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Max Patté: Into the Beyond

SEEN had the pleasure of catching up with New Zealand-based artist Max Patté recently and enjoyed viewing his latest sculptures and light installations, displayed to their very best advantage at a sunlit location in East London, just on the river.

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SEEN had the pleasure of catching up with New Zealand-based artist Max Patté recently and enjoyed viewing his latest sculptures and light installations, displayed to their very best advantage at a sunlit location in East London, just on the river.

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Having worked as a prosthetist and model-maker on the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings films, Max began to create his own sculptures when he relocated permanently to NZ a few years ago. This exhibition showcased existential human figures, and some truly extraordinary light installations. Both styles of work seemed to be about striving for a glimpse of a life beyond this one.

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‘Twist’ comprised six slowly revolving figures with strange elongated limbs reminiscent of a double-helix. Beautifully made, these figures induced a contemplative state in this viewer. ‘ZZZ’s’, a geometric fibreglass figure, leant into an interior wall perhaps in an act of penance, while ‘Abyss’, arms crossed, contemplated his own mortality from a high plinth.

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It was the light installations that took SEEN’s breath away. ‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Deep In’ were almost fractal in their patterns, drawing the viewer further and further in. Whilst Haze #1, Haze #2 and Haze #3 were fathomless in their profundity, inducing, at first, a feeling of disorientation, then once the viewer becomes accustomed to them, a feeling of serenity; something I’ve only ever experienced whilst in the Rothko room at Tate Modern. SEEN fully expects to see more of Max’s work in London in the months to come.

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MO-GA: Perfectly Imperfect

As the Sun shines on Earth, so MO-GA’s gender-fluid designs grace the bodies of everyone, rejoicing in ambiguity. Multiple sleeves and feathers recall the animal kingdom in all its glorious diversity; it’s a new aesthetic.

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Cocktails at the General Store

SEEN is tireless in her cocktail research, and very much enjoyed travelling to Highbury last week to try The General Store’s new summer cocktail menu and to check out the new interior. She was delighted to sample a Honey Mimosa, very sweet and fruity and just the ticket after a hot journey. It was, as its name suggests, a Mimosa with just a touch of honey.

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Canaletto: A Drawing Workshop with Alexandra Blum

SEEN has long been an admirer of Alexandra Blum’s liminal and apocalyptic renderings of London’s urban spaces, in which the capital seems ever-changing. It is the artist’s job to capture not only space but the passage of time itself.

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Rock the Strand is Back Thursday 27th July

One of SEEN’s favourite live music events, Rock the Strand, returns to Strand Palace Hotel on Thursday 27th July for a summer showcase featuring a stellar line-up of talented artists. Curated by industry mogul Tony Moore, Rock the Strand is a free music night that showcases an eclectic range of genres from indie alt-folk to country from emerging new talent and established acts, highlighting the UK’s varied and diverse musical landscape.

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Love Hunt at the British Museum

SEEN had the pleasure (pun intended) of being invited to a ‘Love Hunt’ at the British Museum. The museum, founded in 1753, is committed to preserving art, culture and history, and has collected around 8 million objects. These artefacts come from every corner of the world, revealing a fragment of many significant moments in time, from Mesopotamia to the Vikings; from the Inuits to the Indians. So, when one embarks on a visit to the world famous British Museum, where does one start?