1. New Post: Something you should see… BBKP: D Eye Y at Pump House Gallery


    Something you should see… BBKP: D Eye Y at Pump House Gallery

    It’s an oft-quoted statistic that more photographs were taken in the twelve months of the year 2011 than in the entire history of photography put together. Inevitably our delight and amazement at being able to by capture, fix and keep an image on paper has diminished since the invention of the photograph. Four-man artist collaborative BBKP create work that resurrects those feelings. D Eye Y, their new exhibition at Pump House Gallery, showcases some of their off-the-wall approaches to image making.

    BBKP comprises four artist-inventors: Nathan Birchenough, whose previous projects have included making a cardboard Viking boat (which he rode triumphantly down a canal for a full five minutes), Nicholas Brown, a natural-born carpenter of scrap and found materials, Craig Koa, who looks to process and learning and Savvas Papasavva, the techno-whizz of the group who is interested in the mechanics of film-making. Together with brilliantly boyish excitement they spend their days spraying, sticking, stapling and sawing any materials they find, converting them into bespoke cameras which record the world in new and different ways.

    D Eye Y

    The projects on show at D Eye Y were developed with input from members of the local public, who were invited to partake in a series of workshops held in Battersea Park, commissioned by the Pump House Gallery. Participants were taught how to make cameras out of objects as unexpected as peanut shells, and how to take fantastically warped portraits of their surroundings with their own bespoke SlitScan cameras – which they themselves made from scratch. Holding an image of the world in your hands, with the knowledge that you have Done It Yourself without any digital input, suddenly seems impossibly far-fetched and incredible.

    BBKP’s projects are about innovation, problem-solving and the practical exploration of materials. Their inventive approach to their apparatus creates a new kind of camera vision and lends a real physicality to the photographic print which comes to be valued as an object in itself, not just one of hundreds of images. Take your time over this show –there’s a lot to see. (Words: Florence Ritter)

    D Eye Y is on at the Pump House Gallery until April 7th.  For more info, visit: www.pumphousegallery.org.uk


  2. New Post: Something you should see… Carl Andre: Mass & Matter at the Turner Contemporary


    Something you should see… Carl Andre: Mass & Matter at the Turner Contemporary

    Before Tracey and her unmade bed, there was Carl and his pile of bricks. The artist behind the notorious 1970s sculpture of ordinary bricks stacked on a gallery floor, otherwise known as Equivalent VIII, is the subject of a new exhibition at Turner Contemporary in Kent. Mass and Matter is Carl Andre’s first major show in Britain for over 10 years and features sculptures made between 1967 and 1983, as well as poems from the same period.

    A leading member of the 1960s Minimalist movement, Carl is famous for his sculptures of raw building materials arranged in linear or geometric patterns directly on the floor. Several examples of Andre’s floor sculptures are on show, including Weathering Piece (1970) – a giant chessboard formed from weather-beaten and oxidized metal plates. Many of the floor pieces were also conceived by Andre to be experienced by the spectator, as well as looked at – so, visitors to the Turner can walk across the metal sheets that make up 4 x 25 Altstadt Rectangle (1967). Andre has experimented with brick configurations throughout his career and a number of these works are on view. The piece 60 x 1 Range Work (1983) which has been described, as resembling ‘an enormous Toblerone’, is one of his more recent. Alas, the ‘controversial’ Equivalent VIII is not being exhibited which is a shame, as it would’ve been nice to see what all that fuss was about!

