Monthly Archives: March 2012

Damien Hirst @ The Tate Modern

Damien Hirst For the Love of God

Damien Hirst
4 April – 9 September 2012
A much anticipated exhibition by one of Britain’s most renowned modern artists, Damien Hirst. Tate Modern will present the first substantial survey of Damien Hirst’s work ever held in the UK. Hirst is instantly recognisable for his controversial art that has provoked many a debate. For nearly a quarter of a century Hirst has been on the scene when his first show, Freeze was held in 1988. A good deal of his works will be display at the Tate for a limited time including the ‘For the Love of God’ sculpture. This will sit in the Turbine Hall for all to see, not surprisingly it will be within a chained down glass box as this is the is a life-size platinum cast of an human skull, covered by 8,601
flawless diamonds, inset with the original skull’s teeth. At the front of the cranium is a 52.4 carat pink diamond.

For more information go to: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/damienhirst/default.shtm

Damien Hirst Mother and Child Divided 2007

55 DSL: Studio 55 presents Dragon76

55 DSL Event March 2012

Our friends at 55 DSL, the streetwear offshoot from Diesel had a little party last Thursday (22nd March 2012). So we headed down to Box Park, Shoreditch to pay a visit. Dragon76, graffiti artist from Japan was over to decorate the pop up store with his signature blend of graffiti, manga and Ukiyo-e art. As you’ll see below he uses markers, acrylics and stencils to create large scale paintings a perfect harmony of clothing and art. We also enjoyed a few cans of Oranjeboom whilst the artist was at work. A perfect Thursday night out.

55 DSL Event March 2012

Tate Modern Collective present: Infinite Kusama

Infinate Kusama

The incredibly talented and internationally recognized artist Japanese artist Yayo Kusama is currently exhibiting at The Tate Modern. Her works are groundbreaking and have been for decades.

The exhibition has been running since 9th Febraury and is continues until the 5th June but we wanted to post this week because The Tate is putting on various workshops and events on 24th – 25th March In partnership with the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project and ReCreative UK Online – there’s even a Kusama UV Silent Disco! Take it from us, it’s well worth a visit. We even tested out ‘The Hello Box’ an interactive mirrored box where you can tweet it messages and it will react to different commands. This is what photo we were tweeted back from:’Go Blue and Pixelate’

Kusama Twitter

For more details: http://collectives.tate.org.uk/events/tate-collective-present-infinite-kusama

Rotate, A Contemporary Art Society Exhibition

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The Contemporary Art Society have partnered with ShorList Media to exhibit work from independent artists from the Rotate exhibition series. Artists associated with the Eastside Projects & Grand Union. Eastside Projects is a Birmingham-based exhibition space run by artists and Grand Union is a collection of studios and project space working collaboratively.

From today, ShortList Media on Emerald Street will be exhibiting the work alongside the Contemporary Art Society also on Emerald Street, London by artists: Ruth Claxton and Cheryl Jones present an exhibition of work by artists associated with Eastside Projects and Grand Union; including An Endless Supply, Helen Brown, Chris Clinton, Mark Essen, Juneau Projects, Kelly Large, Joanne Masding, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Rowe, Matt Westbrook and Stuart Whipps.

It’s a great way to use office space in central London and revitalize work spaces, there will be three exhibitions throughout the year and available to view in the Contemporary Art Society office from 9.30 — 17.30 Monday to Friday.
They say “We do not make art for the public, we are the public that makes art and that the artist-run space is not a stop gap. The artist-run space is a public good.”

Mens Fashion: Grenson x Barbour Collaboration

British Heritage brands are going through somewhat of a renaissance at the moment. It comes then as no surprise to find two classic british brands teaming up to produce a limited edition mens footwear collection.

Barbour x Grenson Collaboration

Barbour and Grenson pay homage to their unrivalled histories in this exclusive collaboration. Barbour dates back to 1894, and is a fifth generation family owned business based in South Shields. Grenson meanwhile remains in the same factory in Rushden, Northamptonshire where they first produced Goodyear welted shoes in 1866.

