review of Mycophilia by Louise Short at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth

Please share this with others, it’s such a wonderful show. Mycophilia is the first of two shows being presented in the Ceredigion Museum temporary gallery space by Short&Forward and runs from April 17 to May 31st 2014. Alice Forward’s exhibition Swarm Society will run from June 12th till 2nd August and her works resonate wellContinue reading “review of Mycophilia by Louise Short at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth”

how things happen: I’ve got an installation to installate

By accident, I have just read a 2009 article: “Demolish a wall? No problem”, by Jonathan Jones in the Guardian. I have no idea why when I opened the Guardian online on my computer today it opened on that page. I’ve certainly not read it before because I would remember it. I think it isContinue reading “how things happen: I’ve got an installation to installate”

the need to ‘go to’ work? The story of institutional refugees & how things need to change

Men and women in the workplace The concept of a ‘workplace’ has evolved through capitalism, industrialisation, commercialism and urbanism. And it has changed. The key driver in that change has been technology and home computing – but are we using technology as well as we can to create functional new workplaces that replace the suit+commuteContinue reading “the need to ‘go to’ work? The story of institutional refugees & how things need to change”

the River Severn and it’s influence on Flow Contemporary Arts

Flow was named after the River Severn and the wonders of the Severn Bore. Every now and again I need to remind myself of that – and the best way is to trot down to the riverbank and witness the Bore. It’s magical. Flow is the psychological condition of ‘Optimal Experience’ as defined by psychologistContinue reading “the River Severn and it’s influence on Flow Contemporary Arts”

last chance to see artSOUTH as it comes to an end – full text of my review

In case you missed it, below is the full text for an article that is featured on Nom de Strip‘s website, where you can also see supporting images. artSOUTH closes soon, do check their website to see the remainder of the programme. Witnessing artSOUTH, uncovering the narratives Before artSOUTH opened, I discussed the exhibition inContinue reading “last chance to see artSOUTH as it comes to an end – full text of my review”

Visited Spike Island yesterday to have a look at the Bloomberg New Contemporaries

Good to see Bloomberg at Spike Island – fresh ideas and works that reflect what’s happening in our art colleges today. My overall response is mixed – the show almost divides into two distinct camps, one which I enjoy more than the other. The camps are primarily the physical, material presence of the objects/sculptures, (whichContinue reading “Visited Spike Island yesterday to have a look at the Bloomberg New Contemporaries”

Flows first project goes public soon – exciting!!!!

The Cabinet of Local Change is a pilot for a future collection of ‘cabinets’ that will be commissioned specifically with touring in mind. This one is specifically for Forest of Dean residents. Artist Simon Ryder (artNucleus) was commissioned by Flow Contemporary Arts to create a ‘cabinet’ in some form that could be used to reflect upon changesContinue reading “Flows first project goes public soon – exciting!!!!”

The Barbican, Welcome Trust, Helen Chadwick & sunshine

Some days you just have to go and see some art. When a friend asked me what would I recommend he saw when in London I decided to join him, and it was fab. The main show at Barbican is Cage, Johns, Rauschenburg, Duchamp and Cunningham, which was enjoyable, though the atmosphere there is alwaysContinue reading “The Barbican, Welcome Trust, Helen Chadwick & sunshine”

Sisters on Saturday: Symposium at SVA, Stroud. Sue Thomas; Semiconductor: Squidsoup; Simon Ryder The New Natural

This Saturday 25th May is going to be a very interesting day. As part of the SITE Festival, artist Simon Ryder is hosting a symposium to consider the future of nature – what do we mean by ‘new nature’? Is nature only what we already know of, and some feel, have damaged irrepairably, or mightContinue reading “Sisters on Saturday: Symposium at SVA, Stroud. Sue Thomas; Semiconductor: Squidsoup; Simon Ryder The New Natural”