Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Skins@ Magnum Opus Tattoos

Magnum Opus Tattoos in Brighton is holding an exhibition of photos from Gavin Watson's book 'SKINS'.

"Around 40 images will be on show, including iconic photos of Gavin's younger brother Nev, who aged 10 years-old was a member of the High Wycombe Skins. First published in 1994, Gavin's book documents his mates and these extraordinary photos are an accurate insight into one of the most mis-represented subcultures ever to emerge in the UK. September 2007 saw a revised edition of the book, with several more photos included from Gavin's archive and an exhibition at the Dr Marten's flagship store in Covent Garden."

Monday, January 14, 2008

Art Combats Vandalism

There is an interesting story in the Metro about how art has been used to combat vandalism in Brighton.

Pictures of a lovely blue sky with white fluffy clouds have been stuck over the windows of the derelict Lion & Unicorn pub on Wilson Avenue. Since the pictures by Stig Evans went up the vandals have left the place alone.

"Mr Evans, who consulted people living in the area about his designs, said: 'They wanted something uplifting and liberating and this works in several ways. It is escapism, really.' "

This is a really good example of public art being used to turn something that is probably an eye sore into something a bit nicer to look at. It would be nice if all derelict buildings could be brightned up in some way.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Ocean Rooms sells Banksy picture for £200,000

The subject says it all really. Back in 2002 the Ocean Rooms comissioned a piece of art from Banksy to hang behind their bar.
"The image, called 'Laugh now', depicts a row of chimps wearing placards emblazoned, 'Laugh now, but one day we'll be in charge.' It was one of six Banksy pictures which once decorated the various rooms on both floors of the club but have since been removed.

Bonhams staff believe it could rival the record £288,000 achieved at the house last year."

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Semiconductor @ Fabrica

I went to check out the installation by Semiconductor at the Fabrica gallery today as I had recently seen some of their work on TV and had thought it was interesting. The exhibition was more of a science exhibit than a bit of art really. The main hall was filled with a large screen onto which was projected images taken of the surface of the sun. The soundtrack of the piece reveals the hidden forces at play upon the solar surface and creates a symphony by the sun by directly translating the brightness of the image into audio frequencies. Also showing was Magnetic Movie, the piece I had seen on TV. As a bunch of scientists talk about magnetism colourful magnetic waves appear on the screen illustrating their points. Finally there is some magnets and a theremin you can have a play with.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Art Junky @ Phoenix Gallery

For the 2nd year running Phoenix will bring together the best of Brighton’s lively jumble sale culture and its enterprising artist population for a one day with ‘Art Junky’ an indoor winter flea market that can’t be missed. Tables cost £13 and you can sell anything artistic that you have made. This would probably have been a great idea to have just before Xmas as opposed to after it.

It takes place on Saturday 26 January 2008, 11am – 4pm