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Showing posts from January, 2015

Lily & Mim - A Department Store (In Photos)!

2014 saw one of the most ambitious exhibitions in Aberdeen's recent history with Lily & Mim being a high concept trip fed to the masses via a consumerist pill that was easily swallowed but had people gagging for more. Or at least thats how I saw it! 

So to recap a little for anyone who missed the show, London based visual artists John Walter brought together a group of well established artists from down south and threw them into a giant empty building with some Aberdeen based artists, the idea being each artist had to create a unique retail experience for the viewers but instead of parting with pounds all you had to give up was your time. And the rewards for this? Seeing some world class art displayed in a most unconventional setting across 2 floors of the now defunct RGU Union building. If you've ever tried to find a decent space to do something creative in Aberdeen then you'll understand what a result that was, and of course it took a couple of years of hard negotiati…

Zine Scene # 1 - Jazz Quotes & Strange Powers!

Zines, cheap to make, super accesible and something you either dig or you dont. And I dig! Almost every visit to Analogue books in Edinburgh would involve scanning through the zine section and picking out a few interesting looking ones to take home. On my last visit to Analogue I picked up a couple of beauties from Lindstrom Effect and John Brown & Matt Swan. 'Jazz Quotes' uses simple shapes and fake quotes to create a zine for cool cats. 'Strange Powers' showcases the penmanship of John Brown & Matt Swan who both fill their pages with detailed doodles and cool characters. Instead of taking a bunch of snaps of the zines I decided to make a short video which you can watch below. Sadly Analogue has now closed for business, a real shame as they were a fantastic shop but they lasted longer than they ever expected so big ups to them! You can purchase Jazz Quotes..... ok you can't its not available online, try your local indie zine cafe and you can purchase Stran…

Top 5 of Everything from 2014!

2014 was a year with some real high points for the visual arts in Aberdeen and Scotland as a whole with the Common Wealth games shining a huge spotlight on Scotland across the globe along with the faded memory of the independence referendum. Gigs, albums, art shows, sculptures, performances and travels all helped make 2014 a memorable year and I just wanted to highlight some top 5's which made it so good. 

Top 5 Artists

It's been a big year for artists from Aberdeen with a ton of new talents graduating from Grays School of Art including Caitlin Hynes, Ben Martin and from past years with Amber Robertson and Natalie Kerr both doing great things this year. Along with keeping an eye on local talents its fun to see whats happening in the wider world and Instagram has been pretty handy for finding new artists and following their work as they make it. Finally visiting actual exhibitions both in Aberdeen and beyond has led to some great discoveries, I'm sad to not have made it to th…