Sitting here listening to Kilo Kish’s low and mellowed mixtape, I’m reminded of Roman Erol‘s just passed live art installation for which he held a viewing.
The performance itself was fantastical haunting, connecting to the experiences of observation, connection and spirituality. We entered the room to the blank canvas upon the floor. Each of the elements were brought out in turn, each figure accompanied by a piece of text. Throughout the performance played a voice over of accompanying, this was the eerie additional element connecting the final sense to the work
I’ve never really been one for posey posey pictures. I’m not sure how much they really capture of a person’s personality beyond a pretty smile or some other physical attribute that’s incredibly obvious or just an identity photo. So last monday, I went on a one day portraiture course lead by Owen Harvey, hosted by Ideastap.
Monday 23rd June, I was awarded the luxury of some me time and decided to head to the Rude Boy Returns exhibition at Somerset house. Mad excited since my art directed emailed me about it the month prior, I knew I had to go.
The exhibition consisted of 5 rooms and a partial corridor within the south wing. The exhibition shows the evolution of the rude boy style from its roots in Jamaica to today’s arbiters of the style. Rude boy style is this fusion of impeccable tailored pieces and elements of different cultures and fashion genres. It’s about standing out and being true to yourself. That Tom Ford quote “Dressing well is a kind of good manners…” kept springing to mind as I wondered around the exhibition. Hopefully its one you got to see.
I had the pleasure of meeting one of the Rude Boys from the exhibition, Seye Adelekan a musician. Dressed very sharply that one could not resist but to take a polaroid too.
Becoming incredible indulgent, I had a peak at the Colour through Form exhibition. Beautifully arranged pieces and fabrics, all very graphical. It was a great way to see fabrics, rugs and textiles presented in this way. Very different from the usual swatch packs found at designer’s stalls. Again, one to catch if you fancy a bit of interior design.
The collection entitled “At the worlds end to the left” is where Julian has found his spring/summer for 2014 and a very bold use of colour and structures to interoperate the seasons.
He has taken an artistic approach applying these amazing prints, worked in collaboration with Kathatrina Grosse, to his casual, urban vision. Working in layered knits, shorts, shirts and jackets. Katharina is a Berlin-based artist who work with colour on very large scales, mostly in acrylics, which are layered and textured across her ‘canvas’.
These two work together creating great flows within the prints, not overdoing them but giving them space to breath or engulf the garment to which they are applied. This shirt and shorts combination being my favourite pieces.
I really enjoy this collection, for its flow of colour, light and layered knits which are needed for when those spring/ summer days begin. Also the casual and relaxed forms in the shirts and knits.
Distractions. That’s all that seems to fill my time of late. The distraction of friends. The distraction of social media. The distractions with my work placement. The distractions of distraction.
This photo was a distraction. It’s the type of distraction I’d like to get back to. I feel as though, we make excuses to help us cope with our lack of focus on the things we want. The things that are important to us, to me. Perhaps there’s a little too much prominence given to the fact we can make these excuses and they’ll make everything ok.
So I suppose with this post, its more of a public declaration that I will only distract myself with things that matter to me.
With that I must say, those projects that have been on simmer out back are starting to brew well and hopefully can be shortly unveiled, I am most excited.