Archive for January, 2012
In Thrall To Wallpaper
January 23rd, 2012

A.W.N. Pugin, Wallpaper, ca. 1840-1844

The great Gothic revivalist Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin had a long, illustrious name and a short, illustrious life. I watched an engrossing BBC 4 documentary about his life last night and although his buildings (including Big Ben and much of Westminster) were mind-blowing works of art, I wanted to post a picture of his garish, complex wallpaper that dominated the hallway to his own (self-designed) house. Although he was shy of blowing his own trumpet, professionally, in his own home, he created a monument to his skills and talent – his design features a black bird from his own coat of arms and his motto, ‘en avant’ – ‘move forward’!

Hume-rous
January 18th, 2012

Gary Hume, Pink Rent, 2011

I was reading about Gary Hume, whose glossy surfaces I’ve always admired, in the Guardian newspaper. He’s a straight-down-the-line sort of chap and so are his paintings, to a certain extent, but there’s a richness and resonance that underpins them. These flowers appear to revel in their own plasticity.

Holter-geist
January 16th, 2012

Julia Holter – Marienbad from RVNG Intl. on Vimeo.

Ghostly yet perky, like a pop Meredith Monk (i.e. still not pop).

Feeling Peaky
January 4th, 2012

Oh Audrey!