'The anguish of Hungarian sentiment is raw in Kiraly’s art'Arts Editor: Christopher George
David Kovats Gallery embodies the essence of contemporary East European art, and the latest exhibition from Hungarian artist Gabor Kiraly, gives a glimpse into the unsettling atmosphere of Hungary's culture that has existed for hundreds of year, and continues to be problematic.
It’s often through art that we get an insight into the underbelly of society, but Kiraly’s portrays a combination of cultures, identities and ideas. So at first It’s hard to grasp that the artist himself is originally from a small and sheltered village in the heart to Hungary, as the depiction of his own culture is heavily translated into a visual form akin to African tribal art.
Kiraly originally trained and worked as a teacher, but like all artists the calling to produce works became paramount, and eventually took control of his life. From his humble background in a small farming village, Kiraly moved forward to create a position within the global contemporary art world. He is drawn to unique combinations inspired by tribal art, African American art and the humble background and Hungarian heritage. This mix is as curious for the viewer as it is for the artist himself, who allows his subconscious to take control.
Kiraly is uncommitted in explaining why these themes are the basis of his works, or when these styles actually took hold of him creatively. Much of this artistry comes to him through his subconscious, and his paintings can often begin as one form and character, then change into another almost unrecognisable.
Working from his subconscious, Kiraly creates the hypnotic vision we are faced with. Unexplainable figures twisted and somewhat grotesque - beyond the facade of beauty, while relaying the emotions that seem troubled beneath the physical form. Although potentially disturbing at first gaze, these portraits become comforting as one eases into the mundanity represented in each character’s solo existence, yet is taut with the undercurrents of anguish. This banal existence is a representation of his own reality and observations from growing up in a secluded Hungarian village, with its culture, habits and rituals.
As with the artist’s unease of characters, these portraits represent the troubles and underlying anxiety within the Hungarian spirit. The agitation is passed down from generation to generation. Even the Hungarian national anthem is one of seemingly doom and depression. The anguish of Hungarian sentiment is raw in Kiraly’s art.
Kiraly often works on objects and materials found or sourced. Old canvas, wood, objects and items that take his creative and subconscious interest. These insignificant materials then becoming the vessels for the art and his analogy. A transferal of his historical unconscious feelings, sentiment and situations, onto objects that have their own historical journey, deepening the meaning and narrative of the paintings. How one is connected to either the objects, the art or the sentiment is personal. But for many, this is quite a moving and exploratory exercise.
Kiraly’s obscure connection with African art is a juxtaposition to his Hungarian background. His artistic direction is bound by a contrasting culture and at first it is difficult to decipher how Kiraly sees himself and other humans as one with no real separation. But why he wouldn’t be connected to African tribal art, or American African culture? We are all one of the same, and our journeys however culturally different, are one of emotional passages that we all share as the human race.
By Sara Darling
If you want to relive the eighties and do it in style, the GPO bluetooth speaker fuses retro aesthetics with whatever music you choose! Whether you’re entertaining at home or out and about, this silver Manhattan beatbox shaped bluetooth speaker is bound to be a talking point.
Portable speakers come in many forms, but this whopper from GPO is built to resemble an old skool ghetto blaster, and has an impressive built-in amplifier to make any kind of sound pump. The nostalgic disco EQ tracker and it’s luminous lights are another authentic touch - all that is missing is a cassette player!
It’s perfect for a party- where it can remain plugged in, but the iconic design of this boombox means it’s sturdy enough to travel! All you need to surround yourself with sound for a summer party with the Manhattan is the music on your phone, which can blast from this four speaker beast.
I took mine on a jolly in the waters of Lymington as we had a small boat party. Easy to sync from my smartphone, we all had a go ‘on the decks’. It’s just a shame we didn’t have a microphone as we could have recorded our kitchen disco too! Actually in retrospect, that is probably for the best.
It’s not a lightweight speaker- this big boy has balls- which it needs to live up to it’s hunky good looks! Charge it up and away you go and you’ll impress everyone with your swag. Breakdancers flattened cardboard boxes and Adidas tracksuits optional.
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SOUND TO MY EARS!
BY SARA DARLING
Have you ever lost an earbud? Not in your ear, but in the depths of your hoodie or somewhere down a lane on a jog? Me too. So I was a little bit dubious of investing in another pair of bud only headphones. However, one of the pros of the AUSounds AU-Frequency ANC True Wireless Earbuds, is that they offer a range of silicone ear tips for every size and shape of lug hole to ensure a secure fit.
For someone who’s always on the go, I need something that's comfortable and feels safe, and the ANC earbuds certainly ticked those boxes. With a right and left bud ergonomically designed to seal to your ear canal, they work wonders at blocking out background noise, and let you concentrate on the bass - or treble or whatever floats your musical tastes.
