Friday, 29 January 2010

Sunday, 24 January 2010


"There's a bluebird in my heart that

wants to get out

but I'm too tough for him,

I say, stay in there, I'm not going

to let anybody see


There's a bluebird in my heart that

wants to get out

but I pour whiskey on him and inhale

cigarette smoke

and the whores and the bartenders

and the grocery clerks

never know that


in there.

There's a bluebird in my heart that

wants to get out

but I'm too tough for him,

I say,

stay down, do you want to mess

me up?

you want to screw up the


you want to blow my book sales in


There's a bluebird in my heart that

wants to get out

but I'm too clever, I only let him out

at night sometimes

when everybody's asleep.

I say, I know that you're there,

so don't be


then I put him back,

but he's singing a little

in there, I haven't quite let him


and we sleep together like


with our

secret pact

and it's nice enough to

make a man

weep, but I don't

weep, do

you? "

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Glasgow Exhibition

Some photos from a show I'm taking part in, held in the Newbery Tower, Glasgow School of Art.

Tim Savage

Sam Derounian

Me with my piece, Jubilee.

Silja Strom

Guests at the opening on 14/01/10

Jacob Jensen

Tom Marshallsay

Opening night.

Martin Convery

Gabriella Evaristi Boyd

Gabi, Mary and Amelia at the opening.
Lei Liu's painting in the background.

Guests & artists at the opening.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Lowlife Highlights

My favourites from current 3rd year GSA painting & printmaking dept. exhibition.

Magda Weglinska

Rachel Sharpe, Cindy Sherman

Rachel Sharpe, Andy Warhol in Drag

Jodie Liddle

The show is on until Wednesday of next week in the Newbery Gallery, The Newbery Tower opposite the Mackintosh building, Glasgow School of Art.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Blitzkrieg Bop

Debbie Juvenile & Siouxsie Sioux

Clare with the Hair

Adam Ant & Jordan

Magenta Devine


Princess Julia

Sue Catwoman

Read Princess Julia's account of the Blitz days at TO THE EDGE AND BACK

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Madame Yevonde

I just discovered the work of English portrait photographer Madame Yevonde today, and I wish I had done so earlier! These images are from her Goddesses series. This was inspired by a costume party she attended where guests dressed as Roman and Greek gods and goddesses. The woman in the last picture is Diana Guinness of the Mitford family, who went on to marry Oswald Mosley. Yevonde's work did much to boost the reputation of colour photography which was not popular in the 1930s.
Madame Yevonde was a Suffragette in her youth, and I think her feminist leanings show in these images. She presents women as beautiful, otherworldly and possessing a kind of esoteric power. They appear to be lost in their own legend, with the exeption of Medusa who fixes the viewer with that deadly stare.

Friday, 1 January 2010