Category Archives: Artists

Fabulous Grayson

Grayson Perry receives his as his alter-ego, Claire

Grayson Perry receives his CBE as his alter-ego, Claire

Grayson Perry was last week awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace and chose to receive the title, bestowed by Prince Charles, dressed in a self-proclaimed ”Italian mother of the bride outfit”.  ”When I got the call (about the CBE) my first thought was what am I going to wear” he said. ”I’m not going to compromise my identity as Britain’s pre-eminent transvestite. I googled to see what people wore and went for the sexier end.”  It seems that Buckingham Palace were unphased by the wardrobe choice, with a Palace spokesperson stating that Perry’s attire was ”entirely appropriate”.  You can see more happy snaps of Perry receiving his award here.

Chris Burden Talks About The Telly

Chris Burden on the Telly

Chris Burden’s the artist who got a friend to shoot him in the arm, who crucified himself to a Volkswagon and who even inspired the lyrics to a David Bowie song – Joe the Lion.  (He was also the subject of a major retrospective at the New Museum in New York which closed last week).  These infamous performances were conducted in the 1970s, at a time when the artist was also becoming interested in television, or, more specifically, with “the omnipotent stranglehold of the airwaves that broadcast television held.”  Accordingly the artist purchased slots of air time and created a number of commercials that were screened late at night.  In them, the artist presents clips of previous performances, recounts a summary of his yearly earnings and asserts that he’s an artist of the same calibre as Michelangelo and Rembrandt.  While the ads lack the gleeful perversity of the late night programming generated by Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelly a decade later (see: Family Tyranny / Cultural Soup 1987), Burden’s subversive programming interruptions have their own dry style that blur the lines between entertainment and contemporary, conceptual art.

Tom Friedman vs. Antony Gormley

Tom Friedman, 'Untitled', 1999 (self portrait made from sugar cubes)

Tom Friedman, ‘Untitled’, 1999 (self portrait made from sugar cubes)

Antony Gormley, 'Sublimate II', 2004

Antony Gormley, ‘Sublimate II’, 2004


Condo for Chrissie

One-off Birkin bag modified by painter George Condo

One-off Birkin bag modified by painter George Condo

Did you get a Hermès Birkin bag customised by George Condo for Christmas?  No?  Well Kim Kardashian did.  The bag, which retails from anywhere between $7,400 to $150,000  was a gift from her beau Kanye West, who has a longstanding relationship with the painter. In fact, Condo created the cover art for West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  Whether the bag is to Kardashian’s gaudy taste is hard to say, but her fans certainly disapprove, proclaiming on her Instagram feed that it’s ‘ugly as f*ck’ – tsk!

Merry Christmas!

Martin Parr, from the 'Bored Couples' series, 2003

Martin Parr, from the ‘Bored Couples’ series, 2003

LOL wishes you all the very best for the festive season.  Merry Christmas.
(More regular posting to resume in January…)

Hot Photo Friday – Sylvain Emmanuel P.

Sylvain Emmanuel P., 'untitled', n.d.

Sylvain Emmanuel P., ‘Untitled’, n.d.

Cock Fight

In 1998 Mexican artist Joshua Okon made a video called Cock Fight, featuring two young women uttering some particularly creative profanities.  Their slurs and behaviour emulate some of the insults and dirty jokes on occasion directed at women.  But Cock Fight turns this problematic conduct on its head, with the female protagonists reclaiming bad language and aggressive posturing and transforming it into an oddly entertaining song and dance routine.


Above is an excellent short documentary on expat Australian photographer Polly Borland.  Directed by Alex Chomicz, Polymorpous features interviews with some of Borland’s closest friends, including Nick Cave, Cate Blanchett, her husband John Hillcoat and LOL’s absolute fave writer, Will Self.  The short also covers the development of a number of Borland’s key series, including Smudge, Bunny and her unsettling early documentary series The Babies about…adult babies.  Oddly enough, it was after she completed this series that she was invited to photograph The Queen…

In Melbourne, Borland shows with Murray White Room, who exhibited her 2012 series Pupa last year.  Images from this series have recently been reproduced in a Perimeter Editions publication, ‘You’, that you can buy online here.  In it is a short essay by another pal of Borland’s, Tony Clark, whose work incidentally crops up regularly in the background of Polymorphous.

Hugh Davies vs. Mona Hatoum

Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies, ‘Hair Piece no.1′, 2012

Mona Hatoum, 'Van Gogh's Back',

Mona Hatoum, ‘Van Gogh’s Back’, 1995