Monday, 28 June 2010

Morgan Quaintance - guest curator at TROVE

For TROVE's July 2010 exhibition we have invited guest curator Morgan Quaintance to put on The Terminal Bar. Here is a little more info about Morgan:

Morgan Quaintance (b.1979) is a musician, writer and trainee curator based in Birmingham and London. Having previously traversed the twin poles of activity in music – with Mariah Carey in one corner and Does It Offend You Yeah in the next – Morgan is Curren
tly studying for an MA in Curating Contemporay Art at The Royal College of Art. Interested in all facets of the performing and plastic/mimetic arts, Morgan states his hopes for the future as being ‘similar to the goal of professional wrestlers working in the former WWF. They ultimately strove for the unification of championship belts: I’d like to unify the different types of curatorial expertise. Hopefully this will allow me to work in a number of creative fields, curatorially speaking, whilst sidestepping anything that resembles a Dan Flavin retrospective’.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Elvis Costello at the Symphony Hall

One man and six guitars, Elvis Costello's Solo tour at the Symphony Hall was brilliant! I had a limited knowledge of him before I went other than his hits but I was blown away, he is so charismatic and completely held the stage, just him and a guitar. He played almost non stop for well over 2 hours and I was captivated all the way through, nicely done Elvis.

Check out Life in Flashback for a much better review.

I had to include this pic below just because he looks pretty damn cool.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Margaret Street School of Art BA Fine Art show

Last night was the Margaret Street School of Art, BCU, BA Fine Art Show - here are some pieces that stood out and got talked about. It's open to the public till Sunday 20th June 10-4pm every day, go check it out!

Charlotte McClelland - nice photorealist painting, a classic Margaret Street pupil.

Hannah Ainsworth - this caused a lot of conversations, I liked the smell.

I can't remember who did this one but it was great! If you know could you let me know please.

(*Update 28th June 2010 - thank you Tom Murphy for getting in touch, who is indeed the artist of the above piece entitled Ozymandias)

Rebecca Snow - this piece was very delicate, loved it.

Hannah Ainsworth again, this piece was beautiful, single rolls and rolls of celotape and masking tape making the most amazing sea urchin type rug.

And Andy's duck hunt - there were little ducks everywhere which didn't make sense till the end when on the way to the bar I saw this...

The Crisis of Socialism closing

The closing to The Crisis of Socialism was on Thursday night at TROVE. Along with the exhibition we also showed David Mackintosh's brilliant animation 'The Edge of Things.' With this playing the rest of the show came alive, as did the space, as light bounced around the old science museum steam room as the sky turned purple outside. It was a truly lovely night.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Hay Festival

Yesterday I went to the Hay on Wye Book Festival for the first time and sadly only for the day. I saw an amazing talk by Laura Cumming who spoke about self portraiture and her book 'A Face to the World.' She was very charming, unpatronising and interesting - really enjoyed that one. Second we saw Patrick Cramsie and the blurb went like this:

The British Library Lecture: The Story of Graphic Design

A magnificent and revelatory study of the development of graphic styles in the West, from the origins of the alphabet itself to the work of the greatest designers and scribes in history.

which sounded amazing, sadly the talk was not, to be quite honest I think I could have done a better talk myself without having researched and written a book about it! Lastly was the amazing and charismatic Zadie Smith - she is as beautiful as she is talented - great talk with extracts from some of her articles which spanned Roland Barthes, Barack Obama to her dad and Fawlty Towers.

Great day out and plan to go for much longer next year.