Richard Serra at the Gagosian

‘I’m involved with the evolution of form.’ Richard Serra, in conversation with Michael Craig-Martin, the Guardian,1st October 2016. At the end of 2008, only a few months after we’d met, both halves of the modern eccentrics went to see an awe-inspiring show at the Gagosian on Britannia Street. It was the first time I’d encountered…

Robert Rauschenberg, Tate Modern

This show is like a starting point. Art movements in the second half of the 20th Century, seem to have sprung from ideas explored here, and each room posts it’s own ‘what if we…?’ question. This retrospective show, currently at Tate Modern and moving to MOMA in May, is filled with works that radiate imagination and…

Walhalla, Anselm Keifer at White Cube

Walhalla, Anselm Keifer at White Cube Sometimes trying to describe art is a self-defeating exercise, as it is the atmosphere and emotions created by experiencing the work that are key. If you are in London this weekend try and get to see this Anselm Keifer exhibition at the White Cube, Bermondsey. ‘Walhalla’, as the title suggests,…

Abstract Expressionism

So I finally made it to the Abstract Expressionism show at the Royal Academy on the very last day. And I’m glad I braved the cold and cycled into town as what a great exhibition it was. Often these shows are billed as a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity, but this really was a chance to…

Christmas Cards

For nearly a decade I’ve made my own Christmas cards. In this digital age, the act of actually printing an image and attaching it to a handmade card and then writing it and putting it in a post box may seem archaic, but I still think it is a great way to show that you…

The Museum of Childhood

‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.’ George Bernard Shaw Last week I took the car to get MOTed at the Kwik Fit on Bethnal Green Road. It takes about an hour so I took the opportunity to visit the Museum of Childhood for the first time….

The Daily Portrait

Back at the tail end of 2012, I decided to start a project with my new iPhone 5 (!) to test the camera. With the majority of us having smartphones, I felt there was no excuse not to utilise the cameras in our pockets, and the myriad of image apps available. I managed 142 portraits…

A Return to Education

So having twice studied practical but incredibly specific subjects at university and art school (car design and television systems), I return to further education after twenty years. And you know what, I am loving it! After not drawing properly for decades, I am doing a course with Steve Wright at Morley College to try to regain…

The Knitting And Stitching Show

The Knitting and Stitching Show is a yearly extravaganza for all things textile related. A mecca for all fibre aficionados, the show tours the country visiting Dublin, Edinburgh, Harrogate and London. A little bit later than I would have liked, I am finally having time to sit down and try and catch up with myself….

Street Dance

So I must apologise for the ‘radio silence’ here at moderneccentrics. It’s been a very hectic month and we’re not out of the woods yet but here’s one of the things we’ve been up to. In preparation for a submission for the Wearable Expressions Show in California, we asked the dancer Maya Williams to come over for…

Speed of Light – Terence Donovan

Beginnings and endings, it’s funny how often they affect the way we think about what goes on in the middle. Very often though they have little relevance to what goes in-between. ‘Speed of Light’ is the first major retrospective of the work of Terence Donovan (though there was a show of his work ‘The Eye…

Open Submission Season

Lots of exhibitions and shows appear to have closing dates around the same time, the time being now. So we’ve been looking at what @spottedhyenas has been up to, and I’ve been photographing our favourite pieces and works in progress so we’ve a good set of images for promotion. Some of the ideas @spottedhyenas is exploring…