I was in Richard James, bespoke Tailors on Savile Row the other day (don’t ask!), and on display over the mantlepiece was the weirdest ‘arrangement’ I have ever seen. A rainbow of beads, dolls heads and skeletons were amongst a mass of ecletic pieces of plastic that seemed to serve no purpose or reason. It was only when I asked if this was a homage to Halloween that I was told it’s story; and I refer you to the blog on the Tailor’s website:
“Courtesy of the Hales Gallery, London E1, Hew Locke’s vibrant wall relief “Artemis” has just gone on display in Richard James Bespoke. Created in early 2010, the work takes as its starting point a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which the artist has deconstructed and then put back together again in his own way. Hew has turned his attention to the Royal Family before, and sees it as a vehicle through which he is able to confront and evaluate his experiences growing up in the former British colony of Guyana. Favoured materials include plastic lizards, sequins, fake machine gun parts and silk flowers.”
It’s only when you stand several feet away that you can actually see the Queen’s head…Bizarre.
(Pictures ‘borrowed’ from Richard Jame’s website – thanks! ;0))
Street Art in London continues to fascinate me. I love the simplistic beauty of Stik and yet I can still admire the raw brutality of other artists (eg LFH Crew). At least they are making art (in my opinion) instead of just “tagging” with an unreadable name…
We discovered this amazing little park, right in the heart of London – not far from Covent Garden. I love the way the benches all have interesting words carved into them… and what is the story behind the toy figure? So many questions…
Loved this in Hyde Park. I had to get off my Boris Bike to take a pic!
My dad has just added three Dartmoor Pony foals to his growing menagerie of outdoor animals – two cows, one horse, one donkey and now FIVE Dartmoor pony foals. I took a quick trip down to sunny Somerset to take a few photos and see the interaction between the animals as they got to know each other. I took quite a few photos ;0) – see the full flickr set on: http://bit.ly/SamFlickr2
I used to enter the monthly photo competition at my old work an managed to get two Third Places – with “Random Pandas” in the photo taken on a mobile phone category; and “Rotherhithe Tunnel” in the Urban Industrial category. I was dead chuffed. Even though I have left that place, I went back to see my pics framed in the hallway between building four and three. I am so proud I had to share!!!
Let me know what you think!
I saw this up on a wall at a big corporate’s London HQ. They do not adher to a single point. Ever…