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FEB 5th '09: LAURA OLDFIELD FORD : LONDON 2013, DRIFTING THROUGH THE RUINS.

Exhibition dates: 30 January – 14 March 2009 

Hales Gallery is pleased to present the first solo show of gallery newcomer Laura Oldfield Ford.

Oldfield Ford, originally from Halifax, West Yorkshire, completed a fine art Painting MA at The Royal College of Art in 2007 and has since become well known for her politically active and poetic engagement with London as a site of social antagonism.

The main focus of the show is more than one hundred ink drawings that Oldfield Ford has recently produced as part of an ongoing project chronicling the impact of regeneration on London called 2013, Drifting through the ruins.

The drawings form a broken narrative, focusing on part of east London currently being cleared for the 2012 Olympic site and documents the city as palimpsest, a site of perpetual writing and over-writing. Oldfield Ford has made many walks (or ‘Drifts’) through these abandoned areas and imagines them populated by the semiotic ghosts of failed utopias in the year 2013. ‘The London I conjure up in these drawings is imbued with a sense of mourning. These are the liminal zones where the free party rave scene once illuminated the bleak swathes of marshland and industrial estates’.

Her work has developed from the cheaply produced Zine, entitled Savage Messiah and it’s sister website  www.savagemessiahzine.com which has become a regular vehicle for her psychogeographic explorations of the metropolis. Each episode explores a different region of London, focusing particularly on those areas that are earmarked for significant structural change. The resulting text and pages of intricate drawings become a document to Oldfield Ford’s experience. The completed issues one to ten will be available for viewing during the show, which form a subjective mapping of the city from Heathrow to Hackney Wick.

Something that would appear quite ordinary for most, provides Oldfield Ford with poetic contemplation and possibilities from which her drawings can develop. It is this balance between the politics of the ‘kitchen sink’, prevalent in so much of the best British Post War art and the physiological vibrations from the past and future city that Oldfield Ford skillfully taps into, that make this work so relevant right now.

Alongside the show of drawings and Zines, Oldfield Ford has planned a night of films exploring psychogeographic themes and the launch of her new Zine accompanied by a live broadcast from Resonance FM and a daytime walking tour around Stratford and the perimeter site of the Olympics, with members of the London Psychogeographical Association and We Are Bad collective.

Event dates: Saturday 21 February, Drift Walk
Thursday 5 March, Film Night
Saturday 14 March, Zine launch
More details - www.halesgallery.com
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FEB 5th '09: Former Stone Roses guitarist JOHN SQUIRE launched a new exhibition of his art in London last night (January 28). The show takes place at the Front Room Galler* at the St Martins Hotel in Covent Garden, and is entitled Heavy Metal Semantics. Speaking to the NME, Squire explained the show is made up from his very latest work. "There's a few from this year and the rest were done the tail end of last year," he said. "I've been working with lead, which is a heavy metal, and words which are open to interpretation as to their meaning. I'm still a big kid at heart, I like playing with things. I was playing with cardboard boxes, and I was fascinated by the shape of them when they're opened up and turned back into card. I like working with different materials, and I had access to steel and lead." Squire added that the show marks the beginning of a busy year as an artist, with several more shows planned for 2009. "I've got a big show in Oldham and one in Austria and one at the end of the year in Tokyo," he said. "The Oldham show is in a major public gallery, so it's a lot of work. It's the biggest show I've done." Heavy Metal runs until February 18. - www.johnsquire.com
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JAN 29th '09: No live reviews this week, deadlines, animation needing animated, deadlines deadlines, England People Very Nice, no time to write live reviews this week, art to make, it is still create, art is what we really do.... Open night is 4th Feb, down on the river band at the National Theatre no time to be at gigs this week, or at least no time ot tel lyou about the ones we were at

Here you go, some WILDHEARTS, go enjoy this, the hand of Tim Smith all over it, Tim Smith is the boss, TOO MANY BUBBLES...

