the seagram murals [average dimensions a couple of metres or so] reduced to fridge magnets! someone has a sense of humour in the souvenir department.
also - the 'black on grey' series - the last works rothko made - are surely pictures of the moon. a room full of these is like being in moonbase alpha looking through windows onto the lunar surface. and they were painted in 1969-1970. consider:
how can he not have been aware of these photographs [which were on my bedroom wall in 1969]. it would be a great stunt to make a cutout of the earth, go into the exhibition, and suddenly hold it in front of the painting while a friend takes a photo.
and now for something completely different. back in the summer, the hyperbolic crochet coral reef made an appearance in the hayward and the royal festival hall. my photos of the stuff in the festival hall - they wouldn't allow photographs of the hayward stuff by the original creators, which seems strange for a collaborative all-join-in project. the crochet techniques are discussed on the website - definitely one for the grace knitting group! also for the modular altar pieces - give everone a knitted coral, and the altar is a fabric reef to put them on.
tonight i bought this icon from mike radcliffe [exchanged rucksack-to-rucksack for cash on victoria station like a dodgy deal]: the background is stainless steel - a silver ground instead of the traditional gold. the light from heaven is sketched in on the steel top left, illuminating the back of the figure's neck and casting his face into shadow. his wings are similarly sketched on the steel so that they are only visible when caught by the light. he holds a lottery ticket, and makes the chi-rho gesture - which has an ambiguity on such a person - it could be the national lottery logo or a gang sign. the halo occupies the centre of the icon, and the two white cuffs are symmetrically placed rings below.
st matthew is traditionally depicted as a winged man, in reference to the four living creatures of revelation 4:6-9 and ezekiel 1 as symbols of the four gospels. being a tax collector, he is the patron saint of bankers!
i think mike's become a very good icon painter, combining the traditions with wholly contemporary imagery. he's curating the art show 14th-21st february for moot community arts' 'beyond the wilderness' season - might have one or two of his own works in there too.
well done to pete and joyce majendie and all their collaborators - i'm looking forward to the photos. it amazes me, to see that logo in use so far away and nearly eight years later.
2: speaking of which, there is a new site at labyrinth.org.uk. i had neglected it horribly once the tours were over in 2002 - the weeds grew around it - but then the proost relaunch this year broke all the merchandise links and i had to do something. same content, but a whole lot smarter, deframed and deflashed, with the online labyrinth incorporated.
[the splashpage of the original site was a way of dealing with the fact that it was three sites all hosted and run separately. the forum closed after the cathedral tours, the online labo was on yfc uk's servers, and the explanatory site on ukonline had become inaccessible to me - a dead site. the new one is all on yfc's server, to whom thanks]
and i've subtly updated the logo. the black line is now the *path* rather than the boundaries [ie the tape] - so it's the inverse of the original. should've thought of that at the beginning - the old one's tattooed on me now. damn ;)
i kind of think banksy jumped the shark with the fake exhibits in museums, but the publication of 'wall and piece', however nice a book, finally did for him. the little black paperbacks, which were initially hard to get, still maintained the sense of secret, but 'wall and piece' was the coffee table book last christmas - the big hit compilation album that signals the end of a career. he needs to give up for a decade, or only stencil rats in places that almost no-one will find.
had my [highly favourable] annual review over lunch in the jerwood space cafe which is just round the corner from the office. ross kemp and ewan mcgregor were there [though not together]. i always thought of the jerwood as a gallery, but i see it's got rehearsal spaces.
it's behaviourally interesting as much as anything, as so often with turbine hall installations. the insides of the crack look too fake for my liking, but it's amusing enough. you could lose a phone down there - presumably they have a way of cleaning stuff out, or maybe not - time will tell. adam suggested scattering LED toys that would twinkle in the depths. how about flyers? love notes? prayers? use the crack as a labyrinth path?