Roland TR-808 and 909. Although the music failed to gain mainstream audiences in the US, it became a phenomenon in Europe.
Learn more at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Christo and Jeanne Claude
Lake Iseo, Italy // 18 June - 3 July 2016
The Floating Piers consists of 100,000 square meters of shimmering orange fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes floating just above the surface of the water. They undulate with the movement of the waves; it feels a bit like hovering over the lake. You can experience the entire work of art by walking from Sulzano via Monte Isola, all the way to the island of San Paolo. Bouncing light and water transform the colour and appearance of the installation in a beautiful way. The Floating Piers was first conceived by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1970. It was Christo’s first large-scale project since his beloved Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009. Christo's next project is The Mastaba, a temporary sculpture in Hyde Park comprised of horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform in the Serpentine Lake.
Café Hatch is tucked away down at the end of a lane right by Homerton Overground.
A cosy haven to sip coffee in the morning, sit on a sofa, have a tasty breakfast and listen to a soft clickety clack of dishes. It's spacious and good for work too, hot desks are on a maisonette. Café Hatch also offers working space for hire to help you realise your projects, art workshops, talks, film nights and events from local creatives.
Bill Viola uses video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. His works focus on universal human experiences - birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness - and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamis Sufism and Christian mysticism. Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) and Mary are two large-scale permanent video installations at St. Pauls Cathedral. Both works are available to visit in an area of the cathedral designated for contemplation and meditation. You can either purchase admission to the cathedral or check the website for best times to view them for free.
at Victoria Miro Gallery // 25 May - 30 July 2016
New paintings of Yayoi Kusama are displayed alongside immersive mirror rooms. The works reflect her lifelong preoccupation with the infinite and sublime, as well as the twin themes of cosmic infinity and personal obsession. Thousands of dots is her characteristic 'infinity net' pattern. Kusama’s obsessive repetition of these forms on canvas, which she has described as a form of active self-obliteration, responds to hallucinations first experienced in childhood.
Exhibition at Saatchi Gallery // 13 January - 6 March 2016
Following many recent exhibitions, Saatchi Gallery also attempts to redress gender disparity in contemporary art and opens its first all-women art exhibition Champagne Life. The 14 female artists are at various stages of their careers and range from their 20s to their 50s. My favourite art works are by Serbian artist Jelena Bulajic (left), Korean-born painter Seung Ah Paik, Saudi Arabian sculptor Maha Malluh, Marie Angeletti and Alice Anderson. The light-hearted and ironic title comes from a work on display by Julia Wachtel.
25 April - 7 June 2016
Early works, 2016
You pulled my top down and said you should listen to my soundcloud // Don't touch // Be the sauce let it drip //
Bitch don't touch my buiscuits // making of erotic ladder // Pearls&Fries