Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spam for (naked) lunch?

A recent spam email, below the crudely rendered logo for Viagara and Cialis (with the word PROFESSIONAL erroneously spelt PROFFESIONAL), contained the following text (reproduced in full below). I was enraptured; not since William Burroughs' cut-up technique has seemingly random sentences contained such unexpected savage beauty and insight.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Top ten jobs

1. Palaeontologist
2. Food critic
3. Travel writer
4. Archaeologist
5. Artist
6. Filmmaker
7. Photographer
8. Rock star
9. Plumber
10. Tea taster

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Head in the Clouds

Michael Fassbender's robot 'David' in Prometheus models himself after Peter O'Toole's portrayal of T.E. Lawrence in the classic film Lawrence of Arabia. Peter O'Toole died late last year and his depiction of Lawrence remain O'Toole's finest four hours of celluloid.

Soldier, writer and scholar, Thomas Edward Lawrence himself remains a curious and enigmatic character. At the height of his success, power and popularity he chose to hide himself away in a small, isolated, stark and humble cottage called Clouds Hill (pictured above), in Dorset. It was here he wrote parts of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Lawrence died in 1935 aged 46 in a motorcycle accident* and was buried nearby in the village of Moreton. The old school building is now a nice cafe called Moreton tearooms. The cake trolley, above, we were told, was the very same one which carried Lawrence's coffin to the church.

*I'm suddenly, bizarrely, reminded of the later life and death of Nico, who also turned her back on fortune and fame, living a frugal life in the north of England, and dying falling off her bicycle in Ibiza. I don't know, there's something unjust about surviving years of war/torture/drug abuse, then dying of something so ordinary as falling off a bike.

Previously on Barnflakes:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Top five musical Brians

1. Brian Eno
2. Brian Wilson
3. Havergal Brian
4. Brian Auger
5. Brian May
I toggled for minutes deciding who should be the number one Brian – Eno or Wilson. Wilson may be the mad genius par excellence but I probably like Eno more. Yes I realise Brian is Havergal's surname. Bryan Ferry misses out due to the variant spelling of his name. Funny to think Roxy Music contained a Brian and a Bryan.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

London lighthouse and Fatboys

London's only lighthouse, and London's only Fatboy's diner, a genuine American 1940s Art Deco restaurant serving ace burgers, fries and shakes, are to be found at Trinity Quay Wharf, London E14, a rather curious place on the Thames overlooking the Millennium Dome. Self-proclaiming itself as the most exciting arts quarter in the Docklands, Trinity Quay Wharf has somewhat unusual studio spaces made from old shipping containers, called Container City.

I remember first seeing Fatboy's diner in Covent Garden in the 1990s; it's also spent time in Bishopsgate and Spitalsfield until settling on its current home in E14. The lighthouse dates from 1864. It's now also used by artists, and is home to Longplayer, a piece of music lasting 1,000 years composed by Jem Finer of the Pogues. The computer-generated piece started on 1 January 2000, and will continue until December 31, 2999. That's a long time away. London'll be underwater by then.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Roehampton Watchers

Artist Julian Bovis' large-scale architectural pen and ink drawings of South West London feature both prominent and obscure landmarks including Hampton Court, Richmond Bridge, Eel Pie Island, Hampton Lido, Teddington Lock and the Alton Estate. Aside from being familiar with the subject of all the images, I like their strong, hand drawn (with Rotring and Sharpie) graphic style, all black and white except for a single colour element in each, creating a gentle sense of disquiet.

The Roehampton Watchers (above) is my favourite, featuring both the Alton Estate in Roehampton and Lynn Chadwick's sculpture The Watchers. The sculpture had been sitting on the campus grounds in Roehampton University since the 1960s, but it was only in 2005 that the university 'rediscovered' it and realised its value – perhaps £200,000. Unfortunately, no one was watching The Watchers (isn't that the tagline of The Watchmen graphic novel/film – Who Watches the Watchmen?*) and within the year The Watchers had been stolen, presumably to melt down the bronze it was made of. Police estimated it would have taken at least eight men to move the sculpture, which weighed nearly a third of a ton.

Though the positioning of The Watchers in Bovis' picture never actually existed (or the reeds for that matter), it's nice to see the gold figures standing by the estate, their figures echoing the human shapes of the buildings behind them and offering protection. I like the eerie, almost science fiction quality to the image. After decades of being a symbol of urban decay, it's apt to remember that Francois Truffaut used the newly-built Alton Estate as a vision of dystopia for the setting of his 1966 film version of Ray Bradbury's classic sci-fi novel, Fahrenheit 451.

Julian Bovis artist blog
20:20 Richmond
The Architect's gallery

Previously on Barnflakes:
Happy 50th birthday Alton Estate!

Elsewhere on Barnflakes:
Stuck inside Roehampton with the Alton Blues again

*Umm, the phrase actually predates the film and graphic novel by a couple of thousand years. 

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Lookalikes #35: Bowie / Stezaker

David Bowie's 2013 album The Next Day, with cover designed by Jonathan Barnbrook ("...often in design it can be a long journey to get at something quite simple"), and collage by John Stezaker, who uses found material in his work.