Issue 9 of Blank Media's e-zine, BLANKPAGES is out now  “As usual, we bring you art, poetry, prose and - yes, more art! Check it out at our website, where you'll find links  to download your free copy... and remember to tell all your family and friends. This month's edition includes work from: Scott Carruthers / Myrtle Underwood / David Gaffney / Aaron Murdoch / Charlie Phillips and the next installment of Joe Booker's picture diary. This month's feature looks forward to the opening of Temporary Art Space, a new contemporary artist run space in Halifax. We would love to hear from you - let us know what you think of this month's issue by taking part in our online forums or emailing us at editor at blankmediacollective.org. If you are interested in showing your work and getting your voice heard please visit blankmediacollective.org for blankpages' submission guidelines”. - www.blankmediacollective.org
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THE SUBWAY GALLERY presents New works from GAIL OLDING, these works consist of images and objects which explore the limitations of the body and address the notion of working outside of the field of language. www.gailolding.com  The exhibition takes place from 6th Feb to 28th February  The Subway Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 11am - 7pm at Kiosk 1, Pedestrian Subway  Edgware Rd / Harrow Rd  London W2 1DX, that’s in zone one, right by Edgeware Road tube and a whole load of bus routes - www.subwaygallery.com

SCRAP CLUB is a public destructivist event. A healthy amount of household objects are collected for each Scrap Club. Objects such as computers, fridges, washing machines, pianos, anything smashable pretty much even cars. The audience is then invited to enter the Scrap Pit and proceed to smash it all up with sledgehammers or crowbars. We also have a micro-smashing table where one can apply extreme dentistry skills to circuit boards and small machines using pliers and small hammers. Some of the debris created through the cathartic destruction is placed on plinths and presented for its own beauty.
       Scrap Club are looking for proposals from artists who use destructivism in their work and music/sound making. We are mainly after durational pieces which will take place throughout the event, but also take proposals for a data base of artists for future events. We might have a small budget for materials.
        The next Scrap Club takes place on Saturday 14th Feb 09 at Area 10 over in South London - www.scrapclub.co.uk
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JAN 15th '09: We’ve had the pleasure telling you about Bernadette Louise before, with her phone call art and performance, she’s always worth checking out, always stimulating... Here’s where the moon has taken her this week...

Bernadette Louise & Natalie Swain explore themes of feminine control and lack of control. Harnessing Lunar Hysteria is a multimedia art show referencing hormonal and physical aspects of life today and during late 19th and early 20th Century. Swain&Louise embrace and challenge ideas of lunar cycles and female hysteria whilst approaching such themes in an unusual and thought provoking manner. This voyeuristic approach to a tender subject is an opportunity to see what really goes on behind closed doors...

Harnessing Lunar Hysteria, 16th - 23rd January 2009. Launch: Friday 16th Jan 5:30 - 8:30pm. The exhibition is at the gorgeous Fazeley Studios, on the corner of Fazeley Street and Floodgate Street in Digbeth, Birmingham. For more details go to www.waxcherry.co.uk
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The I Am Joy team, a collective who are all connected up with post rock outfit Flies Are Spies From Hell, and who put on the I Am Joy music festival in Chichester last year, as well as putting on regular gigs in Chichester, have open an art gallery in Chichester. You can find the gallery in the town centre in a shop in South Street, Chichester - number 18, next to Argus. They say they want to hear from all artists in the local area who are interested in having work hung. The initial plan was to open the gallery over the Christmas period. They were rather buoyant and upbeat, awash with success so it would seem, and now they plan to keep in open and see how far they can take the idea. The gallery was showing (and selling) art from Brighton, Portsmouth and the South. We dropped in not really knowing what to expect, and to be frank not really expecting to see anything really exciting – we were wrong, the little gallery was packed with all kinds of inspiring art, a very high standard of fresh exciting creativity... ...  www.iamjoy.co.uk
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DEC 11th 08: The FRESHWHIP art collective have a rather good looking show at the Brighton Fishing Museum gallery on 12th/13th/14th December  Freshwhip was spawned in early 2008 by Katie Mac, Gavin Edwards and Phil Wayman under the guise of Popcorny, Ugbot and Mister Phil. The Freshwhip ethos evolves around the production of bright bold artworks, often involving humour – bold multi-media creativity that includes screen printing, stencils, sculpture, t-shirts - and all very striking it is, fresh whipped indeed, go explore over at www.freshwhip.co.uk

