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100 Painters of Tomorrow: Beers Contemporary London

November 28, 2014 by Ishah

Exhibiting together for the first time, the work of a hundred internationally-based painters collaborate together to offer intriguing insights into the state of painting today. The exhibition entitled '100 Painters of Tomorrow' draws on each artists personal insight into their thinking and creative practices. Showing at Beers Contemporary, London on the 28th November until the 17th of January.

Beers Contemporary presents an eclectic variety paintings each expressing extraordinary styles and techniques. Paintings vary between abstraction, figuration, minimalism, performance and installation-based painting. Adam Dix is one of the artists to show at '100 Painters of Tomorrow'. 

Dix is concerned with the association between communication technology and our desire to communicate, by analysing the response to, and subsequent personification of the objects of modern communication. Dix investigates the similar traits found in the genres of science fiction and religion, while exploring ideas of ritual and ceremony with respect to how we engage with communication technology. This has led to the production of several works that invite the viewer to engage in a secular celebration. A festival of communication, presided over by a Shamanic custodian that acts as a conduit between audience and subject.

Damien Hirst x Marc Jacobs: Mickey charity T for the Kids Company

November 26, 2014 by Mary

Other Criteria & Marc Jacobs have produced a limited edition T-shirt designed in a collaboration between the artist Damien Hirst and the fashion designer. Based on Hirst's painting sold to benefit Kids Company in 2013 the artist's trademark spots interpret Disney's much loved Mickey Mouse.

All profits will be donated to Kids Company, a UK charity Hirst has long supported. Based in London and established in 1996, Kids Company provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people.

Click on the video below to discover how these t-shirts were produced:

Sir Peter Blake exhibits at Paul Stolper Gallery London

November 26, 2014

Sir Peter Blake will be showing some of his most iconic portfolio’s at the Paul Stolper Gallery, London on the 27th of November 2014 until the 10th of January 2015. The exhibition ‘Side-Show’ is an in-depth exploration into one of Peter Blakes most remarkable portfolios consisting of five wood-engravings, ‘Tattooed Man’, ‘Bearded Lady’, ‘Midget’, ‘Fat Boy’ and ‘Giant’ all made between 1974-1978. The show will also mark the launch of three new exciting etchings, ‘Elvis Two Rivers’, 'Reverend Ricky Wreck' and ‘Liberty Beauty Rose’.

Sue Webster Britains most acclaimed contemporary artist creates, 'The Folly Acres Cook Book'

November 26, 2014 by Ishah

'The Folly Acres Cook Book'

Foreword & Afterword by Sue Webster

Poem by PJ Harvey

Illustrations by Tim Noble & Sue Webster

Published by Other Criteria

In this semi-autobiographical book, British artist Sue Webster offers readers a rare glimpse into life as one half of the acclaimed artist-duo, Tim Noble and Sue Webster. The Folly Acres Cook Book combines recipes from the kitchen of the Gloucestershire smallholding shared by Tim and Sue, along with drawings, photographs, thoughts, anecdotes and personal memories.

Originally cooked for family and friends including the chef Mark Hix, and the singer songwriter PJ Harvey, the recipes form an illustrated diary of Webster’s life between the years of 2010 and 2014. Testament to her irreverent humour, Webster includes both classic and experimental dishes, alongside creative instructions for life in the country. She explains: “As I executed each idea I would test it out on a variety of guinea pigs, and recorded each dish on my iPhone. Sometimes I got bored of the edible dish and would photograph the garbage in the bin – the potato peelings and egg shells, as I found this to be somehow more attractive and synonymous to the trash sculptures that Tim and I had made.”

Introduced with an original poem by PJ Harvey that was inspired by her visit to Folly Acres, the Cook Book is hand-typed on a 1940s Olympia Robust typewriter originally developed for use by the German militia during World War II. Illustrated throughout with colour photographs and unseen drawings by both Tim and Sue, The Folly Acres Cook Book is an entirely unique publication from one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists.

Available to purchase online at Other Criteria and in our Hinde Street, London space.

Meet legendary photographer Polly Borland for a private screening of POLYMORPHOUS

November 24, 2014 by Emma

November 24th

6.30 – 9.00
Other Criteria 458 Broome Street NYC 10013
With an introduction to the film by Polly Borland.

Following the screening, she will also hold a question and answer session.

