Snezana Pupovic: The Art of Emotion

Book of Emotion by Snezana PupovicI was hurtling along on a train from Manchester to Nottingham waiting on a text to see if an old friend was going to make it to meet me at the World Event Young Artist where she was exhibiting. We’d had a good time in...
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On the Couch with David Shrigley

How are you feeling David Shrigley? Fine, thanks. I just did some yoga. Tell me about your mother? She is 72 years old and used to be a computer programmer until she retired. She likes reading and is active in her local church. Tell me about your father? He...
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Kraak Club, Manchester: The Best Refuge for Free Spirits…

On the rare occasions when I’m not playing the card game Shithead and I fancy a stroll out into the vulgar world of fun, the place I like to frequent chat, drink, smoke rollie fags and dance is the converted textile building-cum-club called Kraak. Don’t be fooled by hip...
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Clitheroe: Henry the Sixth, Hipping Stones and Susie Dent

I’m looking for Amy Pennington said the old man slowly clambering into the back of the tiny Bedford Bambi camper parked half a mile inside the Waddington Road entrance to Brungerley Park. That’s me said the woman in the yellow. A yellow hat, yellow coat and yellow scarf signalled...
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David Shrigley: Little Drawings Big Issues

Colin the Big Issue seller had a busy week last week. His pitch is right outside the main entrance of the Cornerhouse that has just opened its doors to David Shrigley’s new show How Are You Feeling? and the ever-affable artist designed the cover on the magazine. “I sold...
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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Lights and Beyond…

If you like your seeing spots before your eyes then it doesn’t get any better than 83-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Gleaming Lights of the Souls now showing at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark. Using mirrors and LEDs she reflects multi-coloured balls of electric light to...
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Cat Power: A Speck of Sunlight in the Dark

There’s a striking comparison these days between old Cat Power and new Cat Power. One is slit your wrists depressing the other a professionally applied lint bandage by one of our very own darling NHS nurses. Charlyn Marie Marshall aka Chan (pronounced like the Welsh name Sian) Marshall aka...
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A Groom with Nearly No Name – Derby Death Dignified

Ten hours after the 138th Kentucky Derby Guatemalan groom Adan Fabian Perez, 48, was found dead in a stable barn only metres from the trackside where I’d spent the day watching the races. I left the country the following day, if I’d stayed I’d have helped the Perez family...
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