Andy Warhol Exhibition at The Whitworth

Exhibition open from 19th Nov 2016 – 16 April 2017.Processed with VSCO with f2 presetThe work of the legendary painter Andy Warhol is currently being featured at The Whitworth as part of the ‘Artist Rooms’ exhibitions. The critical artist also known as the ‘salesman’ of the art world is famously known for his Pop Art. The themes of death, identity, politics and the American Dream are a running theme within Warhol’s artwork. Which also ties in with the recent news of the U.S.A presidential election, 2016. With the exhibition launch just a few days after the US Presidential election, it highlights the sharp and critical views that Warhol had of America in a new light. With the themes of politics portrayed through repeated dollar signs and guns which are still to this day culturally powerful.

 

Andy Warhol who died almost 30 years ago, is still seen as one of the most iconic and influential contemporary artists of the 20th century. Warhol’s most famous pieces of work that many will recognise were linked to celebrity culture and advertising, such as dollar bills, Campbell’s Soup Can, Coca-Cola bottles and also he painted legendary stars such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

‘What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca-Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca-Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca-Cola, too.” – Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol’s eerie obsession with death began when he was shot by feminist activist, Valerie Solanas in 1968. He was pronounced dead but then received an open-heart massage where he was revived.img_0398 This traumatic experience inspired the darker side of Andy Warhol to focus all his artwork around the idea of death, and even displayed the scars of his attack for the world to see. The theme of death runs through the group of abstract paintings called ‘The Shadows’ in the 1970s.

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img_0401In Warhol’s 1981 duo of repeated frames, ‘The gun’ illustrated here, is a similar type of model (22 snub-nosed pistol) that Solanas used in her attack. The painting represents the artist’s judgement of violent culture in society. ‘Gun’ along with the various other repeated frames, were painted 13 years prior to his near death incident. Andy Warhol was never the same after the attack, the murder attempt left him in a shaken state, he was both physically and mentally scarred and this showed through his art.

 

 

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The Electric chair series is an unnerving yet fascinating arrangement of silk-screened paintings. Warhol first painted the iconic electric chair in 1963, over the years he continually returned to the painting to reflect on the political debate of the death penalty America in the 1960s. The painting symbolises a metaphor for death. In 1968 Warhol recreated the original electric chair painting, into a series of paintings. The original was cropped to have the main focus on the electric chair and was screened in multiple colours.   By the artist’s account, the replication of the image was intended to “empty” it of meaning, it shows a different view of the world.


(Footage by That’s Manchester)

If you are a fan or not of Andy Warhol, I would definitely recommend visiting the exhibition. A good thing about The Whitworth is that is has free entry, so I wouldn’t miss this amazing opportunity to see some of the best contemporary art from the legendary artist himself.
Below is a few other photos of the exhibition.

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Where to find art in Manchester…

 

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Manchester’s Street Art Scene

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is widely known for its hipster alternative and bohemian like culture, it is home to canvas like streets brimming with vibrant graffiti. It is here where many artists visit to share their visions of art with the people of Manchester. The Northern Quarter is teeming with independent cafes, craft beer gardens, vinyl stores, boutique shops, quirky bars, live music and cultural hotspots. So if you are into the quirky lifestyle, the Northern Quarter would be right up your street.

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There is no doubt though however, that the Northern Quarter is a truly magical place due to the striking artwork that masks the cobbled streets. I consider myself to be an art enthusiast, and street art in particular. I find myself continually on the lookout for art wherever I go and am always keen to get a good artistic shot for my Instagram. In Manchester the art is not hidden out of sight, it is wanted to be seen, it is wanted to be rightfully appreciated and truly memorable. In this city the art finds you, I mean it is hard not to notice the great big huge murals painted in pulsating colours on the buildings, you can’t miss them.  Manchester is proud of its art, and so it should be but not only is the art aesthetically pleasing but the art also has meaning.

Watch this video of the Northern Quarter

(Full credit to Tuheedz video footage)

The area recently in May 2016, was revamped as street artists gathered from around the world to partake in the Cities of Hope Festival. The Cities of Hope festival is a street art festival that focuses on some key social justice issues by painting inspired murals to raise awareness and fundraising for local charities. The festival took place over a 9 day period and included 9 elite street artists, consisting of Hyuro, Pichiavo, Phlegm, Martin Whatson, C215, Faith47, Nevercrew, Axel Void and Case. It transformed Manchester’s Northern Quarter into a breath-taking spectacle that many now come to visit as a tourist attraction.

