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June 27, 2009

ALWAYS THE WAY

Seeing as my blogging output is practically nil these days – I’m really busy and Dad has taken to sending me texts – I was considering putting my blog on permanent stop. Until I went in for the usual first check of the day internet trawl reviewing all my favourite china spots, when I came across this website FULL of the most amazing 1930’s German airbrush ceramic from an avid collector. SO BEAUTIFUL!! Which drives me to share with you all someone else’s obsession.

Here is the background to this kind of ceramic decoration from my favourite online translator translation2.paralink.com

The 20s of the last century were marked by the belief in the technical-industrial progress which progressed with 7 miles boots.

Creativity, Progressivität and tempo were mainsprings of the time, after one of the chapters darkest up to now, the First World War.

Also in the art one looked for new expression means which could do the time taste best of all widergeben, were useable rationally and even though provided the breath of the special.
Cubism, Konstruktivismus, Suprematismus, De Stijl, new professionalism, Bauhaus – the list of the concepts tied up with this short period can be extended with famous representatives of the single types: El Lissitzky, Kandinski, Theo van Doesburg, Johannes Itten or Moholy-Nagy.
In the area of the ceramic art came along, e.g., Trude Petri, Martha Katzer, to Paul Speck, Herman Gretsch and Artur Hennig a name.

The hose procedure not new in itself experienced in the relatively short phase of six to eight years a Renaissance. (About in 1926-1933).
The technology known about since 1890 spends colored ornaments on the already dry shards by means of an Aerographen (airbrush).
One worked either freehand or with the help of stencils.
Rational work and individual artistic freedom went thus on ideal Wise hand to hand.

For relatively few money stamped, so-called lower layers could get from economic depression and beginning mass unemployment the big wide (art) welt in the sitting room.
Geometrical ornaments and Dekore, on ceramics and porcelain, tin cans, wallpaper and textiles took up the use of forms of the leading artists of the past, before these were edged out after 1933, outlawed as an ungerman, of the “little litter flower” with all power in the homely (uncanny) residential worlds again.

If you are able to read German and want to check out the website, please do here at Spritzdekor!

Hahaha “Auf die Titten spritzen!”

xx Lektrogirl

May 8, 2009

PP AT 17

Today after work at the new place I dropped in on the guy with the Urban Jew-Do Paul Peroni [he of the perfectly balanced bobby pins] and we sat and had a chat about hmmm… concerning the edges of feeling comfortable within yourself… if I can paraphrase the whole thing in a one sentence summary. As a result of a statement I made, Paul said he has to send me this list above from Fischli/Weiss and I decided I should share it with all of you. If you are feeling unhappy and fucked after a week at work, it is probably because you are not living life like the above.

My favourite is number 6 – accept change in inevitable. It is a variation on a theme I like to think about and that it – it can be tough sometimes to change your mind when you are half way through something, but sometimes it is okay just to let it go and do something else.

xx Lektrogirl

April 16, 2009

LOOKS AMAZING


Stephen Fowler & Rocky Alvarez, originally uploaded by Lektrogirl.

Stephen Fowler and Rocky Alvarez are exhibiting their collection of HOME MADE RECORD SLEEVES.

24th – 26th April

Franklin Alvarez
53 Columbia Road
London E2 7R6

Stephen Fowler and Rocky Alvarez have been picking up home made record sleeves from junk shops,flea markets,second hand record shops and charity shops for a good few years and along with donated sleeves from their friends they have managed to collect a stunning collection of funny,tragic and clever sleeves.

Jessica Lack recently wrote a piece in the guardian about the collection:

Artist Stephen Fowler is not your average record collector. Sure he’s a sucker for rare vinyl like the rest of us, but since his self-imposed retirement from the DJ circuit last year, he has been exhibiting some of the more peculiar examples of his collection. Yes, it’s DIY cover art courtesy of the general British public, found in the dusty corners of charity shops up and down the country.

