We haven't been completely idle, though, in fact we did start the three week period with one of those days out that I've just been saying we don't do in the winter ....
We headed up to London (it was a Sunday = free parking = cheap day out! at least theoretically) on an art gallery spree.
Death: A Self-Portrait.
From the blurb : a fascinating exhibition showcasing some 300 works from a unique collection devoted to the iconography of death and our complex and contradictory attitudes towards it. It was absolutely amazing.
Unfortunately they were super strict with the 'no photos' rule inside the exhibition, but there are plenty on that link above. And here's one I stole from t'interweb of the brilliant (and huge - am guessing they made that woman stand there for scale as she looks a little awkward :) ) plasticine skull. Totally makes me want to go and play with plasticine.
I got two fab books there too:
The other book consists of oversized (about 8" x 10") Day of the Dead themed woodcut print postcards. I will use some of these for postcrossing, but keep the rest.
And the kids bought themselves little teddies of the MRSA super bug and E Coli :) Like you do :)
Our next stop was the Pure Evil gallery in Shoreditch for this show:
If the name 'Pure Evil' rings a bell, then you might remember him from the street art episode of the Apprentice...
The New York Kings show was excellent, featuring many of the seminal NYC graffiti writers from the 70s/80s - taking their tradition of subway art into a gallery setting with spraypainted artwork on NY subway maps.
The gallery also had lots of little people still in residence from the recent Pablo Delgado show, and some work by Roa and Herakut, along with stuff by the eponymous gallery owner himself.
|The little details are what makes Pablo Delgado's stuff so cool, like the shadows on the gravel. These guys are tiny, just a couple of inches high|
Mr Pure Evil actually turned out to be a really nice chap, he happily chatted away to us and the kids for ages, and was nothing like he came across on t'telly. Just shows how they edit people to make them look like idiots for the sake of entertainment! Not that he minded - he said that he sold so much stuff on his website overnight after the show went out, that he thought there was an error when he checked his bank account the next morning :)
And I ended up completely blowing my budget by buying one of his hand-finished prints (ie one he's coloured in a bit) - so imagine this one but with some red hand coloured bits:
It's totally fab, printed on vintage paper, limited run of 100, one of the other 99 is in the V&A's permanent collection, no less! (I didn't find that out until after I'd bought it)
I need to find an affordable frame for my one (it's a fair size, about 3 foot tall, so that's going to be quite a challenge) and then I can take a proper picture of it.
I love it!
Next stop on our arty tour was the Urban Masters show in Shoreditch:
The line up for this one was impressive:
Bom.K - Blo - Brusk - Gris1 - Jaw - Kan - Sowat - Lek - Roa - David Shillinglaw - Zezão - Sweet Toof - Blek Le Rat - Ron English - Mac1 - Matt Small - Alexandros Vasmoulakis - El Mac - C215 - Joe Black - Seen - Risk - Remi Rough - Sixeart - Zevs - Mentalgassi - Nick Gentry - The London Police - StinkFish - Rone - Banksy - Kid Zoom - Nick Walker - Shepard Fairey
And it was really well laid out - biiiiiiiig artworks with excellent lighting to really show them off.
My favourites were this one by Rone (mainly because I liked the reflection in the car window)
This amazing, huge, portrait of Chairman Mao by Joe Black, made from thousands of little toy soldiers:
and the portraits by Nick Gentry painted onto floppy disks. Fantastic!
|I love Dscreet's omnipresent owls|
|Not new, but we hadn't spotted this one before as it was down a side street - by El Mac|
|a new Stik man|
|My favourite of 4 or 5 Anthony Lister pieces we spotted - he's been on a roll recently in London!|
|Angelic me :) Not sure who painted these lovely wings|
|....and not the best photo as it was dark by this point, but I love this collaboration piece from Bom.K and Liliwenn (plus more owls :) )|
That was a long old day with lots of walking and so much eye candy I thought my brain would explode :) But we all had a great time, and slept soundly that night.
Other assorted happiness inducing things from the last three weeks:
- Wildcats cupcakes and ice skate cookies for sale at the ice hockey game, I wish they did these every week
- My Battlestar Galactica series 4 DVDs arrived just in time, as I only had one episode left from series 3 to watch - and best of all, they didn't cost me a penny as I paid for them with Amazon vouchers earned by doing marketing surveys online
- Getting my postcards made in time and posted on the dot for iHanna's autumn postcard swap - I have already started to receive cards back from, so far, Canada and America
Cleo Mussi - I loved the spaceman in the window and the phrenology heads
- I've got most of my christmas shopping done. Haven't wrapped a single thing, but almost everything has at least been ordered.
- Viva Las Vegas's amazing Black Friday sale - 10% off everything plus FREE international shipping. I couldn't resist that! So here are my lovely new stamps.
(I have no idea what I'm going to do with the egg baby! but I'm sure it will come in useful one day :) )
- The Secret of Crickley Hall, a ghost story in three parts on BBC - I really enjoyed this - and not only because the yummy Gary from Miranda was in it, although that didn't hurt :) Also starring in this one - as the super cute youngest daughter of the haunted family - was little Pixie Davies (you might have also seen her in Oreo adverts), who is the younger sister of one of my son's classmates at school. She is so adorable :)
- Swindon Wildcats beating Manchester Phoenix decisively in one of the most entertaining games of hockey I've seen so far this season
- my eldest son finally getting hold of the t-shirt that I bought his girlfriend months ago from ebay for her birthday - they sent the wrong one and getting it exchanged has grown into the saga to end all sagas, but it is finally resolved! (he had to actually go to their premises in person in the end after weeks of being fobbed off)
- a trip to the Toby Carvery - so. much. fooooood. made my tummy hurt but it was all worth it :)
- scoring an old anatomy textbook via Freecycle complete with all sorts of cool diagrams - excellent collage fodder
Featuring magazine asking if they can use a circle journal entry of mine in issue 3 (out soon) - so if you happen to buy a copy, look out for my name :)
- on a related note, Marit announcing this year's song list for her Top 2000 Blog Party which I'm hoping to contribute lots to as it was great fun last year
- Finding a super cool "sheep's skull on a stick" at TK Maxx of all places - I had to have it! Am going to give it a bit of a makeover - watch this space :)
|Photobombed by grumpy cat|
|this "lake" in Cirencester is the road I usually drive along on my way home from work ....|
- I won an ebay auction for some really cool (and super hard to get hold of) stamps - postal not rubber :) I had to search in French and everything. Was amazed I still remembered the word 'timbres' from school.
- a trip over to Bristol on a Friday night after work to see my middle son Darby, and also to visit yet another street art gallery for a double book signing event.
The artists were Bristol legend Cheo (Jay's a big fan, that's his Egghead book <--), and the creator of the Bristol-a-saurus, Andy Council, who has brought out a cool colouring book featuring many of his popular mural designs:
- treating myself to some new spray paints and caps while we were there
- a fantastic all you can eat buffet meal in Bristol city centre with Darby after the book signing. It was a lot of fun being out in town on a Friday night, instead of slumped on the sofa watching Come Dine With Me marathons which is what we usually do :)
I think that's everything - and I am seeing a pattern - it seems that almost all of the things Rocking My World this time around involved me spending money - oh my poor, poor bank account!
In a minute I'm going to link this up over at Rocking Your World Friday HQ - aka Virginia's blog. This will be my penultimate link up of 2012 (or the last one if the Mayans are right....) - hasta la vista Rockettes!