Thursday, 17 July 2014

Review of Suzie Pindar: Entwined at Bar Titania

Suzie Pindar: Entwined
Bar Titania, 75 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 7PY
11 – 17 July 2014

“I used to paint how I feel deep inside myself. I now paint how I see things. I am an Artist – nothing more.” (Suzie Pindar, 2013)

Suzie Pindar calls herself “the Naked Artist”. Indeed, in her works, she strips herself – or, at least, her soul – bare. Fears, loves, losses, lessons in life – all are represented, or revealed, in her prints, photographs, and mixed media works.

By combining various different materials and media, she reflects the different aspects of herself and her identity. As she writes of “Lust”, it is “an artwork/photograph layered up of feelings”. Through layering she creates a palimpsest, a collection of memories, moments and sentiments, which cannot be erased. “This artwork is a representation of a feeling, a reflection of myself as an Artist.”

Friday, 4 July 2014

Review of Sara Davidmann: Ken. To be destroyed at Museum of Liverpool

Sara Davidmann: Ken. To be destroyed
Museum of Liverpool
10 June – 7 July 2014

“Once again for pity’s sake don’t tell anybody.”

A family secret, hidden for a lifetime, and revealed only now, as part of a scrapbook-like exhibition, opened at the Museum of Liverpool during the Un-Straight Museum conference at the start of June.

After her mother was taken into a nursing home, photographer Sara Davidmann was clearing the garage when she came upon two large manila envelopes and a brown paper bag. One of the envelopes was clearly labelled in her mother’s handwriting: “Ken. To be destroyed”.

Ken, or K as Davidmann refers to him now, was her uncle. He had married her mother’s younger sister, Hazel, in 1954, when K was 34 and Hazel 29. They had lived out their married life in Edinburgh, and, after Hazel’s death in 2003, were buried side by side.

But, under the surface, K and Hazel’s marriage hid the family’s great untold secret.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Video Review of Richard Jackson: New Paintings at Hauser & Wirth, North Gallery, London

Richard Jackson: New Paintings
Hauser & Wirth, North Gallery, London
23 May – 26 July 2014

Richard Jackson (born 1939) has been a pre-eminent figure on the American art scene since the 70s and, in his current exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, he certainly leaves his mark. Influenced by both Abstract Expressionism and action painting, this show is a playful, yet disturbing synthesis of the two.

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Interview with Julian Schnabel at the Dairy Art Centre


Julian Schnabel: Every Angel has a Dark Side
Dairy Art Centre
25 April - 27 July 2014

STATE.TV grabs some rare facetime with the infamous American painter at the Dairy Art Centre, London. 


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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Report on Un-Straight Museum Conference 2014

Un-Straight Museum Conference 2014: Tackling Institutional Homophobia
Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool, decided to “do something good” with the Council of Europe 2013 cash prize for their April Ashley exhibition, Portrait of a Lady, so turned to Liverpool-based arts and social justice organisation, and co-organiser of the exhibition, Homotopia, to organise this seminal conference.

Interview with Marina Abramović at the Serpentine Gallery

Marina Abramović: 512 Hours
Serpentine Gallery, London
In 2010, Marina Abramović took over MOMA in New York for a 736 hour and 30 minute long performance, The Artist is Present, during which time visitors could sit opposite her, meeting her gaze and feeling her energy.
For her new performance at London’s Serpentine Gallery, Abramović is taking things one step further, removing the chairs, and simply wandering around among the 160 capacity audience, sometimes touching, sometimes interacting, for a duration of 512 hours.
We spoke to her ahead of the opening about why, for her, presence is so important, what she expects from this long durational performance, and why it leaves her feeling even more vulnerable than her early 1970s Rhythm works.

Marina Abramović, 512 Hours, will run at the Serpentine Gallery until 25 August 2014. Entry is free, but on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Portfolio: Sarah Pucill

Portfolio: Sarah Pucill

“I read somewhere the other day that in black and white film, you do still see colours. It is more imaginative. It has ambiguity. The flesh is the same colour as the beach, so things happen.” This is why photographer and filmmaker Sarah Pucill prefers to work in monochrome. Uncertainty of recognition and bending of identity are key themes recurring throughout her works. From her first film, You be Mother (1990), through Stages of Mourning (2004), made in memory of her late partner Sandra Lahire, to her most recent and first feature-length film, Magic Mirror (2013), based around the work of French Surrealist and early queer thinker, Claude Cahun, Pucill has employed motifs such as blood, milk, hair, masks and the mirror, to call into question representations of the female body from Medusa to Venus. At a time when it was popular to portray masculine lesbian identity, Pucill sought instead to celebrate the unison of two feminine female bodies in Swollen Stigma (1998) and Cast (2000) considers the lesbian overtones she sees inherent in encouraging young girls to nurture female dolls. Her works are evocative and uncanny, speaking a language that will resonate for women across time and space.

Magic Mirror is shortly to be released on DVD. Details to follow on Sarah Pucill’s website and through LUX:

To see this full portfolio, please buy the July 2014 issue of DIVA magazine

Monday, 9 June 2014

Review of Maripaz Jaramillo: Ellas at Sandra Higgin’s Art Salon

Maripaz Jaramillo: Ellas
Sandra Higgin’s Art Salon, Apt. 3, 46 Harcourt Terrace, London SW10 9JR
27 May – 20 June 2014

Vibrant, buzzing and sensual, Maripaz Jaramillo’s close up portraits of women in the throes of passion, dancing, laughing and being happy, are pure celebration: celebration of being women, celebration of being happy, celebration of the simple joys of life. Living and working in her native Colombia, amidst much political unrest as the elections drag on and war and peace hang in the balance, Jaramillo wants her work to represent happiness and the positive side of her country, which, according to a recent study, has one of the happiest populations in the world. “Our country is full of people dancing,” Jaramillo explains. “The politicians are killing one another, but the people don’t care. They’re just dancing. If you go to a concert, they get up in the aisles and are all dancing. They dance, they eat well, and they are happy. That’s what I take for my work.”

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