A visit to Kindred Studios

Kindred artists

A few weekends ago,  in a leafy and quiet London suburb, I followed the chalk arrows to a converted Victorian school building which is now home to 175 artists working in their own studios, as part of Kindred Studios, a new collective working space.

Kindred artists

They opened their doors for visitors to see what different artists were working on. Having seen the open day advertised on Instagram, I thought I would go along as I’m always intrigued by artists who are new to me, and I couldn’t turn down the chance to see photographer and painter Emma Woollard‘s work with my own eyes, rather than on a phone or computer screen.

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At first glance, it was quite daunting to see so many varied-sized spaces being used for such different and creative mediums. Photography, ceramics, fashion, sculpture and painting were all well-represented, as well as there being several art installations.

Kindred artists

I remarked to a fellow open-day goer that the building physically felt like stepping back into high school or sixth form for me, but this was much more exciting, as so many creative possibilities, potential and opportunities seemed to exist in each corridor, enticing you in through their open doors.

Kindred artists

Kindred artist

I loved that it was such a natural building for artists to occupy, even down to the unisex toilets with leftover signs, high ceilings and beautiful big, high windows that let in so much light. Going up each staircase was full of anticipation as you didn’t know what each floor would hold. I was especially entranced by the ladder installation within the stairwells – such a fun use of space!

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On the top floor, there was a bustling crafty market held where I recognised some beautiful work from Ssstutter and Oh Deer, amongst the stallholders.
At first I didn’t have a map, so I enjoyed dipping into different rooms and seeing what caught my eye. I was especially captured by Christine Marchese’s sculptures: who knew you could create such fluidity and sense of movement with clothes pegs? Her work space was so inspiring, too.

Kindred artists

Kindred artists

I started to become quite concerned that I couldn’t find Emma Woollard’s studio, as I knew the day roughly finished at 5pm so time was running out. I found her space tucked away on the top floor in a bright corner and it’s really quite a sight to see her work in person. Having followed her work on Instagram, I knew Emma produced stunning photography as well as the most realistic paintings I have ever seen, where her work capturing people really is quite something to behold.

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 Having been commissioned by the likes of Jonny Lee Miller and Matt Dillon for portraits, her work is in high demand and it was fascinating to see different examples of her  photography and paintings hung up throughout her airy studio, which was decorated with lots of candles and beautiful flowers. I also loved spotting a Jean Michel Basquiat postcard on a beam behind a canvas.

Kindred artists

Even though it is roomy and inviting, with chairs and couches to sit on, it’s still a working space with her oils, brushes and canvases on display, including an ongoing portrait of Sasha that is still in progress. Look at that beautiful hair!

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There are different wall spaces to display her artwork, with some canvases still on their easels, framed photographs hanging on a shiny metal wall and a new triptych of studies of Matt Dillon displayed on a windowsill. I was especially delighted to see those, as I first became aware of Emma’s friendship with Matt Dillon through collecting original photography of him and they were often photographed together in the ’80s.  They are still friends to this day, as he owns several pieces of her work and shares them on his Instagram amongst other art he appreciates.

Kindred artists

Emma’s latest project is ‘In My Portrait Box’, an ongoing photo series where people pose in a narrow box studio, and she was taking photographs throughout the weekend for those who saw her work displayed prominently on the walls and wanted to take part too. I found myself taking part and, spotting that I was nervous, Emma was excellent at coaching me through the particular seating and poses she wanted to capture. She was open and approachable and lovely to speak to.

Kindred artists

In between greeting family and friends, answering queries from interested viewers and taking more photographs, Emma kindly answered some questions for me about her work, her process and her favourite subjects to paint.

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You were a model in the ’80s, did that get you interested in photography and perhaps wanting to be on the other side of the camera?
“I actually initially wanted to be an actress and went to drama school. My family are so creative in film design that I felt I wanted to do something different and fashion is a huge passion of mine, as well as travel. I always dabbled in photography and was a painter’s assistant too, studying at art school.”
Coming from a hugely creative and talented family, did they inspire you?
“I learnt so much from my father, a production designer, my mother, a set designer and sister Timna, an artist. I am equally comfortable in both photography and painting.”
Do you have any favourite subjects and what do you enjoy the most about your art?
“People are my favourite subject to work with. I love capturing their beauty, I see beauty in everyone, I love to bring out their character and personality, as well as capturing vulnerability.”

