Archive for the ‘exhibitions/galleries’ Category

Chloé Attitudes

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

My time in Paris a few weeks ago happily coincided with the opening of the Chloé Attitudes exhibition at Palais de Tokyo. One of my favourite fashion houses in one of my favourite museum spaces, obviously I was there on day one, with bells on, etc etc. The exhibition has a surprisingly small footprint, but packs in a hell of a lot from Chloé’s 60 year archive, cleverly curated by the brilliant Judith Clark (curator of the Anna Piaggi Fashion-ology at the V&A back in 2006, that I loved so much that I still think about it 6 years later). As well as sketches and photographs, the looks are presented thematically, not chronologically, which really accentuates the agelessness and easy wearability that has defined the brand throughout the decades. Chloé founder Gaby Aghion is actually credited with pioneering the concept of Ready to Wear (prêt-à-porter that is), which to my shame I didn’t know prior to this exhibition. Thanks Gaby!

The exhibition closes on the 18th of November, catch it if you can. Highly recommended.

Queen of the polka dots

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

On tuesday I went to the press viewing of the brilliant new Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Tate Modern. Showing over six decades of Kusama’s works across 14 rooms, there is a sampling of everything from painting, sculpture and collage to film and installation.

The standout rooms are definitely the “environments” I’m Here, but Nothing (a small furnished room covered in hundreds of glowing stickers under a black light) and the aptly named Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of life. At the risk of sounding incredibly overdramatic – it was beautiful, magical and made me feel like I wanted to have a small joyful cry. The photos and the short shaky video below don’t come close to showing how epic it is and I can’t seem to describe how it felt without making it sound like something from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. So if you can, go and experience it for yourself. The whole exhibition gives an excellent overview of Kusama’s prolific body of work and is definitely worth a visit (though if you have cluster phobia then you might want to take room 10 at some speed and with eyes averted!)

The exhibition opens today and runs until the 5th of June.

Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern from Kris Atomic on Vimeo.

(photos/video/ illustration by me)

This Will Kill That

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

I meant to post about my degree show This Will Kill That straight after it happened in July, but that night I got terribly ill and spent the next few days in bed with what ended up being swine flu. So I got a bit sidetracked and forgot all about it. But better late than never, some pictures of the private view and a tiny sample of the work on show. The space was really great, an old office building I think? It was huge, room after room and all exposed brick and a bit dungeon like. Pretty shabby, but in a good way.

(Ben Mobbs)

(Hannah Wilmot)

(Hannah Wilmot)

(Will Marshall)

(Amy Beaumont)

(Clara Lacy)

my work

(Abigail Liparoto)

All photos by Andrew Kendall.