Street Photography

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Stitch, Art For The Earth

Snowy was eager and ready to roll out the door, when Pandemonia slipped on her killer high heels, to depart for "Art For The Earth" launch party at The Dairy, 7a Wakefield Street, WC1N 1PG

Pandemonia navigated the pot holes and cobbled pathway leading to the exhibition, to be enthusiastically greeted inside by the shows curator Catherine Loewe , who along with Max Gates Fleming from Stitch, were responsible for pulling together tonights silent auction of 50 pieces donated, from emerging to established artists, Darren Almond, Richard Long, Marc Quinn and Richard Wentworth.

Catherine Loewe

Catherine handed P one of Organic Spirits tasty concoctions, then explained the show was about about drumming up moolah, from artists donations, for pressing global issues.

Sara Haq

Pandemonia was then introduced by Catherine, to one of the contributing artist charming Sara Haq. Sara, frog marched P&S to her 2 photographs, one was a splendid colourful image of Jellyfish, that was a R-type print mounted on aluminium, that she hopes will sell for £700-£900, the another was a side head shot of of a crocodile in b&w hand print, mounted on foamed £2,800 - £3,500, that's one eye, stared back at all the guests. Sending a shiver down Snowy's spine.

Fred Mann

From one photographic artist to another Fred Mann, ex Chelsea School of art, globetrotter.

Fred showed a giclee print "Mother", a photo collage taken from an old archive imagery, graphically illustrated using paper cutouts and digital manipulation edition of 1-15, at £400-£600 each.

Fred let slip it wasn't his mother, "but Mother Earth" who he sees, as been raped and pillaged.

Pandemonia covered Snowy's ears, from hearing any more of Fred's verbal graphic metaphors, and turn their attentions, to the dishy actor Ben Nealon.

Ben Nealon

Mr B Nealon, has graced the screens acting in Eastenders, Doctors,The Bill and Bollywood movie "Lagaan" with India's Brad Pit equivalent Aamir Khan.

Ben told P, "I'd taken a last year off acting, to focus on his charity "Pump Aid" to help raise awareness and funds, for clean water plumbing in desolate regions of the world, and "if ever I give up my day job, I'll chance my arm at plumbing".

For all millions of BN fans out there, don't despair, our handsome lad is returning back to the boards, in Ben Kenwright, Westend production of Agatha Christie's "Murder on The Nile" 2012.

Even better news for ugly plumbers, now they can sleep at night knowing desperate housewives choice Ben, is not taking up their profession.

Hugo Salvaterra

The next exhibitor to cross paths with P, was Hugo Salvaterra.

Hugo's 2 snaps, weren't your "ECO cliches" they were about his new found fervor in life, plastic bags and their plight. 59x42 cm at £500-£600

Hugo feels he's captured the soul of plastic bags and feels we should empathise with their welfare.

P&S agreed wholeheartedly, upon seeing his photo image of model's body wrapped in masses of plastic bags, that took on the form of a 1950's A-line women's dress shape.

A mock frock, that if lady Gaga stylist Nicola Formichetti were here tonight, would be equally inspired by.

Marc Quinn

Snowy and P, grab a quite moment for a quick shifty Marc Quinn 14x10cm digital file printed as glossy photograph "Unnatural World, that Marc expects to get £800-£1200 for the cause.

P headed for another drink, where her attention was drawn to the right hand side of the bar, and the work of another blond, Lucy Morley .

Lucy Morley

Together, these two, were a real spectacle.

Lucy Morley

Over a drink, Lucy gave P the insight of her art piece, entitled 24,000.

This is a 24,000 ink drawing on recycled paper, that depicted the cellular structure of a twig from a branch, revealing it's hidden veins, that feeds water to the tree. 150x150 £1800-£2200

A labour of love, that turned out to be, a kinda homage to her professors at University Collage Falmouth, that lectured Lucy and her 3 fellow students, on the first MA Arts and Environment degree program.

Having been bitten by nature of the woods, Lucy confessed, "I want to make her own paper out reclaimed pulp". P&S cant wait to see LM end product.

P left the gorgeous blond modern day Alice in Wonderland-Lucy, for a brief chat with another bleached blond bombshell, leather clad artist, David Holland.

David Holland

David was on fine form and told P to take a gander a his work of art, entitled, "Hurt, Agony, Pain Love-it, Pride", acrylic on canvas painting, he hope's to flog for £14000-£16000.

David Holland

Quick as a flash P&S spied Mr Holland realistic butcher shop hanging, of upside down meat and flesh, the sight of which, caused Snowy tummy to rumble, indicting it was way past supper time.

