Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s, V&A

The information available for the V&A’s latest exhibition, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s instantly inspires thoughts of the 2003 film Party Monster. Those who have seen it will remember that this riddling film is the true story of Michael Alig, a deluded Club Kid party organiser who moved to New York and entered a dark yet glamorous world. The 1980s was an incredibly creative decade in which the fashion of the club was slowly but surely carried onto the catwalk in the major capitals of the world. The many sub-cultures that formed and which still exist today, in some form or another, were founded on the basis of the nightlife in clubs. Curated by Claire Wilcox, V&A’s Head of Fashion, the exhibition covers the sub-cultures and their distinctive fashions, as well as the interpretations of now renowned fashion designers on the fashions of the club scene.

Katie Scott, Illustrator and Artist

Katie Scott is the detailed hand behind Bombay Bicycle Club’s album cover for How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep. Based in London she explains in this video how she began producing art and the influences that follow her everywhere. Also producing work for Phaidon’s Fish recipe book, 1INA100′s t-shirts, New York Times Magazine and Dodd clothing,  Scott creates captivating drawings utilising colour and nature. 


Edinburgh Art Festival

The Edinburgh Art Festival returns to Scotland from 1 August, immersing the city in cultural explorations of art. Running until 1 September, the festival features no less than 50 exhibitions across 30 venues. Celebrating the location of Edinburgh and the many gallery spaces across the city, the event is the UK’s largest annual festival dedicated to visual art. Alongside the many exhibitions and events there is an ambitious commissioning programme that takes art out onto the streets. Looking at the theme Parley, the commissioned works explore communication either with the city or with audiences.

Lees Rooney: High Voltage Acts of Kindness, longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2012

Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2012, Lees Rooney is a collaborative partnership between poet/ writer Janet Lees and photographer/ videographer Rooney. Having initially worked together as an advertising creative team, the pair is pursuing a range of art projects that combine words, images, sound and film, drawing on the nature of consumerism and the way we now live. Their art practice examines how 21st-century society is bombarded by a mash-up of loaded words, images and sounds and explores how consumerism lays down exacting and exhaustive rules on the way we should live our lives. Featuring in the Video, Installation & Performance category of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2012, High Voltage Acts of Kindness is one of a series of “snatches” – digital artworks that feature words and phrases that have been snatched from ads and other forms of mass communication – and speaks powerfully about the promise of the consumerist dream.


Bruce Nauman: ARTIST ROOMS On Tour at York St Mary’s, York

The diverse art of internationally renowned artist Bruce Nauman is on show in York St Mary’s until 10 November. Nauman rose to prominence in the 1960s working across a broad spectrum of different media including sculpture, film and video, neon, installation, photography and performance. His work has been exhibited all over the world, and he produced a sound installation piece entitled Raw Materials for the 2004 Unilever Turbine Hall commission at Tate Modern.


Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist, London

Given that this year Ramadan is celebrated from 9 July to 7 August all throughout the world by Muslim communities, given the recent protests in Egypt and Turkey, given that in Muslim countries peace always seems to position itself on the back of a double-edged knife; the recent move by the Tate Modern to introduce well-established Muslim artists to British and European art enthusiasts is perfectly timed. Art is more about politics than it was ever before particularly in predominantly Muslim countries.

Thomas Scheibitz: ONE-Time Pad at BALTIC, Gateshead

An exhibition of new and recent work by Thomas Scheibitz, one of the leading German artists of his generation is currently on display at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. Scheibitz began developing a new form of conceptual painting during his studies at the School of Art in Dresden in the early 1990s. He became established internationally following initial exhibitions in Dresden, Berlin, London and New York.


Liam Gillick: For the doors that are welded shut, Kerlin Gallery

Gillick’s third appearance at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, sees two new works taking over the space – Complete Bin Development which consists of six structures made of aluminium and Plexiglass, is complemented by A Short Song, a two part, wall text in powder coated aluminium. Running until 14  September, the first work follows on from research into the possible permutations conceivable within the production of car bodies prior to the emergence of entirely automated production systems. Although the sequence of towered formations are subject to the laws of engineering, the pieces can be seen as inherently abstract and flexible in terms of location and structure.

Interview with Steve Lake, Production at ECM Records

Selected Signs is a collection of six disks featuring the music that was selected for the ECM exhibition, ECM – A Cultural Archaeology, at Haus der Kunst in Munich at the start of the year. The exhibition surveyed the record company’s significant creative work in the worlds of music, graphic art and photography over the past 44 years. Released 1 July, the recordings on Selected Signs formed part of the exhibition where visitors could listen to the tracks on headphones. Aesthetica speaks to Steve Lake, Production and Licensing at ECM Records, about the exhibition and his personal enjoyment of the album.

5 to See this Weekend

How do you intend to spend the last few days of July? Relishing in the heat outdoors or staying cool inside? If it’s the former, then why not languish in the sun whilst enjoying the work of Yanki Shonibare and Leandro Erlich. However if the mere thought of the outdoor climes is making you break out into a sweat then we suggest staying indoors and checking out the best photography on display right now.


Jeremy Deller: It’s a Kind of English Magic, London

Running until 21 September, a selection of Jeremy Deller’s works are on display at the London headquarters of the British Council. Currently representing England at the Venice Biennale, Deller’s presentation in Italy has already attracted over 12,000 visitors per week. For those who can’t get overseas, It’s a Kind of English Magic: Notes from the Venice Biennale will give UK audiences a taste of what’s on show in Venice.


Samuel Wright: Simple Present, Short Fiction Finalist in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012

Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012, Samuel Wright is an English teacher. His stories have appeared in a variety of collections and magazines, including the 2011 Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies, and have been performed on stage at Liar’s League events in London. He is currently working on a collaborative story and image project on Hackney Marshes. Themed around daily habitual life, Samuel Wright’s short story Simple Present is a captivating read seeking to address the routine and unchanging events occurring in a day. The introductory paragraphs are captured here in an extract; the full story was published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2013, along with other finalists and the winning entries. The deadline for this years competition is 31 August.