Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Art: Erró: The World Today, Reykjavík Art Museum

Last Friday, on a typical Icelandic spring day – all gale-force winds and biting rain – I wrapped myself in a large woollen scarf and bowed my head against sheets of icy, horizontal sleet to 'see the sights'. I soon sought refuge in the nearest building open to the public, and that happened to be Reykjavík Art Museum

Currently showing at the Hafnarhus building of the museum, just two minutes away from the hotel I was staying in, are three exhibitions of contemporary art, each as well-curated and thought-provoking as the next.

The main retrospective is that of Icelandic surrealist/pop/collage artist Erró. In Erró: The World Today canvasses filled with satirical detail and brash (often dark) humour jump loudly out of the stark walls of the gallery space. Disney characters often pop up, as do images from Hollywood's iconic Golden Age, all asking questions about how technology and war and love (or the absolute terrifying lack of it) has changed/is changing the course of history.

The Cadences of Line and Colour takes up several rooms and comprises of works in various mediums by mainly Icelandic artists. An exploration of how painters turn to aesthetic theories of music to develop a wider freedom in visual art, highlights include Kjarval's Notes Played on a Piano, Guomundsdottir's Agitato and Gíslason's Symphony. Ion Lucin's prize-winning video, Spherikal, is a wonderfully striking part of the exhibition (watch it below – it's mesmerising).

The third exhibition is of Iceland's contribution to the 2013 Venice Biennial by Katrin Siguro. The work, entitled Foundation, is a large installation comprising of a raised floor extending beyond the walls of the exhibition into an empty industrial space. It is finished with beautiful handmade tiles and visitors are invited to walk on the artwork, bringing the worlds of practicality and aesthetics together.

Erró: The World Today | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Erró: Pop's History

The Cadences of Line and Colour | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Katrin Siguro: Foundation | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Katrin Siguro: Foundation | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Erró: The World Today runs until 24th August 2014. Visit: artmuseum.is

Monday, 14 April 2014

My weekend in Iceland

My latest assignment for work was to travel to Iceland and cover Tectonics, a festival of contemporary experimental orchestral music, over there. Apart from the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful and dynamic parts of the world, I got the chance to hear a wealth of inspiring music, wander to my heart's content with my Pentax and a couple of rolls of 35mm (one of my favourite things to do in the whole world), and breath in an endless supply of ice-fresh North Atlantic air.

It was a real treat and I came back feeling invigorated. Before I write up my little piece for the magazine (to appear in a future issue of BBC Music Magazine – watch this space) I thought I would share some of the snaps I took over there.

Harpa concert hall, Raykjavík | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Inside; looking out | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Reykjavík | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
The old harbour, Reykjavík | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Reykjavík harbour | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Ordiderfraulst | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Harpa | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Harpa; looking up | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Harpa | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
The old town, Reykjavík | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

In the old town, Reykjavík | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Inside Hallgrímskirkja | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Hallgrímskirkja | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Reykjavík | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Street art in Reykjavík | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The Bear | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Visit: rosiepentreathphotography.tumblr.com to see more of my travel photography.

Friday, 28 March 2014

The Playlist: Avicii

Avicii | Photo: Joe Gazzola

When we partied for New Year's, it was all about Hey Brother. The summer previous was filled with the folk-borrowed Wake Me Up. And then, with the skiing in Bulgaria – the glorious Addicted to You.

All Avicii. And all brilliantly uplifting dance music sensitive to different genres.

The Swedish-born DJ – real name Tim Bergling – hit the 'big time' in 2010 with hit singles Levels and Bromance and huge collaborations with the likes of Tïesto, Bob Sinclair and David Guetta.

The album 'True' is full of gems, including You Make Me (a bit of a 'banger') and Hope There's Someone alongside the tracks I have already mentioned. The music video for the aforementioned Addicted To You is beautiful, and so empowering (there's a touch of Thelma and Louise about it).

Happy listening, and have a lovely weekend! R x

Visit: avicii.com

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Playlist: Sia

Sia's We Are Born is pure music gold. The 2010 album may be old news to some people, but (sorry) it only entered my consciousness a couple of months ago, for whatever reason...

Anyway, I am lucky to be buoyed up by it now. I love the first few tracks – The Fight is a brash and brilliant opener, Clap Your Hands is one of the catchiest of the album and the lyrics in Stop Trying are great. And Be Good To Me is an irresistibly earnest declaration.

This is a great album to go into spring with (spring is almost palpable now, huh?).

And just a few days ago Sia released Chandelier – an RnB thumper that she herself claims could have been a chart topper for the likes of Beyoncé or Rihanna (the kind of stars she regularly writes hits for) had she not written it for herself. I'm glad she kept it her own. Happy listening!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Horizon Festival, Bulgaria

On Saturday 8th March I and some friends took off from a dark runway at Luton Airport and flew to Bulgaria for Horizon Festival at Bansko ski resort.

We spent five days taking to the slopes (although I was a beginner tackling the nurseries, whilst the others cut some shapes on the real runs) and five nights partying to the finest electronica and house music the world has to offer.

Highlights were headliners Bondax and Kerri Chandler on the outdoor mountain stage (the lights and the trees and the snow were truly magical up there), and the nights spent under the flickering lights of Gardenia Hotel's underground venue. And my ski lesson was great of course. 

The festival attracted a great crowd and introduced me to skiing, something I intend to pursue and improve from now on. And it was great to explore Bulgarian cuisine and (some) culture in the town itself. It was a truly brilliant week that I would recommend to anyone.

Here is how it looked through the Pentax.

Bansko ski resort, Bulgaria | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Taking the gondola | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The slopes | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The witness | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Paraglider | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Bansko, Bulgaria | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath

The square, Bansko | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Bansko | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Visit: horizonfestival.net

Monday, 3 March 2014

The last time I was in London...

...It was a beautiful sunny Sunday and I got a chance to take a few snaps with my trusty Pentax K1000. It was a lovely weekend with good music, good friends and cherished time with dearest family. I enjoyed the talent of entertainers on the Southbank and loved seeing one of my very favourite skylines from Waterloo Bridge.

Around Waterloo | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
From the Southbank | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

I spotted some Roa graffiti | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

We Measure Our Hearts | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Embankment Bridge | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Street entertainment, Southbank | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
County Hall | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Now you see her | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
Now you don't | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

I tend to take a lot of photos so if you like what you see and want to see more, visit: rosiepentreath.blogspot.co.uk/p/35mm.html