    The re-ordered individual words and phrases that characterise the poetry at the show reference Andre’s approach to constructing his sculptural forms. Words in Andre’s poems (just like a wood block or a brick) are used as solitary units to be repeated, stacked or boxed. For the generation of artists who followed, Carl Andre redefined the nature of sculpture – it could consist of ordinary materials, didn’t have to be carved and could be set straight on the floor. Even though, he’s mostly known in Britain for the stir he caused back in the seventies, there is more to Carl Andre and his pile of bricks – and it’s worth leaving the capital to see. (Words: Eri Otite)

    Carl Andre: Mass & Matter is on at the Turner Contemporary until May 6th. For more info, visit www.turnercontemporary.org


  3. New Post: Something you should see… Marfa Girl at The Book Club


    Something you should see… Marfa Girl at The Book Club

    Remember Kids – the film that launched Chloe Sevigny, and gave a warts n’ all  account of tainted morality in teens? Ready for some more? Now’s your chance! The director Larry Clark is back with another offering, Marfa Girl – a film where themes of teenage sexuality, confusion and desire are writ large in this tense collision of artistic urges and small town America. And being Clark, that most independent of independent filmmakers, he has his own way of doing things. For starters, there will be no cinematic release and the film is only available on his website.  But happily The Book Club is putting on not one but TWO FREE viewings of his meisterwerk. “I wanted to make a movie for the internet,” he told Filmmaker Magazine last year. “These days everyone’s on it – emails, social networks and all that. Kids are constantly connected to it. People make a video and it gets a million hits, so f**k it, let’s do it.”

    Well quite, dear boy, on you go. And exhibiting his own brand of disaffected youth, Clark slated all producers as crooks in that interview, stating “I never got paid for my movies.” Even so, you might wonder why  this man in his 60s is so interested in teens getting busy? Well, what is clear is that his young actors trust him. Drake Burnette, an art school graduate, has turned actor on account of Clark’s interest in her to be the Marfa Girl in question. “I think his work is so brave and beautiful”, she tells Dazed & Confused. “He’s been able to capture so many subgenres of American youth culture”. Marfa Girl promises to add that pantheon. (Words: Ed Spencer) 

    Marfa Girl is screened on Tuesday 12th February, 6.30pm – 9pm, 9.30pm – 12am. To be added to the free guestlist send your name to info@wearetbc.com. For more info visit: www.facebook.com/events/403426089744522


  4. New Post: Something you should see… David Breuer-Weil: Project 4


    Something you should see… David Breuer-Weil: Project 4 

    Whether you know David Breuer-Weil for his monumental paintings, or for his equally oversized sculptural work that ‘emerges’ from the lawns of Hanover Square, he’s an artist who is beginning to receive significant attention. The fourth instalment of his ‘project’ series goes on view at The Vaults under Waterloo Station from February 7th and if the other three projects are anything to go by, it’s going to be epic.

    David Breuer-Weil

    Made up of around 70 paintings plus a few sculptures, Breuer-Weil falls firmly in the ‘prolific’ category. His previous ‘projects were similarly packed to the rafters. The first project in 2001 was in the crypt of the Roundhouse. The second came shortly after in 2003, taking place in the Bargehouse on the South Bankand, and  in 2007, Project 3 was held in a disused multi-storey car park in central London. As the projects have progressed so have their themes and styles. The use of unorthodox spaces fits well with his style and the enormity of each individual canvas. A sense of place, cause and a hint of spirituality have permeated his work since the mid-1990s. Explosions of colour and repetition feature heavily while hints of realism mix with his iconic dreamscapes to weave a complex political history – one he often draws on his own personal Jewish background for. It may not surprise the viewer to hear that Breuer-Weil spent of his working years tucked away in the Impressionist and Modern Art section of Sothebys.

    David Breuer-Weil

    Project 4 is to be housed in the atmospheric vaults of Leake Street and will serve to add to the theatre and eerie feel of the show. The venue is a perfect backdrop in which to explore our very human preoccupations with territory, belonging and politics. So as an eccentric and cinematic exhibition, it will be sure to impress. (Words: Laura Thornley)

    Project 4 is showing from 7th February – 1st March. For more info visit: http://www.davidbreuerweil.com/project4/about.html


  5. New Post: Something you should see… Love Hurts: Zeus Solo Show at Graffix Gallery


    Something you should see… Love Hurts: Zeus Solo Show at Graffix Gallery

    Street art and sweets. And jilted love. And Zeus Juice. And… Do you need another? Is that not enough? You’re insatiable! Well, ok then, for you, in the run up to St Valentine’s Day, Graffik Gallery on Portobello Road are turning over their venue to said Zeus. To make sweets. Well not just sweets, slush puppies too. And slush puppy machines. And art. And broken hearts. Hang on? Broken hearts? Yes, and it even takes in a charity auction on the jour d’amour itself, February 14th.

