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Sunday, 20 February 2011


On tuesday the Royal Academy Schools Annual Lecture will feature Wolfgang Tillmans, not to be missed.

22 February 2011 at the Royal Institution, Albemarle Street, W1S 4BS

Wolfgang Tillmans’ comprehensive and diverse body of work is distinguished not only by an attentive and insightful observation of his surroundings but also by an on-going, systematic investigation of the photographic medium’s foundations. Winner of numerous prizes, including the Turner Prize in 2000, Tillmans' works have been the subject of major international exhibitions and are represented in private collections and public museums internationally. Tillmans was born in Remscheid, Germany in 1968. He lives and works in London and Berlin.


Friday, 18 February 2011


Last night [DoR] and [DoR] collaborator Stephany Pollard were invited to the launch night of a new collaboration between Adidas and Diesel (Thanks to FolkinGoodMgmt). We were treated to great music by DELS, Teeth!!! and Lou & Nova and some delicious rum and ginger beer to wash the music down.

Stephany Pollard designed the posters for our exhibition Loot & Everything Else and worked on DELS video Trumpalump:

Wednesday, 16 February 2011


The first room of the exhibition has no sculpture on show, however it is dominated by a towering eight meter high model of the Cenotaph, designed by Edwin Lutyens, the curators offer the Cenotaph as the first 'sculpture', suggesting that perhaps it was the first act of minimalist sculpture. The Cenotaph is surrounded by Jacob Epstein's Cycle of Life, the room is titled Monumentalising Life and Death.

The exhibition then leads you through a room full of pieces loaned from the British Museum and the V&A, a varied collection of sculptures displaying traditional techniques and the importance of 'truth to materials'.

The galleries that follow exhibit works such as Jacob Epstein's Adam, a dominating sexually masculine piece that demands complete attention.

Other stand out works included Alfred Gilbert's Jubilee Monument to Queen Victoria, his sculpture is lavish and gaudy. Queen Victoria sits in the gallery with three other sculptures, all made by one time presidents of The Academy, Frederic Lord Leighton, Charles Wheeler and Phillip King.

Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore fill a gallery with two large works, this room leads to the galleries Environmental Construction and Early One Morning. From here you enter a gallery challenging conventional sculpture and referencing british landscape including works by Richard Long and Carl Andre.

In one of the final galleries Jeff Koon's vitrine, covered in dust and not quite straight, stands opposite Damien Hirst's Let's Eat Outdoors Today, mirroring certain similarities including cubic form, Hirst's installation makes reference to british social class and behavior. Unfortunately the scene presented within the vitrine was impaired by the lack of attention to detail, it was obvious that elements of the piece were fabricated - the flies were not feeding off the decapitating cows head nor the left over meat on the barbec
ue, they were in fact eating from petri dishes placed on the ground. The fly killer was also not switched on the day we visited.

Urs Fischer's sculpture hanging overhead echoed Koon's suspended object and mirrored the supposed decay occurring in Hirst's piece.

One of the final works I found the most engaging was a film about Richard Wentworth's photographic practice, Making Do and Getting By. A series of photographs depicting placements of objects he has come across accidentally - cups holding open windows, ladders blocking doorways, 'My work comes from chance encounter'.

I felt, with the exception of a handful of works, the exhibition was a huge disappointment. You expect The Academy to be one of the leading environments to view art. It really did seem that the curators had to pull this exhibition together with anything they could get their hands on, it was quite obvious that they had to make do with what they were lent, it seemed it wasn't conciuosly chosen. It was not a strong collection of works for such a major show and we all wonder where some of our great bristsh sculptors were.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Secret Cinema February 2011

Shh we can't tell you where we went or what we saw but we looked a little like this:

Saturday, 5 February 2011

TONIGHT ]performancespace[ +++ ArtEvict

London is giving birth – On the 4th and 5th of February 2011, ]performancespace[ opens its doors for the first time and in collaboration with ArtEvict, draws the attention of the UK’s art scene to the exciting talent that is performance action, now.

Partake in this moment as we witness a rejuvenating mix of emergent and established artists - lone and group actions - champagne, glitter and hard labour.

]performnacespace[ and ArtEvict want to celebrate a renewed and integral interest in community and collaboration – NOW – and we want to do it with y

Nathalie Bikoro
Mark Greenwood
Scarlet Lassoff
Nathan Walker
Htein Lin
Group Action
Jenna Finch
Kiki Taira
Lyn Lu
Agnes Yit
Jamie Lewis Hadley
Benjamin Sebastian

Wednesday, 2 February 2011


Dear friend and talented artist of [DoR], Sinta Tantra will be showing work in the group show at the Nunnery Gallery at the Bow Arts Trust, opening tomorrow night.

Although we are yet to see her work in the flesh, we know that the way in which Sinta works subverts our ideas of paintings, making a visual environment rather than a static object - her work is both vibrant and overwhelming and we look forward to seeing it within the Nunnery Setting in an exhibition which explores colour:

"Colour has long been associated with the wild, primal and the feminine, as well as being considered intuitive, instinctive and against logic. Encompassing a spectrum from the childlike and playful, through to the disturbing and sinister, the work in the show operates on a sliding scale of chaos and sensory disquiet. Pigment and hue is not only a formal element but a psychological one, with colour employed as a metaphor for seduction and intoxication. A radical colour key often refers to a skewed reality, symbolising a loss of control, a sensory overload.