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How long does the process take, does it differ for your subjects?
“It depends. For children, I use photographs as the basis of the artwork, but for adults, I prefer them sitting, perhaps sessions as short as 20 minutes or up to two hours. I tell people it can take up to two to three months for a finished piece of art but that depends on the background as some backgrounds can be quite elaborate.”
Do you have any future art series or projects, I notice you are working on your ‘In My Portrait Box’ series this weekend?
“Yes, I want to continue with the photography series and eventually turn the ‘In My Portrait Box’ series into a book”.

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It was an honour to visit Emma’s studio, held within the beautiful Kindred building, and see her work in person. I look forward to the In My Portrait Box book coming out – be sure to follow her work on Instagram!

Kindred artists

The Kindred Studios is an amazing place to visit and they are transforming the local creative landscape for artists, inspiring local communities and hosting workshops, growing a community garden and supporting charities.

Basquiat at The Barbican

Basquiat Barbican

One of my goals this year is to try and go to one cultural event each week, whether it be the cinema, theatre, talk or exhibition.  I’m so lucky to be near London so its easy for me to get into town and visit different locations.

Before Christmas, I noticed that the Basquiat exhibition at the Barbican was due to close in a few weeks so I made sure to snap up a ticket for the last week of the exhibition in January.

I must admit I didn’t know a lot about Basquiat so I was hoping to learn something new, I was tempted to do the whole google and wiki learning before the exhibition but I held off as I always felt that a really comprehensive exhibition should be able to tell you about an artist as well as their work on show.  I’m glad I did as I learnt a lot!

Before going, my main take away from Basquiat was that he was a young, black street artist in New York who became the toast of the town with some connection to Andy Warhol and David Bowie. I also knew that Matt Dillon has some of his artwork in his own personal art collection and that he seems to be an influence on Matt’s own artwork so I was intrigued to see Basquiat’s art up close.

The Barbican is such an unusual venue, housed in a Brutal estate in the City of London, its stark concrete houses a hot house of greenery inside as well as exhibition space, gallery and a theatre.

Basquiat Barbican

What’s great about the Barbican exhibition space is that the floor has all these little rooms off a walkway mezzanine so they were able to do themed rooms for different areas of his life, displaying artworks, printed materials like magazine articles (one profile of Basquiat was written by David Bowie himself!), postcards on tables within the rooms, leading back down to his larger artworks and his own reference items on the main floor. Exhibition guides advised us on where to start as we headed up the stairs armed with a map in our mini exhibition guide which detailed which artworks were in each rooms, along with Basquiat’s story.

Basquiat Barbican

My first impressions were energetic colour that draws you in and that Basquiat himself was cute. Shallow I know, but he seemed to have this energy that radiated off him in photos.

Basquiat Barbican

You first head to a room where you learn about how Jean-Michel Basquiat started as a street artist with a friend under the name, SAMO – Same old shit, and they quickly caught the attention of the NYC art press with their brilliantly poetic, witty and barbed tags across NYC. For instance, photographed on a wall outside famous NYC punk store, Trash and Vaudeville, they wrote”SAMO as an end to vinyl punkery” which made me laugh!  I love the distinctive way they wrote the E’s. Love that someone took the time and effort to photograph all the SAMO art they could find around the city, as who would even remember them if they hadn’t photographed them at the time? Really brings home how ephemeral and fleeting the nature of street art can be.

Basquiat Barbican

This developed into selling photocopied collaged and painted postcards, often being chased away from selling outside the Guggenheim museum even though he was able to sell one postcard to Warhol which he was ecstatic about.

As the art world took notice, he very quickly was able to put an exhibition together and they replicated that very first exhibition in one room, with his famous UNTITLED portrait series.

Basquiat Barbican

Other rooms focused on the art life in NYC fused with the emerging club life, with a wall of Polaroids from nights out as well as collaborations with friends. Jean-Michel would DJ at club nights and mingle almongst the up and coming people including Debbie Harry and Grace Jones. Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel became close friends, and collaborated on a few artworks, went on trips to support other artist friends in Europe and supported each others work. I assumed he was gay but he seemed to have various girlfriends who he went on trips with.

Basquiat postcard to Andy Warhol

Sharing a studio with friends led to artwork everywhere, all over the floor, that people would step over,  including a whole fridge that was just tagged all over, even with some Flintstones and Jetsons drawings!

Basquiat Barbican

What I found compelling about Basquiat apart from his sense of humour that came through his art,  was that he couldn’t work in silence, he’d have a radio or music on his boombox or have his television on in the background.

“I’m usually in front of the television. I have to have some source material around me to work off.”

