Tagged art

The transmutative power of painting, as observed by Velazquez

At the centre of The Rokeby Venus (Velazquez, 1651, 122.5 x 177 cm) is a mirror, held by cupid, tilted up to grant the viewer with a blurred image of Venus’ face. Venus herself if turned away from the viewer, and we can only glimpse her profile: rosy cheeks and chestnut brown hair swept into a loose bun. Her reflection, however, is cast in a darker light, revealing a softer jawline, darker hair and heavyset eyes hidden in shadow. The angle is slightly off: we should be seeing a reflection of Venus looking back at herself, yet what we get is a shadowed face at the centre of the painting looking directly back at the viewer.

Texts, Textiles and Tw*ts

I’ve been told many times that swearing is ‘unladylike.’ Frankly, I don’t give a shit. Neither, apparently, do the members of the Profanity Embroidery Group, in Whitstable. I first heard about the group on the Channel 4 documentary Kathy Burke’s All Women, which explored what exactly it means to be a woman in 2019. The Profanity Embroidery Group (or PEG for short), founded in 2014, are a group of women (and two men!) who meet twice a month down the pub to stitch swear words onto quilts.

Review: Christian Marclay’s Film, The Clock

We enter the theatre at 14:01. We had been queuing for at least forty minutes and had watched the queue grow even longer behind us. We had picked a good time. Christian Marclay’s 24-hour long film, The Clock screened at the Tate Modern from 14th September to the 20th January. My sister and I went…

Teju Cole’s Instagram Art

by Anna Shave       Our consumption of art in the contemporary moment has, without question, been altered by the growing and pervasive influence of Instagram. We are more inclined to be searching for that perfectly ‘Instagrammable’ shot to capture and upload when surrounded by art, potentially fed by a desire to gain ‘likes’…

Words and Art and David Lynch.

By Kate Rothwell.   The relationship between a piece of art and words is simple. Words are used to describe art, occasionally they are used in art, and they are used to talk about art. But is this relationship necessary? Do we need words in order to understand and appreciate a piece of art, or…