Hello, thanks for reading and Happy New Year.
I thought this year I would include a post every month that would be filled with exhibitions, music or randomness that I have stumbled across within the month and that has helped me in someway to relax or get out of a creative funk!
This has largely come about due to being somewhat 'stuck' since last September, which was the last time I actually shot a meaningful project orientated frame. The back end of 2015 was thankfully so busy and being Freelance, I was so aware that the Jan/Feb would be quiet that I chucked myself into as much work as possible to get through those months. This has obviously meant a knock on effect to the creative project side-also the weather has been a sea of grey grey grey, with the odd raindrop or million. So, sometimes I seek creativity elsewhere to get me back inspired and thought it might be nice to share: here is the first "Run Down" of 2016:
"The World Goes Pop" at The Tate Modern - Not having great reviews in the press, It didn't take long to realise why that was. Whilst it felt like it was covering up a lot of cracks by painting the walls brighter colours than the paintings themselves it was still interesting to see Pop Art from countries like Peru, Israel, Argentina, Japan, Brazil and Eastern Europe. Like it or loathe it, I've never walked out of an exhibition not feeling creatively invigorated.
Vinyl digging - Back in December 2015 I found a rare original press of Charles Mingus 'Blues and Roots' LP and Mingus' song "Moanin" has really got me back heavily into jazz. "Moanin" was/is constantly on my headphones as I pushed my way round the torturous London transport system. I've always loved jazz music, but I sort of dipped in and out of it for years. Purchasing a new turntable last year (all my DJ equipment was stolen some 15years ago and I never replaced it) has kickstarted an old habit. But January was filled with Miles Davis Quintet's "Nuit sur les champs-élysées (Take 2)" from the "Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud" soundtrack (the re released CD version) of which a 1974 US Mercury Original also found its way into my collection. Toe tapping, beautiful, pensive and more importantly makes my brain calm and the thoughts flow.
Youtube Flicking : Rhiannon Giddens - multi instrumentalist and power box vocalist hailing from North Carolina who made the hairs on my neck stand on end on Jools Hollands New Years Eve BBC2 show:
Photography Link - originally shared by @ShotbyShaun on Twitter (who always seems to find and post links to incredible photo series) this beautifully shot period of New York just sung to me. We've tried to sum up exactly why we all love them; simpler times, less gadget focused, undeveloped.....or just great photography.
The Monthly Quote - "Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson is an American experimental performance artist, composer and musician who plays violin and keyboards and sings in a variety of experimental music and art rock styles" (Wikipedia page) She was being interviewed on Radio6 and was talking about art, frustration and the ability to change ourselves.
Until Next Time