.Surprisingly for a very early 80s guy, he’d already accumulated over 1000 video tapes (including David Lynch’s work!) and a tape player at a time when these were not cheap at all! He seemingly loved to consume everything that caught his interest and put it all together on canvas in his own way. He notably saw Apocalypse Now ten times in one week at the cinema! Sounds like my kinda guy..In all seriousness, I love how he took in everything he enjoyed and put it all together to make artworks based on his self identity, including his famous self portraits .

On the lower level of the exhibition, they showed his own reference library of books with topics like symbols, or African art history, everything that he was intersted in and when you saw those aspects of his education, you can read more into his own work where these motifs repeated. His work may seem primitive or childish at first glance, but actually they can emulate a lot of African folk art and it gives such a deeper meaning to his own artwork. I loved that his mother, Mathilde, took him to lots of exhibitions and museums as a child, he obviously soaked a lot up as he famously said, “I never went to art school. I just looked…” and had various Old Art masters books in his own library. He had a fun artwork with a Young Picasso and old Picasso together which really tickled me, a lot of joy comes out in his artwork, especially with his vivid use of colour and textures.

One of my favourite pieces that was so striking was a very simple, stark self portrait in silhouette.  Lacking the colour of his famous pieces, I found it so compelling and almost emotional to look at?  Plus the imposing frame it was in, housed on a black wall really drew your eye to the image.

Photo credited to Camille Watercolours at her own blog here 

What I love about art is that it is literally so visual and accessible as a deaf viewer, there was a lot to take in. There were a few videos in various rooms, there was one I really wanted to watch that had interviews with Andy and Jean-Michel together and it was lovely seeing them talking together. I wish I’d known what they said but there were only two headphone sets and the exhibition guide in the room said there were transcripts available downstairs but as I went around the rest of the exhibition, I’d forgotten about them. I wish the Barbican had thought to subtitle those videos, because then ten or more people standing around watching one video would gain more insight into what they were saying in a two minute video, rather than just waiting for two people to stop listening and pass the headphones over.

Basquiat Barbican

The gift shop was fantastic with a range of books and artworks replicated on postcards, tote bags, shirts, magnets and even a fancy silk scarf! I picked up an enamel pin of Basquiat’s trademark scribbled crown.  I wish I’d bought the exhibition catalogue but I couldn’t justify it at the time and feel like the exhibition was a full on immersion of his artwork, enough to tide me over.

Basquiat Barbican

Kudos to the Barbican for putting together such a comprehensive and full exhibition with so many different artworks and paraphernalia from Basquiat’s life and career, as well as his life with his friends.  I’m really glad I managed to get a ticket to go!

Basquiat Barbican

Leaving the exhibition, I found a Banksy piece that referenced both Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. outside the Barbican’s famous tunnel walkway. So fitting for a street artist himself to make this tribute!

Basquiat Barbican

I loved that Keith Haring was a contemporary of his and a friend. I knew Keith Haring’s name and artwork growing up so I was quite surprised that I hadn’t learnt more about Basquiat in the past, but it seemed he shone brightly but for a limited time due to his drug addiction that sadly claimed his life in 1988.

A few days after the exhibition, I stumbled across a new series on Sky, called AUCTION, showcasing modern and contemporary art auctions at Sothebys and Christies. In the very first episode, Sotheby’s auction off an Untitled 1982 piece from Basqiaut, a lovely large colourful piece, an art consultant says how he looked at it in person for so long, he felt like he left with “his eyes bleeding”. Gasps of disbelief rippled through the auction room as bidding opens at 57 million dollars. These auction audiences are not newbies, many of them would be seasoned veterans of the auction world as collectors, buyers and sellers alike.  The audience’s phones were out to capture the last bid as the Basquiat Untitled 1982 went to a Japanese bidder, for 98 million. Ooof, imagine the commision fees on top!   ….. I checked….. $110.5 million all in total. Wow.

It had originally been bought by a collector in 1984 for $19,000. No wonder people go into art for investment purposes!

It was quite emotional after having seen the depth and range of his artwork on exhibition, to see a piece be sold off and for so high. I hope the buyer displays it proudly somewhere for people to see and I wonder how Basqiuat  himself would have reacted?