It is easy to forget in the era of the iPod, the passion we once had for the single. Tantalisingly affordable at £1.99, it was the cheap slutty shortcut to musical nirvana fit only for pre-teens and philistines. Wrapped in a flimsy paper sleeve, it didn’t take more than the average teenage bedroom sulk to find your beloved Purple Rain cover had become a shadow of its former self. Mottled with white creases, torn corners and buckled innards, it was glossy vinyl’s shabby partner, like Midnight Cowboy’s Ratso to Joe Buck.

Fowler’s collection is the fall-out of cover destitution. His warped specimens are bittersweet testaments to love and loss. Some are perversely pathetic, like a song called Baby Oh! Baby, which has been painstakingly repaired using adhesive plasters. Others are just deeply ironic. The Glitter Band’s 1974 hit Let’s Get Together Again has been re-packaged and a photograph of the group stuck on the front with sellotape has discoloured to a sticky amber, they really are a tarnished version of their sparkly younger selves. More hilariously is a cartoon of a car-crash, complete with decapitations and blood splats drawn onto a makeshift sleeve of Candi Staton’s Nights on Broadway – surely the work of a beleaguered younger brother driven to murderous vengeance by repeated playing?

Other covers say so much more about the teenage psyche than a song ever could. The Human Leagues’ pioneering electro single Being Boiled was released in 1978 before Oakey teemed up with the photogenic Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley. But here, some pubescent heart has been driven to an act of futile endeavour by sticking pictures of the girls all over the cover – as if the concept of the band without them would be too painful to consider.

Ultimately it is the simplest examples that are the most telling. Rod Stewart’s larger-than-life persona is reduced to a blank white cover with his name written in purple felt-tip pen, Elvis’ face cut out of Jailhouse Rock to make way for Roy Alton’s reggae version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Eddie Cochran’s C’mon Everybody – that rallying cry to disaffected youth – is illustrated with a sketch of a dude smoking a reefer. It would be easy to dismiss these acts of random creativity as nostalgia for a time when new release meant queuing with the rest of Britain’s spotty youth for Our Price to open. But the cartoons, doodles and day-glo handwriting speak of the hopes and desires and perversities of generations of school children and their thrifty parents that can never be conveyed by the simple click of a download button.

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P.S. This is my 1000 post!

xx Lektrogirl

January 18, 2009

ARTS ROUND UP: ZURICH

Every since the trip to Zurich at the end of last year I have been meaning to tell you some of the things I saw in the galleries there and of course as time has passed, more things have arrived in my inbox of an art world note that I have wanted to include on the blog. So:

KAREN KILIMNIK
At Galerie Eva Presenhuber was one of Kilimnik’s installations full of drawings, paintings, sculpture, photographs and a video piece. The subject matter of her works were landscapes, castles, pedigree dogs and horses all things dear to my heart. For me, walking into the room, I felt like I had entered somebody else’s castle of fantasy with only half the story of their life available for interpretation to try and work out the character of the person who had created all these things.

Was it a teenager deeply in love? An ironic hipster? Sometimes I wondered if really she could do better but was pretending that she couldn’t. At the same time though to illustrate that kind of naivety resulted in some great images.

LUKAS WASSMANN
This was an exhibition of photography that we discovered by accident in Zurich as we walked along the Limmatstrasse to the Migros Museum at a place called BolteLang. The photographs which I think were mostly colour were pretty easy to describe – it was a large number of photos of Wassmann’s muse and collaborator, dancer Eva Maria Kupfer.

What I found more interesting were the collection of books of his other work and commissioned photography for selected clients.

Anyway – Google him and check his website. There are loads more images and also he has a great links list.

IAN WALLACE
This exhibition was so horrible it made me really angry and throw acid in my own face. Super boring work from a nondescript looking man and just when I thought it was all over I turned a corner and there was more of it!

