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Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
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Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

On Monday I was invited to preview the Alexander Calder exhibition at Tate Modern. It’s hectic at Blink Towers, what with launching Bella Illustrations and a couple of very exciting design projects we’re working on (top secret!) but nothing was going to stop me from catching this show. I am a mid century design nut, and as such this is a key exhibition to see- as is the Eames exhibition at the Barbican which we’re hitting up later today. So, pretty much I am in mid century inspiration heaven right now!

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern, mid century art, London, art exhibition, Tate, fashion blog, Blink London

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

This exhibition is wonderfully spacious. Not just in a literal way because I doubt these rooms will rarely be this empty, but more kind of emotionally… That’s because calder’s work is so spaciously airy, both occupying space but also working so wonderfully with empty space in between the elements of his work. I have always adored the mobiles that Calder created, but there is so much more to his work too. It was a joy to discover his simplistic, bent wire forms as well as those works that feel like 3D paintings, emerging from a wall mounted canvas.

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern, mid century art, London, art exhibition, Tate, fashion blog, Blink London

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern, mid century art, London, art exhibition, Tate, fashion blog, Blink London

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

The forms are fluid yet strong, bold and simplistic but also wonderfully complex in the way that they change as you move around them and they move in space too, as shown by my rather wobbly, speeded up view of this kinetic sculpture moving very subtly in the ambient breeze within the gallery. The shadows of these works are as much part of this exhibition as the work itself, adding a further impression on the gallery walls and floors. As you move through the exhibition, starting with those groups of work that I knew less and moving towards the Calder signature style that I know best, so I knew that the mobiles were coming up, but nothing could quite prepare me for their beauty. My oh my oh my…

Firstly there’s the scale to consider, and even though these are utterly light and delicate some of the mobiles are actually quite large. Next is the fact that the elements on the mobiles are hand painted or hand crafted so there is a subtle level of texture that you can see as these move in the light. Then there the fact that these have been suspended with such care, grace and balance. Something that at first sight is rather simple perhaps become utterly enchanting. I decided to post videos of these two large mobiles to try and share with you the movement, subtle though it is in these clips, as that is what this work is all about. Calder called them ‘preforming sculpture’ and this is descriptive perfection.

This exhibition is open from today until 3rd April next year so you have no excuses! Book yourself a ticket ASAP. All the details can be found on the Tate’s website.  For more inspirational events featured on the Blink London blog, take a look here.

“Blink” Events: Henri Matisse at Tate Modern

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Yesterday I was very lucky to be invited to the preview of this major exhibition of Matisse’s cut-outs at Tate Modern. I was very much looking forward to this as I have loved Matisse’s work since I first discovered him when I was an art student. Yes, I knew something about his work and had found wonder and inspiration in his use of bold colour and clean lines- but nothing prepared me for the room upon room of utter beauty that is this exhibition.

This is the most comprehensive exhibition ever collated, devoted to his paper cut-outs made between 1937 and 1954. If you are a creative of any shape or form, but especially a colourist, print designer or graphic artist, then this exhibition is a must for you as I feel utterly sure that we will see his influence, driven by this show, impacting on the fashion world in particular.

Two Dansers 1937-8

Two Dansers 1937-8

Two Dansers, detail

Two Dansers, detail

The original and print of The Lagoon from the Jazz series, 1947

The original and print of The Lagoon from the Jazz series, 1947

The Heart, from the Jazz series

The Heart, from the Jazz series

Sections of the composition that covered the walls of Matisse's studio in Vence

Sections of the composition that covered the walls of Matisse’s studio in Vence

Matisse's painted paper reference set

Matisse’s painted paper reference set

The elegance of the seeming simplicity of many of these works, reduced to essential lines and expressed in clean flat planes of colour, is utterly uplifting. Although the concept of using cut-outs may make you think that these will be flat and featureless, a close look at these amazing works shows a texture and layering that adds depth and subtle definition to the compositions. Utterly enthralling.

Blue Nudes and bronze sculptures

Blue Nudes and bronze sculptures

Matisse design work for the Dominican Chapel of Rosary in Vence. Commenced in 1947

Matisse design work for the Dominican Chapel of Rosary in Vence. Commenced in 1947

Acanthuses, Matisse

Acanthuses, Matisse

book cover designs 1951-2

book cover designs 1951-2

I have had to choose just a few of my favourite shots that we took yesterday, but believe me, there is so much more to be seen and inspired by. This exhibition is running until 7th September so make a plan to get there when it’s not school holidays or the weekend as I think this is going to be one of Tate Modern’s most popular exhibitions.

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“Blink” London Fashion Week: Jonathan Saunders, SS’13

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Last night I was lucky enough to be able to end day 3 of London Fashion Week at the Jonathan Saunders show. Thanks to Motilo and Jonathan Saunders for the ticket.

Set in the stunning environment of Tate Modern, we entered in to the ‘Turbine Hall’ which was beautifully, dramatically lit and pumped full of dry ice. We were then directed into the ‘Tanks Lobby’ which was made slightly disorientating with cleverly placed mirrors. The linear, graphic, geometric nature of the location felt just perfect for Saunder’s sharp aesthetic.

The SS’13 collection was a study in contrasts. Sharply combined colour, textures, densities and finishes created a really exciting edge to even the simplest of silhouettes. Some of the styles had totally different coloured backs to fronts, creating a brilliantly chic graphic impact.

I don’t know if it was the particular shade of bottle green, the patent stripes or all of the sequins, but I was thinking of ‘Biba’ with a heavy dose of ‘Glam Rock meets Disco’ when trying to sum up the feel of this collection. ‘Gorgeous’, ‘desirable’ and ‘sexy’ would also work!

