Little Ghost in Pictures | June

We know we’ve been unusually quiet this month, we’ve been busy bees (and the site had a few minor technical errors that put us out of action for a while) but we have lots coming up. We’ve been to the Bold Tendencies launch party in Peckham (which was, without a doubt, the busiest launch we have ever been to) and have been knee deep in mud at Latitude Festival. Reviews of both coming up shortly. There has also been a graduation, a trip to Stockholm and a new job so THAT is why we’ve been quiet. Lots coming up in July. Check back soon you lovely people. Thanks again. x

Little Ghost Outside | Stockholm 2012

We know we’ve been a bit AWOL recently, but we’re back and better than ever with some beautiful photos, tales and collaborations! First up is Stockholm: the place where just everything is beautiful and intrinsically cool. Little Ghost contributor and editor of What’s His Is Yours Hannah Glick gives the low-down on the places to see, eat and drink as the stunning Swedes do themselves.

Fotografiska

Definitely the coolest gallery in Stockholm (yes, it beats the Moderne Museet), Fotografiska is a photography exhibition venue set in a stunning Art Deco building on the riverfront on Soder, Stockholm’s Soho district on the island of Sodermalm. Fotografiska is the place to go to see cool, directional photographers just before they hit the big time, and to see topical and genuinely interesting exhibitions. Grab a coffee and pastry in the café upstairs for an unrivalled view of the city.

Address: Stadsgårdshamnen 22

Shopping in Soder

We recommend bypassing the mainstream shops in the City district and heading straight for the quirky and cool independent stores, cafes and bars in Soder. My favourites were Grandpa for chic vintage interiors and Scandinavian fashion designers such as Whyred and Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, while Konst-Ig may well be our favourite book store in the world, perfect for a cultural fix and lengthy page-flicking through the delicious array of art and design books on offer. And of course, no trip to Stockholm would be complete without stopping by the holy grail of Acne for a lusting-session.

Address: Fridhemsgatan 43 (Kungsholmen) and Södermannagatan 21. Address: Åsögatan 124

Cider in Soder

After pounding the streets, rest your feet in the park Vita Bergen, set atop a hill in the east of the Soder district. Kick back with a cider, mingle with young, beautiful and stylish Swedes and take in the view of Soder’s rooftops.

Herman’s

Something of an institution, Herman’s is a vegetarian destination hosted by hippies with a breathtaking view of the city. Feast on the huge array of yummy veggie grub in the daily buffet and bbq, with unlimited tea and coffee included. Herman’s is always buzzing and packed to the brim, with live music at the weekends.

Address: Fjällgatan 23b.

Drinks in Debaser

Known as the best venue for rock music in Stockholm, legends such as Bob Dylan and the Strokes as well as smaller, independent bands have graced the stage at Debaser, set under the bridge between Soder and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. Check out the undeniably stylish Swedes, take in the beats and grab a few drinks while you’re at it.

Addresses: Slussen, Karl Johans Torg 1

Check out Hannah’s blog here for killer photographs, editorial insight and just about every item of clothing you could ever want.

Warhol and Haas | Dulwich Picture Gallery

Huge colourful screen prints of Muhammad Ali, Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup tins vs: four fifteen ft tall fibreglass heads made of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Connection? Both could be seen at Dulwich Picture Gallery’s latest private view last Tuesday. Both are glorious exhibits for the summer in South London. However, further links between these two artist’s work perhaps need a little more mulling over….

Grapes 1979

(left to right) Autumn and Spring 2010

However, it can be done. Both artists employ not just a rich but a dazzling colour scheme and great variety of palette, as well demonstrating distinctive experimentation of particular artistic techniques to a standard of utmost sophistication and imagination. However, even aside from this, Andy Warhol and Philip Haas seem to have found a common ethos when we examine this selection of their work placed in the same summer exhibition. As Ian Dejardin, director of the Picture Gallery confirms, both Haas and Warhol are taking something imagery and making it into something else: iconic.

In the case of Haas, the New York artist looks back to the work of 16th century Mannerist painter Guiseppe Arcimboldo‘s style, in particular his paintings of ‘The Four Seasons’ c. 1572, each of which demonstrates a head in profile made up of the plants, foliage and crop belonging to the particular season. Haas has transformed this already spectacular vision into something enlarged on a huge scale and, even more importantly, made it 3-dimensional. One could only imagine previously what it was like to walk around the collar of Summer‘s neck, or wonder what was on the other side of the snail perched on the crest of Autumn‘s head. Haas brings a new level to Arcimboldo’s weird and wonderful creations, we as a modern audience are given layers of allegorical imagery, palpable solidity; we think of Ovid, metamorphosis, Surrealism (Dali saw Arcimboldo as a ‘kindred spirit’) and now science fiction and adventure films like Lord of the Rings (Winter most definitely looks like an Ent). Italian Mannerism is brought into 2012, and in Dulwich of all places…

The same can be said of Warhol, arguably one of the most significant and influential artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He chose images of noticeable people, objects and products which worked to successfully be re-produced on a grand scale through screen printing across canvas. Beginning his career working in commercial art, Warhol had true business acumen but also incomparable instincts with colour, scale and choice of image. By transforming Art into something that could be a brand, he subverted every cliche of ‘the great artist’, and his work has succeeded in immortalising the images he has captured.

Muhammad Ali c. 1978

Summer 2010

We have for example, a cluster of prints depicting Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight champion of the sixties and seventies. Bold, strong and impressive, the boxer stares challengingly at his audience in the bottom right print, chin confidently resting on one massive fist. However, the other three show what could be depicted as a different impression of ‘The Greatest’- in two Ali looks away from the viewer, head bowed in a defeated pose, and the other shows his nipple- a weaker angle of the magnificent fighting-machine body. Warhol tells a story here, even if it is one that is subjective and manipulative: it’s captured in colour so bright and lines so strong that we believe it.

