conceptual art

A Special Auction for the Terrence Higgins Trust
Hope (2021, Readymade) Alix de Bretagne

A Special Auction for the Terrence Higgins Trust

I am delighted to announce my participation in the Terrence Higgins Trust Live Auction, part of The Auction Collective. I am auctioning a readymade entitled "Hope" (2021). This readymade is incredibly touching, to say the least. It is my reflection on the struggles of people affected by the HIV global pandemic. Anything I would have to say about the pandemic or about the struggle would be futile - I cannot fathom the implications of this deadly virus, the impact it has had over the decades and more importantly, all the great talent we have lost to it. In my contemplation…

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Conceptual Art Explained

Conceptual Art might be a very abstract notion for one to understand. My audience rarely has a good understanding of Conceptual Art, so don't worry if you've landed on this page! This page is for you. Let's spend a few minutes understanding Conceptual Art. If you have 12 minutes or so, this video from PBS's Art Assignment: The Case for Conceptual Art is the best quick crash course in Conceptual Art. If you have less than 12 minutes to spare for this, here's a quick summary:  Conceptual Art is a movement started in the early 20th century by several artists,…

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Ai Weiwei – Modern Genius

Ai Weiwei is quite possibly one of the best Conceptual Artists of our time and a genius by my standards. His take on ready-mades, his activism and his resilience make him very much worthy of our admiration. My blog is all about education. If you'd like to learn more about Ai Weiwei and his activism and art, check out this brilliant video from The Art Assignment.  

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DEBATE: The Scale (The Stuff Of Nightmares, Readymade, 2019)
The Stuff Of Nightmares - The Scale

DEBATE: The Scale (The Stuff Of Nightmares, Readymade, 2019)

Many of us struggle with our weight and the way we perceive it - I sure do. I was trying to imagine a way in which I could express the way that I feel about it and I created this piece entitled "The Scale". Looking at the piece, I begin to think the way I view my body is wrong. But why then do I do it?   I want to reach out to people and see what they feel when they see this:

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“It’s our imagination and the ability to connect that makes art dance and sing, not the art itself – we breathe life into art through the nature of existence itself”

“It’s our imagination and the ability to connect that makes art dance and sing, not the art itself – we breathe life into art through the nature of existence itself”

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Art Review – Sid Burnard
Art Review - Sid Burnard

Art Review – Sid Burnard

“Not what I’ve done but what the sea has done” is what he states almost as a core belief, although he doesn’t confess to it directly. The artist Sid Burnard perpetuates a tradition that has fascinated humanity for millennia: the collection of driftwood (mainly) and the act of bringing it back to life through sculpture. In the most philosophical way, the artist here is a vessel for artistic expression, the meaning of life discovering itself in the truest sense of eastern philosophy. Burnard is quite equivocally the son of conceptual art and of deep imagination that comes to life through…

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The biggest gift you can give to the world is yourself. And since you don’t really know who or what you are, you’re suddenly enabled to discover yourself as the world discovers you.

The biggest gift you can give to the world is yourself. And since you don’t really know who or what you are, you’re suddenly enabled to discover yourself as the world discovers you.

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