Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Interview | David Lynch | Time Out | Jan 2014

I had the pleasure of talking to the film director about the factory photographs in his forthcoming Photographers' Gallery exhibition as well as finding out about his love of coffee, curtains and Chinese food. Read the interview on Time Out London.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Exclusive Interview | Elmgreen & Dragset | Time Out London | Sep 2013

I got up close and personal with the Scandinavian art duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset amid their latest creation commissioned by the V&A. They took me on an exclusive tour of the home of reclusive architect Norman Swann.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Interview | Conrad Shawcross | Time Out London | Jul 2013

Known for his complicated sculptures that have the appearance of machines, east London-based artist Conrad Shawcross isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. So when the Director of Camden’s iconic Roundhouse contacted him last year to create a site-specific work, Shawcross jumped at the chance.

Taking its inspiration from the 24 columns in the main space, ‘Timepiece’ has transformed the building into an immersive clock installation. I caught up with Shawcross ahead of the opening to talk about this awe-inspiring piece that will turn everyone into their own gnomon (that’s the spike of a sundial to you and me).

Monday, 24 June 2013

Meet the artist | James Franco | Time Out London | June 2013

He acts, directs, writes and makes art. Is there anything James Franco can’t do? Freire Barnes caught up with Franco on the eve of his first UK exhibition, 'Psycho Nacirema' at Pace Gallery. 

Your exhibition is presented by Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon. What was his involvement? 
‘We had previously collaborated on a project and we liked the idea that he would help curate and produce this show. I discussed all the pieces with Douglas as I made them. You could say that the subject was partially inspired by one of Douglas’s most famous pieces "24-hour Psycho".’ 

The exhibition’s title is a play on words, can you explain it? 
‘Basically it’s "Psycho American", but American is spelt backwards. The title comes from many places. I like to incorporate the work of other people who inspire me. So in that way I’m the American, and "Psycho" comes from Douglas, comes from Hitchcock, comes from even Gus van Sant’s ‘Psycho’. Later I was told there is some sort of anthropological study of Americans called "Nacirema".’ 

Previous work has also dealt with iconic films, why did you choose ‘Psycho’ as the basis for an art installation? 
‘There are so many themes and approaches in the film. There’s role playing...

Read the entire interview with James Franco on Time Out London.

Image: © James Franco, courtesy Pace Gallery London.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Meet the artist | Jeremy Deller | Time Out London | June 2013

The Venice Biennale is art's Olympic Games and Eurovision rolled into one. Representing Britain this year is Jeremy Deller. We caught up with our magic man to talk tea, gifts and queuing. 

What does it mean to be chosen to do the pavilion? 
‘Initially I was quite surprised; I wasn't expecting to be chosen. Often when you're asked to do things like this; a, you think why me? and b, what can I possibly do? Your mind goes blank and you have mild panic for a few minutes and then you settle down and think, actually I can do this. But was does it mean? It means more as these opening days go on and you realise that it's a very big deal. I knew it was a big deal, but for me it is just a big exhibition, on the world stage. I don't feel any responsibility to the UK even though the shows all about it. It's in a context where I know a lot of people will see it and so I'm trying to make a show that's quite open, friendly to the public.’ 

Did you have to approach it in a different way to past projects? 
‘Only because the architecture of the pavilion is very specific. ‘English Magic’ is an exhibition, it's not an event or a project outside a gallery. It's a very traditional environment, which I like, meaning I could do a traditional gallery show in my own way; paintings, drawings, lots of old objects, things you might expect to see in a gallery or museum. Most of the things I do, I do because I want to – I get the idea and I try to make them happen. Here it's a specific thing with a time limit, it had to be finished last week.

Read the entire interview with Jeremy Deller on Time Out London.

Image: Jeremy Deller outside the British Pavilion, Venice, May 2013 © Alan McQuillan. 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Holy Moly | Michael Landy Interview | Time Out London | May 2013

For the past three years, Michael Landy, known for destroying all his worldly possessions in 2001, has immersed himself as the National Gallery’s artist in residence. Admittedly an unusual choice, the Goldsmiths-trained artist found enlightenment in the Renaissance galleries where he became captivated by the depictions of saints. Facinated by their faith, determination and gruesome deaths, Landy has made beautifully detailed collages and engaging, spectacularly fun kinetic sculptures that animate this often reserved collection.

Had the National Gallery collection been an inspiration before the residency? ‘I’d like to say it was but it wasn’t. I didn’t come here when I was a Goldsmiths student, so it wasn’t until the residency. Suddenly I was faced with the thought of getting to know the collection and making an exhibition for 2013. But actually........

Read the entire interview with Michael Landy on Time Out London.

Image: Michael Landy, installation view of 'Saints Alive', 2013 at the National Gallery, London.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Party for Freedom | Time Out London | May 2013

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect upon arriving at this provocative Israeli artist’s performance at Goldsmiths College last week and I’m not sure I’m any the wiser now. 

As hoards of students piled out for a fire alarm, I assumed this to be the first of many elaborate pranks by the ‘Party for Freedom’ performers, who are available to book throughout the run of their itinerant exhibition.

Read the entire review of Oreet Ashery's 'Party for Freedom' at various London venues on Time Out London.

Image: Oreet Ashery, 'Party for Freedom', 2013. An Artangel commission. © Oreet Ashery

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Anne Hardy | Time Out London | Apr 2013

What you see isn’t at all what you get with Anne Hardy’s haunting photographs. Her makeshift rooms, fabricated from material scavenged in and around her east London studio, are littered with the presence of recent human activity. Debris-strewn floors, an indoor target practice range and scribblings on a wall of coloured boards are all suggestive devices that Hardy relies upon to activate our imagination. But we are being controlled.

Read the entire review of Anne Hardy at Maureen Paley on Time Out London.

Image:Anne Hardy, 'Notations', 2012. Courtesy Maureen Paley

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Bernadette Corporation | Time Out London | Apr 2013

You could be forgiven for thinking you've walked into a branded pop-up shop in Selfridges but in fact you're standing in the ICA's lower gallery where beats boom out from the sleek black structure and catwalk models promenade on monitors. Welcome to salon Bernadette Corporation...... 

Read the entire review of Bernadette Corporation: 2,000 Wasted years at ICA on Time Out London.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Sterling Ruby | Time Out London | Apr 2013

Drip-spattered dirty monumental effigies to America dominate Sterling Ruby’s first show with Hauser & Wirth. However, the Los Angeles-based artist isn’t paying homage to the land of the free; rather, he’s exposing his misgivings.............

Read the entire review of Sterling Ruby: EXHM at Hauser & Wirth on Time Out London.

Image: Installation view of EXHM. © Sterling Ruby and courtesy of Hauser & Wirth, London.