Anyway running alongside THE BUY ART FAIR which mainly consists of an awful lot of shit ( think bad graffiti and air brushed naked ladies,think 1980's heavy metal album covers or pictures of confused looking cows painted in a naive stylie on hills that look like boobies) is THE MANCHESTER CONTEMPORARY which is not shit, and is getting bigger and more interesting each year and is where I got my bits and bobs from. I know perhaps I should have bought stuff by an 'emerging Artist' rather than by Tracey, but to be honest Tracey's stuff, although maybe not as limited was cheaper!
Sunday, 31 October 2010
For me the juries still out on Malcolm Craig Gilbert's series
'Post Traumatic Exorcism' Still there's plenty of other great stuff to look at and for those cleverer types amongst you, things to read in the latest edition of SOURCE. It's got a bit of a sinister feel this time, a slight Halloween accent perhaps ?
Monday, 25 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
From Stephen's statement about his project 'OF LENGTH AND MEASURES: Prison and the American landscape'
found via Prison photography including an interview by Pete HERE. So it got me thinking I've not really seen much British prison photography. I know about Donovan Wylie's MAZE work, and I've seen portrait work done in association with prisoners/education departments, but for instance I've never seen landscape work done about them. We've 140 of them in Britain, in all kinds of environments so you think someone would have had a stab. Sorry that's a bad choice of words......
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Broke my bloody heart Martin Usborne's series 'MUTE: The Silence of dogs in cars' But then I saw his other series 'LIFE AS A DOG IN THE RECESSION' and 'DEAD FOX' and they cheered me right up again!
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
News of Alec Soth's latest book BROKEN MANUAL has been floating around the blogs for a while now. A large chunk, 53 images, have recently been uploaded to Soth's new website. So for those of us who haven't got a spare $800 to buy this Special limited edition version, and I really wish I had, you can get get a good idea of what will be in the $75 version due out at a later date.
This work marks a pretty significant change in style. Alongside Soth's usual large format colour work we also find B/W, still lives and even what appear to be some kind of scan or perhaps Internet grabs. It all makes for a really intriguing set of images which gives a strange unsettling feel to the sequence. Of course the big question now is what are all the legions of Soth imitators going to do?
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
The launch of the "Beards of Manchester" calendar will be at Common Bar this Thursday 21st October from 6pm.
It's a hairy initiative to find the best beards in Manchester and all in the name of charity. The brainchild of Sam (b & n magazine) and Chris (Oh Digital), I was delighted to be asked to work on this project and played my part by taking all the photographs featured in the calendar in and around Manchester over the last few weeks. The sun came out once and not even torrential rain stopped us.
All images featured in the calendar will be exhibited in Common Bar, Northern Quarter, Manchester aswell as a huge framed compilation of all the hairy entries which didn't make the cut.
The charity calendar will be on sale on the night and at venues around the city after that.
There may be beer. Could well be cupcakes.
Would love it if you can join me. Thanks for reading and hope to see you Thursday.
Monday, 18 October 2010
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Via AXIS HERE.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Chemical Tea Room are proud to announce 0.1, the very first full group exhibition of works by it's collective artists. The exhibition is the first opportunity to see the collective together in one place presenting coherent bodies of work. It promises to be an exciting show for all involved. We would like to invite you to attend our opening night on Thursday 14th October 2010 at The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire.
Included in the show are works by Brian Morrison, Graham Hallam, Victoria Haydn and Rob Rusling
Monday, 11 October 2010
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
I can't remember if it was Tod Papageorge, or one of one of my old lecturers who said "you should have a reason to use colour ". So tell me, would colour add anything at all to the above image?
Top picture by Christopher Churchill one of my favourite photographers from the latest crop from HEY HOT SHOT.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Saturday 16th October - Thursday 21st October 2010
Rochdale Canal, Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK
As part of Over Yonder in collaboration with East Street Arts' Social Club 2010, Contents May Vary have produced Boatelier which uses the alternative, ready-made exhibition and performance space of a narrow boat navigating the Rochdale Canal for the location of an exhibition of three event-based works. Each artist has produced a participatory event for Boatelier which takes the idea of connecting the twinned locations of the Aire and Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, England and the Ruhr Valley in Germany and explores the social, historical and political similarities and differences.
From the 16th to the 18th of October, Contents May Vary will navigate the boat from Sowerby Bridge through to Todmorden, Each day they will moor at an advertised location where they will present their event based works. Throughout each event they will collect artefacts which will be added to a collection on board the boat, accumulating throughout the journey.
From the 19th to the 21st of October, Contents May Vary will make the return journey from Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge inviting members of the public aboard the boat to experience the collection and the results of the events. Refreshments will be provided and visitors can discuss everything from art to boating with the artists.
Saturday 16th October, 17.00-19:00: Sowerby Bridge
Sunday 17th October, 15.00-17:00: Hebden Bridge
Monday 18th October, 18.00-20:00: Todmorden
Tuesday 19th October, 18.00-20:00: Todmorden
Wednesday 20th October, 18.00-20:00: Sowerby Bridge
Thursday 21st October, 16:00-18:00: Hebden Bridge
And there's an 'Artist in Residence' opportunity attached to this....
Send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Boatelier Residency:
•500 word maximum statement detailing why this residency is of interest to you
•Your current CV
•Links to relevant websites/blogs
•Preferred residency dates