Monday, 23 May 2011

It's that time again. Hackney Wick Flea Market is back! 

I peddled my wares back at the second ever flea market. I had an absolute ball, offloading my old tat, chatting to new found chums and swigging cider in the sunshine. Admittedly, I made a loss. But financial gain was never my aim - there were too many bargains to be nabbed and fun times to be had to go quibbling over a few pence...

Hackney Wick Flea Market #17 is happening on 28 May 2011 from 11am - 6pm at White Post Lane, E9 5EN, Hackney Wick. Click here for a street view map. 

If you want to have a stall at the market, send an email to fleamarket@vinylpimp.co.uk, including the following info:

Phone Number
Website (if applicable)

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Sunday, 22 May 2011

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Swear words spelt out in neon, used tampons behind a glass frame, an indecent proposal from a dog…we’d expect nothing less from Tracey Emin. 

She’s the queen of Britart’s most notorious works - and while Everyone I Have Ever Slept With and My Bed are absent here, this major survey of Emin’s work shows instead the impressive variety of her technique since the 1990s. 

Using text, paint, video, neon, monoprint line drawing, sculpture, textiles and memorabilia, Emin draws on personal and often harrowing experiences from her own life to explore female sexuality, family and friendship. In the video How it Feels, she recounts a botched abortion in brutally candid detail, while Trying on Clothes From My Friends is a series of photos of the artist larking about in various states of undress. 

Emin’s work achieves something rare - to be both uncomfortable and accessible - as her gritty subject matter and bouts of narcissism are offset by an undercurrent of warmth and wit. Well worth a visit.

Love is What You Want runs until 29 August at the Hayward Gallery. Click here for more info.

This review originally appeared on The Cultural Exposé.

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