Value which is of Value

10 x 10 by Kate Murdoch
10 x 10, ©2008 – 2012 Kate Murdoch

“If there is value which is of value, it must lie outside of all happening and being so. For all happening and being-so is accidental.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein
6.41, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus

This quote from Wittgenstein is a profound statement on the nature of occurrence and existence – ‘happening and being-so’. Whichever way we look at it, occurrence and existence is accidental. The beauty and simplicity of Wittgenstein’s statement sweeps away the clutter of chance and places value squarely in purpose. It suggests circumstance (context) is a force of chance.  This ‘Me’ of Mine asks if purpose can challenge the force of chance.

Wittgenstein’s rational view makes folly of the attempt to find meaning in happening and being-so, but he leaves the door wide open to search for meaning in value and purpose. Kate Murdoch does just this through her work.  She encourages her audiences to explore their purpose. Through her interactive exchanges, Kate presents situations which involve an active interchange between the public and her work, often with the public’s participation the greater force in the creation of art. Her audiences not only participate, they actually become part of the art through their active purpose. The generosity of this, both on Kate’s part and on the part of the audience, breaks down the barrier of the ‘art experience’ and presents an experience of art.

Read our interview, What Are You Prepared to Give in Exchange, for This ‘Me’ of Mine. Kate and I discuss value, emotion, memory and communication.

JB: …It could be said the value we associate with an object is in relation to the depth of emotion we experience in any given situation. Do you feel this to be true and what have you observed about this relationship through the interactive aspect of your work?

KM: …The emotional attachment we make to any given object can determine its worth in emotional terms as opposed to its monetary value. The very act of bartering adds an emotional reality to the process of exchange that currency somehow lacks…


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Visual Impact – Creative Dissent in the 21th Century

Liz McQuiston‘s new book ‘Visual Impact – Creative Dissent in the 21th Century’, is out now.   It is a richly illustrated exploration on art and design driving major social and political change in the 21st century.

Loads of events, such as Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, etc., plus social issues like poverty, equality, gun-control and more, have given rise to what is known as ‘activist’ or ‘protest’ art.

Visual Impact highlights the extraordinary power of art and graphic design to affect social and political change. Generously illustrated with over 400 images, this is a visual guide to the most influential and highly politicized imagery of the digital age.  Read more about the book

To celebrate the book and all dissident artists, we’ve included some famous and striking images below from artists conveying a strong (and often) political message.

Artist: JR

JR | Art-Pie
28 Millimetres: Women Are Heroes by JR, Kenya, 2009. From Visual Impact

Artist: ROA

The Lenticular Rabbit by ROA, London, UK, 2009. Photo by RomanyWG.
The Lenticular Rabbit by ROA, London, UK, 2009. Photo by RomanyWG.

Artist: unknown

From Visual Impact: Creative Dissent in the 21st Century
From Visual Impact: Creative Dissent in the 21st Century

Artist: Princess Hijab

‘Hijabizing’ intervention in the Paris Metro by Princess Hijab, France, 2006-11. From Visual Impact (Phaidon, 2015)
‘Hijabizing’ intervention in the Paris Metro by Princess Hijab, France, 2006-11. From Visual Impact (Phaidon, 2015)

Artist: Blek Le Rat

Stencilled poster of US soldier by French artist Blek le Rat, pasted along the route of anti-war march in Paris, France, 2003. Photo by Sybille Prou. From Visual Impact (Phaidon, 2015)
Stencilled poster of US soldier by French artist Blek le Rat, pasted along the route of anti-war march in Paris, France, 2003. Photo by Sybille Prou. From Visual Impact (Phaidon, 2015)

Moniker Projects does Batman: Arkham Knight

Something pretty cool and original is coming our way. Indeed Moniker Projects Frankie Shea & Lindsay Edmunds are curating The Batman: Arkham Knight Cape & Cowl Exhibition

What is all about?
WB Games UK has teamed up with Moniker Projects to bring you twenty contemporary artists and celebrities to celebrate the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight with a new exhibition reimagining the Caped Crusader’s iconic Cape and Cowl headpiece.

Batman: Arkham Knight by Moniker project | Art-PieUsing life-sized replicas of Batman’s famous costume as a blank canvas, each artist and celebrity will produce their own unique interpretation of the Dark Knight’s attire.

Those taking part include high profile artists such as Nancy Fouts, Lauren Baker, Hayden Kays, Inkie, Pam Glew, INSA, The Connor Brothers, Zeus, Matt Small, CASE, Jon Burgerman, CRASH, Cyclops, Kid Acne, Pure Evil and Logan Hicks along side 4 celebrity created Capes & Cowls from Jonathan Ross, Jodie Kidd, Eliza Doolittle and Noel Clarke.