Seating is limited and RSVP is requested:

A leading portrait photographer before moving from her native Australia in 1989,
Polly has earned her reputation for specializing in stylized portraiture and offbeat reportage, often charged with themes of sexuality and identity. Now for the first time, the lens faces the other direction.

Through interviews with the likes of Cate Blanchett, Nick Cave, Will Self and husband, film-maker John Hillcott, we see beneath the fantastical exterior; the insecurities and the motivations that drive this exceptional woman to such dramatic, bizarre and unforgettable imagery.

Other Criteria Presents: Sir Peter Blake's Tin Plate Motif's

November 19, 2014 by Ishah

Other Criteria in Hinde Street, London presents an incredible selection of exciting and unseen Tin plate motif's by Sir Peter Blake. Currently showing until the 30th of November 2014.

In the middle of 1967, fresh from having finished an album cover for the World’s most famous band, Peter Blake the John Moores prize winner, entered the premises of his favourite west London antiques and ephemera dealer; Dodo at 185 Westbourne Grove. This was the place where a few years earlier the young artist had managed to acquire a rare Edwardian tin sign that he had coveted since the 1950’s. On this particular summer’s day, the 35 year old Royal College of Art tutor was to receive an offer he could not refuse. Up and until this point Blake had eschewed all opportunities; offered to his fellow swinging London contemporaries to reproduce work on silk screens or as etchings. However Dodo had suggested they commission Blake to produce a limited edition lithograph on tin plate. How could he resist, the resulting work; ”Babe Rainbow’, released the following year would be produced in an edition of 10,000 copies, Blake’s first ever multiple and on tin.

Some forty three plus years later the now Sir Peter Blake (knighted in 2002 for his services to art) has returned to the beloved medium of tin. Using latest technology to create a heart-stopping portfolio of exceptionally limited original works the godfather of pop art presents us with ’Hardcore Pop’. Featuring the family of motifs for which Blake is world renown the viewer is blasted with bright emblems and emphatic statements of certainty and hope. In the super-size iconic Motif Suite we find a quadtych of portrait - like representations. Each one transferred; on Dutch presses, to a 56% recycled metal substrate, over-glazed and oven-fired, creating a wonderfully rich and warm enamel-like finish. The process is something he and Dodo could only have dreamed of in 1967. At Other Criteria we see the final release; “I LOVE ENGLAND” in an edition of just 30 signed 623mm x 813mm (super-size) works.

Accompanying this exquisite suite of motifs is a short series incorporating text that sprang from the interplay of ideas with Creatively Recycled Empire; the Portfolio’s commissioners and publisher. These pieces reference Blake’s love of football, Chelsea, love of the city where he lives, London and country of his birth, England. Again the super-size lends the work an impressively joyful and confident air that amplifies the individual statements. “I LOVE RECYCLING”; is perhaps ambiguous. Is it that Peter, like so many of us now, appreciates living in a finite world with finite resources, or is it that this is what best describes the thing he does? Is there more than just a hint of irony in the nature of the medium, incorporating as it does recycled soup tins and paint cans? However the viewer wishes to interpret this final statement in tin, one can’t avoid the overall effect ‘hard core pop’ has. It’s as if every source of Pop is condensed to its essence and become; “vibrant early 20th century artefacts in their own right”.

While showing work produced in 2010; after the artist entered his self styled ‘late period’, it’s still clear that Sir Peter is true to his personal motto to “always stay ahead of the avant garde”. In a world full of signs and symbols who else would dare to reproduce them on tin? Who else could? Who else should? Only the living Godfather of Pop; Sir Peter Blake C.B.E.

Michael Joo exhibits 'Suture' at The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York

November 18, 2014 by Ishah

The geological Ordovician suture fault known as the Cameron Line has been one of the main influences behind Michael Joo's newest body of work 'Suture'. Joo interprets the work as a meditation on the transformation, perspectives, and environments that are unique to the Bronx. The exhibition embodies Joo's ongoing concern for space and environment and our desire to work with or against it. The exhibition currently showing at the Bronx Museum, New York is on display until Sunday the 4th of January 2015.

Joo is interested in alternative ways of looking and depicting the landscape and it's raw geological forms. Using a vast array of techniques to match each location’s unique physiognomy, his work's reflect the geological disjointedness when strata is exposed, hidden and fractured similar to the reality of what is so unique to the Upper Manhattan and Bronx neighborhoods. 'Suture' implies a merging of sculpture and photography, a blurring of boundaries between media, time, and self.

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