Monthly Archives: August 2013

Venn Street Market

Today I visited the Venn Street Market to get my veggies and a little lunch. I love food markets, their vibrancy, the fresh products, and the choice. My two favourites from today are M Moen and Son’s the butchers and A G Brockman’s organic veggies.
Here are a couple of pictures! If you get a chance go down, great food and great atmosphere!

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“Venn Street Market (Clapham High Street)
The newest market in town, now found by the cinema on the recently spruced up Venn Street by Clapham Common tube. Open every Saturday from 10am – 4pm, this market is a great pit stop for a quick lunch plus some tasty morsels for the evening’s dinner.”

From http://www.loveclapham.com/clapham-markets.

For more information check out the website http://www.vennstreetmarket.co.uk/

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Saturday addiction 4 – glass

Today’s addiction is a few picture from the glass room at the V and A. To start with this area is worth a visit as it is usually quiet and peaceful and full of display cabinets brimming with glass from every era and place you can think of!

Why I like glass? I love how light brings it to life and colour can be used. I like how form and function work together. Finally, a few years ago I took a days class in blowing glass and found out how incredible hard it is! So my third reason is respect for the fragility of the material and the patients of the maker.

Here are four examples of work on show in the glass room that i especially liked. If you get a chance go and visit and let me know what you think!

By David Reekie, “Captive Audience?”, 2000

20130830-081901.jpgBy Toots Zynsky, “Dondolante Serena”, 2000

20130830-082036.jpgSelection of Swan neck bottles from Iran,19th century.

20130830-082214.jpgBy Dale Chihuly “Deep blue and bronze Persian set”, 1999

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© http://www.sophiemayer.com Images were taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum of their pennant collection.

Saturday addiction 3 – form and function

DAVID BROOKS: PICNIC GROVE

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I love how at first it looks like a bunch of picnics tables together but the closer you get, and more you look you see that they have been altered to fit the environment, with holes for the trees to grow through. Longer or shorter legs to allow for the altering height of the ground.

I find this work exciting, because next time I go it will be completely different, the trees will grow into the work. I love this work because it has a job to do, for people to sit and share food, and talk, and be. It is a great example of function and concept coming together to make something lovely.

What do you thing?

What the gallery has to say
“Through his immersive sculptural installations David Brooks explores different perceptions and interactions with nature.

As part of the Cass Sculpture Foundation’s new Fields Programme, Brooks has created ‘Picnic Grove’, a sprawling work built out of custom-made outdoor wooden furniture and spread over the entire 18,000m of the Deer Hut Field. The dozens of picnic tables and garden chairs are constructed in an interlocking manner, with trees heedlessly growing through the furniture like opportunistic weeds. As the picnic tables traverse the field and impose themselves on the landscape, the trees perforate the structures like a verdant grove, creating ambiguity as to which is dominant.

While visitors are encouraged to utilise the installation for communal enjoyment, they will also find themselves negotiating the playful interruptions created by the erratic placement of the trees, fostering a similar sense of ambiguity as to who is imposing on whom.”

Saturday addiction 2 – a space for thought

SEAN HENRY: FOLLY (THE OTHER SELF)

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I found there was something really appealing about this work. It made me want to go up and interact with it. The figures are so life like in features, but out of proportion, they are bigger than they should be, it makes it quite uncomfortable, slightly intimidating, or belittling. The “folly” is not what you would think of as a folly. It is modern, minimal, constructed, and personal.
I felt like I was in a time with this person, going through a day, or a period of anxiety, or stress, unable to sleep or stay still. It made me feel this person had moved around the room trying to settle. Here are a few shots of my Mum being a sport and posing in some other options for the figures position.

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This work functions well in the outdoor space. It gives the idea of being alone in the woods with your thoughts, rather than in a sterile gallery space that, for me, would be more about clinical processing of thoughts; or in an urban environment, that would be about being alone amongst people/others.

What do you think?

What the gallery website has to say:
INFORMATION

A folly is usually a decorative building or structure with no discernable use or explicit raison d’être. Its place in our utilitarian world is ambiguous, often used during the latter part of the Twentieth century as places for contemplation and leisure. In Henry’s ‘Folly’ we are presented with a seemingly exposed scene depicting aspects of an anonymous man’s daily life.

The viewer becomes the voyeur in this slightly uncomfortable exchange of lived realities. Much of Sean Henry’s work extorts notions of scale and proportion in order to confuse and displace the viewer, forcing them to become unsure of who or what is the right size.

As Tom Flynn describes in his book about the artist: “The viewer is invited to contemplate the significance of the life of this unknown man surrounded by his quotidian objects.” The seemingly antiquated place of the folly is rediscovered and re-interpreted through Henry’s postmodern interpretation of reality and reflection.”