From February, 2018

From Masterpiece to Merchandise

by Scarlett Baker A spectacle can be created when the fusion of two disciplines come together, most notably between the fashion and art world. Entering the critical debate as to whether fashion is truly “artistic” or rather an “art form” itself, the past ten years within the fashion industry has been shaped by the voice…

Brief Interviews with Artsy Men

By Mari Fløystad Juliebø   Me: Hi-   Him: Sometimes I struggle to connect with people the way I connect with art. I stopped doing drugs around people because it didn’t help but I do a lot of drugs around paintings. I’m really high right now and I feel more connected to this painting. It speaks to me a lot, you probably wouldn’t understand. It sucks to grow up and realise you’re more talented than your artistic inspirations. I painted a version of my favourite artists’ work and mine was better but it will never get the same recognition that…

Crying At Blue Light

By Anna Hill   I went to the museum alone. I went to look. Being in a museum is just as much as looking yourself as being looked at. I found something I wasn’t ready for – a painting that took me in its arms.  The painting, I learnt later, was called Decoration: The Excursion…

Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes at The Hepworth Wakefield

By Tascha von Uexkull   Dismembered, dislocated bodies, almost abstracted in their detachment from their source. A solitary arm lies lifeless upon the plinth in the foreground of my vision. Behind it, human forms snatched of their perfect refinement lack unity and selfhood. A chaos of jumbled half-bodies, like ancient Classical sculptures in their brokenness.…

The Title That Focuses Our Eyes ‘On Beauty’

By Rebecca Gill When we encounter a piece of creative work, be it in a visual or literary form, we are also given a title alongside it. Whether the title comes as a secondary encounter, perhaps seeing the small gallery plaque on the wall after enjoying gazing at a painting; or an inescapably preliminary piece…

On Beauty’s Sincerity

by Rosie Matthews   The aesthetics of postmodernism and poststructuralism have, to some degree, tainted our current reception of ‘sincerity’. Such movements, at their core, subverted any easy understanding and reception of ‘genuine’ experience of art. What has prevailed is an ethos of irony and skepticism in which we have arguably come to perceive all meaning in art, and all artistic intent, as inauthentic. In such a view, the possibility of an aesthetic that ascribes to the authentic human experience, seems impossible. There are a number of contemporary writers and artists that are, however, seeking to rehabilitate sincerity. This emerging…

Sweet Desires: Kara Walker, Sugar and Space

by Esther Vincent   In 2014 a monumental sugar sculpture, created by prolific American artist Kara Walker, was unveiled in Brooklyn’s abandoned Domino Sugar Refinery. The artist utilised architectural space, text, and the weighty historical significance of the material itself, to convey a critical understanding of our contemporary relationship to slavery and the foundations of…