The LA brand is on the cutting edge of design, so the stem-style earbuds in a sleek matte black finish have an ergonomic design so they look good in and out! Using its advanced tech know-how, they are designed to provide a tight seal for active noise cancellation every time you pop them in, and the cushions mould to your ears for convenience and get even more comfy with repeat use.
I had to restart my iPhone to pair the headphones as it didn't find the device the first time round, but second time lucky! You’ll need to charge before first use, but they come with their own sleek charging case; it takes approximately two hours to charge, for five hours playback (or 20 hours charge altogether)...
With a swagger in my step, I got my old skool hip hop head on and was bouncing along the promenade in Brighton- and in no time I was back in the eighties (thankfully I didn’t see anyone I knew!) That might have been something to do with the volume being turned up to max- and me getting to grips with the controls which are controlled by a teeny “Multifunction Button” at the base of the buds.
The touch controls are a bit of a faff at first, but after a bit of experimenting I realised I could skip, pause and voice command from the powerful mic. However there was no volume control- that had to be done via the actual phone.
Next trial was the exercise test- now the gyms are back open, there was no excuse for me not to don my buds to see how they “hook” into the little notch near the bottom of my ear whilst working out. Glued to me for the duration of my 45 minute sesh, they stayed put for everything apart skipping. But I’m not very good at that, so it’s not a seamless journey by any stretch of the imagination- even my socks struggle to stay up!
Whether you’re looking for a new set of headphones for hands free calling- with great sound quality for both parties or listening to music on the trot, they also provided a crystal clear connection for my podcast - and got rid of any pesky distractions! I can safely say I’m re-addicted to the new world of earbuds!
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PARTY LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW ON NEW YEAR’S EVE 2020
BY SARA DARLING
EXCLUSIVE INVITE TO THE ONLY NYE PARTY YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
Just in time to rescue what has been a difficult year for everyone, the notorious two-week Belgian electronic dance music festival Tomorrowland is bringing some joy to send off the last day of the year with a bang in a safe and responsible way, from the comfort of your own lounge.
We won’t be allowed to go out dancing due to COVID, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t raise a glass (and your hands) and get your boogie on at home with some of the world’s top DJs who have created an insane, immersive experience to help the transition into the shiny new year.
Continuing with the success of Tomorrowland’s first ever digital festival Tomorrowland Around the World (check out the documentary here) the organisers have been busy creating a spectacular experience for the biggest night of the year.
During a time when socialising has been completely off the menu, and clubland is a ghost town, this is one gift that just keeps giving!
WORLD CLASS DJs
Join an impressive lineup of DJ’s including Armin van Buuren, CamelPhat, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Duck Sauce, Kölsch b2b Joris Voorn (exclusive b2b set), Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Snoop Dogg aka DJ Snoopadelic and many more, who have joined forces to support the electronic dance music scene at this tricky time, and all the like-minded dance music fans who are missing out on club nights, record labels and immersive experiences due to the pandemic.
CELEBRATE 2021 CLUB STYLEE
The online party is just what Bozza ordered in these challenging times, and will give millions of ravers a unique opportunity to ring in 2021 with old and new friends all around the world in a specially designed club which can be enjoyed from your own home.
The NYE party will consist of a "socially distanced" magical world consisting of four specially designed stages, which will embrace cutting edge 3D design, video production and special effects, to ensure the full festival experience on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet. With live performances from 8pm til 3am, you can see in the new year with as much anticipation as if you were out out! Well, maybe not quite as much, but the next best thing. AND you won’t have to queue and pay overpriced drinks prices at the bar.
TOMORROWLAND NEW YEARS EVE STAGES
Working with premier digital entertainment collective NAOZ, guests will be transported to Tomorrowland’s legendary Melodia stage, resembling a fabulous opera house to experience a new chapter which will be graced by industry heavyweights including Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Jack Back, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer and Martin Garrix.
The Atmosphere stage is the largest area and will be headlined by the likes of techno legends and house music tastemakers Artbat, Camelphat, Kölsch b2b Joris Voorn, Maceo Plex and Meduza.
Whereas electro, dancehall, trap, hip hop and future house should not miss Boys Noize, Diplo, Duck Sauce, Netsky, DJ Snoopadelic and Tchami who are showcasing on the mythical underwater world of the Planaxis stage. From there, explore an undersea tunnel to the Pulse stage, home to hardstyle acts Brennan Heart presents I AM HARDSTYLE ft. Villain, Ran-D, Wildstylez; Coone, D-Block & S-te-Fan, Da Tweekaz and Sub Zero Project.
Buy exclusive printed NYE tickets, limited-edition premium gift packages of Tomorrowland’s own sparkling wine Solo Vida, limited-edition Tomorrowland speakers, TML by Tomorrowland items, unique NYE event posters and a selection of branded accessories and party supplies.
