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Crisis Commission // Somerset House

The Crisis Commission collectively brought notable artists in sequence to advertise the issue of homeliness in today’s society. Every performer’s approach to the phenomenon was like chalk and cheese. Some had a deeper liaison to the issue than others, in terms that the artists themselves have experienced it.

However, the hardships of the people without a roof under their heads were understood equally. Paintings, installations that are from top to bottom inimitable and delicate work of arts, declare the identical message. From Italian, African, French revolution’s (1968) inspired proverbs (Nathan Coley) that were exploited, to genuine stories that artists have stumbled across. Few artists seized function of medium and retold stories of the people. In fact, William James West’s painting had an impact on homeless man that was beaten up. The culprits after seeing the work of W. J. West’s apologised.

Nika Neelova has chosen the model of the doors and the far-fetched number of them that are closed to the homeless. Yinka Shonibare’s installation articulates that the magnitude of the ‘luggage’ people living on the streets have on their shoulders is tough to balance and ultimately will fall.

Overall, artists raised the issue with their means and sent a message to the society. The event was not only to make a notice of the problem, but also to collect funds on auction at Christie’s on 3 May.

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Wanderlust // Bearspace

Fresh from the success of their work in Brave New World at London Art Fair 2012, artists Jane Ward and Reginald S. Aloysius have joined together to create new show Wanderlust which opened at Bearspace last Friday to a swarm of avid spectators.

Capturing, thought-provoking objects d’art of both Jane Ward and Reginald S. Aloysius made me realize the essence of the title. Indeed, I felt like I was wandering, with a desire to find out more about the amazing artifacts. In fact, the artists’ themselves were stimulated by traveling and the word wanderlust actually means a strong desire for voyage. R. Aloysius works are made on MDF (medium-density fibreboard). The artist shared that he used nearly 20 coats of white paint and that the graphite to shade was utilized. His engraved strokes, painted with colour, were inspired by traditional Indian saris and it appears that fundamentally Aloysius’ work explores themes of lost traditional values in multinational communities.

J. Ward art pieces are based on hierarchy of the memories. Some parts of her work are indistinct, scattered, unlike others, which point out that the memories are fading or vice versa. Her dreamlike pieces are made by the technique of layering digital print, then carefully removing the surface ink. The artist noted that she is inspired by natural calamities, such as cunamies and tornados. Overall, the pieces of art of both artists’ transfer the viewer to the world of wander and exploration. One can clearly see what authors of the art want to state, but at the same time a place for interpretation is left as well. Wander and lust.

72 Dots Per Inch

One of the recent exhibitions called ’72 Dots Per Inch’ which takes place in KK Outlet offers audience a glimpse to Ill Studio’s work. The graphic designs made by Ill Studio are inspired by today’s omnipresent phenomenon – the Internet. The content of the Internet flabbergasts the artists… The option of coalescing and experimenting with bits and pieces that do not have correlation is one of the most thrilling fractions, which aid into creating bizarre, but at the same time action-packed world of the Web. The exhibition’s originality takes the spectator out of the context to the absolute absurdness and greatness. From the picture of Rocky Balboa’s character (acted out by Sylvester Stallone) located on the floor to a fluctuated image of a pineapple. Moreover, a video of peculiar clips mashed up collectively is introduced to the audience. Apparently, the animated gif refers to the amateurism of the YouTube’s culture.

Overall, exhibition boasts of its originality and uniqueness, forcing the viewer to leave his or hers comfort zone and explore unseen sides of the Internet.

Brainwashed at the exit of the giftshop

Battle field: Opera Gallery, enemies: my friend and Mr. Brainwash (pseudonym for Thierry Guetta). Wait a minute, wait a minute … Let’s take a glance at the prologue. Why was I struggling? Well, I was just very skeptical about the visit to the glamorous gallery in the same kind of area, but my friend was very persistent so I decided to give up. I can tell you, that sometimes surrender can be more productive than a battle won. I realized that the battle was lost even before putting a leg inside, because before entering the gallery we were welcomed by one of Mr. Brainwash’s works, which immediately captured my heart.

The gallery itself has a small capacity, but the scope of Mr. Brainwash is inversely proportional to the size of the gallery. Mr. Brainwash’s works clearly can not be compared with the National Gallery’s cherished portraits painted professionally, but it’s not even worth the comparison, because it’s totally two different worlds, hence the comparison would be immoral and moronic (in the same way how it is ridiculous arguing about science and religion). Artist’s works can cause outrage or admiration, but whether one or the other, the most intriguing point is that the work of his leaves a titanic effect on the observer. We took awhile there, quite long enough, because there we looked deeper, esteemed the technique of the artist, tried to reveal the hidden messages and looked for undisclosed purpose of the work. Thierry Guetta employs famous artistic and historic images, many of which are copyrighted and changes the originals in the slight or spreads across the ways, which is similar to Banksy’s style. At first I was confused and asked myself if this is somehow related to Banksy. Well, it was but never mind that, because both of them are equally amazing.

Enjoyed my theoretical meeting with them at the gift shop’s exit.