Spyre // Ron Arad RA
Resembling a tall brown tree trunk in the middle of the Royal Academy courtyard is Ron Arad’s kinetic sculpture Spyre. Standing 16 meters high this moving work of art has a camera on the external limb. As it moves it captures a video recording of the people below and projects this footage on the huge screen hanging above the entrance to the gallery. So come, walk around and become part of the digital archive of this work!
It is summer time in the city! In London do you know what that means? It is time for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. This special exhibition is open to anyone who submits a work and is curated by a range of individuals. So come escape the unpredictable London weather, grab a G&T by Sipsmith and enjoy perusing the exhibition. Like a work? Guess what, they are also for sale. These are some of my personal favorites. Thoughts?
Currently on view at the Royal Academy in London is an exhibition of 82 portraits and 1 still life by David Hockney. He only paints portraits of his friends set against a blue or green background. Each sitter can choose what they wear and how to sit. His only rule, they sit in the same chair. Hockney expertly portrays each individual’s personality, allowing you to feel as though you know the person even if only for a moment. Walking through the exhibition I kept thinking I wish I could be the subject one of his portraits!
What do you think of when you hear the word “maverick?” A rebel? A famous surf spot? An independent thinker? At the Royal Academy, “maverick” has been used to showcase experimental architects. Titled Mavericks Breaking the Mould of British Architecture, this exhibition also breaks the mould of what an exhibition looks like. Located on the walls of the bottom floor are multi-colored circles. Some circles have text, describing architects such as Charles Robert Cockerell, James Wyatt and James Stirling while other circles show pictures of the buildings these famed architects created.
Calling all lego lovers! Ai Weiwei is calling for a favor! If anyone has spare lego blocks, Ai Weiwei is asking anyone to donate their pieces for his next art installation at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. His work will address freedom of speech and be made out of legos. So why is he asking you to donate a lego? After Ai was unable to obtain a bulk set of legos due to his piece’s political message, he decided to ask his fans for a little help. If you feel inclined, come by the Royal Academy in London or any of the other drop off locations. The location at the RA happens to be a cherry red 5 Series BMW. Ai also asked fans to borrow their cars to use as the lego drop box. Simply place your legos through the sun roof and wait to see what Ai creates.