Have you ever thought of how magicians and mediums use psychological devices to play tricks on you? You’d be surprised to learn how even your own brain deceives you! The current exhibition ‘Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic’ at Wellcome Collection reveals the rational truth behind the world of magic.
It’s the last Sunday of March already so time for my monthly recap where I look back at what I have been up to for the last weeks. Today it’s all about the cultural highlights of our recent travels through Australia, New Zealand and Singapore!
In mijn maandoverzicht voor december schreef ik al wat over mijn kunstzinnige uitstapjes en ik wilde daar in mijn Nederlandstalige blog nog verder bij stilstaan. Ik reisde af naar Maastricht om de vreemde kunstwerken van cultregisseur David Lynch te zien. In Rotterdam bezocht ik de zeer toegankelijke en familievriendelijke tentoonstelling over kinetische kunst en vlak voor vertrek naar Schiphol dompelde ik me in EYE Filmmuseum onder in de fantastische wereld van meesteranimator Jan Švankmajer. In dit artikel vind je foto’s en meer informatie die je hopelijk zullen inspireren tot een bezoek!
Could you imagine watching a 24-hour long film without a main plot and with clocks as its main protagonists? Although this principle might sound like it could be a tedious ordeal, Christian Marclay’s impressive video collage ‘The Clock’ consisting of about 12,000 film and television clips actually makes for an unforgettable experience. This special video work opened at Tate Modern on Friday 14 September and I went to see it yesterday morning, spending four hours in Christian Marclay’s carefully curated cinematic world.
In today’s post I’m sharing three inspiring photography exhibitions that are currently on in London. Showing anything from London’s pre-skyscraper-filled skyline to cinematic Technicolor photos, these shows left a big impression on me.
On 1 and 2 August I will be part of a group exhibition of photos taken on the new Samsung S9 mobile phones. Since not all my friends and online followers will be able to attend the show, I’ve been asked by them to share some of my photos online. Because your wish is my command, here are some of my photos!
Do you also often leave exhibitions feeling inspired to make art afterwards? I’m no painter nor would I be able to draw a decent still life if my own life depended on it, but whenever I visit a collage or photography show, I cannot wait to get home to start making work myself. The same happened to me last week when I visited the show ‘The Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ at Tate Modern. This show was the inspiration for my new Instagram account, focussing solely on black and white photography.
Currently on show at Simon Lee Gallery is ‘Misa Hylton-Brim’, the first solo London exhibition of New York-based artist Eric N Mack. I had to pleasure to share a house with him during our Robert Rauschenberg residency in Florida where I interviewed him about his work and practice.
When you read this, I’m en route from Athens to Amsterdam. This trip has been filled with ancient myths and fairy tales which made me wonder what the iconic tales and stories of the future will be. Will they include the Marvel films or Game of Thrones saga?
London is a great city trip destination, but sometimes the busy metropolis can also get a bit overwhelming. You could retreat in one of the numerous beautiful parks dotted around the city for a moment, but why not combine a free and unique public art trail with explorations of a far less touristy side of London? The Line art trail runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and O2 Arena and is suitable for families, art lovers, ramblers and even thrillseekers!
I’m an avid list-making person, from my daily to-do lists to my weekly meal plan to lists with all the films I’ve watched over a year to exhibitions or concerts I’ve been to or the books I’ve read. So, of course it makes sense to finish off the year with my List of Favourite Films, Trips, Art and Books for 2017!
Looking for something fun to do in London during the Christmas school holidays, but want to avoid the big crowds? Then head over to the hidden gem that’s the Fan Museum in Greenwich for a dose of art, that both young and old will enjoy!
The most comprehensive retrospective to date in the UK on American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat opened today at the Barbican Centre in London. The opening was heralded by two brand-new pieces by street artist Banksy in celebration of Basquiat. Banksy’s tribute couldn’t be any more fitting as Basquiat didn’t only start his career as a graffiti artist, but his colourful and ‘freestyle’ drawings have clearly influenced so many graffiti writers and street artists ever since.
It’s been only 1.5 weeks since I returned home from my 6-week artist residency in Captiva, Florida, and here I am back on a plane again. I’ve swapped my bikini and sandals for chunky pullovers and thermal socks as winter temperatures in the Netherlands are about 20 degrees Celsius lower than in Florida. Rather than showing off my tan to friends and family, I’ll be wrapped up in thermals again from head to toe.
I am extremely fortunate and feel humbled to be writing this article from the 20-acre Florida estate of the late Robert Rauschenberg, a mercurial artist who bridged the worlds of painting, performance, sculpture, new and found media. For six decades he created wild and pioneering art up to his death in 2008. His Foundation has opened up his home and studio for artists from all over the world and from different backgrounds and I still can’t believe I am one of them.