Basquiat Barbican

A look back at Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Crying Men

Tim Roth Crying

For international Men’s Day, I thought I would mark the occasion by posting a few of my favourite photos from  a series, Men Crying, by acclaimed film maker and photographer, Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Daniel Craig Crying
Daniel Craig Crying

From 2002 to 2004, after Sam had battled breast cancer, as an ‘exorcism of tears‘ she photographed actors crying, a mix of old Hollywood actors as well as young up and coming actors at the time. It was a revealing look at some actors you may not have seen cry on screen and raises questions about how masculine vulnerability is portrayed on screen, as well as how society has drummed it into men not to cry.

Forest Whitaker Crying

When I first saw the series, the most striking image to me was Michael Madsen’s. I had always known him as the tough guy, the heavy, so it was different to see him more vulnerable, even more so with his fingers splinted.

Michael Madsen Crying

International Men’s Health Day raises awareness of issues that men face, focusing on male awareness and improving attitudes towards mental health as suicide is the largest cause of death for men under 45.  Campaigns spread awareness of testicular, prostate and breast cancer as well as highlighting positive role models.

Laurence Fishburne Crying

As time goes on, I hope men will find it easier to talk about their feelings, open up with their concerns about their own health and get the help they need.

Robin Williams Crying

Here are some links for more information, services and helplines. 

The Calm Zone – Campaign Against Living Miserably

The Samaritans – Small Talk Saves Lives

Prostate Cancer UK – Stop Prostate Cancer Being A Killer

Testicular Cancer Research UK – Let’s Beat Cancer Sooner

Images sourced from Sam Taylor-Johnson’s website. 

Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick : A flashback!

As the weather gets brighter, it’s always nice to look forward to exhibitions being held in London over the summer months.

As it’s a cool bank holiday weekend, I thought I would look back at an innovative exhibition I visited last year, as I want to share some of the amazing installations they had.

                                       DAYDREAMING WITH STANLEY KUBRICK

 

I loved seeing all the different art forms, especially themed around Kubrick’s movies and career.
I’ve often wished we would have a permanent gallery in London, to feature artists with themed briefs like these, such as Gallery 1988 in NYC and LA. Going through their exhibit pages is always a joy.
The only closest thing I can think of is Little White Lies doing an exhibit of Victorian inspired art on Guillermo Del Toro’s films when promoting Crimson Peak.
Somerset House also did a shortlived screenprint art exhibition themed on their outdoor summer screenings slate, so I hope they do that again this year as I missed it last year! Cassandra Yap’s Dracula print is a thing of beauty.
It was a beautiful sunny day when I walked up to Somerset House which really is a fantastic venue for exhibitions, with lovely rooms off long corridors. I was lucky enough to get a ticket for one of the last days it was on and I’m glad I had the chance to see this in person.

 

Entering the corridors was eerie as straight away, you were transported into Kubrick’s film worlds with the overlook carpet winding all around the corridors. Totally a hit on Instagram!

 

The pile of fireplaces was creepy and the radios scattered all along the corridors, I think were emanating static noises?

 

One room had lots of different artwork on the walls, a taxidermy piece inspired by A Clockwork Orange, a Harland Miller artwork and a huge wall dedicated to a Kubrick baby photo, with a quote “the most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent…”

My favourite of the hanging art prints were the Clockwork Orange print as well as this Full Metal Jacket one.

One room that I kept going back to was the teddy bears room, with two giant teddy bears dressed as a Clockwork Orange Droog and accessorized with Lolita sunglasses and lollipop.

I think it was the neon, I love a bit of neon.

“when you talk about love, you make me feel invisible”

I also loved the shelves with lots of glass, all etched with Kubrick film titles or quotes. I thought this was very effective as well as a metal maze for The Shining.

A ‘breathing’ camera really unsettled me, as well as the lifesize Kubrick wax figure which was tucked away in an alcove, all on its own.

Another more subtle piece that was a favourite, was one that I don’t think many people noticed as it was tucked away in one of the staircases. As you entered, they had lines from The Shining script all around the staircases, interspersed with lights. I wish I could have seen how effective it was in low light, but this was one of my favourite parts of the exhibition!

After this, I was inspired to see more art and make a full day of it, so I trekked to see Jeff Koonz at the Newport Street Gallery, marvelling at this empty mosaic fountain I found along the way.

 

I was not disappointed, look at this beauty of a Balloon Monkey!

 

and the sheer SIZE. I was in awe.

 

I ventured home along the south bank and popped in to the Festival Hall see their “VENTRICLE” artwork by SOFTlabNYC, which had caught my eye from outside. Look at the sheer colours shining in the light, it was beautiful
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I got the train home from Waterloo, where they had installed a giant STAY PUFT marshmallow man breaking through the floor and had slime all over the security cameras, a fun promotion for the new Ghostbusters movie, much along the lines of the Jurassic World raptors promo they did the year before.

