'Art in Crisis' Exhibition

Over 50 artists are showing their artworks in a new exhibition starting today at the homeless charity Crisis's Bermondsey Project Space, London. It coincides with shocking news of a 23% rise in official figures for rough sleeping indicating the tip of a deep and growing homelessness problem throughout the UK.

The 'Art in Crisis' exhibition showcases art created by talented Crisis Skylight members - people that have been affected by homelessness, and artists campaigning to raise awareness of issues connected to homelessness. 

For the first time this special exhibition brings together a wide range of original artworks including paintings, photographs, puppets, and sculptures. Most of the works are for sale and all proceeds go directly to the artist.

I have 26 photographic images on display taken from my VAA Project, shown recently for the 'Collective Exchange' exhibition at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Some of the images appear below, they feature architectural landmarks around London's Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, and the London Eye. For many people, these iconic structures represent the boundaries of an impenetrable alien world they find themselves within but not really a part of - the inescapable intangible.

Also, long-term Crisis volunteer and photographer Mark Burton is showing a selection of large scale photographic portraits. Mark was given permission to photograph 'Guests and Volunteers' inside the Crisis Rough Sleepers’ Centre in London, which operates over the Christmas period.

Team

Along with all the artists involved I'd like to thank the following people for their hard work in making this exhibition flow:

Crisis Creative Arts Manager - Paula Lonergan

Art Technician & Web Developer - Taidgh Corcoran

Exhibition Designer - Richard Knowles Mortar&Pestle Studio 

Exhibition Details

Situated on the ground floor, the spacious warehouse gallery provides multiple exhibit spaces, a seating area and essential public amenities. There is a flight of stairs leading up to the main entrance. The multi-disciplinary exhibition runs from 24 Feb - 4 Mar, 2012. Admission is free.

Open Thursdays to Sundays 1 - 6pm or by appointment. Telephone: 020 7036 241

Venue: Bermondsey Project Space Unit 7, 46 Willow Walk, Bermondsey, SE1 5SF, London

Bermondsey Project Space (Facebook) - includes map.

Campaign to Help the Homeless

If you would like to help people affected by homelessness Crisis offers a variety of ways to do it. You can join artists like Ed Sheeran and show your support for the current Crisis campaign 'No One Turned Away' by signing the simple online petition. Every signature makes a difference.

'Collective Exchange' - A Collaborative Art Exhibition

Since October 2011, myself and four other artists have been taking part in a London based collaborative art project called 'Collective Exchange'. Working with University of the Arts London and national homeless charity Crisis Skylight, we have been given an opportunity to develop our critical thinking and artistic practice through the process of researching and developing new artwork.

The results of this collaboration form the Collective Exchange Exhibition which goes on view in the entrance gallery at Central Saint Martins Back Hill Site from Friday 10-17 February, 2012 during normal daytime opening hours.

The Preview and Artists’ Talks will be held on Thursday 9 February 6-8pm and admission is free on all days.

The full address is: Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, 10 Back Hill, London EC1R 5LQ. 

Visualizing Ambiguity in Architecture

My contribution is photographic and explores themes of ambiguity in architecture. Most of the digital images combine long exposure times with compound camera movements to generate new forms, colours, and textures. Here are 10 of the 26 images I have on display as prints and digital media. There's further information about the images on my Behance Project Page 

Special thanks to the following people for their expertise, enthusiasm and continued support.

Project Tutors: Caroline Stevenson, Shiraz Bayjoo

Crisis Creative Arts Manager: Paula Lonergan

Art Technician: James Thomas

Exhibiting Artists

‘Collective Exchange’ refers to the conversations between the artists and tutors over the past few months that have inspired new ideas and helped their work to evolve. The artists are:

Stewart Ewin

Tom Hair

David Holmes

Conleth Moran

David Stark

Split LP by Sleepmakeswaves and Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

This 'Split LP' is a five track, instrumental post-rock release from Australian bands Sleepmakeswaves (Sydney) and Tangled Thoughts of Leaving (Perth).

Via the excellent Lost Children net label (CC licensed instrumental, experimental, post-rock bands) see:

'Keep Your Splendid Silent Sun' 06:19 - Sleepmakeswaves

'We Sing The Body Electric' 05:23 - Sleepmakeswaves

'This Is How We Remember (Secret Robot)' 06:49 - Sleepmakeswaves

'A Vexing Predicament' 03:22 - Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

'The World Is A Deaf Machine' 15:13 - Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

Although both bands are musically quite different the respective recordings are nicely balanced and complementary. Each offering anthemic and emotive excursions into experimental rock landscapes, with gutsy guitars churning out crunching metal mantras over driving drum and bass rhythms. Epic themes are entwined with more delicate piano and guitar melodies, ranging through ethereal ambient spaces, jazz inspired improvisations and dynamic freeform passages exploding with tribal energies. The track titles are interesting and evocative too.

The album is a teaser for each bands' earlier works and upcoming 2010 full length releases, below are links to their websites and social networks where you'll find gigs and lots of great music to explore: 

Sleepmakeswaves

Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

Split Artwork

Tweet Cloud for @DavidHolmes

Tweet Cloud is an online service that lets you generate a customizable word cloud from your tweet archive. Log in using your Twitter account to create and save multiple word clouds at an address like http://tweetcloud.icodeforlove.com/DavidHolmes - Clicking the image above will take you to the saved cloud page. Each page has a date stamp at the time of creation. 

You can also view clouds by people you follow that also use Tweet Cloud, via the Friends link once logged in (top right). Recently created Tweet Clouds are shown on the homepage, which is useful for discovering people with similar interests.

Note that upon generation a tweet is automatically posted in your tweetstream along the lines of: " I just generated my #TweetCloud out of a year of my tweets - http://w33.us/1ta" or whatever the period it is you choose ie. a day, a week, a month, 3 months, 6 months, a year. You're also given a choice of small, medium, large or HUGE cloud sizes. 

Coded by: Chad Scira aka tumblr.icodeforlove.com