I've been up to date with Ai Weiwei's career since the time of his arrest years ago and have also been following him in Instagram. The only artist of his calibre to harness the powers of social media, his ingenious selfies on Instagram and daily snapshots of the people around him - including pictures of his very own son - all seem jovial and humorous and do not reflect his current situation as a political dissident. Yes, he's been posting pictures of his bike with flowers as a protest against the travel restrictions imposed on him by his government, but his real political/social activism continues not through social media but through his art.
It is then a privilege for me to see his works at the Lisson gallery knowing that he is able to produce his art under these circumstances. And while it is easy to be mesmerised about the legend than his actual produce, this exhibition reminds me of Read More »
My first indirect interaction with Martin Creed's work was two years ago when I boarded the HMS Belfast with my colleagues to join the Olympic bell-ringing across the UK. It was Martin's work, entitled Work No 1197 'All the Bells Rung in a Country as Quickly and Loudly as Possible for three minutes' which made the whole country resound bells of any shape and size to greet the Olympics. There I was at the top of the HMS Belfast, ringing my bell vigorously and proudly at 8.12am, joining the cacophony of sounds all around the city and the whole country.
Two years on, I still remember that event as one of the best highlights of London 2012. So when I came to visit Martin Creed's new exhibition at the Hayward gallery, I was expecting another round of bells resounding at the entrance. Instead of bell-ringing, what greeted me was this massive and Read More »
Last week, Gerhard Richter's abstract painting at the Sotheby's sold for £21.3 million - the highest ever for any living artist. (I reckon that I'd be more successful free-falling from outer space a la Felix Baumgarter than buy a Gerhard Richter painting in this lifetime.) While this sale clearly shows how much money floats around in recession England, I'd like to see some of this extra moolah channelled into other works of art.
I'd like to see some of this private money used for more art funding for smaller and community-based art institutions. How about supporting art that has a social purpose? There had been attempts in the past albeit small-scale to bring art and social change together but I haven't seen anything as significant as Olafur Eliasson's Little Sun project. Little Sun is a solar-powered lamp he conceived with engineer Frederik Ottesen. Read More »
Video art has never held much of an appeal to me. In part, this is because it seems to take so much time, and inevitably when you come across it in a gallery it’s always half way through, meaning you either miss some of it, watch the end before the start, or wait for the loop to complete before watching from the beginning. Frankly, I rarely have time for this. However, the problem of time was something I was determined to avoid at the Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair in London and I fully intended to watch all of the video art on offer.
The Inaugural exhibition of the Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair last October 13 to 16 featured a selection of single-channel videos, video sculptures and other larger video installations by 28 artists, represented by 28 galleries and non-profit institutions from across the globe. Read More »
I never understood people´s fascination with car racing. My primal girl-self cannot grasp what type of adrenaline one gets from hearing the sound of screeching tires and the humming of machines for what I would plainly categorise as a man sport. Since being involved in a minor accident years ago, I had sworn never to drive again. But lo and behold! Seeing the documentary on Ayrton Senna had made me change my mind. Aside from becoming a fan of the legendary driver and having a newfound respect for Formula One, I´m no longer afraid to take up driving once again.
Who would have thought that a film about racing would touch my soul to the core? But that´s what exactly this film did. Directed by Asif Kapadia, the film is in itself a breakthrough in documentary filmmaking as it tells the story of Senna through archival footage Read More »
I was getting a little bit grumpy from not receiving replies from the Gagosian gallery for my request on publicity images for the John Chamberlain show. Ignored by an elite gallery for the nth time, I had been wondering if I was mistaken about Momardi as an effective platform for me. I have a feeling that in London, traditional critics-journalists are still hailed as the bearer of tidings and bloggers are still nothing but amateur cheapskates. Unless of course you are Jonathan Jones, blogger slash critic of the Guardian.
I did change my mood when Institut Français London contacted me to let me know about this special screening on David Lamelas´movies. Two good points to be noted. Institut Français is the cultural arm of the French embassy and second, I am passionate about everything French. Read More »
Also before the holidays, I was asked to work as a runner for a film shoot for the Royal Opera House and met world-renowned opera singer Angela Gheorghiu and she was more than spectacular. Read More »