 

Somerset House has a lot of fantastic exhibitions and events lined up for this summer, so I look forward to venturing out to a few more!

Meeting Rose McGowan at Cyrcle’s first solo art exhibition in Shoreditch!

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of teen and horror movies and Scream is one of my all time favourites!

A few months ago, actress, singer and newly awarded director Rose McGowan tweeted that she was in town to attend her husband, Davey Detail’s art exhibition and I jumped at the chance to hopefully meet her and check out some new exciting art.

Shoreditch is not one of the easiest places to get to from work but I prevailed, encouraged by Riikka worrying that it would be a closed press night but as I walked up, the warm lights through the open doors beckoned everyone in!

I grabbed a flyer and some stickers and started to look at the art on the walls, as much as I could move around the very packed gallery. (Yes, I love my phone’s panoramic feature!)

There were cocktails handed out in gorgeous mason jars and photographers documenting CYRCLE’s Davey and Rabi as they mingled with the gallery crowd.

The CYRCLE art collective as a whole, consists of three artists, all from very different backgrounds (graffiti, fine art and design) and their work is really striking to look at as it moves from woodprints, stretched canvases and screenprints, to busts on pillars to shadow boxes.

The crowd dispersed a bit when the bar shut down, so thankfully we all had more breathing room to step back and look at the art as a whole rather than being so close your nose is almost touching the frame (a good perspective, but doesn’t work for all pieces!).
I really enjoyed several pieces you can see below, especially the NAKED one and the CYRCLE print is still a instant favourite. I am still tempted to buy a print from the gallery, fingers crossed they still have it! (These images are from a few days later on the weekend, I went back to get some proper photos!)

As I was checking out more of the artwork, I saw Rose talking with friends and fellow gallery goers. I didn’t want to interrupt so I waited until she was heading to a different part of the gallery before saying her name and as she turned to face me, she smiled as she got a glimpse of the Dawn flyers I had printed.

We talked about Dawn premiering at Sundance, she told me it was coming to London and fistpumped with joy and excitement!  Rose showed me some amazing stills from the movie. I cannot wait to see it, it just looks like a true slice of Americana, with gorgeous pastel colours and atmospheric locations.

For Christmas, I’d bought a Scream themed Ghostface necklace from the talented BlackHearts Creative, designed by the marvellously macabre Smokin Tofu    (favourited by Wes Craven!)

I’d brought a spare one along to show Rose in the hopes she may pose for a photo and model it as only she could.  She instantly mentioned how she loved working with Wes Craven and Matthew Lillard and gladly posed for a photo or two! Rose gladly kept the necklace too.

I also got the chance to congratulate Davey on his show and his brilliant artwork. They are a talented couple and just seem to bring out the best in each other.  I look forward to seeing what else they create!

I have my tickets ready for Dawn’s showing in Sundance London, Dawn will be in the Shorts Programme on Saturday and Sunday! Who else is going?

Scott and Olly’s great Silhouettes Showdown!

Oh, I love the Internet, just the fact that you can find, follow, support and interact with talented, creative people who do something you like!

My last Twin Peaks entry left me wondering what Scott Campbell was doing now and was ecstatic to find out he was doing a signing of Great Showdowns at Forbidden Planet the next week!
He wouldn’t be alone either as Olly Moss would be signing his new book too, Silhouettes of Popular Culture.

Just look at that amazing cover on Olly’s book

 and can you name all the movies on Scott’s?

I followed Olly Moss’s work ever since he did that amazing minimalist black and red movie graphic set on Flickr (how much do you love the Indiana Jones one, sigh), that infamous Spoilt shirt and he started doing posters in Empire magazine too.

I couldn’t turn that opportunity down to see the two of them in one place and especially when Scott C emailed to say he was bringing Twin Peaks prints to sell alongside signing his books, I just had to go!
The signing was only for an hour from 6-7pm so I was anxious that I may not get there in time as I finish work at 6.

Luckily Forbidden Planet is just down the road from the office and the queue was starting to wrap around the horror and supernatural romance shelves by the time I stepped down into the basement. So many lurid covers to giggle at.
As I peered around the people nearing the front, I could see the artists themselves taking their time to talk to people, drawing portraits in books, doodling and signing away and how did I never know that Scott C looked like Jason Sudeikis?! Um, helloooo.

