Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Most days we'll walk up some or all of the 500 steps of the main road, Kali Strata, past two- or three- storey houses with elegant wrought iron balconies overlooking the sea, beautiful pediments and pebbled and paved courtyards. On the right hand side you can see how many are still in ruins as a result of bombing during WW2.
We come back a couple of days before the next Greek election. Let us hope for a just settlement between the nations of Europe.
Sunday, 27 May 2012
STOP PRESS: the portrait of the Queen on the Royal Souvenir Issue of the Radio Times is by Sir Peter Blake.
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Jock McFadyen writes: ‘In the early 1980s when I began to make work which was based on observation, I was living and working in the East End. St Anne’s Limehouse was a 3 minute walk…standing as a counterpoint (to) a landscape of mediocrity and I couldn’t resist making a series of paintings to celebrate the contrast.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Saturday, 12 May 2012
But I have chosen this work simply because it’s beautiful and it’s fun.
Phoebe Rudomino is based at the Underwater Stage at Pinewood Studios, the only facility of its kind in the world. She has a rare combination of talents: she’s a commercial diver and an underwater photographer. She specialises in behind-the-scenes underwater stills and video for feature films, TV and commercials. This photograph is a still taken from a shoot for a commercial for Johnson & Johnson’s Imagine body wash.
Monday, 7 May 2012
Saturday, 5 May 2012
When Collishaw’s son was born his flat had to be cleared of an infestation of bugs. He pressed the remains between 35mm slides and projected them on the wall with microscopic detail: vibrant yellow, green and blue wings together with crushed bodies. I first saw them in 2009 at the Haunch of Venison Gallery.
Beauty and destruction. ‘Matt Collishaw can always find the instrinsically evil in photography.’ So runs the text on the Saatchi Gallery website. Perhaps his most famous image is a close up of a head wound caused an ice pick.
One of the most shocking images in the whole show, Eighth Day, is given similar treatment. It’s a reproduction of a photo Collishaw found in an old book of a real lynching. It's also been transformed into a mosaic and as you stand in the gallery and face its 354 x 279.6 dimensions, you instantly become one of the spectators joining the crowd, a voyeur hanging around in a cluster of ordinary-looking men, none of whom came out that morning without first putting on their hats. Do you stay and try to figure out what's happening? Or do you walk away in disgust or distress or both? It is decision- time.
AISHA by JODI BEIBER
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Levine puts it this way:'During the shoot there was a lot of bright light, noise and each exposure took 8 seconds, which is a long time to have to sit still. I wanted the Queen to feel peaceful, so I asked her to rest between shots, this was a moment of stillness which just happened.
Meditation was having a profound impact on my life at the time. I told her about how I'd go off on 10 day silent retreats, and she was very interested. I timed the exposures around her breathing - it seemed a way of tuning into her. Later this image really stood out - it has such an aura about it, such a power'.
It is a remarkable image. People in portraits are almost invariably wide awake, alert, very present, possibly self-conscious. We are used to seeing allowing images of great musicians and singers closing their eyes, lost in the depth of another world. Otherwise the only closed eyes we see are part of the ecstasy of scoring a goal or winning a championship.
The colour of the image is perfect too, gentle skin tones - and perhaps because of the lighting, the fur stole - warm the silvers and greys. The Queen's lips make an arresting splash of colour in the centre of the frame, particularly as they are not shown with fashionable but unrealistic symmetry.
Here's a link to more of the artist's fascinating account of the process of making this artwork
Chris Levine is one of 38 artists from 14 countries currently on show at OUT OF FOCUS: PHOTOGRAPHY at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea.