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I finally had a chance at the weekend to see the Hannah Höch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. I had seen bits and pieces of Höch’s work before but in this exhibition it was great to see how her style evolved over time, and especially within the context of history. Working alongside other contemporary collage artists like Kurt Schwitters, Höch’s work is playful and poignant, and creates a unique commentary of the social circumstances at that time.

The pieces below are from one of my favourite series – ‘From an Ethnographic Museum’ – completed between 1924 and 1930. I love their humour and sense of iconography. And considering their place in history, I like to imagine them celebrating diversity in a time of ever increasing uniformity.


The exhibition is on until the 23rd March so check it out if you can.


This weekend was the first one in a long while that I’ve had time to go out and see something. And fortunately, I was just in time to catch an exhibition I’ve wanted to see since it opened almost 6 months ago. ‘Saints Alive’ is the work created by Michael Landy whilst he was artist in residency at the National Gallery, a combination that some people thought a little unlikely.

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Installation of Saints Alive at the National Gallery, 2013

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mixed media 205 x 185 x 80 cm

The exhibition features a progression of Landy’s work from sketch, to collage, to all singing and dancing kinetic sculptures, which muse upon the stories of the Saints that feature in so many of the paintings in the gallery. It feels like Landy has almost dissected the National Gallery’s collections in order to form his own take on what many deem to be the most worthy of art – classical painting. It is humorous, fun and engaging. But most importantly it does not take itself seriously.

Aside from the subject matter, what I really liked about this exhibition is the questions it posed about the National Gallery, and where this institution sits in the art world, and in particular in London’s cultural scene. To many of the younger generation, the National Gallery is both inaccessible and pretentious. Although no one can ever argue that the National Gallery’s collection will ever become invalid, increasingly, as a static collection, it becomes more and more aloof and high brow.

What Landy does is bring this world back down to earth with a crash. It feels like he has bought the painting and the stories that they contain to life. It is whimsical, and fun. But most importantly it is accessible – and may in fact help a new generation to see the National Gallery’s collection in a new light. 

It closes on the 24th November but is so worthwhile checking out if you get the chance.


Simply mind-blowing paper sculptures. These have a real sense of craftsmanship to them, in a completely far-out setting. I also like the sense of delicacy they seem to convey despite their brash subject matter and gaudy colours.

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I love these collages from illustrator Dan Marston.

Another master of collage.

Some very serious felt-tip pen drawing.

I kept spotting Mark Warren Jacque’s illustrations in the likes of Vice magazine. Another American artist, there is a similar sense of whimsy to the work of Beth Hoeckel (posted earlier), although their styles are completely different.

I love his use of very powerful shape and colour. They seem to be at once both spiritual and commanding. Check out his blog also.

I came across Stone and Spear whilst undergoing some market research for my current project. Stone and Spear was created by London illustrator and designer Simon Cook, whose illustrative style is unique and engaging. There is a sense of wit within it, through the way that he contrasts shape, colour and object.

I love the way that he has contrasted geometry and kitsch photographic imagery within these crests. Check out his website for many more like this.

I am completely in love with Beth Hoeckel’s hand-made, witty collages. The surreal, playful landscapes create a real sense of narrative and atmosphere. Yet, the faceless figures have a strong sense of americana about them. Very whimsical.