I saw a girl in a West Ham scarf manning Scott’s portfolio as people flipped through. Alas I had no cash on me(self, stop doing that) but I was able to reserve the last print of Concentrating on the Js that Scott had in his portfolio, hooray! She kindly took it out and put it in an envelope for me to pick up after the book signing then I carried on waiting in the queue and flicking through the books.

As an 80s pop culture fan, these two books are a total delight, both very striking in their artwork and a real joy for anyone who is a fan of films and artwork. Olly’s book of silhouettes riffs on the art of profile silhouettes by showing the profiles of famous characters from films, television and video games. They are strikingly beautiful and it’s amazing how well Olly is able to get characters down to the bare details.

Great Scott! 
Where’s your brain?

Scott’s Great Showdowns has a more whimsical watercolour take on the showdowns that happen in our favourite films, all with smiley faces painted on.

I feel funky

The cheque’s in the mail!

Lots of people were there for Scott and Olly, I was also hoping that Kate Beaton may make an appearance and had brought her brilliant books, Hark! A Vagrant and Never Learn Anything From History.

I later stood off to the side to purchase my Twin Peaks piece  and saw Kate Beaton talking to Olly!

 I waited to be sure it was her, she introduced herself to someone as Kate and then I managed to catch her eye and ask if she would sign my books? She walked over and said hi as I took my books out, I had one of the original books of History and she was excited to see it, noting that it was one of the original runs and thanking me for taking care of it. We talked a little about history, comics and being in London and she drew a pair of my favourite characters of hers, The Mystery Solvin’ Teens!

Needless to say the signing completely overran and there were lots of happy people clutching their signed books. Thanks to Forbidden Planet for running it all smoothly and to Olly, Scott and Kate for their time and signing so many books and prints! I cannot wait to frame my Twin Peaks art, it is even more beautiful close up.

I popped into Forbidden Planet at lunchtime on Friday to get some more copies of the books as Christmas presents for friends, and was delighted to see a stack of signed Kate Beaton books for sale.
Here are a few of the characters she drew! I really do recommend her Hark A Vagrant book for fans of history and literature, they’re such fun to read.

I love the 80s Power Dressing Woman!

Do you have any favourite webcomics that you recommend? 

Twin Peaks 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition

“Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee.”

Twin Peaks is such a fantastic, off beat and creepy show. Who can forget David Lynch and Mark Frost’s show populated by a cast of delightful characters ranging from Agent Dale Cooper, to the Log Lady and the delicious Audrey Horne?

Too young to see it when it first aired (if it even had a proper showing here?), I’d always heard about this seminal influential show especially as I was an obsessed X-Files fan and got a chance to see it when it was one of the first programmes they ran on Channel 5 when it started here. I still find it so unsettling and funny at the same time. 

I found out about a 20th Anniversary exhibition happening at the Menier Gallery through Twitter and was eager to go, especially since it was on for such a short time. It closed today and the curator (Suet May Ling) herself was in attendance talking to the exhibition attendees about certain pieces on the walls and selling some great looking (but expensive) merchandise. I would have loved to have an RR mug or a Log Lady tee, all officially approved by David Lynch, but not to be. 

Jo came along and we met outside the Southwark Cathedral to make our way to the exhibition. Jo had ‘Poor Man’s Rum’ whilst I had a Chai Latte to fend off the freezing wind. 


 It’s a small exhibition space but the artworks were pleasingly spaced out and ranged from different mediums from printed scarves, oil canvas hangings, photographs, intricate fine paper cuts, framed postcards with inked drawings on the back and large woodcuts. 
At first I wasn’t sure if we could take pictures but we saw others do so with no rebuke, so I took a few snapshots of my favourites. There weren’t any labels with titles of artworks or author so no information unfortunately. 

The creators of Twin Peaks themselves: David Lynch and Mark Frost. (I thinking of him as Mark Snow, heh, that XFiles fangirl side coming through) 

  I remember this one was called ‘Black Lodge’. 

The exhibition was definitely worth seeing and made me remember why I liked the show so much, it really made me want to sit down and watch it all over again!  A few friends have been going through Twin Peaks phases too, check out Riikka’s Lynch themed housewarming

Talking of Twin Peaks and art homages, you can see others here, my personal favourite Twin Peaks artwork is by the brilliant Scott CampbellHe painted this watercolour “Concentrating On The J’s”, which has been my laptop wallpaper ever since I saw it on his blog.

Afterwards, Jo and I explored Borough Market and had lunch next to a ship!
Have you been to any exhibitions lately or have you given yourself a present today?