An artist who has kept his identity closely guarded throughout his career, yet has an international reputation for his provocative images stenciled around the streets of the city, Bansky is an artist who has always fascinated me. We visited The Flower Cellars, Covent Garden for the unauthorized Banksy exhibition, ‘Please Love Me’. Banksy’s work was displayed in frames or simply propped up around the space offering a rare opportunity to see a large collection of his work housed in one place. The show includes many of his signature characteristics, including rats in their many guises.
Last night I went to the opening party of Telling Tales – an exhibition of ‘fantasy and fear in contemporary design’ at the V&A. The show is beautifully curated – it takes the viewer on a journey of design objects through the narrative of fairy tales. Featuring work by a new generation of young international designers it includes Tord Boontje’s Fig Leaf cabinet, Wieki Somers’ Bathboat and Jeroen Verhoeven’s Cinderella table. The fantastical themes include The Forest Glade, The Enchanted Castle and Heaven and Hell. This is one of the most inspiring exhibitions I have seen for some time and is well worth a visit.
The New Designers exhibition at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London, showcases such an impressive level of ingenuity and production that you immediately sense that you are observing the country’s cutting edge of fashion, textiles, jewellery, and ceramics design. The whole two floors are full of brilliant and dynamic ideas presented by the 2009 design graduates but for me the jewellery pavilion on the second floor was the most inspiring.
Antony Gormley’s much anticipated artistic experiment One and Other began today at the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. And we were there to witness it! The Fourth Plinth will be occupied for 100 consecutive days, 24 hours a day by different members of the public who have volunteered to stand on it for an hour at a time. 2,400 people will participate, devoting one hour of their lives to contemporary art. The idea is simple yet genius. As an onlooker you are asked to connect with the individual on the platform and in turn reflect on the diversity and vulnerability of the individual in contemporary society.
Last night I attended the RCA Innovation Lecture given by Jonathan Ive who was interviewed by Rector, Christopher Frayling. His contribution to design includes the iMac, iBook, iPod and iPhone and I was there with 700 other people to hear what he had to say. I was surprised by his modesty, and he is very much a believer in getting designers to begin their studies by appreciating the simplicity of objects. He puts his success down to collaboration with the talented designers and engineers in the Apple studio. Afterwards we went for a private view of the RCA graduate shows which was nothing short of total genius.