As another year comes to an end, I look back to assess what I have been choosing to spend time doing in this, my 40th in planet earth and I notice that ,significantly, I have managed to get out of the autopilot mode and move forward with projects that are important to me personally and the industry I care about. Work wise, 2014 will be the year in which our own studio (atelier EURA) completed the development of our first property, co-curated an art exhibition, prepared our first two feasibility studies and reviewed purchase documentation for a potential new client. Not bad.
This weekend I am “gallery sitting” for my friends at Anise gallery as the gallery has been selected to feature at this year’s Cologne Art Fair. (Very exciting indeed) The gallery is located in a rather beautiful part of town (Shad Thames) and as such it is a joy to come to work.
A wind from the East seems to have settled at the heart of our city this autumn. As London gets ready for the Japan Matsuri festival 2014, three very different exhibitions, focused on contemporary Japanese art, have opened their doors to visitors on the East side of the city. #ContemporaryNature , @AniseGallery , Shad Thames, London Starting from the south of the river,on Friday the 3rd of October “Contemplative Nature”, Anise Gallery’s latest exhibition, opened its doors to showcase, for the first time outside Japan, the works of established Japanese artists Shigetomo and Setsuko Suzuki.
As an architect, I am always aware of the impact that our surroundings have on the way we live. Both the built form and the natural ones do inform, as they should, the way we live. I am not alone in this . Environmental, political and social concerns keep reemerging in different forms through mankind’s history and when this happens, they focus our minds .
(The hair piece I wore was designed and made by me with several varieties of Ebay feathers and glue. I only finished it in my father’s car on my way to the hairdressers) Eight years ago, last Monday, and after 4 months of preparation, my husband and I got married. Ours was a very short relationship (as boyfriend and girlfriend that is) but we knew that it made sense to get married. (I never thought I would want to marry anyone but when he suggested it , it “felt right”… cliche but true)
See on Scoop.it – on art and design The many lives of Malevich are all in his paintings, now on show in a fascinating retrospective at Tate Modern, writes Adrian Searle atelier EURA Scrapbook‘s insight: Visiting Malevich’s exhibition at the Tate modern is a journey through a significant part of the history of Europe . One that has greatly influenced many who followed. From architects o artists, it is easy to see the importance and influences that Malevich’s work had in the year that followed him.
See on Scoop.it – on art and design Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs brings together 130 colourful works including four blue nudes never before displayed together in UK atelier EURA Scrapbook‘s insight: With the title “Matisse-A cut above the rest” (a program by Alastair Sooke to be found on Youtube these days) The Culture Show inaugurated the summer and flooded our homes with delight and colour. The program , which had the Tate’s exhibition as a starting point, allowed us to meet the characters that surrounded Matisse through his later years. From artistic aids to the nuns at the Chapelle du Rosaire, Matisse’s companions painted a picture unknown to me: a portrait of the master.
Dear The Corner Room team, Thank you very much for your wonderful hospitality on the celebrations of my mother’s 69th birthday yesterday afternoon. She had a fantastic day and you were an integral part of it. My family had a wonderful time , and as ever, the food and wine were delicious and the service fantastic. We look forward to returning to your restaurant sometime soon.
See on Scoop.it – on design Londoners were surprised with a stunning beam of light towering above the city on Monday’s First World War centenary atelier EURA Scrapbook‘s insight: The past two weeks have been, to the world as a whole and the UK in particular, a time to remember those who took part in the war that changed the way the world fought for ever. For someone as against conflict as I am, the idea of celebrating a bloody occurrence in the first place springs to mind conflicting feelings which at 40 I am not able to fully articulate. And , as an architect, the idea of celebrating a bloody occurrence through a permanent sculpture even more so.
See on Scoop.it – on design This year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition presents a compelling sense of narrative, says Florence Waters atelier EURA Scrapbook‘s insight: Visiting the BP Portrait award last Saturday felt , as it generally does, like taking a journey though time. A journey that took me back to my student years when , freshly arrived to the UK, I decided to submit and entry titled “Mad cow”. The entry, a self portrait, featured a mug (with the words on) with the tired eyes of an architectural student gazing back at the viewer. It was a portrait that I still like because of its honesty, but in truth rather amateurish. I must clear and confess that I never imagined being in with a chance to win any of the awards. All I wanted was the chance to be featured at the exhibition. More than ten years on, after seeing the level of entries rocket year after year, I could not imagine having the same audacity now. There would be a lot to discuss …