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
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Separate on-demand Passes (€12.50) will go on sale on January 1, giving fans a chance to relive Tomorrowland’s New Year’s Eve celebration and all its stellar performances on-demand at naoz.live from January 1 until January 14.
For even more inspiration, check out the trailer here
‘Mark Charles alien abducted space travelling thug,
born in the back-seat of a black limousine’
Article: Christopher George
Having arrived on the music scene with hooligan electro glamour band Gobsausage in the early 2000's, like a millennium meteorite causing havoc, and pioneering Hackney's Electro Punk movement during the emerging East London arts explosion.
Mark Charles also launched his cult fashion label ‘Charles of London’ with his partner Susan Diamond. Their notorious mind bending fashion shows and campaign editorial imagery, exhibiting their diverse and provocative clothing range to the global fashion industry, while the Charles of London groupies were renowned for their ultra violent approach to dressing and behaving.
Charles of London became the anti fashion, fashion house. Spitefully non commercial, while representing London's unique style and influencing global sub-culture trends
Mark Charles releases his new album along with the White Reflectors. A throbbing collection of certified beats, subliminal punk stained frequencies, digital disorder and nu future cinematic soundscapes.
Yet again Mark Charles steps aside from the norm in producing this visceral sound scape and contemporary art project. Never becoming a follower of trends, his ability to shape and influence the arts along with his collaborators has seen a multitude of creative visions that are blunt, upfront, direct and astonishingly excellent.
Always aiming to surprise, and never failing to thrill or deliver, Charles yet again punches the knock out blow.
“Alligator swims in a swamp down the mud, the moon doth penetrate but she ain't looking for love. Hungry as a station waiting for a train, she's a hypodermic needle, gonna ease his pain"
Their new album DISOBEY was recorded on the hoof in Berlin, London and Hastings.
With an audacious line up of alien invaders The White Reflectors, including Gene Serene, Valerie Renay, Sebastian Lee Philipp, VeeVee, NKdV, Richard Heslop, Susan Diamond, Takatsuna Mukai and Andrew Neate.
Visual mashup by Black Triangle Films.
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Arts Editor: Christopher George
Smokey, smooth, sultry and stylish. Arandel's new opus, ‘InBach’ is warm velvet to the senses.
out now via French label InFiné, pays a poetic, infinitely respectful and innovative homage to Bach’s sacred workings.
Arts Editor: Christopher George
Working in the language of landscape and topography, American artist Brian Reinker creates colourful abstractions depicting real and imagined places with the discipline of an architect. We caught up with him at his South London studio prior to his forthcoming solo show.
What is your background?
I am originally from Ohio in the US Midwest and from a child was interested in art, design and architecture. I remember drawing on the walls and my mother not being very pleased about that!
I studied Fine Arts and Art History at University and also did a degree in Architecture and Design. I came to London in 1986 to study at the Architectural Association and I never left! I worked as a design director on building projects all over Europe but always wanted to be able to concentrate full time on art again, which is what I am now doing from my studio in Waterloo.
How would you describe your work? Talk us through your creative process,
My focus is on urban environments and landscapes, using ink and pencil drawing, paint on canvas and more recently, paper and other media on aluminium panels. I am inspired by maps, buildings and personal travel experiences. I usually sketch out a work in pencil and then start by gathering materials and making. The process of the physical making of something is important to me.
Who and what are your biggest influences?
The support of my partner is my biggest influence, he encourages me to explore new avenues and we discuss ideas and options together. I do not think that there is a single artist, but the modernist, mid century and more architecturally or graphic artists are inspiring.
What makes you get up and create art?
Having worked in the corporate world, I still have that strong urge to get up and get going. I tend to review the past few days work and then get excited about getting back to the studio and make any changes or try different options until I am satisfied.
What are you currently working on?
My first London solo show – Paper-Scissors-Rock, which opens at Hoxton 253 Gallery on 21 November! For the past year, I have been concentrating on working with paper, foil, vinyl and other materials mounted on aluminium panels. I tend to work in series or sets of ideas that I explore a theme with. I have been exploring building facades and most recently abstracted horizon landscapes and vertical views through air and forests. I’m looking forward to showing all these new works at the show!
Brian Reinker: Paper-Scissors-Rock is at Hoxton 253, from 21-23 November. 253 Hoxton Street, London N1 5LG
Article: Christopher George
SeeSpray Gallery hosts it's new, riveting and explicit exhibition this Autumn with artist Sassy Luke.
Sassy Luke known for being a master of adornment of the icons that wallpaper our every day lives. Tired old images of Queen Elizabeth II and Jesus H Christ are given a right good snazzing up with wicked humour and precise skill. Comforting, but completely new and better... and blasphemous... and riddled with treason.