    So to give this all a bit of context, it’s a shop installation created by Zeus – the London artist who started his art career a teen graffiti artist before he ended up at the Chelsea College of Arts for a dose of more formal training. Zeus has created the Zeus shop and it very much continues the artist’s drive to create his work in evermore unusual settings. In the past he has melded urban architecture with children’s pop-up books and here, the thread of sweet youth gathers apace. In this show, elements of graffiti are paired with classical art impulses, sculpture with confectionery and slush puppies with broken hearts.

    What this all means for you is a saccharine soaked sojourn back to an era where procuring a quarter of kola kubes was a major achievement. And you get to do this surrounded by the mad creations of an artist drawing on a quite considerably varied oeuvre.
    It all kicks off with a private view on February 7th and after that it’s a mad scramble to be the first to know what constitutes the promised liquor, Zeus Juice. What you waiting for Hansel and Gretl? (Words: Ed Spencer) 

    Love Hurts runs from February 7th – 19th. For more info, visit: www.facebook.com/events/115359098640018


  6. New Post: What we’ve been up to… Future Cinema presents Shawshank Redemption


    What we’ve been up to… Future Cinema presents Shawshank Redemption

    I’ve seen some great films in my 31 years, but few compare to the cinematic genius that is Shawshank Redemption. Nominated for seven Oscars, its intelligent narrative,  beautiful score and “that twist” makes it one of those timeless films you can watch over and over again  - so I was intrigued when I heard it had been given the Secret/Future Cinema treatment last year. For starters, how do you pull off a “live cinema” version of a film like Shawshank?  Who’s playing Morgan? And since participants are invited to be inmates in this theatrical production, would there reeaaaaaally be any fun in that?

    Sort of.  In case you can’t remember, Shawshank Redemption tells the story of a man thrown in jail, accused of murdering his wife and her lover. He pleads innocent but gets on with doing his time until he discovers evidence which could set him free. His initial years locked up are pretty harrowing to say the least – and inside the world of Future Cinema, we get a taste of this prison life that at times is almost too authentic for entertainment.  During the first part of the production, a few participants are shouted at and humiliated, while I witnessed  a few disturbing moments that I imagine was particularly uncomfortable for my fellow ladies in the mix.

    That said, there’s no denying that Future Cinema are brilliant at what they do as the production values are incredibly high (I’d go so far as to say mind-blowing) – and any questionable factors of the spectacle are soon overcome by the convincing actors, activities and the eventual screening of a film that’s deserving of the homage.  But playing make-believe incarceration may falter in comparison to more light-hearted FC productions like Grease, Bugsy Malone  - and in a few weeks Casablanca – which you probably wouldn’t mind paying 45 quid for. Still, if you’re brave enough, want to play along and oddly fancy the kicks, this could be the ticket. Just don’t take a date if you’re a fella – and ladies, you might want to leave the girlyness (and heels) at home. On until February 24th.

    For more info, visit http://www.futurecinema.co.uk


  7. New Post: Win a Valentine’s three-course dinner for two + screening of Casablanca!


    Win a Valentine’s three-course dinner for two + screening of Casablanca!

    Happy Friday people!  We appreciate that love is for life (and not just for Valentine’s!) but if there’s an annual day dedicated to loveliness, who are we to fight it? ;-)  So whether you’re dating, married or simply enjoy hanging out with your BFF, we’ve got a Valentines’s competition open to one and  all;  our generous friends at the Roxy Bar and Screen are offering you the chance to enjoy a Valentine’s screening of the classic Casablanca and mouthwatering 3-course dinner!

