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What a palava?!

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It’s been a bit of a crazy few days, but it has been lovely to be back in Cornwall for a short break, catching up with family and friends. Our little break down all began with our brief trip up to Yorkshire to see Max’s brother, which was great fun – but getting up there, what a palava! For the first time Max booked the tickets, and he thought he was picking them up at the station however they were actually supposed to be delivered but had never arrived and at 10 o’clock the night before our extremely early train he only just realised. Nightmare! So after calling up Travel Line first thing in the morning to try and sort out this sticky situation they refused to give us an option to pick up at the station, even though they knew they hadn’t arrived but failed to inform us. Will not be using them again. We had no other option but to purchase new tickets, at the extortionate same day prices. But hey ho, will not be making that mistake again. They will most definitely be receiving a lovely long complaint letter from us. I had never been to Yorkshire before, and it was probably the furthest up country I have been, so it was all very exciting – I really loved where Josh lived, it was so adorable, it was a small town with only shops you needed; a butchers, post office, DIY store, a barbers and a pub…it was perfect. Already planning the next trip up.
But our treacherous travels didn’t end there, with plans to head to Cornwall a few days later, we were met immediately by major traffic disruption on the motorway as soon as we left due to a severe accident in which we ended up being diverted towards Grimsby!! Completely the wrong direction which added about two hours onto a already very long journey. But we finally got on the road and made up for good time – so we weren’t too tired for a wedding the next day.

So after a great few days in Cornwall; Max has jetted off to Malia for a ‘lads’ holiday in the sunshine with some friends, of which I am looking forward to hearing all the stories when they get back next week ( I think?!?). As for me, I am still down here for a few days, catching up with the girls at the weekend and spending some time with the family. However I am very much in need of cracking on with some research and work for my third year which is looming ever closer and with the big move in just under two weeks I am panicking ever so slightly. But at least it is lovely weather here! 

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Paddling Pool Fail

Just got sent this from my brother, looks like him and his mates are having fun back in Cornwall.

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This week…

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So we have been down in Cornwall for a few days now and we have experienced very little sunshine – although it has been lovely to catch up with friends and family, we’ve been rock pooling with the younger brother in the pouring rain with crazy winds, dining out and catching up with friends in the local pubs.
Max will be busy all week finishing off his new tracks in Cornwall, which are sounding fabulous, it was really great to be around when Max and Kate had their production week last week, I love being able to see and hear the development in his tracks and then listening to the final outcome, especially in clubs and live DJ sets – for the first time Max dropped one of his latest tracks at the recent Mau5trap London Warehouse event last Saturday and the crowd loved it, it went down so well the night was brilliant, highly recommend heading out to one of LWE’s nights, great atmosphere.
It shouldn’t be long before details of Max’s next release will be out, so keep an eye out.

As for my plans for the week, I shall be heading off to Barcelona on Saturday with my dad and family, which will be great to get away and catch up with the family. I haven’t been to Barcelona before, so I am very much looking forward to visiting galleries, endless amounts of tapas and admiring Gaudí’s work all over the city. Any exciting suggestions for the city?

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Samuel Bassett

Samuel Bassett

Sam Bassett has an imagination I’d like to marry… or maybe just walk around in and poke about for a while. His work it reminiscent of a couple of other Cornish artists I’ve been keeping my eye on for a while now, especially that of Danny Fox (review to follow). It’s the kind of work that you want to stand in front of from a distance, take a big breath in and just look at with a smile on your face. He describes his work as being an attempt to “make the mundane, dirty and uncontrollable things in life look pretty” and whilst he does this he also evokes some kind of reminiscence of childhood and of being vulnerable. There is an honesty and delicateness to the smaller pieces in the collection that couldn’t be created through anything but pure, unadulterated dedication to the moment that inspired it. He uses a muted orange and light blue palette throughout the collection, not in an overly obvious way but in enough of a way to make you feel at ease and comfortable with what you’re looking at. It seemed to be essential in making sense of the scattered-ness and inconsistency in style and medium he crammed beautifully into the small-ish gallery space. It baffles me how he manages to marry pretty little inky illustrations with huge powerful sculpture pieces so seamlessly and in such limited space.

