After a number of years working in the fashion industry as a designer and pattern cutter, including management of both retail and wholesale elements of the trade, Penelope McElwee decided to follow her passion for art and architecture. She embarked on a BA degree around these subjects with the Open University, UK, and followed this with two Master’s degrees from Birkbeck College, UCL, and the Open University. In both instances her theses revolved around the white modern architecture of 1920s and 1930s France. The final culmination of her studies was the challenge of a PhD through Warnborough College, for whom she has additionally written several articles for their journal.
Leonardo and The Virgin of the Rocks
Thursday 8th March, 7.00 PM-9.00 PM
Godolphin & Latymer School, Hammersmith, London
Katy Blatt discusses her recently published book, ‘Leonardo da Vinci and The Virgin of the Rocks: One Painter, Two Virgins, Twenty-Five Years’ (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Leonardo completed fewer than twenty paintings during his lifetime, yet he returned twice to the same mysterious subject: The Virgin of the Rocks. In this discussion, Katy will argue that this one commission holds the key to the most dramatic scientific, philosophical, and psychological transformations of Leonardo’s life.
Book: ARCHITECTURAL VOICES OF INDIA: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos – a collection of interviews by Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta.
Review by Professor Sathya Prakash Varanashi
Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect by Malcolm Millais.
This is not a book for architects, but for all those that have suffered, consciously and unconsciously, from modern architecture and have wondered how it came about. This was largely due to one man, an architect called Le Corbusier. Continue reading
The Post-Industrial Landscape as Site for Creative Practice: Material Memory now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Post-Industrial Landscape as Site for Creative Practice: Material Memory, edited by Gwen Heeney.
This book brings together experts in the fields of art history, visual arts, music, cultural geography, curatorial practice and landscape architecture to explore the role of material memory in the post-industrial landscape and the ways in which that landscape can act as a site for many forms of creative practice. It examines the role of material memory in the siting of public artworks and politically inspired installation art within the socio-economic post-industrial landscape. The post-industrial ruin as a place for innovation in the curatorial process is also investigated, as are social memory and the complexities of inscribing memory into places. A number of chapters focus on photography and its important role in recording memory as transformation, abandonment and erosion. Artists and musicians present personal case studies examining the siting of permanent and temporary artworks which can invoke memory of both culture and place. The land itself and its associated histories of post-industry are explored in artistic terms investigating dislocation, wasted spaces and extinction. Landscape architects and cultural geographers explore the aesthetic of the urban ruin, its natural and human ecologies and the re-wilding of urban spaces. The volume provokes discussion by a group of diverse experts on a very contemporary subject. Continue reading
Choir Stalls and their Workshops: Proceedings of the Misericordia International Colloquium 2016 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Choir Stalls and their Workshops: Proceedings of the Misericordia International Colloquium 2016, edited by Anja Seliger and Willy Piron.
Misericordia International was founded by Elaine C. Block as an association dedicated to the study of choir stalls and their relation to other artistic manifestations during the Middle Ages, and the dissemination of research. From its beginnings, Misericordia International has promoted a bi-annual international conference as a place of scientific exchange among members of the research community interested in this topic from a multidisciplinary perspective. Continue reading
Deleuze on Art: The Problem of Aesthetic Constructions now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Deleuze on Art: The Problem of Aesthetic Constructions by Michael Jasper.
This book examines the role of art in French philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s (1925–1995) late writings. Can works of art produce not only visual and spatial effects but also render ideas manifest? Can movement be treated in architecture so that it changes our relation to time? In what ways can sculpture help us to think differently, in a more open and creative way? In the last decade of his life, Deleuze wrote about these and other questions, increasingly turning to art as a model for a new way of thinking. Using examples from twentieth-century architecture, film, literature, painting and sculpture, this book follows Deleuze’s engagement with art to illustrate a new image of thought. This book is of interest to architects, artists and theorists and to those wishing to learn about Deleuze’s work and contemporary aesthetic practice and theory. Continue reading