    For your chance to win, simply send us a “selfie” (a picture you’ve taken of yourself, most likely with a camera phone), with the person you’d like to go with and both of your names to info@theculturalexpose.co.uk by midday Friday, February 8th and a winner will be chosen at random.  Good luck! 

    Three course menu 


    • - Beetroot marinated smoked salmon, rocket and shaved fennel salad
    • - Ham hock and rabbit terrine, rhubarb and plum chutney, toasted ciabatta
    • - Grilled courgette rolls with aubergine caviar and grilled piquillo peppers


    • - Grilled haddock, crushed new potatoes with goats cheese, chilli and mint pea puree, citrus aioli
    • - Chorizo stuffed chicken breast, dauphinoise potatoes, roasted vegetables, chorizo cream sauce
    • - Feta, caramelised onions and beetroot filo pastry strudel, green beans and rocket salad, with beetroot puree


    • - Sharing plate of passion fruit curd pots, banoffee tart, blueberry and white chocolate ganache cups

    About Roxy Bar & Screen

    Roxy was created to bring together cutting-edge digital screenings with high quality drinks & food.  Film screenings take place from Sunday to Wednesday on a large-scale, state-of-the-art digital cinema screen and surround sound system, offering viewers a unique, high quality cinema experience within a relaxed bar setting.  The hugely popular Film & TV Pub Quiz takes place every other Thursday, whilst the venue also screens the pick of sporting events at the weekends.  Good quality value-for-money pub food is served alongside an impressive wine, beer and cocktail selection. For more info visit www.roxybarandscreen.com/listings.php?event=2285

    (For our competition terms and conditions, click HERE…)


  8. New Post: TCé picks: A selection of things to do and places to go – February 2013


    TCé picks: A selection of things to do and places to go – February 2013

    As far as we’re concerned, February is the official start of the culture calendar – so we’re happy that this month has quite a few entertaining going-ons in store, from charity danceathons to an opportunity to go to your very own prom.  Plus, tune into the site later for an announcement of a  brilliant  competition courtesy of our generous friends over at the Roxy Bar & Cinema…


    Ali Shaheed Muhammad at Jazz Cafe, February 1st - The former member of  the pioneering A Tribe Called Quest drops into Camden for a Friday night party for lovers of hip-hop, R&B and soul.


    Meet Mutsa danceathon, February 9th  - This fun and quirky social activist has been doing her part in London to raise awareness of the HIV pandemic in sub-saharan Africa through educational projects, and her latest event sees her organise an international danceathon fundraiser in London and New York City.  One of the teachers who’ll be putting participants through their paces is Zoo Nation choreographer Kate Prince (Into the Hoods, Some Like It Hip-Hop), so you’ll know this will be brilliant (and all for a good cause!).


    Future Cinema presents Casablanca, February 14th – March 3th -  The creators of Secret Cinema will be presenting the iconic Casablanca, where you’ll step into the world of Rick’s American Café at the Troxy which will be transformed into the famous, exclusive and romantic nightclub. Immersive cinema at its finest.

    The Book Club


    Teen Dreams Prom at The Book Club, February 14 - Ever wondered what it’d be like to go to prom? Wonder no more on Valentine’s Day as The Book Club are throwing a fancy dress knees-up for couples and friends to experience prom first hand. There will be games, American food and even a final crowning of Prom King and Queen.

    Arts & Culture

     Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at Tate Modern, February 21st – May 27th - Roy Lichtenstein is one of the leading figures of American Pop art, and this show brings together 125 of his most definitive paintings and sculptures.

