The Hidden World of Algae, Great North Museum

Currently on exhibition in the Great North Museum is a fantastic little photographic exhibition. Originally inspired by the late Hilda Canter-Lund, buy cialis a freshwater biologist with a passion for photography and microscopic algae, diagnosis a competition was set up with the prize awarded to the best algae photographs. Showcasing the winning and shortlisted photos of the past few years, advice this exhibition shows in fantastic quality and detail the intricateness and sheer diversity of the complex and vibrant algal structures. With images ranging from delicate microscopic cells, to the other end of the scale with magnificently swaying seaweeds, they unlock a hidden world rarely seen by the general public. With only a small collection of photos on display, the exhibition can easily be fully appreciated in under ten minutes. Perfect if you’ve got a spare few minutes in your day.


Turner Prize, Baltic

Occasions like the Turner Prize pose a trap in terms of how you react to them: You can either be overly enthusiastic and appear pretty pretentious (at least if you‘ve never card that much about art) or you will be labelled an uneducated idiot if you can‘t engage in highfalutin conversations about the exhibition or simply think it‘s all a bunch of rubbish.
We‘re currently talking about art and how to evaluate it as part of my course and if there‘s one thing for sure it‘s that no-one can say what art actually is and how we can judge it.

And because we‘re all entitled to our own opinions, medical even I as an arts supporter-but-not-necessarily-expert can make a comment on the current Turner Prize exhibition:
I‘ve never been a great fan of contemporary art and was hence sceptical about the shortlisted artists or rather their work. But I have to admit that I was positively surprised when visiting the Baltic on the opening night: Martin Boyce‘s sculptural installation is simple, but gave walking through its exhibition space a feeling of a autumn-afternoon stroll while George Shaw entered the competition with skillfully made and almost too traditional oil paintings depicting suburban melancholy. I enjoyed these two artist‘s pieces a lot whereas I couldn‘t quite grasp the work of their fellow nominees Karla Black and Hilary Lloyd. While Black‘s colourfully painted plastic sheets and what seemed to be paper heaps    at least appealed to the child in me, Lloyd‘s fragmented video installations left me completely clueless.

So overall, it was an interesting experience for me personally and I do indeed recommend taking the chance of the prize‘s location this year and going there- the best way to make up your own mind.

Lisa Bernhardt

Art Installations, The Cluny

Gabrielle Peel:
Old family photographs are the order of the day here, capsule de-contextualised and appropriated a new and different meaning through their deterioration. Scratched and blotched the pictures show a certain fragility with the physical photographs, story but perhaps the memories of them as well.
All locked behind a glass fronted cabinet;  a window to that forgotten locked trunk in an attic somewhere, pharm that begs time and attention, but offers a sweet satisfaction in the re-discovery of old memories.
This collection of photographs surely serves that purpose, and it’s removed enough to provide a decent insight into anyone’s’ family past.
Sarah Shabajee:
With straight lines, of an architectural quality, these pieces really highlight Shabajee’s amazing skill, to create simple yet alluring pieces that on first sight may seem simple, but on further inspection, illustrate great thought, and a delicate touch.  The ability to work with such fine materials with such fluidity is further example of her skill as an artist.
Etches are the key to the texture given off by each image, as the scratches all together give a certain fluidity that forms a aesthetically pleasing featherlike quality. By taking away small pieces of the paper, she has illustrated that beauty can be formed from scarring such delicate material, as the images transform from one level to another in the shifting light. Simple, yet heartfelt and skilled work, that is definitely worth checking out.

Rebecca Mills:
Patchwork heaven; showing an interesting blend of personal investment, family history and seemingly natural aging of photographs, that is potentially linked to the figures in the pictures themselves. This is definitely not your run of the mill granny patchwork. There is something very deep and interesting here. At first sight, the photographs seem to have been through a tough time, part of the ageing process. The addition of thread shines through as very natural, and beautiful, but really draws the eye in inquisitively. Great care and attention to detail has obviously come into play here, as the photographs take on a life of their own, staring back at you through distorted aged eyes, some of the pictures have an eerie, yet comforting quality. Particularly great pieces of art that I’m sure would sell very well.

Josie Dick:
The process going into these drawings is of particular relevance. Josie’s attention to the materials changeability shines through as each drawing has a natural shimmer to it, well placed in the frame, they bring out the space in the picture, and draw one’s eye to the centre of swirling charcoal.  Highlighting such materials almost creates a oneness, or solidarity as all the elements used come together to transform these sketches, taking the charcoal, and paper to another level of circular, ethereal and natural quality. Together she creates a journey or whole picture with great thought and skill.

Christopher Tindall