Inkygoodness presents Beermat Characters at The Coningsby Gallery, 29th April - 4th May Beermat Characters is the latest project by Inkygoodness, inviting illustrators, artists & character designers to transform a beer mat (coaster) into a character. Showcasing the talents of over 80 artists & illustrators tasked with the challenge to transform a simple beermat into a character, our latest project will launch on Tue 30th April 2013 at the Coningsby Gallery in central London, with music, plenty of drinks on offer and a great atmosphere guaranteed! Expect a diverse selection of artworks from handmade to digital, felt plush, paper-cut outs, inked & painted, 3D sculptures & much much more! http://inkygoodness.com/blog/inkygoodness-beermat-characters/
New exhibitions in London
Our round-up will help you keep updated with the dizzying array of new and recently opened exhibitions in London. Think there's a great show we've missed? Tell us in the comments below.
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Abram Games had an influential and celebrated 60-year career as a graphic designer. He created the first animated BBC ident and many of London Transport's most iconic posters and was appointed an official poster artist during World War II. This exhibition, curated with help from Games' children Naomi and Daniel, looks at his artistic process through a collection of more than 100 original posters, paintings and sketches, many taken from the family's archive. Entry is free with museum admission.
This pop-up exhibition exploring the design stories behind some of the most popular products in British high street history celebrates the 150-year anniversary of the first John Lewis store on Oxford Street. Featured products include Lego bricks, an Anglepoise Type 1228 lamp, an iPad, Havaiana Brazil Flip Flops, a YSL lipstick, a Roomba 780 robot Vacuum Cleaner, and no fewer than 12 can openers.
Back in the sixties the American author Philip K Dick published 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'. As well as becoming the inspiration for 'Blade Runner', the novel introduced a new term – 'kipple' – for the useless bits and pieces that are by-products of everyday life. You know the drawer that started out with a purpose but now just contains undefined 'stuff'? It’s packed with kipple. There's probably a fair bit under your bed, too. Artist Dan Tobin Smith has used kipple sent in by the public to create a walk-in art installation.
Internationally renowned for his gigantic works of art, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has created a 21 metre-long floating hippo sculpture which is semi-immersed to move with the tide. It is living at Riverside Gardens on the Southbank for the duration of the Totally Thames festival. The artist has form with larger-then-life structures; the most popular is probably his 54-foot-tall 'Rubber Duck' that is still making its way around the world's waters.
The Icelandic-Danish artist transforms the ephemeral qualities of JMW Turner’s paintings into colour wheels. Coinciding with Tate Britain’s Late Turner exhibition, this free display in the Clore galleries stems from Eliasson’s Colour Experiments series that started in 2009. Taking seven paintings by the British landscape artist, Eliasson condenses the intensity of Turner’s use of colour and light into beautiful abstractions.
Suffolk-born romantic painter John Constable was never a success in his own lifetime. Now, of course, he's a hugely influential name in the art world and the V&A is hosting this exhibition of Constable's works – alongside classical landscape artists Ruisdael and Claude – to explore his creative process. Over 250 drawings and watercolours will be on display, as well as mezzotints and oil sketches.
- Rated as: 4/5
Fruit lies rotten and desiccated in a glass cabinet, each clementine, pear and pineapple trapped in a wire frame. As the fruit has withered away almost to dust, the wire frame around it has remained intact, a perfect metallic rendering of its former shape. Everywhere you look in this major show of work by the pioneering British installation artist (1932-2011), there is a tension between what is and what was, between barriers and empty spaces.
Collage is put under the spotlight in this show of three American artists; Frank Hallam Day, Michael Mapes and Brian Porray, whose work explores reinterpretation, repetition and the reuse of images.
- Rated as: 4/5
Each entry presents a whole theme and offers visitors the chance to get cogs turning in some curious ways. ‘A for Acts of Faith’, for instance, is anillustrator’s interpretation of our accidents and near misses as inspired by the accompanying selection of ex-voto images. ‘P for Philosophy’ asks you to take a philosophical fortune cookie to be opened on the way home.
- Rated as: 4/5
Barcelona-born Joan Fontcuberta’s ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ plays on the viewer’s trust in the authenticity of photography by presenting mischievously misleading evidence of extraordinary creatures, people and places. The conceptual artist’s convincingly documented ‘discoveries’ include mermaid fossils, winged monkeys, dolphin-surfing monks and never-before-seen constellations.