Dale Grimshaw’s Globalisation piece. Spear Street.
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One of Manchester’s favourite street artists would be Akse. Akse is a French street artist who started painting in 1992 he is well know for his life like portraits of various famous legends.People are Akse’s inspiration. Akses most famous work would be his tributes to the recent deaths of both legends, David Bowie and Prince. The tribute for David Bowie was a part of the ‘Out House’ project. As a Bowie fan myself, I believe this Muriel is a wonderful way of celebrating such an unique and influential musician’s life. The Northern Quarter is home to many independent vinyl shops and indie music venues, and it seems appropriate that the legendary Bowie is a part of the street art landscape.

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“I stand for Graffiti/Street Art. Spreading my Art on public spaces for the people to enjoy for free, that’s what I love to do. This is my Life.”-Akse for Dr.Martens


(Akse’s video produced by Charlie Watts)

Akse has also recently partnered up with the iconic Dr Martens, to create a mural project inspired by the new ‘Splash Mono’Collection, which can be found on Back Turner Street in the NQ.
“The piece was inspired by the design of the boot. The “slime/splash” and “black & white” were strong characteristics so I decided to play around these features, hence the drips and monochrome composition.”-Akse (http://blog.drmartens.com/tag/akse/)

Watch Akse in action below…

(Akse,video by Bulldog Digital)

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Various other street art in Manchester and where to find it.

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Stevenson Square.

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What are your favourite art spots in Manchester, let me know in the comment section.

 

 

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How Are Journalists Using Social Media?

Social media has changed the way that journalists work, in the way that they interact with their audiences and how they tell their stories. News is no longer something that people need to find, nowadays news finds you and this is because of social media. Audiences themselves share news even before journalists, due to user generated content being a big part of social media. The world of social media is very popular. It is a huge source for news as it easily accessible via smartphone for example, meaning that news is at your finger tips. Social media is an essential tool in journalism, and is important for all journalists to acknowledge this in today’s media-driven world.

Instagram

More and more journalists are taking to the universal social media site – Instagram. News on such platforms allows to reach new audiences, mainly a younger audience. Instagram has 500 million users, all of which share their own content in a creative way. Instagram is becoming a new hot trend for journalists to share their stories in a more inventive way. A few are experimenting with the platform, to create a new and exciting style of literacy journalism. This platform could be a big step for journalism, it has huge potential due to its sizeable audience. Journalists are using Instagram as a tool of telling stories of others in an interesting way. Images are being used in a way of introducing viewers to the story, as a first sentence of a paragraph.

WhatsApp

Journalist are also taking to the popular messaging app – WhatsApp. Many are experimenting with this as a way of gaining more personal information that they would not usually gain from social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook. It acts as a great communication tool. One reporter Rossalyn Warren, used WhatsApp as a way of communicating with a refugee. WhatsApp provides a fast and easy way of communication that is reliable. A useful feature of WhatsApp would be the “read tick” which acknowledges if the person has read the message. A double grey tick indicates that a message has been delivered, once the tick turns blue it means that the message has been read. WhatApps also offers facilities that help verify a persons identity, so you know exactly who you are conversing with and where they are (only if they share their location). WhatsApp is a private and personal messaging platform unlike Facebook or Twitter. This helps to break down the barriers between reporter and the subject, allowing for personal information to be shared.

Social media is the way forward for journalists, and new platforms are encouraged to gain as much coverage as possible. It is important for journalists to keep up to date with the ever-changing developments of the media world, in order to spread news in the best way possible to all audiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Back at Manchester Met.

My first week back at Manchester Met.

Returning to MMU for the second year now officially a fresher. Last year I studied a foundation course, so now I have returned as a first year studying multimedia journalism in Manchester. Studying a foundation year last year I feel has benefited me as it offered me an insight to the degree without throwing me into the deep end. Confidence is a major issue for me, and I believe over the year my confidence levels grew.
The first week as a fresher involves many crazy nights, lots of alcohol, humiliating drinking games, missed 9am lectures (accompanied by an angry email) and the dreaded fresher’s flu (which is NOT a myth). Fresher’s week is all planned out for you, with society fairs to messy club nights out. It is unarguably certain that the society fair will leave you bombarded with information, stocked up on unnecessary freebies and knee deep in leaflets (which all end up stacked high in the corner of your room for months on end). You almost feel pressured into signing up to societies you’ll never actually attend, and they WILL send you countless emails for the rest of your life.
Unlike last year living in the luxury of halls, I’m living in an uninhabitable student hovel. The ultimate student digs.

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My student house.

When I moved in, the house was still having work done. Your typical student house includes, hundreds of bills from the last tenants dated back to 2014, the unavoidable damp walls, unclaimed out of date fridge items, an over sensitive fire alarm, a missing curtain here and there and finally the good old trusty Henry Hoover. Being away from home can feel a bit unsettling so I’ve added little touches to my house to feel more homely.

This is all apart of the university experience however, and i have loved living and fending for myself. Having your own house means no rules. And no rules means the best time of your life.

 

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