Magical realism is brought to the cinema in this recently released, haunting and captivating movie that I watched earlier today. Much of the impact of the film is purely sensory. Cinematography that creates beauty out of misery; a 6 year old actress who is as captivating as the most accomplished Hollywood diva; enchanting music that [...]
Why does it seem so difficult for artists to see nature as fun? A few years ago I bought a sculpture by David Kracov. It was similar to the one shown above – “Go With The Flow”. Inspired by pop art, this sculpture is a celebration of fish. Every time one looks at it, one [...]
I recently visited an exhibition of the work of Sanna Kannisto and bought the recently published book about her work. The work of this young Finnish artist is fascinating. It questions how, in order to understand and describe, science has to simplify and can never hope to capture the true complexity of life. The body [...]
For the first time ever, 20 foot trees from the Royal Estate were, at the request of the Royal couple, brought inside Westminster Abbey to line the ceremonial passage – particularly appropriate in this International Year of the Forests. The importance of Nature also made it into the Bishop’s address. There is maybe nothing that [...]
Dean Fidelman has generated a series of mesmerizing images for his project Stone Nudes. Fidelman is a rock climber and he describes his series as “A photographic project that captures the essence of the climbing spirit”. But to me these images speak more broadly than just telling a story about climbing. To my eyes these [...]
Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen – shame about the climate change art. In a recent column with the above title in Britain’s newspaper ‘The Guardian’, environmental writer Bibi van der Zee gives her views on whether the art works that surrounded the Copenhagen Climate Change conference would do any good at all. Written before the summit finished [...]
Do works of art make a difference in society or are they just artists’ self indulgence or toys for the aesthetic amusement of a few?