Sunday, 16 May 2010

Mark Hanvey – Collect, Saatchi Gallery, May 14 -17, 2010

In the middle of May, me, Debbie, her sister Alison and her husband Mark popped along to the Saatchi Gallery in West London. Mark was exhibiting his work as part of Collect 2010, an event sponsored by the Crafts Council.

In summary, it is described thus “Between 14 – 17 May this international art fair for contemporary objects will be presenting a range of selected galleries that showcase the finest examples of contemporary craft.”

So… there was reams of work in wood, glass and metal from international artists. As the only street savvy cockney in our travelling party I suggested to the Northern Irish members of my family that we should avoid going there too early, as Chelsea would be having their open top bus parade for winning things this season and we would be trapped amongst the heaving blue chested masses…. and as a gooner this would be unacceptable to me, to subject me to such hellish torture.

So we popped to the Geffrye Museum first, which is a pretty cool place to check out interiors, furniture and furnishings from the ages in some old converted alms houses.

Anyway, to the point of this blog… An unashamed plug for my brother in law Mark Hanvey. His work in wood is awesome, both artistic and pragmatic in the form of beautifully designed contemporary furniture.

Check his website here…

And an interview with him here…

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Deftones, ULU, 12th May 2010

After much deliberation, we decided to ebay our chance to go and see Deftones at an intimate venue, ULU. We love this venue, plenty of bars, fast staff and a crowd of students who can’t afford to buy many drinks thus leaving the bar free from massive queue’s :) Also good views of the stage and mosh pit from pretty much anywhere. The bar’s were so good, we decided to buy sixteen JD and coke’s each before the action…. I look rough in this photo. It’s because I’ve only got 5 and a half drinks left.

Perked up, after the 16th one below, as has Rob….

As for the gig itself, it was awesome, they played most of their new album and some of the classics. Elite is my favourite track. It’s a monster. Got to be played ear bleedingly loud in the car. There was plenty of moshing and I even partook in some moves myself, but no punching people in the face or anything like that. I was too busy taking rubbish shaky photos…. see below.
More rubbish photo’s on my facebook page.