Monday, 2 June 2014

Tristan Pigott

While Tumblring (that should be a word. It rolls) I stumbled on a piece of art work that caught my eye and made me smile. I love this guys style; his paintings are clean and crisp, realistic but ambiguous at the same time. I could imagine myself sitting on the seats opposite them on a dreary eyed Sunday morning on my way back from east to west Croydon after a messy one. The pouring of wine into a plant? hmm, it makes me wonder, but do I care? Kind of. What a waste, though I may add to that leak on the floor with a load of red from my insides if she continues. Looks like the guy next to her is about to do the same.

So this painting inspired me to find out the artist and check out some of his other work. I had a good feeling I wouldn't be disappointed. 

This is Tristan Pigott, a London based artist, exploring human characteristics in the present day, primarily using fashion to communicate this, and depicted with a sense of surrealism, proportion and humor. Basically, I love it. 

"It’s important to me that my paintings are personal, even when I’m exploring something that can be as transparent as a person’s socially constructed front, such as their fashion, or the clothes they wear. The way I make them personal is by carefully selecting the models I choose to paint, whether they are friends or family. I aim to create ambiguous work, which draws the viewer in, allowing them to spend time working out the different connotations of the surreal narratives I've created."


Saturday, 26 April 2014

Negative Space

I stumbled across this guys art work and had to share it! I love love love it, plus he has really cool name. Mungo Thomson. 

I know this project of his is kind of old (2008) but its a goodie and I haven't seen it before. The project is called 'Negative Space' and presents a variation of his work, which as he puts it, “came out of reflecting on the color of nothing; in outer space the void is black, and in the art context the void – the empty gallery – is always white.

Cool how its all portrayed in public spaces and a book!

Thomson used archive images of starscape photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope which he then downloaded the copyright-free images and inverting them with a simple Photoshop tool. The result is a spectacular starburst that looks more like a close-up of minerals or marble than space debris. 

His work explores mass culture, cosmology, and reception with economy and wit. Check him out!


Monday, 31 March 2014

D-CAF: Hassan Khan

What I miss most of all is the accessibility of art here in Cairo. I know its around and things are happening and there is a lot of crazy good artistic talent that is both cemented and up-and-coming, but if you have not got your finger on that pulse it is hard to keep up; well for me anyway. Instead of going to art galleries, sometimes, or mostly, a raw public space is the perfect place to showcase art. This one is utilizing the front of shops down the Kodak Passageway just off Adly St, just tucked to the side in bussiling Downtown.

As this exhibition was the only event happening under visual arts at D-CAF (Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival), I had to go; but also cuz it was Hassan Khan, one of the early influencers of Egyptian modern art. Though more internationally celebrated, this was the first time for him to survey so much of his work in Egypt. His creations span over time and medium, from the early nineties up until now, experimenting with music, video, sculpture, portraiture and writing.
So, we got there a little late but it was fine. People were hanging out outside, the shop shining from inside out with its temporary gallery face lift. Inside was quiet apart from the movement of feet and Mr Khan's voice giving a TV interview. We circled the room, observing the pieces on display, questioning each other on what  the thought behind each piece could be. To be honest, we had fun with this because everything was so random. Perhaps getting people to wonder and discuss was part of the aim of this exhibit, as there were no explanations to any of the pieces. I asked a few questions to the exhibition staff, who were very friendly and helpful, but it was a good job I researched a little before hand.
Sculpted oxymoron. Glass which is fragile and could smash into a million pieces by a slip of a finger, depicts a piece of thick rope tied in a knot, which one would think is strong, sturdy and unbreakable; it could signify what ever you want it to.
The alphabet book. When I saw it, I liked it, but I didn't understand it. The pictures with each letter were abstract and for many, I could not find a link between the image and the letter. Searching about it now, I know that Khan's idea was to take inspiration from his actual dreams, take an image from that and match it to each letter of the alphabet. I'd like to re look at that book now and delve into his psych with new understanding.
Video & Text '17 and in AUC.' I sat for a few minutes in front of a tiny TV set and squeezed the headphones to my ears. What I was watching was Khan pace around a mirrored room, being filmed and unknowingly watched by people from the outside. For 14 days, Khan spent his time in this room, smoking, drinking and chatting to himself, a verbal diary of sorts. During this time and through booze influenced monologue, which some would say is when you are at your most truthful, he reflects/attacks on his time spent attending the AUC, one of Cairo's most prestigious universities. Next to the TV was a display of books (which I had to make sure wasn't an art installation) which have every word uttered by Khan in those 14 days written from top to bottom of each page.
The Twist (2012) stood at the center of the room; an iron coated steel structure, that depicts a circular form 'that begins and ends with itself.'

The Exhibition runs from 31st March to 26th April 2014 and like all things of real worth, its FREE.
If your interested, check these out too>>

Artists Walk Through of Exhibition with Hassan Khan
Kodak Passageway
4th April - 10am
Register at (limited spaces)

Artists Talk with Hassan Khan
Cairo Atelier
9th April - 6pm

'The Artist as a Portrait of a Young Man' - talk by Nadia Ghouse
Oriental Hall, AUC
22nd April - 6pm

Taraban - Music by Hassan Khan
Falaki Theatre
26th April - 8pm

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Shock Art

I love experimenting with different media, even more unconventional media, say things like pieces of plastic, hair, twigs and leaves, sandpaper and so on... maybe that's my preschool teacher character coming out. But this guy, takes that to a whole new level and a dangerous one at that. How exciting!

Phillip Stearns is a NY based artist who has imagined an amazing project called 'High Voltage Image Making.' Can you guess what medium hes using to make these crazy cool images? Oh, just some Fujifilm instant colour film, various household cleaning products (bleach, vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, salt, rubbing alcohol) and uh, 15,000 volt neon tube blast!

The result is strangely beautiful and organic, like looking under a microscope. It's fascinating to see what a pure natural force can create, every one unique. Stearns comments, 'I find it curious and exhilarating that the impressions left behind after developing these extreme exposures so perfect resemble networks of blood vessels in the retina.'

Click on his name above and check out this Electronic Artist and watch the video below!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

PFW Top Picks

Yep, I follow the collections as and when they go live on the inter-web. These are my FAV from Paris. 


relaxed structure

chunky knits





more green :D



                                                 PACCO RABANE


breast plate



soft chain-mail

clean lines




threaded scarves


head to toe cobalt                                

demon queen



animal print





box pleats



reworked fabric

forest green

turtle necks   
leather wrap