But this show marks her serendipitous, yet harrowing new path for Luke. Through a mixture of poverty and luck she was charged with the task of clearing out the former 'home' of an addict. What she documented and cleared out became an entire art project. A seemingly fully functional member of society when met face to face, but the tidy up operation revealed a trail of theft from the other residents of the building in order to fund a serious habit. The poignant words above the bed, usually found in some kind of family home, are a stark contrast to the layers of hazardous filth that the artist was wading through both emotionally and physically.
This is not the exploitation of an unfortunate junkie, but a very first had documentation of the horrors of addiction and forces the viewer to think about our own addictions and how we perceive us to be different from other junkies. This show is guaranteed to take you on a journey through a range of emotions in a beautifully uncomfortable way.
SEE SPRAY GALLERY
Saturday 9th November - Thursday 5th December 2019
Private View Saturday 9th November 6pm - 8pm
Article: Jas Bhachu
Foreword: Delphian Gallery
Delphian Gallery is delighted to present ‘Habitual Submission’, a solo show by London-based artist, Rhiannon Salisbury. Her work investigates the glossy representation of women to expose an absurd dystopian reality of the capitalist dream.
Her process begins from selecting through an archive of advertisement imagery sourced through high-end beauty campaigns online and magazines. The resulting paintings show the disturbance caused by the social pressures born of the mass media machine. The images morph into a synthetic chaotic mush which seeks to simultaneously allure and repel the viewer. In decontextualizing the original image through the subjective lens of painting, Salisbury engages with an otherwise unobtainable dialogue of beauty.
Inspired by serious literary and philosophical works such as The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord, and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Rhiannon decontextualises and distorts the vernacular image in such a way to render it eerily familiar, yet entirely alien.
‘Habitual Submission’ aims to disrupt and reclaim the omnipresent space these luxurious images occupy - a feminist manifesto for our current times. Rhiannon was the overall winner of our second Delphian Open Call, beating over 10,000 entries.
"I use my paintings as a tool to investigate the role of women within a patriarchal culture. Using colour, form, and composition as language, I am investigating western standards of beauty and the idealisation of female adolescence, within the field of advertising.
I deliberately work with found imagery from aspirational fashion and lifestyle magazines, focusing on the modelling campaigns of the most luxurious brands. Composition’s and imagery are tweaked to distort and expose my dystopian perception of this capitalist dream.
I hope that the reinterpretation of the advertisements through painting, opens up a dialogue where one can re-look at the structure of ideas and references used in each highly constructed and saturated image.
Using gestures which explore the borderland between a substance that is alluring in its thick luscious texture, and grotesque in its ability to turn to chaotic mush, my paint handling and synthetic colour palette seeks to strike a balance that intends to at once allure and repel the viewer."
Private view: 26th of September 2019, 6 - 9pm
Show Run: 27th Sept – 8th Oct 2019
Address: 253 Hoxton Street, London N1 5LG
Arts Editor: Christopher George
Gallery presents Terry O'Neill CBE and Bran Symondson, two hugely accomplished, and ground-breaking photographers from different eras, in a collaboration of a provocative new collection aptly called 'Hollywood Re-loaded', to be unveiled at Annabel’s, London
'Hollywood Re-loaded' is a bold and brash reinvention of Terry O'Neill's portraits of Hollywood icons posing with guns. Portraits of stars like Michael Caine, Bridget Bardot and Roger Moore, each with sleek firearm in hand, are pockmarked by bullets fired by ex-Special Forces turned artist and reportage photographer, Bran Symondson, using the same gun as in each portrait. Guns and the violence they symbolize become subjects, displacing Hollywood stars and the glorified ethos they mediate as well as create.
Inspired by the changing perception of guns and the reverberating conversation about gun violence around the world, 'Hollywood Re-loaded' is a timely addition to both artists’ repertoires. Classic works by Terry O’Neill get a second life unlike their first as Bran Symondson bravely inhabits the space where being a photographer and a soldier meet. Both, he rightly observes, “…are looking intensely for the moment”.
This collection dares to explore the rebound of our painful reckonings with gun violence on Hollywood. It also reaches for the positive changes, real and imagined, arising from passionate and reasoned efforts to address this menace. Bran’s artistic commitment to 'turning something of fear and loathing into something of beauty' shines through in ‘Hollywood Re-loaded’. However, it is a payoff that lies beyond a shocking confrontation with the destruction and irreverence of bullets.
Terry O’Neill says about the forthcoming exhibition “What Bran has done with my photographs is astounding. He’s taken such time and consideration when creating his art – he really has transformed my photographs into something entirely his own. It’s been a thrill for me to work with a young artist such as Bran, to listen to his thoughts and process. And I can’t be more pleased with the results.
'Hollywood Re-loaded' will make its début fittingly at Annabel’s, favourite hangout of the stars and London’s VIPs, on the 30 September. It will then move to the HOFA Gallery on Maddox Street on 1 October where it be on display throughout Frieze week till the 14 of October 2019.