Monday, 14 April 2014

Monday Mixtape # 28 - Audio Vavafesto 6!

Todays mixtape come from VaVa Records, an interesting mix kicking off with Radiohead and my current favourites Future Island. Ill need to try and get a track list as there's some gems in this mix and an awesome way to start the week!

Friday, 11 April 2014

'Preserve Print' @ Peacock Visual Arts!

Preserve Print is that beautiful calm before the storm when 4th year printmaking students from Grays School of Art get to show off their work in a pre degree show show. The pressure is probably just starting to build up as dissertations are handed in and work begins on the final push for June but the pre degree show is time to take stock and look at the story so far. 

The walls in Peacocks reception gallery are adorned with works ranging from traditional prints, patch works and sculptural pieces. Print makers seem to have a knack for pushing the boundaries of what print making can be and this years troupe are no exception. Along with the current 4th years you can view work from the current Graduates in Residence Lauren & Kirsty who stayed on at Grays for an extra year to use the facilities and produce new work, you can check out photos from their own mini exhibition in the Grays reception here

As always there's some great work on display with the circular string piece and the giant tapestry pieces mixing things up nicely along with the strange broken checked rock like landscapes. You can check out work from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 pre degree shows by clicking on the dates and make sure to check out this years show in person at Peacock Visual Arts. Congrats to all the students on a great opening night and a fun show!

The Adelphi Lane Mural & Sir David Gill Exhibition!

A few weeks ago some artists from the Owlcat Artist Collective were commisioned to create a special mural for the Adelphi Lane. The Adelphi Lane has often been overlooked but thanks to the Adelphi Kitchen and some forward thinking city folk the lane has become an attraction both for the eyes and the belly, just check out their facebook page!

At first I wasn't that fond of the mural in progress but as the artists started to fill in the blanks it came together nicely and really does show off some of Aberdeen's rich heritage. One bug bear I have though is that none of the news outlets who covered the story really mentioned Sir David Gill who appears in the mural. A prominent astronomer and pioneer of navigation techniques for his time, Gill is someone from Aberdeen's history who should be celebrated and has been with the Maratime Museum exhibition celebrating his life in Aberdeen and his achievements. The show closed at the end of March but was on while the murals were being painted just a minute up from the museum but none of the news outlets mentioned this, and if I had pulled my finger out I might have been able to write this sooner. You can still check out the special booklet produced by the Maratime about Sir David Gill available for download here.

Moans aside its great to see a fresh use of public space that can hopefully lead to more opportunities for public art of this nature and a better use of boarded up buildings and dead space like the old E&Ms building next to Jamie's Italian or the mega wall now surrounding the old council head quarters site!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Beyond the Square - Instagrams # 1!

I think most people have an instagram account now and although its a great app its starting to suffer from the same problems which make Facebook so annoying, constant selfies, photos of your dinner and the usual self myth making photos that are supposed to make us feel envious. In Stu & Shelly's case this is true, I am super jealous of their amazing trip to Japan and its a delight to share in it with them, the robot restaurant being a highlight so far!

I go through quite a love hate relationship with social media often ascribing narcisistic tendencies to every one and anyone but usually this is not the case. Sometimes people just like to share what they're doing, where they've been and how they got there. Artists, makers, tattooists, graffiti writers, travelers and friends all make up the range of people I follow and enjoy up dates from. So instead of sitting in my hermit hole bemoaning about it I'm going to embrace it by sharing a selection of snaps and videos from the past few weeks which have inspired me and give a glimpse of whats going on in Aberdeen and beyond!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

'The Great Tapestry of Scotland' @ Aberdeen Art Gallery!

If 65,000 hours worth of work created using over 300 miles of wool documenting 420 million years of Scottish history spread across 160 panels sounds appealing then you might want to nip along to Aberdeen Art Gallery!

Latest exhibition 'The Great Tapestry of Scotland' is on display for all to marvel at and marvel you will! From the early days when Scotland was nothing more than a slab of rock through the med-evil times to the industrial revolution, the canals and shipping, the battle of Bannock burn right up to the imminent Scottish Independence referendum its all carefully document across the 160 panels which make up the tapestry. Each panel depicts specific events or persons whom contributed to Scotland's incredibly rich history, showing how inventive and creative a nation we had and will hopefully continue to nurture if we gain indiependence! Yep, I will be voting yes as I believe we have a great country with a lot to offer, you just have to look at our history to see that.

The project involved stitchers from across the land grouping together to work on individual panels making the tapestry not only one of the biggest ever made but also one of the biggest community arts projects ever undertaken in Scotland! The full list of stitchers can be seen here. Initiated by author Alexander McCall Smith, the project has taken 2 years to complete and is a remarkable piece of work with many insightful facts, each rendered in careful stitches.

The tapestry is travelling across the country for all to see and will be in Aberdeen Art Gallery until the 19th of April so make sure you see it. Just don't bring a can of juice in with you or else you will be made to leave at the reception, I made this mistake once and never again!