Thursday, 16 January 2014

Too much of a good thing is wonderful

"Its artefacts, genuine rhinestones, and imitation pearls alike mark an American moment – the beginning of the end of the ‘open secret’. So the cars and the costumes and the silly pianos might be seen as more than just the memorabilia of an exotic saloon singer: because they are, in fact, the tools with which Liberace took the 'rhetoric of the closet' public, demonstrated the power of its generous duplicity, and changed the world." - David Hickey

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Food... but not as it seems

Carnal Love by Ash depicts Lili Vanilli's food served up, their interiors dripping with nectar before being devoured at the dinner table. It hints at Georgia O'Keeffe's intimate flower paintings.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

freshly laundered
scantily clad
and brand fucking new

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts

Our own lives are our main focus, but they are only fleeting parts of the larger world. Like a hotel lobby with guests constantly passing through, we all make entrances and exits in our life, as do the people in our life. We all are different things at different times in our lives and we often play these 'roles' at the same time. We enter others' lives to accomplish something, good or bad, and then we depart.

"The apparent is the bridge to the real"
- Stephen Shore

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Chelsea Girls

Nico's Chelsea Girls,1967 was written by Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison and tells the stories of the residents of the Chelsea Hotel, many of whom were Bohemian artists, drop outs, and drug addicts. The song refers to the 1966 Andy Warhol film Chelsea Girls, which Nico starred in herself.

Monday, 28 October 2013

How 'at home' do you feel in a hotel?

Domestic Tourism

Emilie Sheehan's Domestic Tourism project is concerned with the extraordinary rise in social networking and hospitality sites, which allow people to travel the world by staying in other people’s homes. Affordable travel enables us to work and live anywhere in the world given the opportunity. The project explores how to create social cohesion in temporary situations, by engaging with notions of hospitality. How can we prepare our homes for a stranger coming to stay, and can this be acceptable to everyone? The project is about how you can adapt the home to become a temporary public space, by providing a service that delivers the means to transform a home into a temporary hotel.

The cereal dispenser measures a strict amount to stop a guest exploiting a host's resources, putting elements from the hotel into the domestic space of the home.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

The second series of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces has just stared on Channel 4 in which architect George Clarke celebrates the extraordinary world of small design. Across Britain people are finding inventive ways of creating beautiful small spaces that don't blow the budget and can transform lives and Clarke realises some incredible designs with careful planning and masses of imagination, from secret hideaways and space-saving retreats, to eco-friendly bolt holes and re-conditioned vehicles.

In the first episode shown on Thursday night at 8pm a couple transform a tiny 60s ambulance into a campervan where the family of six can cook, eat and sleep; an artist commissions an incredible giant wooden floating egg to use as a working and living space; and a novel way of turning a suburban basement in Nottingham into a 4800-gallon aquarium is revealed.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Bompas & Parr for Space NK

I helped out on the shoot of this video at Bompas & Parr as their answer to Space NK's 'What is beauty?' campaign.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Cultural Identity through the Home

"Detroiters who trace their ancestry to Great Britain are most likely to favour what some builders jovially call 'Early American gestunk'. They want a white fence and the white clapboard house... Americans of Italian background insist, more than any other group, on having a dining room even if it means sacrificing a bedroom or chopping up the living room. They have a strong family spirit, and like to sit around the table after a good meal, chatting... As for the Polish-Americans, they like their homes to be 'very garish with loud, screaming colours,'... their houses to be of brick, and they want it to be hard 'face' brick. They also demand a large kitchen... They want their living room to look out on the street, Mr. Smith explained, and they want a big picture window in that living room, and in that window they want to be able to place an enormous lamp."
Vance Packard, The Status Seekers, Snob Appeal = Today's Home Sweet Home

Friday, 4 October 2013


Everything Is Illuminated

Clockwork Orange

This is England


Hanging washing out to dry
Evidence of living
Rachel Whiteread, House

Pantone Eggs

Anything's edible as long as it's pure enough
David Schwen, Food Art Pairings

9 Eyes

Artist Jon Rafman's photo project 'The Nine Eyes of Google Street View', named after the nine lenses mounted on a Google Street View car, collects the strange and beautiful images they capture by accident from around the world.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

I have a collection of baby photos that friends and family have sent over embedded in their Christmas cards or with yearly updates. I am interested in this as a photography project, as at my house we don't seem to be able to throw them out, yet we have nothing to do with them so they end up cluttering kitchen draws and being scattered behind mirrors. I have no particular interest in them and wonder why I keep getting sent so many.


Mass Observation: This is Your Photo

'Mass Observation' offers an examination of the role of photography in the Mass Observation Archive. Mass Observation (MO) was founded in 1937 as a radical experiment in social science, art and documentary. Its founders aimed to create a new kind of realism in response to the economic and political conditions leading up to World War II, aiming to create an ‘anthropology of ourselves’ through artistic means and by collecting anecdotal evidence from people’s everyday lives and experiences. The Archive, currently held at the University of Sussex, consists of extensive written accounts of daily life, ephemera and photographs, while other works now form part of national museum collections.

Ademeit Horst, Secret Universe

'Secret Universe' is the title of the exhibition series under which, in 2011, the late Horst Ademeit’s work was first presented to a museum audience. It was a fitting choice for an exceptional corpus of Polaroid (and later digital) photography that was neither conceived as an artistic project nor intended for public exposure. Compiled over some fifteen years, beginning around 1990, these images were made for strictly personal, utilitarian ends.

Nature the creator, man the editor

Andreas Gursky, James Bond Island III

'If I had known then, what I know now/British Isles' is based on the idea of surrendering the creative process to a force outside the self, hand torn in paper and cast aside, crumpled before being reclaimed and preserved through a process of 3D scanning and ultimately cast in bronze. As our world becomes increasingly global, nationhood itself is brought into question. In our own land we are questioning what England means apart from its geographical boundaries and wonder whether there is an English nation. The fragility of the discarded paper and the weight and purpose of the bronze define the extremes of this question.