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Interview with Jerwood Makers Open Artists, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen

Jerwood Makers Open is currently on display at Jerwood Space, London, until 31 August. The initiative recognises emerging artists and offers crucial support in the early stages of their careers. The shortlisted artists are commissioned to produce work for the gallery, allowing them to develop their profile in the industry. Following commissions of £7,500 earlier this year, ceramicists Hitomi Hosono and Matthew Raw, artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, glass artist Shelley James and spatial storytellers FleaFollyArchitects, were given the opportunity to develop new ideas central to their individual practices. Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen speak to Aesthetica about their approach to their project and the use of language within art. 

National Literary Trust & Wild in Art: Books about Town, London

Recently, Londoners and visitors might have found themselves sitting on concrete benches, which resemble half open books. Benches not only look like a book, they are fully dressed up by different depictions that resemble and celebrate the literary heritage of London. For the Summer 2014 the National Literary Trust and Wild in Art are the promoters of the project Books about Town whose purpose isn’t just limited to the celebration of the rich literary background that London offers, as it aims to engage the public through the joy of reading, via art.

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Review of Elfyn Lewis: Beautiful Mistake / Camgymeriad Hardd, gallery/ten, Cardiff

Follow the stairs to the first floor, and there, bathed in natural light, with crisp white walls and high ceilings, you’ll find the rooms of gallery/ten. The brainchild of curator Cat Gardiner, gallery/ten is an independent gallery with a focus on Welsh, contemporary fine art. Disillusioned with the lack of risk taken by most of Cardiff’s commercial galleries, and the safe, middle-of the-road work they tend to show, Gardiner slowly made her way from pop-up displays to the current location and has built an impressive catalogue of both emerging and established artist along the way. At the start of July audiences were met by the powerful explosions of colour, texture and physicality found within Elfyn Lewis’ paintings.

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Vivien Zhang & Laurence Owen, Rook & Raven, London

The summer exhibition at Rook & Raven showcases the work of two graduates, Vivien Zhang and Laurence Owen. Curated by Aretha Campbell, the show explores the artists’ fascination with form and the place of painting and sculpture within the prevailing art scene.

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Interview with David Walton, Head of Art and Heritage Law at Barber Titleys

Barber Titleys is one of the leading law firms in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, offering a range of services to individuals, commercial enterprises and charitable organisations. The firm recently launched an Art and Heritage Law Department, which is multidisciplinary in nature, drawing on the varied skills and experience of the staff to offer a dedicated and holistic service to all those engaged in the visual arts and heritage sectors across the North of England including artists, galleries, collectors, museums and arts organisations. Department Head, David Walton, is responsible for the day-to-day running of the new department, he speaks to Aesthetica about his passion for art and his aims for the part of the business. 

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Review of The Piano Brothers Live at Kings Place, London

The Piano Brothers are not brothers by blood but by divine, energetic and rich music that is accessible to everyone. Bound together by the love of all-encompassing music, Dominic Anthony Ferris and Elwin Hendrijanto began performing together in 2009 whilst studying at the Royal College of Music. In the last five years they have worked hard to become one of the most sensational piano duos in London’s notoriously difficult to rise and shine music scene through their innovative outlook on how music, life and people should be brought together under one roof.

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Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Scene: Photographs of the 1980′s New York Art Scene, Collezione Maramotti, Italy.

Jeannette Montgomery Barron explores the intense world of the New York art scene in the 1980s. Following her own journey to the city and her development as a photographer, Barron was part of a scene at an exciting cultural crossroads. For the first time young artists were becoming real stars and artistic success became linked to the concept of celebrity.

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Review of Ben Quilty, Saatchi Gallery London

Australian Painter Ben Quilty was recently announced as the overall winner of the Prudential Eye Award. A competition that seeks to promote artistic talent that previously may have been overlooked, it reaches to incorporate a diverse region of Greater Asia that stretches east from Azerbaijan across Russia, China, Korea, the Philippines and as far south as New Zealand. The painter’s work is now on display at the Saatchi gallery, London providing a significant introduction to the London art scene for Quilty as his first UK exhibition.

Insight Into the Work of Allan Storer

Allan Storer paints large abstract canvases for architects, interior designers and private clients. His influences include 20th. century abstract artists and the squeegee paintings of Gerhard Richter. He is a Master of Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design: Bachelor of Arts, University Wales and a post graduate of Kings College. Extra Curricular includes studies at the Slade School of Fine Art: St. Ives Painting School and the Princes Drawing School, He is a member of the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society and Federation of British Artists. Storer’s work embraces abstract and figurative styles, painted in thick impasto oil or water based mixed media with palette knives, brushes and squeegees on to large canvases. He is a London and Cornwall based artist and sells predominantly in the UK. and USA. with an expanding market in the Middle East.

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Review of Looking Out From The CCCS, Vivid Projects, Birmingham

From 1964 until 2002, a unique blend of teaching, student engagement and documentation that took place at Birmingham’s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS). Founded at the University of Birmingham by sociologist Richard Hoggart in 1964, it was one of the first academic bodies to examine the impact of popular culture, particularly in Britain, from music and television programmes to fashion trends. In 2002 the CCCS was dramatically closed due to a restructuring at the university with hundreds of students being placed into new departments. Now, in 2014, the 50th anniversary of its establishment, a series of events and exhibitions, of which one is Vivid Project’s Looking Out From The CCCS, celebrate its legacy.

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Folkestone Triennial 2014, Citywide, Folkestone

One of the UK’s most ambitious art exhibitions, the third edition of Folkestone Triennial commissions a number of internationally recognised artists to create a collection of new artworks that will be exhibited in Folkestone’s public spaces under the title, Lookout. Among the artists included in this year’s Triennial are Yoko Ono, Andy Goldsworthy, Pablo Bronstein, Tim Etchells and Sarah Staton.

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Guido Guidi, Veramente, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Huis Marseille showcases the first ever retrospective of Guido Guidi (b.1941). Spanning a 40 year career, Guidi’s work in photography highlights his early interest in architecture and explores the environment around him in a unique way. After studying architecture in Venice, Guidi’s interests moved towards photography until he devoted himself fully to the medium in the mid-1960s.