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Showing posts from December, 2014

Like a Phoenix from the Ashes, Stans Studio, Glasgow!

One of the most interesting art ventures in recent years was the Project Slogan gallery and studio. Serving a dual purpose as studio to Grays graduate and Slogan founder Sarah J Stanley but also as a gallery come party come hang out space for artists and like minded individuals, Slogan was a little bit special.

From the controversial window at the Torry space to the pay what you want cafe in Wasps, Slogan was a beacon for anyone who wished to consume their art in a different way, taking the emphasis away from the hushed high brow posturing of the major gallery and replacing it with a welcoming environment where a wide range of work was shown from high end installation pieces to low brow illustrations and paintings and a really strong emphasis on student shows. Slogan might have been Sarah's baby but we all nurtured it and it was good. 

Of course funding problems, lack of support from the Council and Wasps management all led to the eventual collapse of what was Aberdeen's main a…

XL // Peacock Visual Arts at 40!

This year see's Peacock Visual Arts celebrate 40 years of existence, no small feat especially in an industrial city like Aberdeen. From its humble begginings as Peacocks Printmakers (Ltd) in the 1970s to the fully fledged Contemporary Arts Centre we have today has been a rather interesting tale taking in many branches and areas of expertise which has resulted in the Peacocks we know today. It might be worth checking out their history here.

Such a big milestone like turning 40 deserves a big show and XL is just that but its so much more. The idea was to celebrate Peacocks heritage and history but to also keep one eye on the future too, not an easy task. But through curating an exhibition of specially commisioned pieces from some of Peacocks most renowned artists but also including works created throughout 2014 by various artists through in the Peacocks print studio has led to a greatest hits collection. And I have to say a year in the life of Peacocks print studio is pretty damn goo…

A Day in the Life of David Shrigley!

David Shrigley is one of my favourite artists. Creating almost child like drawings but with a flow and wit that few can match, blending humour, satire and completely insane characters. Shrigley is so well known for his distinctive work that its pointless trying to do anything similar as you will forever be hearing "Oh its kind of like David Shrigley" I've even found myself saying it about some of his work, not realising it was done by the man himself.  

I think a big part of Shrigley's success has been the accessible nature of his work both in print form and through the classic medium of the art book, not to mention his original paintings and drawings which a load of my friends seem to own! Below you will find a short ten minute film about A Day in the Life of David Shrigley, produced by Cannongate Books who just happen to be releasing a new book "Weak Messages Create Bad Situations". For his latest tome Shrigley takes aim at the people in power, the Governm…

Carhartt WIP x Polar Skate Co Collab Collection!

Polar Skate Co was set up and run by Pontus Alv. Carhartt started as an industrial work ware company based in Detroit. The two have come together to create some special products and collaborations which stretch across photography, art, advertising and fashion with some really cool results. 

Carhartt in their own right are a pretty cool brand having infiltrated the street wear world and established themselves with solid clothes and a good run of past collaborations with artists and musicians. And the collab with Polar continues that in fine style with a selection of t - shirts, jackets and accessories bearing the Polar x Carhartt badge but its also spawned a rather fine photo series by Nils Svensson, perfectly combining the grand and the grit with his shots of Polar team riders ripping up some classic DIY spots. Resident Polar artist Jacob Ovgren also knocked out some super rad graphics for the project and you can spy him in action in the video below. 

The perfect combination of art, ska…