27 Oct

Chiharu Shiota: Other Side

That moment when you feel something in the atmosphere that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up is beautiful. I felt that today, when I visited the Towner gallery in Eastbourne.

There’s a fantastic installation in their huge exhibition room by the very talented Chiharu Shiota. When you walk in, you feel like you’ve just walked into a horror movie. My toddler son suddenly announced “don’t like it”. I can understand why he felt that way. It was unnerving. You are presented with five mismatched, weathered doors, and a huge web of black yarn. It is woven into such beautiful shapes, that you just can’t help but admire it’s construction. It is thin enough that you can make out people on the other side of the room, distorted by the wool tunnels, but thick enough that your path is clearly mapped out. The dim bulbs hanging within the web reflect the light perfectly, so that the floor is also a mass of web-like shadows. It is eerie and fantastic, scary and wonderful all at the same time.

I would really recommend going to visit this one. It is free to view – so well worth the trip – and on until 5th January 2014.

Chiharu Shiota: Other Side

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16 Oct

Gina Homer: A quirk of an illustrator

I haven’t seen anything like the beautiful Gina Homer‘s crazy/cute illustrations. They make you laugh, they make you smile, they make you go ‘hey, now wait one second while my head bursts’.

Fresh out of Cambridge School of Art, Homer has already been honoured with the Frontroom graduate award, and has a number of successful exhibitions under her belt. Keep updated with this up-and-coming artist through Facebook or her tumblr.

Gina Homer - Stickers available for purchase

Gina Homer – Stickers available for purchase (click on image)


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07 Oct

Beautiful, beautiful world

There are some moments, rare though they may be, that provide utter clarity. They often follow many sleepless nights of torment, tossing and turning and trying to distract your brain.

I had such a moment today, in a steady stream of traffic. Not the most obvious setting for inspiration – vehicle after vehicle of impatient commuters desperate to get home doesn’t exactly scream beauty.

It wasn’t the immediate environment that captured my imagination and took my breath away, but the few moments I raised my eyes from the road to the view beyond. I was driving through Sussex, a simply stunning place, if you bother to look. I saw the Sussex Downs in the distance, just minding it’s own business, watching calmly as we ants crawled through it’s turf. I thought, no wonder so many artists find this such a inspiring place. If I thought for one second I could capture the beauty of this place, and of that moment in my head, than I would consider myself an artistic success.

I feel, however, that my attempts would pale in comparison to those of the great artists of our time. One to mention, and I could name hundreds, is Eric Ravilious, a local artist that schooled in Eastbourne. Just take a moment today to view the beauty that I saw on my drive this afternoon, through his artworks.

Chalk Paths 1935 Eric Ravilious

Chalk Paths 1935 Eric Ravilious

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