My girlfriend has had a couple of days off and this is what she got up to… Pencil “sketches” only but aren’t they amazing? She’s been inspired by Marlene Dietrich and Quyen Dinh.
Here’s hoping she’ll draw me a tattoo one day!
I don’t just blog here.
You’ll find my latest blog series at TLG Magazine, tune in weekly every Monday of June for my tip of the week. This week: rising star Amplify Dot with new single “I’m Good”
Wednesdays you know where it’s at with Climax Online MidWeekMusic. This week, featuring, among others, a gorgeous song and video by David Lynch x Lykke Li – so good and so hypnotising…
Sick of the way body is portrayed most everywhere you go? Looking for something different to do this weekend? Make sure you catch FLESH REALITY as the exhibition, held in the brand new art place Point Zero in London, comes to a close.
Bringing together works of emerging and internationally established artists, FLESH REALITY tries to make sense of our relationship with body and flesh as a vehicle for understanding the world and our existence. One of the artists on display is Konrad Wyrebek.
I’ve been a big fan of Wyrebek’s ever since working together on a covershoot for DIVA Magazine last year and so I was pleased to see him taking part in this project. In FLESH REALITY he continues his artistic voyage, exploring the ways in which we see our body manipulated by media, dealing with consumerism and celebrity obsession. In FLESH REALITY we see paintings as well as a sculpture of his – a video of the performance of this sculpture is attached below.
FLESH REALITY also features feminist artist Laurie Simmons who with a series of photographs, The Love Doll (2009-2011), places a Japanese sex doll in domestic environments. The life size doll, often sold complete with an engagement ring and female reproductive organ, is here meant to fulfil an ideological stereotype of oriental femininity, where an active mind is removed from an obedient, female body. Interesting stuff.
FLESH REALITY runs until 8 JUNE 2013 and features Sarah Lucas, John Isaacs, Konrad Wyrebek, Erwin Wurm, Matthew Miles, Laurie Simmons, Whitney McVeigh, Tatsumi Hijikata, Kiki Smith, Matthew Killick, Hans Bellmer, Jiri Kolar. It is curated by Point Zero and guest curator Eiko Honda. Read more about the exhibition here.
Image: 7 Whitney McVeigh (monoprint), Konrad Wyrebek (sculpture), Sarah Lucas (sculpture, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ), Konrad Wyrebek (paintings)
A few of the things I’ve done in the past 24 hours:
…I also made a few lattes at my beloved café of course. Oh and this.
This will brighten up those pesky hours left until operation #BankHoliday is go.
If you read my MidWeekMusic blog for Climax Online you’ll already know that I’m a fan of this video but seeing as you may have missed it, here it is again. The beautiful Loreen is back – and she’s got the power…
Featured in my blog was also the wonderful, the talented, the excellent Ms Lucy Spraggan. The video for her new single “Lighthouse” was released yesterday and I’m sure it will become the soundtrack to many a dreamy summer night.
Additionally, Ill give you what could be the most expressive face in fashion. The Cara Delevingne cut of the Cara + Rita Ora collaboration for Hunger magazine. Watch it here.
I had the pleasure of directing and styling this spring/summer fashion shoot for DIVA Magazine featuring Getbusy Store earlier this spring. Today the issue has hit the shelves and so you get the pleasure of watching my video from behind the scenes… To read more about the shoot hit up Getbusy’s new blog: Getbusyblog.com
Terrorists who commit sickening acts like this want us to hate. Let’s not follow their script.
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) May 22, 2013
You no doubt won’t have missed the fact that The Eurovision Song Contest is going ahead in Sweden this evening and as a true Eurovision fan* I am obviously preparing for the big night already. The Swedish flag is out, my semlor are baked ready for the snaps-accompanied-feast and I’m keeping up with all the Eurovision news flowing in. Now only score cards are needed before we can commence the festivities. Yes, I am that stereotypically Swedish.
What makes tonight extra interesting is that we’ll find out if Finland’s publicity stunt has paid off. Krista Sigefrids claims she’s ending her anti-feminist entry “Marry Me”, filled with promises of “skipping dinner to get thinner” and remaining her fiance’s slave, with a lesbian kiss in order to highlight gay rights. And sure, it does spark a healthy debate as Turkey has threatened not to broadcast the show because of the kiss but I can’t help but dislike the whole thing. Why kiss a girl when you’re begging your boyfriend of eight years to marry you? To get votes.
Either way you can sign All Out’s petition to keep the kiss in the show but is this gay for all the wrong reasons? I say maybe.
My vote goes to Norway’s Maragret Berger who with “Feed You My Love” will hopefully redeem the country after their terrible defeat last year.
Whatever happens, I bet you it’ll be a female win. Unless it’s Romania. That opera singing Dracula figure could just win it too.
*I sang Waterloo live on the radio. I think that counts for something.
Don’t worry, it was early. Catch it on BBC iPlayer here (about 90 minutes in) and hear me celebrating Eurovision Swedish style – singing Waterloo and all…
Some of the goodies I served up at 7.20 am:
My text on coming out, staying out and the word “partner” went up on the Guardian Comment Is Free section today. And with 819 comments and counting, it was the second most read article on the whole Guardian website this afternoon.
Goes to show that my motto (stolen from Frank Ocean) remains true: Keep Writing, Keep Living, Keep Loving.
Have a read here and please do join in the debate…