“The Voracity” Anna Williams

From a futuristic feast that is to be seen but not eaten, to a famine stricken fairy tale forest, Anna Williams seeks to re-evluate the very sustenance we need in order to survive. The Voracity journeys through a tantalising scope of visual landscapes from wild fantasy to harsh reality, exploring man’s primal needs and instincts. Yet, these instincts become entwined…

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Review: Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2013

Review of Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize for Open Eye Gallery  With over 5,000 submissions, the judges of this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize sought to uncover works that “transmit the circumstances and character of a sitter.” “Faces are vivid maps of human experience,” believes Dorothee Deiss, to whom the Forth Prize was awarded. The 60 shortlisted…

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Alain Delorme “Totems”

A wise doctor once wrote that life is “a great balancing act.” This was before his appointment with a lanky cat in a hat. Although a discerning piece of advice, Dr Seuss most likely did not mean for this to be taken literally. Yet for many individuals in China life is indeed one gargantuas balancing act,…

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Ni Haifeng’s “Para-Production”

It’s not everyday that an artist argues the meaninglessness of their work. Yet Chinese artist Ni Haifeng explains how he abandoned the “production of the useful” in his 2008 installation Para-Production, striving instead towards a “zero degree of meaning.” “Made In China” has become such a prevalent stamp upon our myriad of belongings, it tends to slip our mind as to…

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Chagall: Modern Masters – Tate

Interrogating life seems rather an insurmountable challenge to embark upon. One which comes with no guidebook or answer sheet to fall upon in defeat. Biologists, astronomists, physicists, theologists- there exists a whole array of expert-“isms,” all interrogating life professionally on a daily basis, probing for a definitive understanding of life for mankind. In 1927, the art…

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The Wild And The Wise By Charles Fréger

From the ancient plains of Athens, Socrates lay down the prudent words, “In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep.” It  awakens only once our cognition takes its brief respite. Built stringently and fundamentally upon social expectations, morals and regulations, it is dominated by…

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