What about the venue?
We are also looking forward to discover the venue consisting of two charming railway arches. The original double arched ticket hall of the now defunct Shoreditch station constructed by Victorian architects in 1860 unused for 25 years.

Batman: Arkham Knight  by Moniker project | Art-Pie

Batman: Arkham Knight  by Moniker project | Art-Pie

WHAT – The Batman: Arkham Knight Cape & Cowl Exhibition
WHERE – Kachette, 347 Old St., Shoreditch, London, EC1V 9LP (nearest stations Liverpool Street, Old Street & Shoreditch High Street)
WHEN – Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 June – 11am to 9pm and Sunday 28 June – 11am to 5pm
Curated and produced by M.

Drones in Deptford coming soon

Silent RunningWe all like going to the movies, don’t we? But how about going to the movies and get a total immersion in it, how about an invasion by spaceships and robots whilst watching the 1972 eco-themed sci-fi classic Silent Running?

Immersive cinema company The Vanishing Point is throwing another mighty sounding event in association with nationwide film season Scala Beyond.  The venue is the Utrophia Gallery in Deptford – a space which, conveniently, is already well equipped with rooftop machinery, and the feel of a ‘run down old spaceship’, according to Paul Reed, The Vanishing Pointco-founder and creative director.

Drone#1-huey
Drone #1 aka Huey in Silent Running

From Paul Reed,

‘We don’t want to create a nostalgic reaction of the film but look at the themes, what was it getting at and how can we have some fun with that and keep people interested and excited.

The event will feature interaction with crew members from The Valley Forge space freighter, garden areas, a blast-off bar, food stalls and immersive installations inspired by the fiction of the film. We also hear that there will also be a retro video game installation.

The Vanishing Point Silent Running Screening takes place on 15 September at Utrophia (Rooftop screening), 120 Deptford High Street, London, SE8. For tickets and more information visit www.thevanishingpoint.org.uk

Find out a bit more about the concept

The Fiesta Resistance: mixed medias at its best

I may have never heard about this exhibition if Twitter did not exist so let me thank you Twitter first, some do not get you little Twitter tool, ART-PIE heart you little Twitter tool.

A swift click on that link from that tweet I got and am now onto the Picture On Walls website or POW. ‘I Like the left menu navigation items’ I instantly thought. ‘I like the sketchy look of them’ my second thought was. A quick scroll down to the bottom of the website and I got it right away: loads and loads of creativity, imagination, art wonders on here and ART-PIE was right, The Fiesta resistance exhibition did not disappoint.

Unique, fresh, rich, interesting, exciting, different, colorful, busy … the list could go on and on and be made of thousands of words here as what I was seeing was actually made of thousands of things on top of each other but all smiling at me as I was stepping into POW. As always, ART-PIE did not know where to start and unless more ‘classic’ galleries (like the Whitechapel Gallery which ART-PIE had just been to earlier that day) that room I had just stepped into did not help to lead you that way or the other so I went straight ahead, I went for what looked like a shed with tall stools in front. Yes, that place looks like a theater or a movie set! Continue reading The Fiesta Resistance: mixed medias at its best

Artocracy in Tunisia, a project by JR

JR’s latest project involved six Tunisian photographers who traveled the country upside down and took 100 pictures of unknown Tunisians. The aim was to get a representative sample of the Tunisian population from all ages and backgrounds.

Images from the project below.

Artocracy, a project initiated by Slim Zeghal and Marco Berrebi and created with the group of Tunisia

Photographers: Sophia Baraket | Rania Dourai | Wissal Dargueche | Aziz Tnani | Hichem Driss | Héla Ammar.

More on the project here – http://www.jr-art.net/

Gabriel Dubois at Stolen Space

Gabriel Dubois is back to Stolen Space gallery after having taking part earlier this year to a group show – read about it here and his new works for his debut solo show – Kykkeliky are bold, this is the least you can tell about them.

German-Canadian artist, Gabriel Dubois grew up in the streets of Vancouver and started to drop graffiti on urban spaces of the Chinatown area. However what I was seeing all around me were far away from it: large wooden panels with bright coloured lines that seem to run at each other or from each other while meeting a multitude of geometric shapes on the way. Such works can quickly turn into a big mess but Gabriel Dubois succeeds in keeping some harmony of this buzzing gathering of elements.