DEC 4th 08: BEACONSFIELD Late at Tate... Vauxhall's best kept secret Beaconsfield, a creative art laboratory, curate Late at Tate Britain, Millbank, London. Friday 5th December, 6pm until 10pm, free entry. Bringing together an eclectic mix of live art and music, Beaconsfield transform Tate Britain's transitory gallery locations into a dream-like terminal space with an array of arrival or departure points. Artists include Katherine Araniello, Dave Ball, BAW, Annie Davey, Minna Haukka, Susannah Hewlett, Howard Jacques, Hayley Newman and David Crawforth, Liz Murray, Bob & Roberta Smith with Nicolas Bourriaud on drums, Kim Noble and Jessica Voorsanger. Resonance FM's Bermuda Triangle Test Transmission Broadcasts Engineers will be playing in Room 9, 20.45 - 22.00. More from www.beaconsfield.ltd.uk or www.tate.org.uk/britain

PLEXI ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF ANDY WARHOL'S SCREEN TESTS DVD - In conjunction with The Andy Warhol Museum, Plexifilm announces the release of 13 Most Beautiful... Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, featuring 13 of Warhol's classic silent film portraits. Subjects include Nico, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper and more. Shot between 1964 and 1966 at Warhol's Factory Studio in New York City, the Screen Tests are presented with newly commissioned soundtracks performed by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips. This is the first ever authorized DVD of Warhol's films! Plexi have put together a trailer which features all 13 of the Screen Test subjects. Go view a taste here on You Tube.  More from www.plexi.co.uk
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13th Nov 08: TATTOO SOUP: A COMPENDIUM OF THE GLOBE’S MOST UNIQUE TATTOOS (IMP) 

Now don’t be asking us about tatoos, you’re not seeing where mine is, go ask these people: 
           “Tattoo Soup will be recognised as an important book that we’ll look through over and over again, for years to come? ... Phil Kyle of London Ink
          It’s nigh on impossible not to fall in love with the simplicity of Tattoo Soup? Upon occasion, simplicity needs no justification, only admiration? ... Skin Deep Magazine
What is Tattoo Soup?
        Tattoo Soup is the first book of it’s kind, a completely self-generated collection of some of the world’s most unique tattoos
           What do you mean by self-generated?
   All of the tattoo photos in the book were collated via social networking sites, chat rooms, message boards and viral word of mouth. The self-generated nature of the book means it is a world first in publishing and, by definition, guarantees the final book is stamped with absolute authenticity. Members of the public have submitted work by such world-renowned international tattoo artists as Phil Kyle, Louis Molloy and Nikole Lowe of London Ink, Jo Harrison, Mo Coppoletta, Chad Koeplinger, Hannah Aitchison of LA Ink, Bob Tyrrell, Steve Byrne, Tim Kern and Nikko Hurtado. A selection of over 200 images stretches from the cities of London and Manchester to the leafy countryside of Great Britain, from the cultural melting pot of Europe to the bustling streets of Beijing, from the skyscrapers of NYC to the colourful diversity of South America.