Please note as well some of Warhol’s comparatively under-appreciated still lifes, including glittery grapes (!!) where the artist made ample use of his supply of DD- ‘Diamond Dust’. They’re just so gorgeous!

More info at http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/

Both exhibitions continue until 16th September

Food Revolution | Eat Street.

We’re talking about a revolution. And we’re talking about it with our mouths stuffed full of delicious, homegrown food.  It’s a food revolution, street food to be precise. It’s been bubbling and boiling under the surface since 2009 and this summer, what with the Olympics and all, is the proving to be the perfect time for it to really kick off. LG’s editor Sian Gray, took to the streets and undercovered the must see, must try, must tastes of the summer.

1) The Rib Man (above)

This man knows good ribs and he is willing to share (THANK GOD!). Head to Brick Lane‘s food market every Sunday to taste babyback ribs from pigs outdoor reared in the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside. Try them with The Rib Man’s homemade smokey BBQ and hot sauces (one sauce appropriately named Holy Fuck! by unsuspecting customers). He’s also the leader of the pack on twitter so follow him for more info!

2) Hardcore Prawn

Oh come on, with a name like that you can’t NOT love it. Set up by York born, Chinese Londoner Dan, this is food that has been put to the test. With chopsticks originating from sustainable bamboo plantations and with exotic and freshly sourced ingredients this is some of the best Asian fusion food you can get in the capital.

3) Every Day is Like A Sundae- Sunset Ices

Being served a REAL 99 ice cream by a lovely woman in a fifties dress is the epitome of the retro dream. Based in Morecambe, expect the traditional, old school ices here: Snowballs, Oysers and Angostura Ices. Inside the van are hanging paintings making this both my favourite ever foodie van and mini art gallery. 

All traders here are part of the Eat Street collective which holds residence at Kings Boulevard, N1C every Monday-Friday. All images courtesy of Eat Street. For more information check out the website here.

Pop Up Bars for 2012 | Franks @ Peckham Carpark

Little Ghost’s deputy editor Freya Gosling is spending the summer working with Bold Tendencies, a now well-established sculpture park within Peckham Rye’s multi-storey car park, among the hustle and bustle of the area’s meat markets and music shops.

I can now safely say I am manly. I have blisters on my hands from putting up a roof….. *hrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhh!* Not a run of the mill boring roof either; I was helping raise the canvas roof of Frank’s Campari Bar, which has been present every year since Bold Tendencies sculpture project opened in 2007. Designed by Practice Architecture (Paloma Gormley & Lettice Drake) the bar is very urban, very cool and rather darn heavy.

The bar was recently included in the Evening Standard’s Top 5 pop up bars of the summer and we couldn’t agree more. Located amongst the sculptures by young, international artists the bar itself works to provide a platform for aspiring chefs and caterers. Check out their website here for more info

Frank’s Bar: the finished result

“Modern Life…Modern Bodies” Jenny Saville Preview

My name is Sian, I’m a Saville addict. And as such I am extremely excited for her first ever solo show in the UK. I’m itching to write a review but the exhibition opens on June 23rd (at Modern Art Oxford and the Ashmolean Museum) so it will have to wait a few more days.  Instead, I point you in the direction of Rachel Cooke, who interviewed Saville for The Observer earlier this month.

‘…In 1994 Saville returned to the US to observe operations at the clinic of a New York plastic surgeon. She then painted women with the surgeon’s black markings on the contours of their bodies, so that they resembled living, breathing dartboards. This led in turn to closed contact, a series of photographs by the fashion photographer, Glen Luchford, of Saville’s naked body pressed against Perspex and shot from below (Saville fattened herself up for this, the better that her flesh appear squashed and distorted). The subtext of this work is, of course, familiar now. But it wasn’t at the time.

“When I made Plan [showing the lines drawn on a woman’s body to designate where liposuction would be performed], I was forever explaining what liposuction was. It seemed so violent then. These days, I doubt there’s anyone in the western world who doesn’t know what liposuction is. Surgery was a minority sport; now that notion of hybridity is everywhere. There’s almost a new race: the plastic surgery race.”

These experiences, however, have cast a long shadow. She is still interested in the idea that many people hold fast to a notion that their natural self isn’t the “real” them, and her work continues to be preoccupied by what she calls a sense of in-betweenness. “That’s why transsexuals and hermaphrodites have become interesting to me. I want to be a painter of modern life, and modern bodies, those that emulate contemporary life, they’re what I find most interesting.”

The heir to Lucian Freud, the painter of Modern life and modern bodies, Jenny Saville’s work is eye-opening, eyebrow raising and simply incredible.

Read the interview here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/jun/09/jenny-saville-painter-modern-bodies?intcmp=239

Exhibition 23rd June- 16th September at Modern Art Oxford

Free.

Little Ghost in May | Happy Jubilee y’all

SUMMER HAS ARRIVED. Or at least we thought it had when hours of sunburning, ice-cream eating and drinking overpriced Pimms filled our days. It was glorious. Whereas we at LG HQ spent most of our time on the rooftop garden above Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kim took these gorgeous pictures of our friends Sarah and Tasha frolicking in the West Midland countryside after their finals. June is going to be a good’n. Lots of exclusives and hopefully some decent snaps of our forthcoming trips to Florence and Morocco.

Hope the Jubilee weekend and bank holiday have been great for y’all. Here’s one of our favourite overheard quotes of the weekend: “So, is Jubilee like….a King?”