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Apologies to all as it has been a while since my last post. Much has changed since I was last informing you of something irrelevant that I, at least found interesting. However I will save you the details at this time.

Back to the review, and the most recent exhibition to get me out of my four walls was Richard Haris’s ‘Death: A Self-Portrait’ at Euston’s Welcome Gallery.

The exhibition consists of around 300 pieces of art, sculpture, animation that is devoted to attitudes surrounding death and our complex & contradictory attitudes towards the theme.

The exhibition is divided into five categories:

Room 1 – Contemplating Death: The contemplation of morality and our views around it. Images of skulls combined with the theme of time are prominent in this room to reconcile us with morality and condemn morality
Room 2 – The Dance of Death: The universal certainty of death, regardless of social status. The world has periodically suffered war, famine and disease and death provides the ultimate leveler. Skeletons alongside humans highlight the frailty of man with dark humorous overtones prevailing.

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Room 3 – Violent Death: The question this room asks is whether art can provide aesthetically pleasing work about violent death and the damage of war to body & souls. The pieces on show act as anti-war messages highlighting the damage caused.
Room 4 – Eros & Thanatos: This room questions people’s fascination with disturbing or morbid phenomena cannot be attributed to scientific curiosity. There is a strong connection with living subjects alongside skulls and skeletons.
Room 5 – Commemoration: Rituals associated with death, burial and mourning have transformed over centuries and across cultures. This room highlights the populist subject has integrated into modern culture and commercialism.

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Although a little macabre for most tastes, the exhibition is thought provoking and highlights how societies view on death and morality have become heavily desensitised. There is a dark humored undercurrent that ensures the exhibition flows from theme to theme and isn’t too morbid. Overall a great exhibition and well worth a few hours of your time.

Memento Mori

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30 Days of Night #1 – was an essential addition to my subscription list as I was first introduced to Steve Niles via his previous work, ‘Criminal Maccabre’. What initially struck me was the paper quality used by IDW, that immediately made me want to invest my time in reading it.
The first edition focuses on an apparent outsider Alice Blood who is searching for contact with vampires via her website ‘Desperately Seeking Vampire’. Meanwhile, unbeknown to Alice, a revolution between the vampire ‘elders’ and the new breed is brewing. Alice is oblivious to the apparent truths she is searching for. The stories cliffhanger finishes after yet another ‘hoax’ conversation, Alice is exposed to a real attack before a surprise of her own is revealed.
Sam Keith’s artwork matches Nile’s vision perfectly. Keith’s textured artwork enforces a dark impending tone and atmosphere, which partners the dangerous scenario Alice is bound to become unwittingly merged with. Keith builds the tension perfectly with the irregular panels that ensure your eyes jump from scene to scene effortlessly.
Rating is harder for a #1, but it provided all I had hoped for with a little extra. Therefore, a strong 4/5

Monocyte #1 – Is easily the darkest and most visually stunning comic that I have seen recently, and similar to my previous comments, the paper quality used enhances all of Menton3’s and Kasra Ghanbari’s creation.
We are introduced to a brutalised and baron world, destroyed by two immortal races ‘The Olignostics’ & ‘Antedeluvians’. The comic opens with Death releasing the slumbering necromancer ‘Monocyte’ to end the destructive rein of the immortals and bring restoration back to the once prosperous planet.
Menton3’s artwork is mind-blowing, with no two pages similar. Each panel and illustration could easily be sold as a print, such is the works quality. There are clear influences from H.R Geiger, and to some extent Hellraiser, with the immortals appearing as a hybrid of the two. This might only be a four-part mini series, however I already plan to track down and buy more of Menton3’s work.
Rating is an outstanding 5/5

It has been a quiet week, however I did manage to make the most of a sunny Monday and head down to Tower Bridge & the Tower of London.

Living and working so close the pair, it’s easy to take them for granted and forget how stunning they both are. However, the real bonus was the All Hallows by the Tower Church, with a crypt containing the remains of an original Roman flooring and underground chambers.

I apologise for the picture quality as they were taken on a BlackBerry, I hope however you can still enjoy.

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A few pics from the crypt

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