           The idea of a book compiled in the way this one has been isn’t new, the process does fit in with the subject matter perfectly though, getting people to send in thier imagery from all over the planet. A snap shot of tattoo culture and people from all over the world sending in pictures of their tattoos – from anonymous “home-made” looking creations that you really do wonder about, to wonderfully impressive looking Western high art and back again. Why would anyone want a London Underground sign for the Bakerloo Line on the back of their neck? Apparently some of the finest tattoo artists have contributed. This is a classic coffee table book, it works like some of those graffiti art books do, or those album cover books do, you dip in and explore and find something new each time. you just flick through and now and again stop – and yes, in years to come this will be seen as a fine record of now as far as the art of tattooing goes. Well worth your time if the subject interests you, highly recommended of tattoo art is your thing. A fine book, well compiled, authoritative and recommended - 

Youtube book trailer: youtube
www.myspace.com/tattoosoup
www.impbooks.com
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6th Nov 08: HANDMADE & BOUND - LONDON HANDMADE ZINE AND BOOK FAIR – Handmade & Bound is an independent fair where you’ll find affordable, handmade artists’ books, comics and zines. It was conceived partly in response to the fact that there will be no London Artists book fair at the ICA in 2008, and further in response to the changes to the nature of that event when it returns in 2009 at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. “So we decided to make our own” they say on their website blog thing. “The event we want to have will be based on handmade but affordable books and zines. We want to achieve a good balance between artists books and zines (in the DIY punk tradition)”. What can you expect to find there? Hand made creations (whatever format or materials used), things of a very limited edition hand made nature, not the big glossy printed zines and such, not the ‘professional’ things that come in as a professionally or semi professionally produced magazine, comic, newspaper, book with a print run of thousands, this is the real handmade DIY spirit. Generally speaking, not the kind of thing where you send your artwork to a printer rather than stitching it together and hand printing it and making it yourselves. Go check it out, get involved, get inspired, then go create your own, you never know what it can lead to... All happens on November 8th at St Aloysius Club, Phoenix Road, London NW1 (near Euston station). The fair is free to get in to and it runs from Midday until 6pm  - www.handmadeandbound.com
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16th OCT '08: Act Art, is getting closer, explore Act Art over at www.actart.co.uk explore, yeah yeah, I know we told you about it last week, we've had one I tell yer....

MAXWELL DAVIES ON DUMBING DOWN - Peter Maxwell Davies, the Queen's composer no less, has spoken out against 'dumbing down' and the commercialisation of culture, blaming bankers and politicians for it all. He made the comments when addressing the British Academy organised 'Composers: Who Needs Them?' conference, which took place last week. 

Davies cited the example of Damien Hirst's dead cow piece going for £10.3m at Sotheby's last month as representative of where the arts are going. "I think we can all learn from a recent auction of art as an instantly recognisable iconic commodity, where it has become part of the entertainment industry, crossed with investment banking," he said. "The artist had wit to sell a golden calf and other bejewelled trinkets, but all creative artists, in whatever branch of the arts they work, must ponder the implications of so much money scrambling after manufactured artefacts without content - with just a brand tag supposed to guarantee market value".

He continued: "Over the last decades, since Thatcher, every commodity, including culture, not only has to be approachable, but, above all, have a measurable market, or commercial value, and must be demonstrably accessible to the largest spread of public. My main concern is how this is changing the face of our musical culture. As creative musicians, we can help make people of aware of such things that threaten our future. In all styles and types of music, we must bring awareness of that upon which the politicians turn their backs, while they engage in circumscribed, schoolboy mini-debates".
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Enough of this art achive cut 'n paste... These links will take you to pages with artness abound...
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ACT ART 5 – TILL DEATH US DO ART – The Arches, London SE1, 8th June 07
JOHN ADAMS - DOCTOR ATOMIC, English National Opera @ The Coliseum, Mar 7th 09
JOHN LEE BIRD: BEFORE ENCORE – The 20th Century Theatre, London, June 07
MOUSE – Diablesse @ Lark In The Park, London, 10th Feb 08
REVISIONS OF EXCESS – The Pink Flamingo, Birmingham, June 3rd 07

GADDAFI: A LIVING MYTH - ENO, London Coliseum - Sept '06

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