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Showing posts from July, 2014

'REWIRE' Art x Audio Exhibition, Book & Vinyl Box Set @ Gamma Transport Division!

In a switching of roles Gamma Proforma bring you REWIRE, an experiment in vision and sound. The logic behind the show is based around music influencing visual art but flipped on its head. Instead of an artist being tasked with interpreting a musicians vision its the musicians and producers who will be creating sonic sound scapes to accompany fresh visual works from some of the biggest names in the Graffuturism movement. 

Gamma head honcho Rob Swain is no stranger to big projects having recently released a 20 year career spanning tome with sheOne as well as curating the Futurism 2.0 book / show in London. Futurism 2.0 was my introduction to Gamma Proforma and the arrival of my first order brought some excitement to my day and the over stuffed parcel brought more than just a book. T shirts, postcards, mix CDs and stickers all came spilling out when I opened it but its not the free stuff that's made me a fan of Gamma, its the quality. Time and effort goes into each project whether its…

The Wild Dolphins of Aberdeen!

I wasn't too sure about these Wild Dolphins if I'm honest. And it wasn't anything against the artists involved or the ideas behind the project but more the concept of a twee art show, twee dolphins dotted about with pretty pictures on them. Don't get me wrong water colour landscapes are nice and fine art paintings have their place but when the majority of the work you see is based on the traditional then things tend to become a little stale and this is often the problem with creativity in Aberdeen. The cutting edge, the new school is often holed up in grays or its drowing in the apathy of the city and its lack of space to create and share work and ideas. If you asked me what kind of art I like then it would probably fall into the big murals, clean graphics, bold lines, street art, graffiti, tags, gritty and off the beaten track kinda spectrum, work you can stumble upon which has some sincerity to it.

But I have been pleasantly suprised and have really enjoyed checking …

'Unrecorded' by Jen Bradley @ Smart Gallery!

I've been having a bit of a break this month because sometimes its nice to step back a little. But in that time some great exhibitions have taken place and are almost over while some have yer to start, more on that later.

So if your itching for something to do this weekend then check out 'Unrecorded' by Grays graduate Jen Bradley. Combining found objects relating to people and places, primarily flats gives Jen's work an air of mystery. How often we walk past the hidden doors on Union Street, failing to realise above the commercial fronts lie thousands of flats, all occupied with mini soap operas unfolding behind every blind. Ok maybe its not that dramatic, maybe its just people watching the telly or cooking the supper. But Jen's works, especially the buzzers seem to hark back to a different time, evoking a sense of nostalgia for some long lost tenament life. You want to press the buttons on her cast works and find out if there's anyone waiting on the other side,…

The Devils Toy - Redux!

While scanning through the hundreds of skateboard related posts on facebook one title stood out, The Devils Toy. Further investigation revealed some major skateboard film history in the form of a film from 1966 which documents the exploits of a group of teenage skates in Montreal. The film is considered a bit of a classic, showing the speed and skill of the skaters but also the still true reality of skateboarding, the face off with the law!

The films description still stands 50 odd years later "It was frowned upon by the constabulary and disapproving adults, but the skateboard gave the youngsters who mastered its technique a thrilling sensation of speed unexcelled by any other pavement sport. Filmed in 1966 on Montréal streets before the elongated roller skate was banned, this film captures the exuberance of boys and girls having the time of their lives in free-wheeling downhill locomotion." Even for my own first experience of a clay wheeled skateboard back in the late 8…

Will Barras 'Plaza' @ Gamma Transport Division, Edinburgh!

If your not familiar with the work of Bristol based graffic artist Will Barras then now is the pefect time to check out his work with current exhibition 'Plaza' on show at Edinburgh's Gamma Transport Division.

Will has been a producing his unique characters and paintings for a number of years although his style has evolved since the early days of his Addict t - shirt designs (which are like gold dust these days) and has progressed with his use of colour and line perfected to the point where abstract colour splodges and drips can be rendered into the most beautiful shapes and forms. His bio on the Stolenspace site sums it up nicely "His figures appear to be in a state of perpetual metamorphosis - caught for a brief moment between one manifestation and the next. always at the mercy of the swirling forces that surround them." Some of Will's other paintings bring to mind scenes from Blade Runner with futuristic city scapes blurred into background as lean figures…