|Billingham: untitled from Black Country|
A range of photographic, paint and video art exploring the uncanny, spooky and unnerving within the urban environment. Uncanny, familiar streets in the half light from Richard Billingham's Black Country combined seamlessly with Toby De Silva's Haunted, a slide show of bland publicity photos juxtaposed against the supposed ghost stories they link to, alongside examples from Jack, the locations of the Ripper Murders as they look today. The use of light and warm colours to bring 'past crimes' into our perception of 'modern' urban crime (whether from news or TV drama) is fantastic. There are a few 'curve balls' in there, too: a photograph of a scarily nationalistic house- bright daylight but you could tell that something angry brews behind the rows of misintepreted red crosses and images of St George. A fantastic exhibition for a free, local gallery to be offering.
|Toby De Silva- Jack: Annie Chapman|
|Oblivious man ruins gatehouse shot shocker. but this time the|
lady IS wearing lilac.
|The grounds are now a pretty lovely (and well facilitated) park|
Anyway, by now you are probably considering tweeting Perdita because clearly, someone with more intelligence and taste than she is somehow hacking her blog. But never fear: 'tis I. Following this cultural type debacle we immediately skipped off to the pub and then a favourite Chinese restaurant. The kind of classy venue where the starter is this big:
And where they have a wine so luxuriously vintaged, they have to cover the label with their own logo:
|Seriously though, this is a fantastic restaurant. Click for more info!|