HEAD TO HEAD – POLITICAL PORTRAITS
At the Museum of Design was the best.
Head to Head – Political Portraits” shows the communicative patterns that politicians – no matter whether they are currently in a campaign or long since in office – use to curry favor with the electorate. The exhibition offers insight into visual strategies for image making, gaining prestige, and demolishing opponents.
Four personalities from world politics – Lenin, Che Guevara, Yulia Tymoshenko, and Arnold Schwarzenegger – were selected to be presented in greater detail in this exhibition because of their iconographic significance.
In addition, several contributions from artists shed light on aspects of the political portrait that have never been seen in this way before. The paintings of the presidents of Zurich’s cantonal government are also being exhibited publicly for the first time, along with dozens of official portraits from heads of states from every continent that were made available especially for this project. The affirmative world of politicians is mirrored in biting satire and demolition.

A shame I can’t find any decent picture of it. Seeing all the similarities in the image making from around the world in the political election posters and all the weirdo ‘caring but strong leader smiles’, the crazy hair styles of Yulia Tymoshenko and old body building posters of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The old Nazi posters were kind of chilling and there was some of the propaganda too that was dropped from planes over Germany at the time of WWII.

xx Lektrogirl

October 11, 2008

IF YOU’RE HUNG OVER FROM LAST NIGHT DON’T BOTHER


from Tom Moody’s blog

As I went to bed after watching Law And Order which was a brilliant episode all about Ice T getting shot and then righting wrongs from his past in his time off and the final shot was of Ice T smiling holding a red haired little baby [pissed myself laughing] I am in a pure state of mind to understand such concepts as those written on Tom Moody’s blog as “Alan Liu assumes everything is about “cool” and eventually even the “uncool” gets absorbed into the “cool.” That is, the computerized workplace and playplace is an all-encompassing seductive experience measured in “cool,” whether it’s the Ars Electronica avant garde or designers creating Facebook apps.” Read it here and follow the links. Very interesting. Probably helps if like me you are listening to “Put A Donk On It” on repeat.


from cpb’s tumblr

As I try to cater to everyone on this blog [except my mother and father - I mean I would love to tell you about a dream I had about my mate Mathieu and my sister but too dark if Mutts and The G.A. read it] here is some lite reading in the shape of cpb’s tumblr who as it happens I met on Facebook – it turns out she is a friend of Valeria’s.

And I now have a new marble of an idea rolling around inside my head on a website that uses Flickr tags based on another site I discovered last night. Along with all the other ideas have rolling around in my head [haha joke for The Cardinal: "I could make that!!"] But I have to stop thinking of new things for a while and finish all the old things like Mrs Kiplings website, tidying up the Maison B site, putting my records together for Nantes, and trying to find the floor in my bedroom.

August 25, 2008

LAMEATNAMES.COM

At last, an arena for posting all my Internet intimate pictures. Everytime I put pics on here I get told by everyone “I CAN’T LOOK AT THAT AT WORK!!!” so instead, there is now a dedicated website to forlorn desire, absurd nudity and heartbreaking loneliness. There is a lot in the bin there.

http://www.lameatnames.com

BOOKMARK IT! V and I will be continually updating the site with new pictures when we can. V is based in Paris. I have never met her. We both like to be bitten. We both had sex with the Parisian Jew.

And yerrr take care. Definitely not suitable for work.

xx Lektrogirl

July 10, 2008

DAS WEB 1.0 PROJEKT

Another great project that has come to my attention today is DAS WEB 1.0 PROJEKT by Michael Ruß. I was directed to check it out by my friend who can pour Vodka onto a knife and in with another drink so they don’t mix together, Olia Lialina. You can read her post about DAS WEB 1.0 PROJEKT here.

As Olia says “It’s a pity that the demand for a more colorful, personal web can
again not be met.”

xx Lektrogirl

=^..^= I CAN HAS HISTORY? =^..^=

Student Helene Dams has made the most amazing web page here that was forwarded to me today by Dragan Espencheid.