Gabriel Dubois’ visual language is rich like the colours palette used. His pieces are vibrant and complex it seems but looking at it a bit longer and you may see some logical juxtaposition of those lines next to that series of circles.

Gabriel Dubois is a big fan of turning discard objects of modern culture into art and here into something alive. This is why you will find stuck into one of his pieces a cut-out of an old magazine representing a car. His abstract approach inspired from his numerous travels to places like Sri Lanka, India or Japan is the expression of his keen interest of hand painted signs he picked up at a very early age.

You will also notice that wooden (his surface of choice) structure standing at the entrance of the gallery (see pic below) which is another angle to Gabriel Dubois’ art practices.

Related link
> Sculpture and paintings by Gabriel Dubois on Boom

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Passenger event at Home House

Passenger is a monthly occurrence and aims to showcase across all creative disciplines, for your enjoyment and inspiration. Our first one is on Monday 5 September, from 7:30pm til 3am.

INNOVATIVE MUSIC VIDEOS
Plaid, The Horrors, Moby, Is Tropical, Audiobullys, Depeche Mode, Fulton Lights, Table Beggar, WhoMadeWho and Justice

FASHION ACCESSORIES
A new British fashion designer showcase, curated by Emma Crosby, curator and manager of London a la Mode and consultant to Vauxhall Fashion Scout

LIVE MUSIC
If you don’t know who Ebru and Stereo Decade are, you absolutely need to get better acquainted.

The event is strictly guestlist only, so please RSVP to emma@thepassenger.co.uk

Please bear in mind that we are always open for artists, filmmakers, performers, designers, musicians and more to pitch ideas and projects to us and use this event as a vehicle – we want this event to be representative of just how creative Londoners are.

Words from the Passenger Committee

Malika Favre – Hide and Seek at Kemistry gallery

Malika Favre "Hide and Seek" | Art-PieNow in its summer break, the London art scene has slightly slowed down and galleries are either busy relaxing or putting altogether their next shows. One of these that has caught our eyes and attention is the “Hide and Seek” show by Malika Favre at Kemistry gallery.

This show is for the minimalistic art enthusiast and if you love prints, you should definitely come and see Malika Favre’s Hide and Seek show and become fascinated by the story of a furtive yet sophisticated woman very much looking like the elegant woman you would find strolling on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Malika Favre is from France and you can clearly feel a Parisian looking woman influence in her character.

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The video that has been put together for the show – see below, is a real treat and is as funny in a way as intriguing. The woman keeps popping out of different patterns which are cleverly mixed together to lose viewers into them and thus increase the surprise effect when the woman appears.

From Kemistry gallery “Fascinated by patterns in everyday life, urban surroundings and architecture, French born Malika Favre has put together Hide and Seek, her first solo show in London. Malika’s work is bold and minimalistic, exploring the relationship between positive and negative space.”

From the artist “there is such beauty and intrigue in those repetitive concrete balconies, I felt like creating a series of abstract prints based on the architectural patterns that no one really notices.”

The 8 high end screenprints will be available for purchase at the gallery and online, each print is limited, signed and numbered by Malika Favre.

Malika Favre “Hide & Seek” | 6th Sept — 29th Sept 2012
Private View: Thursday 6th September 18:00 —21:00 | 43 Charlotte Road| London EC2A 3PD

“The Age Of Reason, a show by Chris Stevens at Beaux Arts London

"Arsenale" by Chris Stevens | Art-Pie
“Arsenale” by Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens is a painter with the firm belief that art is a marriage between concept and technical accomplishment. The process of making a painting is as much a part of the work as the finished piece. Challenging our preconceptions about people, this is an artist who explores current identity, class, race and gender.

Recently he co-curated ‘REALITY’ at the Sainsbury Centre, an exhibition that brought together over 50 works celebrating the strength of British painting. Some of the best and most influential artists of the last sixty years were exhibited in the show – key figures of the 20th century such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney.

 

Having studied Fine Art at the University of Reading under Terry Frost, he has exhibited regularly since graduating in 1978. A prize-winner in the BP Portrait Award, 50 over 50 and more recently in the Painted Faces exhibition organised by the Saatchi Gallery and Windsor & Newton, he has also undertaken Arts Council residencies at Sunderland Football Club and Birmingham International Airport.

"Bibaud" by Chris Stevens | Art-Pie
“Bibaud” by Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens has worked in public and private collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Gallery of Wales, Unilever, Galerija Portreta, Bosnia & Herzegovina and many private collections in UK, South Africa, USA and Europe. He currently lives and works in France.

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