Sunday, August 21, 2005

I know, I know I haven't written anything for ages and I have slagged off blogging, but I felt like revisiting at least one more time so here I am.

While I am here I guess I may as well mention the new show at Transition which just happens to be myself and Alex Michon and is called The English Museum. It is on until 11 September and will be featured (hopefully) in a forthcoming edition of Time Out and The Independent.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Arty Greatest Hits - Still Going Strong

There is a nice review of Arty Greatest Hits on the April 13th entry on the Art in Liverpool weblog written by Ian Jackson.

So here is a drawing from The fore mentioned publication by Jamie Clements and if you haven't bought a copy yet (why not?) you can find a list of stockists or buy online at the Arty site.

Friday, April 15, 2005

I'll be Your Mirror

The latest show at Transition is I'll be Your Mirror by Emma Talbot. It features a group of paintings inspired by the magazine collection at The Women's Library in Whitechapel, London. Emma has also made an animation inspired by graphic love stories which takes the form of a little book with the drawings floating across the pages and dissapearing down the spine.

The image below is one of the paintings in the show which seems to be a favourite with a lot of the audience and is called Leathers.

The show is on until May 1, you can read more on the Transition website. Also don't miss the fab publication that goes with the show with Martin Coomer interviewing Emma and an essay by Rebecca Loncraine.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

San Sebastian

I went to San Sebastian last week to talk at a seminar called 'Mutations in Feminism'. Everyone was very nice and I got shown around the town - here is a snap showing pollarded trees and the 'Belle Epoque' roundabout.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

New Show at Transition Shock

Soul Mining opened last night with two fantastic performances. The first was a short experimental set from Sharon Gal this was followed by a storming set from Esther Planas's Dirty Snow which included a noir version of The Beatles Day in the Life. The show itself includes the work of three artists, Ruth Calland and the already mentioned Planas and Gal. All the work is very different but hangs together really well, there is a curious tension between it all which fits very well with the show's psychoanalytical theme.
The image below is of Sharon Gal's opening night performance in front of Esther Planas's Happiness is a Warm Gun installation and was taken by Transition regular Marc Vaulbert.

Monday, February 07, 2005


I have just written a beautiful, pithy piece about Conrad Shawcross's Continuum, the fantastic Queen's House and the crap National Maritime Museun Greenwich and somehow it has dissapeared into the ether. I am very upset and I may give up blogging altogether.

I will just give you a summary as I can't possibly write it again. The Continuum is brilliant and is perfectly site specific. The museum is bland and has no character. Too may visitors is bad, interactive is bad, engagement is good. the Continuum has now finished.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Tate Tales

Finally the Tate Modern have said yes to stocking ARTY GREATEST HITS. So on Wednesday I wheeled 20 copies in my trolley over The Millenium Bridge. If you don't have a copy yet shame on you, there is no excuse as it is available by mail order or from numerous stockists. Also look out for the review in the March issue of AN.

So Anyway, while I was there I had a look at the show Pin-Up - Contemporary Collage and Drawing. The show is in the space previously occupied by the small shop at the river entrance to the gallery and feels a little cut off from the main space as you can't now get in by that entrance. Really this is no bad thing as it makes it seem like an independent gallery seperate from the great institution. A factor I suppose in staging this show which is the first in the series Untitled - Exploring New Ideas in Contemporary Art, which are dedicated to showcasing recent or new work by international artists not widely exhibited in the UK.

Pin-Up includes the work of a couple of artists who have shown at Kate McGarry - Dr Lakra and Matt Bryans. Dr Lakra has also had work at the Saatchi Gallery, so that seems fairly well exposed to me, but maybe I am being pedantic and Dr Lakra is actually my favourite in the show. He is apparently a Mexican Tatooist and his work consists of vintage magazine covers with added tatoos. They are really clever and I would look great on my wall at home. Matt Bryans is also very clever, he rubs out newspaper pictures leaving only the eyes and then puts all these scraps together to make a huge blob of discolured paper and staring eyes. It looks a little like a dark wood with creatures staring out at you - very sinister. The other stuff was less interesting but the concept is good and it is about time some contemporary art got into the Tate.

Monday, January 03, 2005


Originally uploaded by CathyL.
Now that we are through the Christmas treacle, thoughts inevitably turn to spring and the unknown treasures that the new year will bring.