MuTATE

You remember our friend Emily?  Yeah, she’s the traveller extraordinaire with one hand on the pulse of all things cool in London-town.

emily pie target

Well, Emily invited a few of us geeks and burrito lovers to a little thing called One Foot in the Grove last Sunday.

mutate friends

(You see, ‘One Foot in the Grove’ is a clever name because it was in Ladbroke Grove.) It seems that a group of artists wanted to take art to unconventional spaces – and to a larger audience. They formed MuTATE. And they do what they want.

mutate britain

art you can ride

cowardly dog

Some of the pieces were more politically charged than others.

army boy

That one was Drew’s favorite. For more photos, check out our Flickr photostream. For more info on the art and the artists click the MuTATE link above.

Drew and Jen are totally in London.

Artsy Fartsy

After attending the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court, I’ve come away with a new name: Doug Hyde.  His are the kinds of images that make children’s stories really great.

Doug Hyde

His work is engaging, his subjects include animals, and they are quite whimsical.  It may not be quite Drew’s style, but I think that a “Doug Hyde” could someday end up on one of my walls!

Paul Fryer

Morning Star, by Paul Fryer

Jen and I had, what I consider, a great opportunity to see this work, Morning Star, in person yesterday. It is by an artist I had never heard of before, but I am very glad I now have. His work may not be earth shattering or mind altering. Of course then again – I am NOT an art critic. All that being said though, I really love this piece as well as the other pieces we saw on display.

This particular piece, as I understand it, is a depiction of the fall of Lucifer, The Morning Star. In this piece you see him captured and entangled during the fall. What I find incredibly interesting about the work is two fold. It appears he is entangled in high-tension electrical wires strung between three telephone poles. He also is depicted as the conventional image of an angel with large feathered wings (though appropriately they appear tattered and torn). The actual piece is not the size of a full grown man however, though, aside from the wings, he appears as a man in every other way – no horns, no tail, and certainly no pitchfork. It really is a beautiful work. It is this breaking from, or perhaps challenge of, the conventional image of Lucifer mixed with the contemporary images of technology which make it so interesting to me.