Monday, September 21, 2009

Sands Studios & Rotherhithe Picture Library

It's not often you get to see inside the Sands Studios Costume Dept and Dressmaking/Millinery Studio. I got a sneak peak on Sunday. The Rotherhithe Picture Library (Below) is a vast collection of visual references for sets, costumes and many more subjects. It is made up of 1000's of large books classified by themes, countries and historical periods, in which researchers can find pictorial reference. It's open to the public and is wonderfully disorganised. Photocopies are 10p, and black and white only. Which is all you really need since all the references are so old. Brilliant, bizarre little corner of South Bank.

Part of the Architecture Open House, London, Sunday. Had a brilliant day with my dad, and a bunch of retired St Martins teachers from Architecture and Ceramics. One of whom had the best laugh I have ever heard, and would flap his arms as he chuckled, head flailing. I love genuinely eccentric old English men. Especially Scholarly ones who didn't go to Public School and have a good old London accent.

The Studios also have a Cinema Club every Tuesday. There's 25 seats, all old mismatched arm chairs. "In homage to the programming of Art House Cinemas of a bygone era". Out of print, rare films from around the World you won't see elsewhere. It's run on donations.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ryan McGinley @Alison Jacques

Saw this tonight. Packed to the rafters.

A new direction for McGinley, but a good one.

Mariscal at the Design Museum

Good show. I had a pin of the 92 Barcelona Olympics mascot, Cobi, when I was 12, so it was nice to see him again.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Not that I'm about to go anywhere near Cardiff. But if I was..

"In Anna Fox's photographs, life often looks like something you might buy in Argos. Her Basingstoke and Work Stations series from the mid-1980s capture Thatcher's Britain as one of crisp, red-brick new builds, low-slung shopping centres and garish, prefab office spaces. Fox's passion is colour; along with Martin Parr, she is one of the early pioneers of fine art colour photography in the UK. The retrospective, Cockroach Diary and Other Stories, opening this week at Ffotogallery in Cardiff, spans the last 28 years of her career. Included are images of village fetes, family shindigs and a collaboration with singer Alison Goldfrapp, alongside autobiographical insights into Fox's relationship with her parents."

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Battersea Power Station by Michael Collins

@ The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Really, really good close ups of all the switchboards inside Battersea. Not so keen on the distance shots, seen them before. Worth checking out. Couldn't actually find any of the images, and the gallery is too open to light and the frames too reflective to get a good shot (actually, that's a fault in the curation of the exhibit, it's hard to see the images), however, I found some random control room pic. Really like Collins' older work in the Rover/Jaguar factories too. Since all those pics belong to the Birmingham Library, they're impossible to find online though.