Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia Part II

'Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia' is a unique exhibition unlike anything I've seen in Newcastle before, despite having lived here for almost three years now. This show  perfectly encapsulates what contemporary art represents. It is about making art in the present and using this as a platform to reflect and comment on the world... Continue Reading →

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‘Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia’

Having been away from Newcastle for a while, visiting Vane Gallery's preview of 'Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia' was the best way to get me inspired enough to return to writing. Curated by Sara Makari-Aghdam, this exhibition explores her dual heritage, as she is an exotic blend of Persian and English. 'Vinyl Icons...' also explores... Continue Reading →

Critical Writing for Vane Gallery

Recently I have been trying really hard to work on and expand my writing skills; as much as I love blogging and using colloquial language, I also enjoy writing in more formal and critical terms. Recently therefore I submitted two pieces of critical writing Vane Gallery and I am delighted to have found that they have both... Continue Reading →

Benedict Drew

I think it's say to say that Benedict Drew's wacky installation was by far my favourite work in The British Art Show 8. Exhibited within the Talbot Rice Gallery, Drew's work is the definition of transforming a space into something completely new and exciting. What had been quite a clean cut angular-looking gallery space prior to... Continue Reading →

Flora Whiteley ‘Present Continuous’

Talking more about getting back into painting is actually relevant to another exhibition I saw recently at Vane; Flora Whiteley's 'Present Continuous'. Given her cinematic background, her works have elements of film and stage-like set ups, which bring a new dimension to what are otherwise very painterly works. At present I'm not too interested in researching... Continue Reading →

Jock Mooney Part 2

Normally I'm quite wary about using or associating art with the word 'kitsch'. All it encompasses are elements that do not cater to my usual taste. Kitsch to me normally creates associations of tackiness and poor taste - which to excess form the definition of it. Yet that was the word that sprang to mind... Continue Reading →

B. Wurtz at Baltic

Contemporary art is often controversial in it's reception. Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people think their children could have done it. Other's say their child didn't do it and the artist beat them to it! This artwork is the perfect example of that retort. Wurtz's practice revolves around taking a simple everyday object... Continue Reading →

Yvonne Hindle ‘Supertranslations’

Yvonne Hindle’s ‘Supertranslations’ is an exhibition at Gallery North which sadly ends today. It is truly beautiful and she is clearly a master of paint.  There is so much going on in her paintings, they’re like her own individually created universe. When you look at them you feel as if you are falling and being... Continue Reading →

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