The idea of this collaboration is to encompass the heritage of both brands by creating exceptional quality mens footwear while incorporating elements of both brands signature style. The collection is comprised of four styles including the Marske Sandstone Country Brogue, Egton Burgundy Oxford Brogue and the Acklam Boot.

For stockists please check the Barbour Website here

Converse x Gorillaz ‘DoYaThing’

Gorillaz X Converse Photo

Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration. It’s the year of collaboration it seems!
This next one launched a week or so ago but it’s just too good to miss so we present …

Converse x Gorillaz ‘DoYaThing’ feat Andre 3000 and James Murphy. The track is true Gorillaz style, the video is superb and, oh yeah, the sneakers are pretty dam cool too.

Check out the video here…

and go buy the converse here…

http://www.converse.co.uk/

Peter Doherty for The Kooples

Pete Doherty for The Kooples

Pete Doherty for The Kooples

Pete Doherty for The Kooples

Infamous singer songwriter Peter Doherty has collaborated with uber cool French label The Kooples to produce a line for Spring Summer 2012. The range shares many of the classic characteristics that Doherty has come to make his trademark style, but suprisingly also takes influence from sportswear. We’re pretty sure he hasn’t partaken in much sport but this is a huge trend for this season, so there’s the link! These elements, mixed with The Kooples classicly cool Parisian style makes for an interesting and refreshing collection. It’s been in the pipeline since the Autumn /Winter 2011 collection but due to being ‘banged up’ it delayed the release somewhat. So the eagerly awaited line goes on sale on the 14th March.

To preview the collection go to http://www.thekooples.co.uk/peter-doherty.html

Marni for H&M Collection

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Italian fashion brand Marni, known for their idiosyncratic prints and vintage inspired shapes, have collaborated with well known brand H&M to bring us high street clothing with a twist. Launched in the UK today, check out the menswear line for a super-sleek coat at £99.99 or a shirt with a difference at only £34.99. It’s bound to be a sell out so act fast and head down to you local H&M or go online now. Its not often you get to buy Marni at these prices…

Check out the collection here now

Mens Fashion: Norse Projects x ELKA x La MJC

Norse Projects x ELKA x La MJC
The latest menswear collaboration from Danish fashion brand Norse Projects sees them team up with French creative Agency La MJC to celebrate the agencies 10 year anniversary.

The mens jacket is La MJC’s take on the classic ELKA parka, sporting the classic red, white and blue of the French national flag, a homage to their Parisian heritage.

La MJC was founded in Paris in 2001 by Michael Dupouy and Julien Wagner. Using their immersion in street culture, they have consulted numerous companies over the past decade and created a name for themselves through a variety of mediums.

Norse Projects x ELKA x La MJC

The ELKA Parka is a somewhat of a Norse Projects stallwart and ever present in their menswear collection. Here we see the mens jacket take on a slightly shorter length but retain the classic parka 4 pocket frontage.

The usual features come as standard, zip-up front with concealed press stud fastening, draw cord hood and breathable liner.

A nice addition to any wardrobe. Available on-line at Norse Project Store.

Film: Avengers Assemble

Avengers AssembleWith the summer blockbusters soon to be arriving on a cinema screen near you we took the opportunity to share one of the most hyped following the release of the latest trailer. Avengers Assemble, as its now known, is the latest in a long list of Marvel comics to hit the big screen.

Due out in May 2012 and staring a whole host of A-List celebrities Avengers Assemble sees the likes of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jnr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) fight to save the world from yet another bad guy set on destroying humankind.

Lets be honest though guys, the real reason we’ll be paying the £10 entrance fee is to see Scarlett Johansson in a tight fitting lycra body suit! She’s also a very good actress, lets not get hung up on the ‘fit’ factor!