    Best bits from last month

    Something You Should See… Light Show, Hayward Gallery
    What we’ve been up to… Patty & Bun
    Something you should see… 35 mm: A Musical Exhibition
    Send us your “selfies” and win places on a Culture Club Photography Workshop!
    Something you should see… Feast at the Young Vic
    Something you should see… One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show
    Somewhere you should eat… The Shed

  9. New Post: Something You Should See… Light Show, Hayward Gallery


    Something You Should See… Light Show, Hayward Gallery

    Light. We have built pyramids to worship it, sundials to utilise it and, more recently in our relatively short homo sapien history, solar panels to harness and regenerate it. This month at Hayward Gallery, 23 artists heralding from Venezuela to Wales have been brought together for their work with this most essential of natural phenomena. Light Show showcases pivotal works from the past fifty years which investigate light, its properties and its effects.

    The artists selected for Hayward’s Light Show are those who are considered significant and progressive in their use of the medium. Some shape light, some shape space with light, some shape our perception of space with light. Alongside some of the more established and readily recognisable works (Dan Flavin’s monuments to Minimalism and James Turrell’s dazzling ganzfeld to name but two examples) the exhibition features the products of a whole range of experiments with this most intangible of media. François Morellet’s astoundingly elegant neon tubes rear northwards from the same concrete floor that is blemished with a humorous ‘splat’ shape beamed by Ceal Floyer’s bowed spotlight nearby. Carlos Cruz-Diez has created a glowing pastel paradise, Katie Paterson presents a room filled with moonlight and Olafur Eliasson presents a strobe-lighted water garden which is the pièce de résistance of the show, and really has to be seen to be believed.

    Here’s a question: what is light if not our perception of it? As Hayward director Ralph Rugoff proclaimed at the opening of the show, ‘in the world of art it takes two to tango’ – these works are about personal encounters and direct experience. Light Show is an exhibition of verbs: you can explore light, feel light, touch it, stand and bathe in it. You can even almost smell light in the heat coming off the crackling filaments in Cerith Wyn Evan’s towers and from the scorching lamps that fill Ann Veronica Janssens’ misty room with rose-coloured sunshine. Our pupils expand and contract as we move in and out of the darkened exhibition spaces, and our ears hum with the sound of projectors and mist generators.

    Move your body to Hayward and treat your eyes to this wonderland of visual stimuli as soon as possible: when word gets out about this spectacular show, the crowds will come like moths to a flame. Many of the works are interactive, and there may be queues, but let me tell you – without exception, each is worth the wait. (Words: Florence Ritter)

    Light Show at the Hayward Gallery is on until April 28th.  For more info, visit: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/light-show-69759


  10. New Post: Something you should see… Běla Kolářová at Raven Row Gallery


    Something you should see… Běla Kolářová at Raven Row Gallery

    Since the Raven Row Gallery regularly champions overseas artists and those with a political interest – it’s not a surprise that this February they will be presenting Bela Kolarova’s first posthumous retrospective since her death in 2010. Having only received significant attention in the last few years, this new show, at this stunning gallery, gives much deserved space to an artist from behind the iron curtain.

    During her life in the Czech Republic Kolarova’s artwork was often overshadowed by her husband, Jiří Kolář, a writer, poet and collage artist. But in these heady days of equality (well, not quite, but…) Kolarova’s work has sparked new interest. Working during the 60s and in opposition to the then Soviet dominated Czechslovakian trends, the artist developed a practice that kicked against the wonder and preoccupation with the photograph and continued the Bauhaus school of thought: working with the medium in an abstract way.

    Kolarova is most well known for her ‘artificial negative’ images – a technique that involved layering parafin over cellophane and imprinting the most mundane of objects onto the surface. Through this preoccupation with the unimportant, the artists became associated with the New Realism movement of the 1960s. As Kolarova’s work progressed, and for political reasons was never shown in Prague, she became increasingly concerned with domesticity and feminism, using her own hair and make up to complete many of her artworks.

    The exhibition promises to display works through all apsects of the artists ouevre – from her early photgraphs, experiemntal photographs and into her more politically charged work from the 1970s and 80s. The tragedy of art – that recognition often comes after ones death – still remains true for this artist. But, Kolarova’s work remains as vital as ever, despite its late discovery. And for that reason it is a must see. Words: Laura Thornley

    More info: http://www.ravenrow.org/forthcoming/