I have not seen such impressive work for some time.

xx Lektrogirl

NAMES OF ALLAH

Tonight Mr Crisps and I made jokes about our chosen Muslim names while we sat and had dinner at Wong Kei. I know – Wong Kei and me have had tough times. I’m still not convinced. Mt Crisps name came out something like “Something Giraffe” and mine was “No email” – I picked my name to be after Naima who works at Feasts Cafe. Anyway this is all by the by cause the real crux of this post is to show you the work of a true artist, Sara Manara. You cannot get a better gif than this:

I swear to you – it is the BOMB. Which is probably not the best choice of analogies but you know what I mean. OJ LOL. [Own Joke LOL as coined by the Air Commodore today.]

Then tonight I was at Tramp for the Antony Price party. I was so happy to meet Mrs Price after all this time. He made some good jokes and his glasses were BOSS like a cab driver from Ghana. YGM. And you can’t beat that. Ampofo I wish you were there. Hopefully photos to follow soon from Madame and Cazza. Though Cazzaroo was pretty shit faced when I left and quite possible won’t be waking up tomorrow until quite late. Her hair was FABULOUS though.

I have to go to bed though. Oh yeah I saw Brian Ferry. And I am the proud owner of a new sterling silver vase.

xx Lektrogirl

July 1, 2008

FOUL PLAY FOWLER

My friend Stephen Fowler is about to have a new exhibition – this time at The Horse Hospital. Let’s hope I make it to the opening on Friday without having to stand outside ‘in the fresh air’ and lean on a car because I was worried I would pass out and die from too much drinking the night before, then end up at Tsouni’s birthday by accident with a bottle of Lucozade in my hand and end up playing musical statues til 5 in the morning watching Amph and Alex T wrestle in their socks. [Like I did at the last one...]

The Chamber of Pop Culture Is Proud To
Present:

‘Instead of wives, they shall have toads” 
An exhibition by Stephen Fowler

Exhibition
Saturday 5th July – Saturday 26th July, 12-6pm
Mon-Sat 
Private View Friday 4th July, 6.30pm till late

The artist will be in residence on Thursday, Friday
& Saturday of each
week.

Stephen Fowler is a Folk Artist of extraordinary complexity, who over the past 5 years has created a vast body of work illustrating a deep emotional journey of personal identity. Discovering Fowler’s work is literally like leafing through the pages of a giant eclectic scrapbook, which at first glance could have been created half a century ago, Fowler’s multifarious practice embraces many traditional crafts, forgotten techniques and skills that belong to bygone age, drawing freely from the worlds of Dada, Surrealism, Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism, Outsider Art and Steam Punk to create his own diverse and rich aesthetic.

From naïve paintings of remote architecture, places of worship and hospitals, to moving portraits of troubled individuals, plant life and shell fish, Fowler presents us with a chronicle of assorted drawings, paintings, prints, posters, intricate handmade bookworks, leaflets, flyers, badges, sculptures, found objects and ephemera which reflect his various obsessions for graphics, poetry, old records, photographs, film.

“Instead of wives, they shall have toads” puts forth a meloncholy and playful world engendered carefully and lovingly 
by this sensitive artist. 

Fowler is well known for his creative collaboration with: The Murri Folk Club, Tapestry Music Festival, Tatty Devine, Zeel, Mark Pawson, Rob Ryan & Rocky Alvarez.

To accompany the exhibition there will be a programme of film and live music events. Curated by the artist.

FILM NIGHTS +
EVENTS

Wednesday 9th
July, 7.30pm

£5-£4 mems/concs 
We Have No
Art 
1967 26 minutes 
+
Mary’s Day 
1964 12
minutes
Two documentaries on the Artist, Teacher, Nun; Sister
Corita. 
+
Danielson: A Family Movie (or, Make a Joyful
Noise HERE)
2006 105 minutes
Starring Danielson Famile & Sufjan Stevens with cameos from Steve Albini, Rick Moody, David Garland and DANIEL JOHNSTON.

