Here are some pictures from a beautiful walk in the Kent countryside. We stumbled upon lots of bluebell woods, apple blossom and wild flower meadows while sheltering from April showers….
An exhition celebrating the life and work of photographer Eve Arnold is on display at Art Sensus, London The retrospective includes photographes chosen by her close friends the curator Zelda Cheatle and the academic Brigitte Lardinois, who worked closely with Arnold at the Magnum Photos agency in the 1990s. Above and below are couple of examples including one of Marilyn Monroe (who Arnold photographed many times throughout her career). The exhibition ‘All About Eve – The Photography of Eve Arnold’ continues until the 27th April, 2012.
These beautiful vintage posters were originally published in 1931 by the Electric Railways Company Ltd. Designed by the Ecole des Beaus Artist Andre Marty, they would have advertised days out form London by tube, bus or tram. You can now buy a beautiful presentation pack of these set of A3 prints from the London Transport Museum shop.
Alex Hartley’s exhibition ‘The World is Still Big’ opened at Victoria Miro back in November (I have only just managed to see it before it closes next week). The show consists of a number of large scale mixed media works. On first sight these look like like photographs, but they are in fact sculptures.
Hartley has incorporated architectural models into each work – for example the huts in the two images above and below are actually constructed out of wood and potrude out of the photograph towards the viewer. Unfortunately seeing these works as 2D images really don’t do them justice. When you view them in the flesh you can see all the intricate and painstaking detail which has gone into each piece. He describes these scenes as representing …”one moment and what I end up building into them is a back-story to that moment usually about failure: a man trying to inhabit wildernesses, a man trying to inhabit these Utopian dreams gone wrong.”
In the courtyard of the gallery the artist has constructed a dome (complete with wood burner and pet chickens) which he has been living in for the duration of the show. (This dome was inspired by the 1960s Colorado hippie commune ‘Drop City’ – hence the name of the work ‘Dropper’) The exhibition raises a number of issues such as community, belonging and isolation, and counter culture versus establishment.
The World is Still Big at the Victoria Miro Gallery runs until 21st January, 2012
PM Gallery in Ealing opens tomorrow with a new exhibition of works from the late Swedish artist Sune Jonsson Sune Jonsson (1930-2009). This collection of works taken in the 1950s and 60s documents the journey of agricultural Sweden to a more industrialised society. Although Jonsson worked mostly in Västerbotten in Sweden, he travelled to Europe and America and some of the works (including the one above) are taken in New York where he was inspired by the American photographer Walker Evans. This is a small retrospective of Sune Jonsson’s work and includes some familiar and lesser known photographs; all of which are beautiful and poignant.
The exhibition continues until the 7th January, 2012. There is a gallery tour given by the curator of the exhibition, Kerstin Ullström Harris , on Saturday 7th January at 2pm. Pitzhanger Manor-House was designed by the architect John Soane in 1800 and is worth a look if you are visiting the gallery.
Hackney City Farm is a superb little place which shows city dwellers the importance of farming in an organic way. You can see pigs, cows, chickens, rabbits and goats. They also have a great cafe for refreshments and sell alot of their own produce.
Hackney Farm – 1a Goldsmiths Row, Hackney, London E2 8QA. tel – 020 7729 6381
2500 acres of stunning woodland and open space Richmond Park has something for everyone. Over 600 wild deer roam the park although make sure you keep out of the way during the rutting season in Autumn, the males can get a bit frisky looking after their ladies. Its a wonderful park to cycle through and offers up some peaceful, isolated spots away from the hub of London. Make sure you visit King Henry’s Mound for spectacular views to St Pauls Cathedral.
Richmond Park – Park Office, Holly Lodge, TW10 5HS tel – 020 8940 0654
Hop on your bike, follow the stories and (re)discover east London on this animal inspired adventure. You will encounter on this trail that reveals a wilder side to our urban environment… download your velo venture map hereVelo Venture
A popular weekend visit for all Londoners as Hampstead heath still retains that wild feeling with its ancient trees and lovely walks. Bring your sledge if it snows as the ride down the hill is fantastic. Great views of london to boot.
Hampstead Heath – Highgate Road, Golders Green, London NW3 7JR. tel – 020 7482 7073