Monday, 19 October 2015

Beautiful, moving music: Martha Tilston @ zustudios in Lewes, 16th October 2015

What an uplifting experience to listen to Martha Tilston and her gifted band at zustudios.

Complex lyrics interwoven with beautiful folk-inspired music - Tilston has a rich and versatile voice and is also a fantastic guitarist, with an amazing veteran band (mandoline, violin, guitar, drums, keyboards and base).

For a large, appreciative audience, she sang the powerful new song 
L.O.V.E, which is motivated by the recent refugee crisis

You can download it directly from her website to raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Supported by Danny Emerson, whose rich and haunting songs are truly memorable.

Martha Tilston and her hugely gifted band played at zustudios in Lewes, an arts centre and meeting place in a warehouse built in 1912:

Sadly this amazing centre is threatened by closure - a developer wants to redevelop the whole area. This space is a huge asset to Lewes and we were totally impressed by the warm welcome we received. 

Lewes also had a light festival at the weekend, and the atmospheric illuminations near Lewes castle echoed the beautiful projections at zustudios.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Justin Partyka at Black Barn and Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

I could not think of a more appropriate, atmospheric venue for photographer Justin Partyka's beautiful, evocative photographs of rural photographs from Suffolk and Norfolk than the Black Barn in Cockley Cley, where a large selection of his work has been on view since mid September.

Walking from one barn room to the next, we encounter carefully observed landscapes, sensitive portraits and still lives - made since the late 1990s using a 35 mm analogue SLR camera and transparence film. Partyka explains that he still only makes his work using the analogue process. 
He studied folk art and history in Newfoundland and discovered that photography became his preferred way of capturing experiences and encounters. His intuitive way of making photographs and the care he takes to observe minute details and to get to know the people and places he photographs and connect with them make his photographic series burst with experience but also light and colours.

More of Partyka's work can be found here:

The same day, we also visited Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich.

A version of this exhibition had previously been on view at the Barbican, where I had missed it. I couldn't think of a more beautiful way of displaying Pae White's collection of scarves designed by Vera Neuman - a trip just to see the way the scarves have been suspended in colourful rows would be worthwile. The arrangement of Martin Parr's postcard collection creates fascinating new relationships and topographies - photographs of the artists with their collections at home make possible new insights and help understand the influences of the objects on the artists' own work (e.g. Edmund de Waal's collection echoes his elegant white porcelain vessels).

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Lightscape: James Turrell @ Houghton Hall, Norfolk October 3rd

Inspiring and contemplative exhibition of Turrell's timeless exhibition pieces in and around Houghton Hall:

Turrell explains that our eyes are made for the twilight hour - as our pupils expand - whereas they contract at noon time due to the harshness of light then.

Projection event at dusk - distilling light and experience. Silent projection - with the most subtle of changes:

Also beautiful sculptural works by Zhan Wang (China), Scholar Rock, made out of stainless steel, in the vast park - shared with white deer:

and Richard Long (UK) Full Moon Circle - made from Cornish slate - looking both liquid and hard in the gorgeous autumn twilight:

Highly recommend you go if you can make it!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Beaute Congo - Kongo Kitoko: 1926-2015 Important exhibition at Fondation Cartier, Paris

Beautiful Kongo:

Paintings, installation work, music by Grand Kalle and many more, videos,  photographs by Kiripi Katembo (who sadly died this August aged only 36)  - exhibition a MUST see
90 years of Congolese Art from artists in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and other towns and cities:
including Cheri Cherin,  Pierre Bodo, Ilunga and interviews with artists:

On til November 2015

Neighbours and Esplanadians - great pop up exhibition on Toronto's Esplanade

Two great outdoor exhibitions - on neighbours (curated by Isorine Marc) and a second pop-up exhibition with portraits from the Americas and Esplanadians -seen on Toronto's popular Esplanade:

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Rosa's cafe goes, the car that grows is still there and Bollywood comes to the Beaches

Seen in 'Toronto the good', Aug 2015

Frida Kahlo in Toronto

So if you haven't yet seen this, I would highly recommend the Frida Kahlo exhibition at Toronto @ TMC on til early September.

It combines colour photographs by Nickolas Muray, letters shared between them, jewellery and traditional Mexican costumes. Its a substantial exhibition - there are 50 beautiful black and white and  three colour process photographs.