Tuesday 15th
July 7:30pm

£5-£4 mems/concs
Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum 
Directed by Lynn Shores
1940 B/W 66 minutes
Wax figures, hidden rooms, secret passage ways and pelting rain.
Sidney Toler stars as Charlie Chan in this claustrophobic museum setting.
+
The Bat Whispers 
Directed by Roland
West
B/W 83 minutes 1930
An old dark house melodrama.

Friday 25th July
7:30pm

£7/£5 members & concessions 

Home Made Record Sleeve Performance
(D.Js Nervous Stephen and Rocky play records from ‘Home made records sleeves volumes 1 and 2′ books, as corresponding record sleeves are projected). 
+
William Fowler Band 
(Post Barrett Space Folk)
Monogram
(Old Timey tunes)
The Country Teasers
(The Fall meets The Carter Family)

The Chamber of Pop Culture – “SERVING UP POPCULTURE FOR 15 YEARS
The Horse Hospital – Colonnade – Bloomsbury – London – WC1N 1HX
phone 44(0)207 833 3644
The Horse Hospital

June 17, 2008

TONY CURTIS

June 1, 2008

GIVE PIZZA A CHANCE

New Problem Solvers video from Paperrad

“This could be the best day ever. I’m not being negative, this could be the best day of our lives.”

Also, here we have a snippet from one of my favourite shows when I was growing up – The Curiosity Show. This one is from the 80’s but I was watching it from when I was way younger – like back when I was still into FatCat. I can tell this one is from the 80’s because of Deane’s Canterbury Rugby shirt. It is a Harlequin one – and I also had one of this when I was at high school for wearing during P.E. classes. Which I hated. Anyway basically The Curiosity Show was these two nerds doing science experiments on afternoon kids TV. I would say very similar to CSI in a way. The them song to The Curiosity Show was also very cool and quite trippy. Not the Nickelodeon version from later years FYI.

And here is Fat Cat:

xx Lektrogirl

May 29, 2008

NICE

xx Lektrogirl

May 20, 2008

EVERYBODY’S GONE SURFIN’… SURFIN U.R.L.

L’il Money sleeps on the sofa so what should mbrain and I do but surf YouTube showing each other our favourites. As per usual I get embroiled showing ‘Dem Boys’ etc. We also check some other random shits, and now today I have time to go back through all the bookmarks and do some intense URL C.I.O.-ing.

Now – who remembers “EXPLICIT CONTENT ONLY” by Evan Roth. He is one bad ass mother fucker. EXPLICIT CONTENT ONLY is a project of his started in 1995 and is the entire N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton album edited down into just the “explicit” content.

It sounds like this:

Fabulously this project has been released on vinyl this year. So while reading all about that project I learnt about #BADA55 and #BADA55 In A Can. #BADA55 is the hexadecimal representation for light green and another one of Evan Roth’s projects. Anyway through reading about this, I discovered something which is indeed the true subject of this post called FUCK FLICKR. “FuckFlickr is open-source image gallery software that won’t narc you out.

And then I looked at a bunch more of the stuff on his Roth’s website. Then I got bored. Then I got cold. Then I turned the heating on.

xx Lektrogirl

May 12, 2008

SEX & MORNING MUSIC

So finally the sun is up and you are all probably on your way to work. I wish I could share a cup of tea with you and anyone in my back garden.

If I could could eggs like this perfectly every time I would.

I would play some music for you.

Sexual Healing – Hot 8 Brass Band

Perfect High – Peppermint Lounge

And once I had post my photos from the toilets at the George and Dragon where we will probably never meet, some guy will post comments on my Flickr and I will feel totally violated

Sex Attack – Appareil

in a way I never thought possible. But actually I have d/l quite a number of his images to Photoshop friends faces onto should I ever need to.

xx Lektrogirl

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