Architecture, Culture, Travel

Alcoholic Architecture x Bompas & Parr

Imagine walking into a cloud and coming out tipsy…hard to believe, but it’s not as far fetched an idea as we thought.

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Image of the Guardian

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Image Bompas & Parr from Creative Pool

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Image from The Shard

Bompas & Parr, the same people that brought us The Guinness Factory’s Tasting Room, has allowed us to walk into a cloud of breathable cocktail through the site of a monastery in Borough Market, London. Alcoholic Architecture is a pop up bar that basically acts as a weather system for “meteorology and mixology collide against a canvas of monastic mayhem, referencing the gothic splendour of neighbouring Southwark Cathedral.” Your cocktail enters the room using powerful humidifiers and alcohol enters your bloodstream through your lungs and eyeballs which bypasses your liver.

Situated next to the UK’s oldest gothic cathedral and on site of an ancient monastery, themes of the times will be reflected through their drinks. Think spirits and beers created monks and drinks with Chartreuse, Benedictine, Trappist beer, and Buckfast (a fortified wine that Scotland is trying to stop from entering the country).

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Image from Business Insider

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Image of the Guardian

“Inside, the sound is modulated, so that it is like you are right inside the glass,” Parr says. “It’s a dense atmosphere that builds into a thunderstorm with lightning. It’s a new way of experiencing drink, and it’s social because it’s an immersive shared environment. You all have the same flavor sensation.”

Image from Cool Hunting

Image from Cool Hunting

You walk through a monastic-themed changing room and bare a robe so you don’t leave smelling like a liquor bottle. Get yourself a drink at the crypt-like bar and bring it back into the cloud for you to enjoy and “breathe responsibly”.

Alcoholic Architecture is on until early 2016. If you’re in London, you must go see it and tell me all about it. Get tickets and check out more of Bompas & Parr’s work on their website.


Art History, Contemporary Art, Culture, Travel

Art Institute of Chicago

Hello all! I know it’s been a while since I last posted but I’ve been away for some time and working lots. I promise I am working hard on keeping this blog updated. There are some really exciting things coming.

A few weeks ago, I was in Chicago for Lollapalooza and decided to visit the iconic Art Institute of Chicago (remember that scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?). It is rated the #1 museum in the world according to Tripadvisor in 2014 and I can tell why. AIC probably tops the MoMA for me with its collection of Edgar Degas and Van Gogh, and modern and contemporary art collections, I was left in awe at each corner. What I especially liked about it was it’s flow and organization. I felt like I had enough time and space to explore each room and not overwhelmed by the works or the amount of people. And not to mention its staff! I met some of the most friendly people who worked there who are always willing to talk to you.

“Linear Construction in Space No. 2” and “Linear Construction No. 4” by Naum Gabo

Frank Stella

“Hat Rack” by Marcel Duchamp

“Counter-Composition” by Theo Van Doesburg

“American Gothic” by Grant Wood (did you know that the couple in the painting is supposed to be a father and unmarried daughter? The “farmer” was actually Wood’s dentist, and the woman is Wood’s sister.)


Francis Bacon

The AIC featured a Charles Ray exhibition- his first major exhibition since a mid career retrospective in 1998 and features four new sculptures only on view in Chicago.

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Chicago-born Ray has reinvented contemporary sculptural practice since the early 1980s using aluminum and stainless steel to create a fluid like and reflective effect in his life-size and over-life-size sculptures. His works were like nothing I’ve ever seen up close. The bas-relief sculptures from afar looked flat and linear but once you got closer you realize how the depth and perception can affect how you look at a piece. The works are created from a combination of long process of study, experimentation, and a painstakingly meticulous attention to detail, control and discipline (some of his works takes as long as ten years to make!). His pieces are utterly timeless and contemporary at the same time leaving its audiences reminiscing about childhood, sleep, ghosts, and self-portraiture as well as a combination of a new medium and ancient sculptural techniques such as bas relief.IMG_0494Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset

The show is on until October 4th, and if the staff is friendly they’ll let you take some fun pictures 😉

Have any of you ever been to AIC? What were some of your favourite works?


Contemporary Art, Culture, Travel

The United Kingdom & Ireland// The Saatchi Gallery

I got back from my trip to the United Kingdom and Ireland not too long ago now, and lemme tell ya, I can’t wait until I get to go back again. Every city we went to was so different from one another and offered so much. 1. Free wifi city wide, 2. The Underground is a million times better than the TTC, 3. Museums are free (with the exception of featured exhibitions)- All valid reasons why the UK trumps all.
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We did all the touristy things in London like go to the Buckingham Palace, go up in the London Eye, cross the London Bridge…but we also saw some great exhibits at my favourite galleries in London: Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery. It was exciting to see pieces of art that I’ve only been able to study in class finally in person and experience them for how they were meant to be seen.

On a side note: Charles Saatchi is one of my biggest idols after I read his book “Be The Worst You Can Be: Life is Too Long for Patience and Virtue”. I have yet to find another person who could care less about what others thought and is honestly in my opinion, one of the most interesting people in the world.

The Post Pop: East Meets West exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery was by far my favourite with 250 works by 110 artists from China, the Former Soviet Union, Taiwan, the UK, and USA  in a collection of Pop Art. This exhibit exposes how Pop Art as modern art movement was so influencing and what it means to different people across the world. Each gallery or room consisted of different themes: Habitat; Advertising and Consumerism; Celebrity and Mass Media; Art History; Religion and Ideology; Sex and the Body.

Many of us associate the Pop Art movement with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein but it’s so much more than that. The movement uses and exploits everyday images and mass media to comment and  reflect on the world we live in. Many would say it is the most significant art movement of the 20th century. Furthermore this exhibition explores western and eastern Pop Art and its relationship within mass media and politics.

More importantly to note, Pop Art satirically exploits language and images to connect with the public with familiar imagery and opened the door for future artists to use popular images for social commentary in their own art. Different regions have different and sometimes opposing imagery. For example, in the Former Soviet Union popular images of state regime, control and power in propaganda were commonly used while in North America and the UK, Pop Art served as a platform to examine Theodore Adorno and Max Horkheimer’s theory of Commodity Fetishism, our obsession with celebrity culture in our mass produced, status driven world.

What made this exhibit and gallery even more special to me was that this gallery challenges all norms that are associated with visiting galleries. The art is freely displayed and people are encouraged to interact and experience the artworks. As you walk through the gallery you notice people taking pictures with the art; posting them online through the hashtag #SaatchiSnap. And although the works are closely monitored, you feel less constricted and comfortable as you are able to roam the galleries and take your time looking at contemporary art. It was definitely one of the most fun galleries I’ve ever been to, and even my friend who doesn’t normally like art said the exhibition was interesting, easy to understand and would go back without a doubt.

In addition, the main reason I travelled to the UK was to visit a school I’ve had my eye on for the past two years and visit their open house. And after much thought, I’ve decided to send in my application for Sotheby’s Institute of Art for a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art for fall 2015. I’m excited and scared for this new opportunity but I’m ready for the next big step. Wish me luck everyone!!