Popular culture in Classical Art by Hillary White

These paintings by Hilary White are a great example of juxtaposition and an age old technique of mixing new and old for vibrant effect. We find these comedic, interesting and bright to look at while our London skies rain and rain; a partiulcar highlight being Freddy Krugger positioned among Van Gough's 'Café Terrace at Night'.

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You can find more information and imagery of Hilary White's work over at her website.

Favela painting by Haas and Hahn

In an age where gizmos, gadgets, trends and entertainment embodies everything temporary - it's refreshing and inspiring to see a societal and environmental design working to change the way we see the world. The Favelas in South America are commonly associated with crime, corruption, death and poverty, often plaguing an otherwise idyllic scenery. Haas and Hahn have worked hard for a number of years to paint and ultimately colour an otherwise forgettable and negatively conceived landscape of the Favelas.

Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn are the driving force behind 'Favela Painting' with inspiring and motivational projects undertaken since 2005. They have not just been restricted to RIo De Janiero as the duo have also taken their work and ideas to the American streets of Philadelphia; engaging young adults and encouraging a more positive environmental space within impoverished areas in Western culture.

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We here at our Display offices have decided to take a leaf out of their book and improve our working environment. A dash of colour scattered around an otherwise mechanically dominated visual setting has done wonders to lighten moods and add a sense of enjoyment to the workplace. We can only imagine what this must do to peoples homes, streets and neighborhoods and for that we salute Haas and Haan and wonder with anticipation and excitement where they will go next - brushes in hand.

For more information please visit their Favela Painting website or watch the inspiring Ted talk below where they detail their thinking and processes spread over a number of years, often raising funds and volunteers single-handedly.



3-D patterned paper patterns

Maud Vantours, a Paris-based designer and artist uses a multitude of layers of cut paper to create intriguing and depth-filled patterns and textures that translate into uses within media, fashion, and editorial treatments. Floral patterns, spirals, and geometric designs are but a few of the angles Vantours has explored. To see more of her work and the scale and depth she exercises, check out her Behance page.

White Cube Exhibit: Gilbert & George

The Guardian calls it a 'a dirty-mouthed atheist onslaught', a visceral and provocative collection of vibrant imagery locating the viewers senses and teasing at offense. The latest showing at White Cube; photo montage and graphics, but continually described as sculpture will engage and tower over immediate viewers and bystanders to a point of themed colour and sub-surface satire and ever present cultural curiosity.

"For nearly five decades the art of Gilbert & George has created a visceral and epic depiction of modern urban existence. At its centre are always the artists themselves, who have dedicated their adult lives to their calling as ‘Living Sculptures’ – witness participants within the moral and vividly atmospheric world of their vision, as it is revealed in their art.

Echoing the maxim of the great Victorian architect, A.W.N. Pugin, ‘Not a Style, but a Principle’, the vision of the SCAPEGOATING PICTURES both affirms and intensifies the historically iconic art of Gilbert & George, in its tireless, emotional and profound engagement with the viewer and the modern world."

Running at White Cube until September 28th, the collection is worth checking out if even to form your own opinions to something that encourages debate and interpretation within modern society.

White Cube
144-152
Bermondsey St,
London
SE1 3TQ

Barbara Hepworth Tate Britain: Exhibition 24 June – 25 October 2015

Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) was a leading figure of the international modern art movement in the 1930s, and one of the most successful sculptors in the world during the 1950s and 1960s. Her work will be showcased at Tate Britain in late 2015 as well as touring the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (November 2015–April 2016) and Arp Museum, Rolandseck (May–August 2016).

Her work as described by Tate determines Hepworth an influential figure within her field and as such, her exhibit for those interested in Art and Design and specifically sculpture - is something not to be missed:

"This major retrospective will consider Hepworth’s work in relation to how the work was shown and the personal and artistic contexts in which it was made. Revealing her contribution across various platforms – from art school to studio, in magazine, photos, films, in the landscape and in architecture – it will place Hepworth’s work in its full international context. It will include Hepworth’s major sculptures alongside less familiar works and the art of a number of her contemporaries in Britain and abroad."

For more information please visit here.

God's Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard‘s recent press coverage is due to the imminent closing of The Bracey family's Walthamstow location – with developers eying the area for redevelopment and skyline stacking.

The railway-side site that the business has inhabited since 1978 is bright, bold and filled with 80's style neon-nostalgia. Extravagant pieces designed by owner Chris Bracey fight for space akin to vintage memorabilia and props from past movies, soon to be chucked on the dated and lacking of relevance pile. Noise in the actual kind, is eminent via the trains clambering by, creating a sensory-warfare that is beautifully balanced in an inanimate setting.

Chris Bacey and his family have been designing and collecting neon signage for nearly 60 years, appearing in Tim Burton's films not out of place and fully acclimatized to the weird and wonderful environments, most notably a Hotel sign used in Batman.

It's not all doom and gloom. All the works and signage present will find a new home soon, but it is only going to be in its charming and unique location for one more week. We urge you to lend your senses and brighten up your day for one last time before it's too late.

Website: www.godsownjunkyard.co.uk

Gods Own Junkyard
Unit 12
Ravenswood Industrial Estate
Shernhall Street
London
E17 9HQ