Murder in the Manor – Teaser Trailer

Above is a quick teaser trailer I did for an exciting new project at Preston Manor in Brighton called Murder in the Manor.

Murder in the Manor is an Arts Council funded collaboration between Brighton & Hove’s Royal Pavilion and Museums, the Little Green Pig creative writing group, and the website developer, Say Digital.

Check out the Murder in the Manor website for a 360′ tour of rooms of Preston Manor and to see how the murder mystery unfolds.

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Laurent Segretier

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Artist Laurent Segretier, who was recently interviewed by Dazed & Confused Magazine, uses digital media to distort photographs and film footage.

I am particularly interested in the films he made that seem to be using found pornographic footage. I like the idea of showing something provocative but taking away the obviousness of it and the fact that certain things are always recognisable.

He also describes himself as being part of the ‘new media generation‘ in France and as an artist this is a description that perhaps myself and many others will start to adopt.

LUST from segretier laurent on Vimeo.

Jeff Keen Artist’s Sketchbook

Jeff Keen Dreams of The Archduke Sketchbook from Jennifer Milarski on Vimeo.

A film made for the Jeff Keen retrospective, Shoot The Wrx, Artists and Film Maker Jeff Keen, at Brighton Museum.
The film being shown in the gallery is closer to 20 minutes long but this version has been sped up to give a taste of what is inside.
Copyright belongs to The Jeff Keen Estate and Brighton & Hove Museum and Art Gallery.
The film was produced by Jennifer Milarski, with the help of Anne Nielsen.

Cubicle Creations at Wahoo West Beach Brighton

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To explain: below is what was written about the Cubicle Creations project in SQ Magazine  http://sqmagazine.co.uk/

”Wahoo Brighton have scoured the region for 15 local artists to create artistic concepts for each of their toilet cubicles with £500 going to the best one. Want to know more?

Well, for the past few months, a swathe of local artists have applied and been whittled down to just 15 lucky entrants, who have been hand-picked to work throughout November and get their chance to showcase their talents to Brighton’s nightlife.

The project deadline has now hit – and the unveiling and judging will take place at Brighton’s First “Burn Your Dregs”, a night designed for Writers and Artists to get together and make something good.

All this and a live DJ thrown in too, Jakub Machal Mancal. West Street is getting cultured!”

So I saw the flyer for this in Clarkes Stationers in Brighton and decided to apply, and I was lucky enough to be accepted! Wahey/Wahoo!

As I am a digital artist and have a background in fine art, I was excited at the prospect of creating some work which got me away from the computer screen and coding! I was also really looking forward to having the free reign to do what I ever I wanted in that amount of space and without constrictions.

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Here is the first wall done!

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The tiles were made up of two designs I made then photocopied and mirrored to connect to each other.

The themes I am normally drawn to in my work are issues around gender and gender representation. With Polish heritage I often also incorporate folk art traditions, motifs and patterns, this also relates to my experiences of the clear gender roles in Eastern Europe and the folk art motifs are a nod toward this in my work.

For cubicle creations I wanted to create something that addressed the way in which women are used for advertising and on posters in toilets, the fact that these are always visually appealing or model like women. To counter act this bombarding of female ‘perfectionist’ imagery I wanted to give balance to this by having a cubicle with visually appealing, hyper masculine men in. I disembodied the images of the men to de humanize them and make them purely into representations of fleshy supposed attractiveness. The folk art flowers represent the female form and contrast against the harshness of the headless figures.

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I have included the large figure of Arnold Schwarzenegger on the back of the door in a typical body builder pose, I use his form in much of my work as a sort of muse character. To incorporate a digital aspect I projected his form onto the door in order to paint it. I had also planned to have a small projection on the ceiling of my cubicle, a film which fit in with the style and themes of my cubicle, but disappointingly it didn’t come to fruition.

The front of the door is like a book cover hinting at what is inside.

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I found the work space very calming and due to the size of the cubicle felt like I was in my own little world, stepping out to have a chat and enter another cubicle and world!

The comments of The Mayor of Brighton summed up the experience for me as he said that the project represented the diversity and ‘rock n roll’ persona of Brighton, especially as Wahoo is not necessarily the first place one would think of as hosting art, it symbolized the  open mindedness of the city. I am always interested in changing peoples perception of art, and dislike the idea of people having to walk around a white space, silently contemplating the work. I love it when art is out there in the world for people to experience, with none of the elitist notions attached to it.

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Here is a link to photos of all the toilets and the artists in them!

 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.543750652320673.133998.130487940313615&type=1

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Me in my completed toilet!

Milan/Robert Mapplethorpe

On a recent trip to Milan I was lucky enough to visit the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, quite literally a Cemetery of monumental proportions!

I have always had an obsession with Cemeteries, as Brandon Lee’s character in The Crow says that they are ‘the safest place in the world to be’ due to all the people being dead. And I do find something quite calming about being in a cemetery. This was particularly true when we visited this one in Milan, as we only saw 4 other people whilst we were there, 3 of which were praying at an extravagant family tomb.

To be honest there weren’t any tombs of gravestones that weren’t extravagant, with possibly the most extreme grave having a life size sculpture of The Last Supper atop it.

Below are a few images, more on my flickr account on the right.

Another great day in Milan was spent at the Robert Mapplethorpe Gallery, where the exhibition Perfection in Form was on.

The subject matter immediately caught my attention with slick, muscular male forms and then by the images of Lisa Lyon, a pioneer of female bodybuilding. The thing that struck me about her form was that she was very feminine looking whilst also being very muscular.

Mapplethorpe said of Lisa Lyon ‘I’m looking for the unexpected. I’m looking for things that I have never seen before.’ A feeling that I also got when looking at these images.

The Gallery label went on to say:

Unexpected describes the figure of Lisa Lyon, one of the first women bodybuilders and champion weightlifter. Mappletorpe met her in 1980 and over the next few years he worked with her on a series of portraits and figure studies that led to the publication of the book Lady Lisa Lyon in 1983. These images recall the work of Michelangelo, his vigorous backs and those feminine bodies endowed with handsome masculine musculature. (What a wonderful description!) The physicality of Lisa Lyon is profoundly binary; she embodies both masculine and feminine, force and fragility, which gives the photographer the opportunity to visually subvert our stereotypes.

‘I’m looking for perfection of form. I do it with portraits. I do it with cocks. I do it with flowers. It’s no different from one subject to the next. I am trying to capture what could be a sculpture.’ Robert Mapplethorpe

I think that when I die, I want a life size sculpture of Lisa Lyon on my grave!