Maybe the affinity I have with his work is something do to with the similarities is holds with some of my own, maybe not. What I can say is that it’s execution and concept is something perfection-like. I just love it. The exhibition is open till the 24th of April, but as most people on here wont be able to get down to Cornwall just take a look here: http://www.samuelbassett.co.uk/. He deserves a butt load more recognition and notoriety and i’m sure one day he probably will.

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Fantastic Mr Fox

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I first saw Danny Fox’s work in a bar in Cornwall. Although I can’t say it caught my eye as being particulary my thing straight away, I have definitely grown to appreciate and love it (and the rest of his work) since taking up painting myself a bit more seriously. At first glance they may appear to be on the casual side of conceptual, not that there’s anything wrong witht that, but he is really quite accurate in his structure/poroportion in the more portraity pieces of his which makes me less inclined to lump him into the ‘can’t draw, so i’ll paint’ category of artist. When he wants to be at least.

 Whenever I sit down and look at his work, or come across it in that bar in Cornwall, it reminds me how freeing painting can be if you let it. Fuck the countryside landscapes and boatyards so frequently obsessed over by Cornish artists, this is the kind of art I would be proud to be Cornish for. Maybe thats just the sea air talking. He sometimes crosses the boarder between painting and photography too in a really interesting and almost decorative way. ‘Some Kind of Goodbye’ and ‘Prado’ are my favorites of his, but that was a close call. Even though his work varies so much in its style and presentation it’s hard to pick one out as a favorite because of the underlying similarity in atmosphere and intent they all have.

He’s the kind of artist that doesn’t just impress you with a technically brilliant painting then leave you feeling a bit deflated that you’ll never be able to paint the Mona Lisa, but inspires you to not give so much of a shit about what kind of paintings you paint or what kind of artist people think you are. I like that. I like him, and that’s it really.

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Club Guillotine

Club Guillotine is a clothing label based in Cornwall. Established in 2009, it has grown and grown since. Club Guillotine is not only a clothing company but also an arts collective. Max K the company owner, is inspired buy the things he surrounds himself with – skateboarding, shows, ‘zine making, movie making and making clothes.
The Club Guillotine brand puts out clothing, screen prints and ‘zines and also holding ‘Baby Teeth’ art fairs. Definitely looking forward to heading back to Cornwall to check out their art fairs.

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Video Interview with Deavious will be up by the end of the week.

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After recently releasing a tremendous free 5 track EP, Deavious is back with his soon to be released highly anticipated upcoming album Tin Man Army. The self produced artist from Cornwall is due to cause a storm with this new 16 track album and gave Something-About the opportunity for a video interview which will be up and by end of this week.  

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Lunchtime Grazer at the Alba

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The Alba restaurant is situated on the Wharf, housed in a completely refurbished lifeboat house on the harbour front of St Ives. The restaurant boasts outstanding panoramic views of St Ives bay coastline and beyond. Alba is a smart seafood restaurant, well established now; going into its tenth year, and renowned for its contemporary menu
specialising in local produce, their dishes are produced from line caught fish and seasonal vegetables.
On their lunch menu for this season they have a beautiful selection of small grazing plates of modern tapas with a vast selection of meat, fish and vegetarian options. Recommended three savoury plates per person, we ordered a mix of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, ranging from the Morrocan spiced cauliflower beignets with a cucumber and mint yoghurt and micro coriander, Cornish Deli Farm Charcuterie board – which included some beautiful meats; black olive salami, fennel salami, Honey Coppa served with a celeriac remoulade, olives, cornichons and whole grain mustard that worked so well together. Followed also by their succulent pork and fennel meatballs and we couldn’t miss out on the cornish fish, trying their steamed cornish mussels and the cornish crab and cockle cakes served with a spiced tomato chutney that complemented the dish very well.
Recommended by The Good Food Guide, Michelin Guide and Britain’s Finest, the Alba restaurant is undoubtedly a restaurant worth visiting in Cornwall with a truly delectable contemporary menu and exceptional service.

http://www.thealbarestaurant.com/

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