A final lap, with P&S takng a peek at screening room film, followed by gander at Maria Papadimitriou "Plastic Seconds" necklaces, one of tops and pearls & the other a light bulb pendent, that were a sure seller at £10 - £20 a pop.

Maria Papadimitriou

Then P&S said their farewell's and made a dash for home, for a bite to eat and curl up on the sofa & where Pandemonia read Snowy this weeks fav bed time story.

Photo/ Copy: Stephen Mahoney

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Danger, Jack Du Rose

Pandemonia and Snowy took to the streets, this time, for Jack Du Rose launch of DuRose: "Danger" exhibition, at Sam Taylor-Wood Studio.

Jack Du Rose

On entering the show, P & S had a big surprise. Mr Jack Du Rose, who worked with Damian Hirst on the Iconic diamond skull "For The Love of God" had created was a splendid mini zoo, creeping and crawling with reptiles, spiders, jellyfish and more, in fact, complete with everything Trazan knows and treasures. The stuff that makes a city girl shriek!

Not for that faith hearted damsel, this evening was for the up town city fearless chic, (the ones who could take on Crocodile Dundee).

Andreas DellalAndrea Dellal, Pandmonia and Jack De Rose pose for the press

P, clutched her glass of delicious Ruinart champagne, when perusing Jack Du Rose handy work, and what exquisite work it was, from pair of glowing fluorescent jellyfish rings, yes rings, with luminous diamonds and ruby's that were enough to make any Aristocrat, develop sticky fingers, (the show retained Du Rose taxidermist eerie vibe, by encasing every exhibit in a Portland Oregan-based, glass artist Andy Paiko, individual designed glass bell jars) to the perfect cure for any arachnophobic, a tangled webbed diamond necklace with a redundant black widow gem encrusted spider as a centre piece.

Amy Molyneaux

Pandemonia got nudged, by the adorable Amy Molyneaux, founder of UK fashion label PPQ. Amy went into raptures over the blue ringed Octopus with its golden sapphire and cognac, champagne and white diamond tentacles, with opal eyes. And then proceed to say, "I'm hunting for new studio near to centre of London". So to all you W1 estate agents out there, give Ms M a call. You may strike lucky?

Annie Monroe

Another fine looking gal appeared at P's side, Annie Monroe from the Los Angeles band The Like. Annie chewed the fat on how she's found another way to supplement her income when not gigging; part time acting, and she's already landed a film role. P thought with all Ms Monroe surplus cash, I bet she'll make off with the deadly cyanide Moth with pink and white diamonds. Very Rock & Roll.

Lilly Galvin

Libby Galvin Daily Mail sub editor and her walker Henry Blanchard. The pair entrapped P and then Henry let it slip his fav JDR masterpiece was Dark Frog, why? because he said, "it was least obvious item of precious jewellery, with the frog hidden under a camouflage". A concealment made up of rarest lagoon tourmaline, mandarin garnet and verdant green emerald, that would attract any smart Princess to keep this frog, instead of kissing it and getting a dull Prince.

Andreas Dellal

The next encounter Pandemoina had, was with ex Brazilian model and wife of property tycoon Guy Dellal, the incomparably stylish Andrea, with her equally on trend girlfriend Carolina Overmeer, both of whom mirrored the pages of Harpers Bazaar and Vogue. Andrea was sporting a orchid pendent necklace from Mr J Rose, which Mrs A Dellal confessed, was a gift from the designer, before inviting P to meet the man of the moment.

Jack Du Rose

And for all you uninitiated fans of Jack's incredible fine work, your in for real as awaking, as did some of the other guests. Jack has the hallmark of a handsome, hunky, prop forward Rugby player, rather than skinny jeweller. Snowy was a bit apprehensive to meet him, thinking J was eyeing him up as next show piece. But Jack gave him a friendly giant smile and a gentle reassuring cuddle. A sight that lead some of the girls and a few of the guys wish they were Snowy.

Henry Conway

Then Pandemonia notice Snow was shaking with excitement. He had spotted London clubland party promoter Henry Conway, heading their way. But Henry side stepped them, when he saw The Golden Lion exhibit. Only to return and say P & S they're both welcome any time at his club nights. This made Snowy's evening.

Benjamin Spicer

P couldn't leave without say farewell to Benjamin Spicer UK Sales Manager for Calvin Klein and his best mate Scott Mellis from Mission PR. Scott met P at exit and presented Pandemonia with a goodie bag, containing a treat from the Mr JDR, a gift Snowy took an immediate shine to, in the cab, on their way home.

P&S had a splendid night out in the urban jungle better known as London.

Photo/ Copy: Stephen Mahoney