Monday, 24 February 2020

Saturday, 22 February 2020

José Sanabria V

'A Page in the Wind' written by María Laura Díaz Domínguez and illustrated by José Sanabria is a story of finding your role in life. José has used pastel, print and collage in these illustrations and the newspaper is just wonderful. 

Friday, 21 February 2020

José Sanabria IV

The details and watercolour of José Sanabria for his book 'As Time Went By' are so lovely, reminding me so much of the English painter Alfred Wallis with crazy, lilting perspective and lovely observations. This is a book about change, shown through the life of a steamboat.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

José Sanabria III

A fantastic and essential book written by Brian Bliston, illustrated by José Sanabria called 'Refugees'. This is a book that highlights prejudices and bigotry, the illustrations are coloured by the emotions on the page with dark images relaying fear and mistrust, and bright colourful images showing kindness and acceptance. It is a clever book giving both sides of the story by reversing the poem and this gives space for discussion about the issues involved. 

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Kara Walker

Kara Walker's 'Fons Americanus', a 13-meter fountain inspired by the Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace, a Hyundai commission in the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Nathaniel Russell

Dave Eggers 'The Captain and the Glory', illustrated by Nathaniel Russell is the perfect metaphorical story for the madness on either side of the Atlantic in 2020. Dave Eggers who I have revered for his 862 Valentia initiative, has created a fantastically funny but equally horrifying rendition of our current reality, a book to read and heed and Nathaniel's illustrations just perfect to accompany the insanity of our political times. 

Monday, 17 February 2020

Richard Graham I

Richard Graham is a creative who mainly works in sculpture using found objects, but he has created a deeply sad and wonderful book about a caterpiller caught in a piano playing the same mournful music, The Cranky Caterpillar' published by Thames and Hudson 2017.

One day a little girl discovers this caterpiller and does her best to try to cheer him up, eventually, she thinks to bring in some music friends. It is a book about depression, about friendship and about the power of music. It is great to see such a unique, sensitive, and beautiful book in the current children's picture book genre.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Yin Xiuzhen

'Weapon' 2003-2007 by Yin Xiuzhen 尹秀珍. Yin Xiuzhen creates sculptures often using domestic items as part of the construction.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, '10 minute transmission' 2003 a structure of metal, plastic, nylon, radio transmitter aerials, and microphone created beautiful shadows in the Tate Modern.

'The title of this work, Ten Minute Transmission refers to the period of time when the International Space Station (ISS) can be contacted via radio as it flies past. The ISS orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, but passes close enough to the antenna just twice a day. Usually the radio only picks up sounds of encrypted data packets sent back to Earth from the station. Two-way voice communication with the astronauts is now rare and needs to be requested in advance.' Tate Modern Label

Friday, 14 February 2020

Franciszka Themerson III

I love these illustrations by Franciszka Themerson for Bertrand Russell's 'The Good Citizen's Alphabet so much I have had to buy the book, they have qualities of Saul Steinberg, Edward Lear and other graphic geniuses.