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Kieren Hughes: Urban Dreamscape

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SEEN was instantly captivated by the work of the Cheltenham-born artist Kieren Hughes recently. His unsettling images seem born of modern-day anxieties about urban living, as in Chicago Fever Dream or the privileges accrued by a rich elite, as in The Last Privilege of an Oil Man. The apocalyptic vision of a last wave seems set to engulf unwitting figures in The Three Men who Rule the World. Age of Monitors gives us a little glimpse of a city’s rooftops, as if the viewer is checking for a means of escape.

The Three Men Who Rule the World
The Three Men Who Rule the World
Chicago Fever Dream
Chicago Fever Dream
Age of Monitors
Age of Monitors
The Last Privilege of an Oil Man
The Last Privilege of an Oil Man

But it’s not all dystopian neurosis. Though even the bucolic idyll of Figures on a Loch seems somehow imbued with a potential sense of loss; are the figures heading towards the waiting boat, or is it just about to drift away and abandon them? It is precisely the ambiguity of his work that fascinates the viewer. Kieren’s work is still on show at Jam in a Jar in Harringay’s Green Lanes.

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N8 0RE

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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?