Here are my shots from the show. I think you’ll agree that I am no David Bailey, but I hope they are good enough to share the joy with you.

entering the Jonathan Saunders show through the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern

entering the Jonathan Saunders show through the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Oh, and I mustn’t forget to mention those fabulous shades, care of Cutler and Gross.

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Blink Inspiration: Vice Style Visionaries Part 3- Nick Knight

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

This is the third, and we think very possibly the most exciting of the Vice Style/ Blackberry ‘Visionaries’ series. We hope that you enjoyed our posts on Gareth Pugh and Diane Pernet from this series too.

Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential photographers as well as being Director & founder of SHOWstudio.com the fashion & art internet broadcasting channel.  He has won numerous awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, W magazine, i-D, and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent.

As a fashion photographer, Nick Knight has consistently challenged conventional notions of beauty.  His first book of photographs, skinheads, was published in 1982.  He has since produced Nicknight, a 12 year retrospective, and Flora, a series of flower pictures.  Knight’s work has been exhibited at such institutions as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers Gallery and Hayward Gallery and recently The Tate Modern.  He has produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London.

In the video Knight speaks incredibly inspirationally and eloquently about fashion as an art form and the creative force that is Lady Gaga, as well as the current evolution/ revolution occurring within the way the fashion industry is communication and operating. Knight also talks about his respect for and working relationship with the Fashion Director at SHOWstudio, Alex Fury. Knight and Fury have been instrumental in changing the way that fashion is being communicated, particularly through the instantaneous reportage that they produce from the shows, featured on the SHOWstudio site.

Blink Events: The Art of Dance

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

On Sunday I enjoyed my favorite London walk from Somerset House to the Tate Modern. If you ever feel tired of London, its a sure fire way to fall back in love with this amazing city.

We arrived at the Tate in time to have a random wonder around the galleries and then head down to the Turbine Hall in readiness to catch the Michael Clarke choreographed dance installation. I’d read about this in the week’s edition of le Cool (if you don’t subscribe already then do it now!) and had been really looking forward to it. Not only is Clark a long term favorite of “Blink”, but I was also really interested in the concept of this ‘installation’.

Michael Clark and his company have been working in the Turbine Hall for the past seven weeks, making the development and rehearsal stages of this piece visible to all. This piece incorporates some of the company’s immensely skilled dancers along with 75 untrained members of the public. During the performance, the division seemed purposefully clear between ballerina and non-ballerina with a difference in costume (the non-dancers in black) as well as Clark cleverly using the dancers in different ways. This created a really great energy as well as a stunning visual spectacle.

The space is immense, but the pumping Bowie soundtrack and the dashing and surging dancers really worked the space brilliantly. The graphic, monochrome floor complimented the linear and sharp shapes in the piece. The only downside was that I wanted to be one of the special 75, not one of the spectators- but maybe next time! This was ‘Part 1’ of Clark and company’s residency and there will be a ‘Part 2’ of the project in June ’11. So, all that’s left to ask is where do I put my name down for it?

Michael Clark's dance intallation at the Tate Modern

Michael Clark's dance intallation at the Tate Modern

Michael Clark's dance intallation at the Tate Modern

Michael Clark's dance intallation at the Tate Modern

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Blink Arts- Pop Life

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

We had a delightful visit to the Tate Modern last week. We’d been looking for a window in our diary for a visit to the ‘Pop Life’ exhibition and the late night opening on Fridays and Saturdays provided the perfect opportunity- and a good excuse to have a glass of vino in the members bar followed by dinner in Borough Market!

The biggest draw in this exhibition for us was the recreation of Keith Haring’s New York ‘Pop Shop’. As a teen Haring and his radiant babies came to our attention, mainly due to our fabulous big brother (thanks Sky!), and made a huge stylistic impact. The recreation at the Tate Modern did not disappoint. The whole exhibition has a huge energy and excitement about it. There’s great work from Warhol, including brilliant wallpaper. Another “Blink” favorite, Jeff Koon’s ‘Rabbit’, is there too- and it’s surprisingly small. There’s also a room dedicated to the work of Takashi Murakami, who’s style you may recognize from his hook up with Louis Vuitton.

There is a section that’s dedicated to a porn star from the 70’s. We have no idea how or why it/ she is ‘Pop Art’. Any insights on this for us?

Murakami's 'Geisha'

Murakami's 'Geisha'

Koon's 'Rabbit'

Koon's 'Rabbit'

Gilly in the Keith Haring 'Pop Shop'

Gilly in the Keith Haring 'Pop Shop'

Warhol wallpaper

Warhol wallpaper

Blink Social- Dead Good

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

This past week we’ve enjoyed a couple of brilliant nights out celebrating Halloween in various ways. It’s been a fashion fest of ghoulish good looks and gruesome graphics. Its all perfect with the romantically dark Goth mood that’s out there right now.

Firstly, on Wednesday we headed up to the Proud Galleries in Camden for our pal, Russ’ birthday. He was DJing at their ‘Mexican Day of the Dead’ themed party. We boogied amongst a crowd of skeletons, zombies and vampires. It was a great night at a very cool venue.

Next came our trip to the Tate Modern. We went along for the late night opening on Saturday night. We’d planned to see the Pop Life exhibition (blog post on that soon), and were given an extra treat with the horror themed Tate Take Over event, featuring spooky art installations and live bands.

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Proud, Camden

Proud, Camden

Proud, Camden

Proud, Camden

Proud, Camden

Proud, Camden

Proud, Camden

Proud, Camden

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

Tate Modern