Happy New Year everyone!
I’m pretty sure most of you are as happy as I am to finally be out of the rollercoaster that was 2016, and are looking forward to making 2017 absolutely incredible!
I’m back with a revamped website that I hope you guys like as much as I do, still a few more exciting changes to come but I made a conscious decision to make sure my first post was up today, to celebrate the return of The Bond Diaries.
Todays post is based on an artist that I fell in love with about four years ago, while I was conducting research for my final project at LCF (London College of Fashion), and I thought it would be great since he currently has an exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery in London. This is quite a bit deal because its his first major solo exhibition in London in about 15 years so when I found out about it, I had no choice but to hop on the train and make my way down to a part of London that has, and will always have my heart.
I’m sure some of you reading this will know who William Kentridge is, but for those who don’t, he is a South African artist who grew up trying and failing at different things (drawing, painting, acting, producing), thinking he would eventually land on his two feet and magically become a banker even though he was 30 and had no work experience. Once reality hit, he decided that he was going to accept his fate and be what he was always meant to be, an artist. He creates through uncertainty, meaning there is never a plan, script, or even an intention, other than to create. He’s someone that believes strongly in the process and embraces it rather than focusing on the end result. I love him because he makes me feel like there’s still hope for creatives like myself who are trying to find our way in this world! (FYI I’m still a couple of years away from 30).
Thick Time showcases a diverse body of work done by the artist between 2003 and 2016, including The Refusal of Time which is my favourite part of the exhibition. Revolutionary politics is one of the key themes covered although Kentridge doesn’t call himself a political artist, his work is a reflection of the way he views the world. As I walked into the exhibition, it was a full blown explosion of everything he’s about, theatre, film, animation and so much more. Its hard to explain how amazingly thrilling it was but trust me when I say this is one exhibition you don’t want to miss. Its on till the 15th of January so hurry up!
A little snippet for you as well here Thick Time…