The Saatchi Gallery
and Channel 4 's annual prize-giving and show was a delight this year. The prize was finally won
by the Royal College of Art's Jonny Briggs
, whose wonderful staged photos we loved when we saw them at the RCA degree show in Battersea earlier this year (his work the mostly black image at the start of this entry). Also sharing Victoria House's vast basement space was The Future Can Wait
, a curated show again as far as I could tell, of recent graduates - some great great moments there as well.
These next two are one of my favourites, showing side view and then front view - the screens together form one whole image...
And finally my favourite image, by Suzy Moxhay
... is it real?
annual British Design windows (to coincide with the London Design Festival
more or less I think) are the usual beautifully executed showcase of the best of what's out there right now. My impression is that they commissioned a bunch of pieces by different British icons (including a suitcase by one of Dragon's Den, cufflinks by Vinnie Jones, and a tea towel by Nigel Slater (on a side note if you haven't seen Toast
the film of his life with Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore then see it, it's great). Turning some of the windows entirely into the interiors of wooden tea chests was really great, and the graphics were beautiful as well. My only problem was when I looked for some of the pieces in store and couldn't find them - maybe they had sold out or I was looking in the wrong place but... nowhere to be found. Still, it made me go into the store to look for them, so they clearly worked well even to a cynical retail hack like me.