As you may already know, Atone is now stocked in all six Wholefoods Stores in the UK. Wholefoods opened a new store in Piccadilly, on the 22nd May, on Glasshouse Street with a new and improved Health & Beauty section thrown in! If you pass by you might see one of the Atone team there, offering advice and on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the range. Atone is also running an exclusive opening offer in Piccadilly, including a free Canvas Bag with purchase, so pop by to avail of it before it ends!
I think everybody in the UK is aware of the upcoming Jubilee Weekend! There are all sorts of things happening in various local areas, from Street Parties to Cake Sales and Village Fetes, all around the country. There is even an official event website where you can find out more about the processional route and what exactly The Queen and Prince Philip will be getting up to, during the festivities.
Olympic Games 27 July – 12 August 2012
Paralympic Games 29 Aug. – 9 Sept. 2012
It’s a big year for the UK! Much like The Jubilee Weekend, there’s not a soul unaware of the imminent Olympics and Paralympics, whose central base is at Stratford, East London – in fact, not far from Atone HQ. Some people will have been lucky enough to get their hands on some event tickets, but for those who didn’t, you can watch from a different perspective – preferably horizontally – in Victoria Park and Hyde Park from 27th July – 12th August. Visit the link below to get your hands on some guaranteed entry tickets, to avoid disappointment.
Aside from the actual sports events themselves, there will be a lot to see and do in The Olympic Park, such as visit the much acclaimed Coca Cola Beatbox Sound Lab. Here, you can wonder at the architectural design by Swedish-born Pernilla Ohrstedt and British-born Asif Khan, responsible for the Sound Lab. Other triumphs, such as Zaha Hadid’s undulating Aquatics Centre and Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond’s ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture, will be open and in full-swing!
Yayoi Kusama at The Tate Modern, only until 5 June 2012
Yayoi Kusama was born on March 22, 1929, in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Throughout her career as an artist she has worked in a wide variety of mediums, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychadelic colors, repetition and pattern. Kusama left Japan at the age of 27 for New York City. In NY she produced a series of paintings influenced by the abstract expressionist movement. Switching to sculpture and installation as her primary mediums, Kusama became a fixture of the New York avant-garde, having her works exhibited alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and George Segal during the early 1960s, where she became associated with the pop art movement.
In 1973, Kusama returned to Japan in ill health, where she began writing shockingly visceral and surrealistic novels, short stories, and poetry. In 1977, Kusama checked herself into the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill and eventually took up permanent residence. She has been living at the hospital since, by choice. Her studio, where she has continued to produce work since the mid-1970s, is a short distance from the hospital in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
As a living female artist, still producing work, Kusama is a truly intriguing artist with a unique, some might say tortured, history. Whatever the case maybe, this show is well worth visiting, before it’s close on June 5th.
Simon Leigh at Art Work Space, 4th June – 20th July 2012
This exhibition will showcase works created by London based artist, Simon Leigh, between 1995-96. During this time, Leigh embarked on a photographic project using a Polaroid SX70 Land Camera. The originals are one-off prints shot on type 778 Polaroid film; Like paintings, these images are unique, one-of-a-kind prints, each within its own frame. Additionally, this type of film is no longer made by Polaroid.
Living alone at the time, Leigh immersed himself in photography, shooting without discrimination; everything and anything that he felt moved to photograph: his own photographic prints, landscapes, flowers, people, self portraits, images of religious, iconic, political and famous figures including Lenin, Hitler, Mao, and Jesus taken from books, magazines or television. He used photography as a form of therapy, a kind of mania and a diversion; partly as a way of filling time but principally as a way of fulfilling the urge to express himself and to create order and meaning in an otherwise chaotic and isolated existence. After two years he stopped and never took another photograph in this way again. He put the results away for 15 years and showed only one person in that time, being so attached to them he wasn’t ready to part with them. After re-discovering them in his attic all these years later he finally wants them to be seen.
This is a vast body of work with a huge variety and depth. Some of the images were manipulated by hand – it was possible to affect the developing of this type of film and physically move the image around before the chemicals could dry properly – some he coloured using marker pens, some were just shot normally. Leigh broke two cameras in the process of making the images as he experimented; trying various techniques to influence the development of the film to create different effects.
Until 20th July 2012. To attend the Private View on June 30th, please RSVP to email@example.com
Sven Wassmer Supper Clubs at Bottle Apostle E9
6th and 7th June 2012
Having eaten at their supper clubs on several occasions, I can assure you that if you’re a foodie, these events won’t disappoint. Hosted by Bottle Apostle wine shop, in Victoria Park Village E9, they will pair Svens menu with wines and beverages to delight and surprise! Incidentally, Bottle Apostle have also recently opened another shop in Crouch End, N8 – worth a visit if you’re in that neck of the woods.
The dinner will be cooked by Sven Wassmer, who is a talented young Swiss, currently cooking with Nuno Mendes at Michelin-starred Hackney hotspot, Viajante. His career started in Zurich at the prestigious 2 Michelin star restaurant, Mesa. He then worked for 2 years under the top Swiss Chef Andreas Caminada whose restaurant was placed at no.23 on the S. Pelligrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants List and awarded 3 Michelin Stars. This special dinner features five courses bookended by canapes and petit fours, with wines (or possibly other beverages) carefully chosen to match the dishes. The provisional, outline menu is Cod with cucumber and yoghurt; Langoustine with tomato and pine; Potato creme brulee; Beef with lemon and leek hearts; Something chocolatey. Mmmmm!
Although Sinead O’conner is not new to us, we recently listed to her first solo album, ‘The Lion and the Cobra’, at a friends house. It’s such a fantastic album, and even though it was released in 1987, it still sounds fresh and current. Adding to the wonderment, O’Connor aged 20 at the time, recorded the album while heavily pregnant with her first child – no easy feat! We’ve been amazed at what we’ve been missing out on all this time! Her newest album, ‘How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?’ is also a really great recording, and the best album she has created in several years.
For more information about anything regarding Atone please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also see atoneonline.com for more details.
Finally, wishing a Happy Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend to those reading this today in the UK!