Influenced by our everyday experiences of lurid popular culture, these artists appropriate languages from the ever-morphing multi-media world to produce work that is often overloaded with information. Here, vibrant hues attract and simultaneously repel. The Twentieth Century saw vivid colour move from associations with bejeweled opulence, religion and power to the tasteless tackiness of advertising, television and high street fashion. Resplendent in the neon and plastics of contemporary consumer culture, synthetic colours changed the face of the landscape whilst technicolour cinema and fractal, glowing computer graphics altered perceptions and imaginations. Trash was colourful, and colour became trash.

When bright colours are introduced, the work automatically changes in meaning — colour skews reality and images and objects become more appealing, more sensuous or more repulsive. Apocalypstick unites artists who are unashamed chromophiles, in a gleefully grotesque mardi-gras of pigment, plastic and optical chaos.

Apocalypstickfeatures work by: Jonathan Baldock, Shane Bradford, James Ferris, Richard Gasper, Ludovica Gioscia, Siân Hislop, James Howard, Dunstan James, Sinta Tantra, Bea Turner, John Walter and Jeremy Willett."

more about the exhibition here:http://www.bowarts.org/thenunnery/index.php?code=42

more about Sinta Tantra here:http://www.sintatantra.com/


Tomorrow [DoR] will be attending the last in a series of events being held alongside the exhibition, I Will Eat This Sleep Town at Waterside,

Responding to the structures created in I Will Eat This Sleepy Town by Marcin Dudek and Ben Washintgon, réaltympanica will create a sonic journey through the gallery. Visitors will be invited to pick up a pair of headphones, enter the gallery and experience the unexpected audio-material matches with the physical space of the installation.

Launch First Thursday, 3 February, 6-9pm, then until 20 February during gallery opening hours.



Last Friday [DoR] attended the private view of Alptraum, a touring artist led project. Starting in Washington DC, the exhibtion will travel across the globe to Cell Project Space, London, touring to Berlin in March/April 2011, Los Angeles, in May/June 2011 and 'blank projects', Cape Town, August 2011.

The event was well attended with live music from Berlin based hard phych rock band, The B-Men and Cackle, a prog group from L.A.

The artists exhibiting were invited to submit a piece of work demonstrating physical gesture, hand made quality and personal mark making. Many of the artists would not be used to making work in this way, it would not be part of their usual artistic practice, but the theme allows a more traditional or innocent process of developing work.

The project explores and draws on communication between artists and develops a dialogue across disciplines, subjects and cultures, creating a collective of personal experience.

Artists include -
Christian Achenbach . Victor Aguilar . Pablo Alonso . Kai Althoff . Salvatore Arancio . Petra Johanna Barfs . Alexandra Baumgartner . Matthias Beckmann . April Behnke . Joe Biel . Marc Bijl . Derek Bosher . Armin Boehm . Erin Boland . Lutz Braun . Reuben Breslar . Alan Brown . Amanda Leigh Burnham . Ellen Cantor . Jessica Cebra . Natalie W. Cheung . Bradley Chriss . Ben Cottrell . Keith Coventry . Jason David . Thomas Draschan . Sven Druehl . Peter Duka . Benjamin Edmiston . Alexa Gerrity . Stephen Gibson . Adam Griffiths . Florian Heinke . Lori Hersberger . Sean Higgins . Gregor Hildebrandt . Ryan Hill . Stefan Hirsig . Johannes Hueppi . Lisa Junghanss . Andy Kozlowski . Clemens Krauss . Anders Lansing . Xenia Lesniewski . Cedar Lewisohn . Marissa Long . Mara Lonner . Joerg Mandernach . Sandra Mann . Josh Mannis . Maki Maruyama . John McAllister . Meryl Lynn McCorkle . Bill McRight . Aaron Morse . Jan Muche . Mario Neugebauer . Tim Nolan . Adam Pape . Christopher Pate . Manfred Peckl . Mick Peter . Carl Pomposelli . Richard Priestley . Clunie Reid . Rob Reynolds . Lauren Rice . Nora Riggs . Tanja Rochelmeyer . Jenny Rosemeyer . Dennis Rudolph . Jamison Sarteschi . Maik Schierloh . Andreas Schlaegel . Bonnie Brenda Scott . Marcus Sendlinger . Carole Silverstein . Jessica Simmons . Jen Smith . Cammie Staros . Jennifer Stefanisko . Jay Stuckey . Zach Storm . Caro Suerkemper . Alex Tennigkeit . Lisa Marie Thalhammer . Peter Thol . Klaus-Martin Treder . Joep Van Liefland . Rachel Waldron . Allison Wiese . Martin Westwood . Maik Wolf . Michael Wutz . Jacob Yeager . Thomas Zipp . Phillip Zaiser . Frank Michael Zeidler . Jody Zellon

Tuesday, 1 February 2011


A week or two ago but still fresh in memory, [DoR] went to see Bruno Humberto's performance of Holding Nothing at Yinka Shonibare's space on Regent's Canal.

It was a spectacular performance, deeply involving and moving. With the audience sat in a circle Humberto used the space around them, or the edge of the circle, rarely entering the centre meaning that the viewer had to actively look rather than passively watch his performance. Using sound (drums, accordion, drum kit) to create loops, over-trod by the sound of his footsteps in the dark, his performance drew to mind religious rituals and as the performance continued the audience was left sharing in the performers feelings of desperation and frenzy.

Following this was a performance by the "improvisation collective" Orchestra Elastique- a completely absorbing and fascinating performance where we couldn't draw our eyes away from the tinkering and sound making going on on stage. The kind of music that hypnotizes you into moving along with it, without even realising.

Watch a video clip here:(http://www.vimeo.com/17179052 )

Find out more about Bruno Humberto here:(www.brunohumberto.com)