Nature, Noel Gallagher & Snik.. a busy day

Posted: November 8, 2011 in Art, East London, Graffiti, LOndon
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If you have a few hours to spare one evening or over the weekend, I highly recommend a visit to the Natural History Museum. To be specific I am highlighting their current Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which runs until next March. It provides an amazing selection of digital photographs by amateurs ranging from adults to children.
The pictures provide an insight into the beauty and cruelty of nature alongside the destructive influence of man. There is a great mix of visually striking images, to the simplistic solitude of a single animal with a minimal terrain.  The visit was completed with the obligatory walk through the dinosaur section.

I then travelled back to east London and the repetitively visited Redchurch Street, where two exhibitions caught my eye.
First was the debut solo show by stencil/graffiti artist ‘Snik’ who’s work was hosted at ‘The Gallery’. The collection is under the title of Nocturnal and the theme of darkness prevails through each piece. I have been a fan of his work for some time, and the vibrant bright flashes of colour scream out off the darkness enhancing all of his techniques used. In addition to work on canvas, Snik  also uses a chair, piano and vintage cases to display his work. A collection I really recommend, I am already regretting not purchasing a signed print that I saw a couple of years ago.

A few steps further and I arrived at the Londoncastle Project Space to view ‘Lawrence Watson Photographs Noel Gallagher’. Watson had unprecedented access to Gallagher during the 18 month period leading toward and including the recording of his first solo album ‘High Flying Birds’.
Each selection of photographs (that range from black & white to striking colours) follow Gallagher from the UK across America. I was pleasantly surprised at the volume of images on display, although there were more than I thought there would be the total was perfect for the journey being tracked.
The end of the gallery had a projected video of Gallagher discussing the recording process, and although I haven’t heard the full album yet it provided a great insight into the meaning behind the album. The exhibition closes on the 13th so be sure to visit the gallery before it closes.

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