The Art of Carnival Exhibition


Acton Carnival
Acton Carnival

I’m happy to be participating in the W3 Gallery’s ‘ Art of Carnival’ exhibition in Action, west London this month. I was approached at very short notice by the organisers this week so I apologise for not providing much pre event marketing. However, the show runs from today to July 20th so I hope some of you will have time to visit the show over the coming weeks.

The exhibition launches the Acton Carnival Season and some of the high profile performers and contributors to the event will be available to meet the press and public at tonight’s gathering. The exhibition features the work of several artists explorations of carnivalesque art including sculpture, photography and painting, curated by internationally renowned carnival artist, Carl Gabriel.

The Dragonfly Brewery is launching specially brewed Carnival beer at the George and Dragon public house beside the gallery so if you do attend tonight and can’t see me, perhaps it’s because I’ll be popping across to sample what the brewery has to offer! For further details please visit the W3 Gallery website or it’s Facebook page.


Kara Walker Revisits Caribbean Slavery with Exhibit “Sugar Baby”

Sounds like a fascinating show. If you’re in the area check this out!

Repeating Islands


Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby…” is on view until July 6, 2014, at the sprawling industrial relics of the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (see previous post Sugar? Sure, but Salted With Meaning). The exhibition is open Fridays 4:00-8:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6:00pm. Stereo Williams (KUDU) writes:

Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby…” has become one of the most talked-about art exhibits in New York City this spring. The show’s lengthy full title, “A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby: An Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant,” is a look at the Caribbean slave trade and sugar boom, with a white sphinx made of sugar housed inside the abandoned Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at it’s centerpiece.

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The Problem with Virtual Social Networking

I’ve been thinking about Facebook and social network sites. Love them or hate them, they can tell us a lot about friends and associates. Having a chat with a friend recently made me think about them and how they ‘fit’ into our ever-increasing busy lifestyles. It also made me think how detached people can be without knowing it.. Yes, I find them necessary and beneficial for work, they’re great for bridging links, particularly with friends abroad and professional groups but am I the only one getting wound up by the desensitising of messaging services and various social apps, accessing records and data they don’t need from our phones, brainwashing us to depend on their products for social engagement?

We’re adapting supposed convenient but lazy ways to ‘keep in contact’ which is a poor substitute for engaging with people direct. If you want to know what’s going on in the world don’t think everyone lives on Facebook 24/7. They don’t. It’s not just about you, how many likes, follows or comments you get for a picture, a YouTube video or an embarrassing funny photo either. If you care enough about friends, particularly those who are relatively local, pick up the phone or Skype once in a while!

We’re moving away from social networking towards an anti social networking culture, cluttered with inward looking people, massaging their egos online, attempting to reinvent themselves in the virtual world instead of creating a fruitful life in the real one. I’m not on the brink of closing down my Facebook page or returning to the stone ages in communication. I’m not anti Facebook either. I just think we should put into perspective how we shape social behaviour, determined by our chosen methods of communicating. Life is for living, experiencing the real world through engagement and not just getting lost in front of a pc, tablet or cell phone, chatting a lot but saying nothing! Sorry, my rant is over lol. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and fruitful week ahead!