Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Estorick Collection

After discussing Futurism in class, our instructors led us on a field trip up to  the Islington neighborhood and the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Artwork.  The art is housed in small yet beautiful historic Georgian home. Today the rooms have been converted into small galleries where the work of Umberto Boccioni and Giacomo Balla are displayed.

Entrance, Estorick Collection

Estorick Collection

Futurism began in the early 1900s with a manifesto (violent and a bit misogynistic).  Futurists worked to convey energy and vibration in order for the work to “move” in front of the viewer.  I find theses artworks difficult to digest because the manifesto is so aggressive and bombastic.  The work, which developed later, is interesting as artistic experiments within the language of movement.  Umberto Boccioni’s sculpture, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, is a famous example of futurism.  This sculpture is not in the Estorick Collection.  You can find it at the Tate Modern and there is one also at the MoMA .  In Unique Forms of Continuity in Space the figure is lurching forward, though not without resistance.

These are works found in the Estorick Collection:

Modern Idol, by Umberto Boccioni

Hand of the Violinist, by Giacomo Balla

The Estorick Collection also has exhibitions dedicated to solo artists.  This winter (January 13 – April 2, 1012) Alberto Burri’s work is on display.  Once a doctor, Burri was captured during World War II and spent time as a prisoner of war in Gainsville, Texas.  While waiting for the war to end and his release, Burri began to paint and once back in Italy he moved from that medium into mixed media and sculpture.  His exhibit is a collection of work containing plastics, ceramics, burlap, metal and tar.




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I like candy.

Candy is fruity or minty, sticky, hard or gummy and it is a treat. Chocolate is different from candy and I’ll explain that a little bit later.  I want to talk about candy.  I like gummy bears, licorice, lemon drops, skittles etc.  Pixie sticks – did you  like pixie sticks? I shared pixie sticks with my freshman college roommate – we didn’t have much in common but an affection for the colored sugar.  I also knew a cat who like them too.

So while I’m in England I’m enjoying a smorgasbord of new candy:


The Wine Gums are like the *healthy* ocean spray fruit snacks my sister gives her girls.  The Guzzle Puzzles are like gummy bears but not as sour and the Fruit Sherbets are wrapped sourish hard candy.

They are pretty and will make a nice treat when my throat is scratchy or when I’m getting sleepy during class.  There isn’t a fruit center.  I don’t really like fruit centers…they are a bit…tricky.  Especially if the center is better than the candy or the candy is great and the center isn’t good.  Think of the chocolates in the white box with the red bow.  A gamble.

Some of the candy here is a little strange

What's up with the pink/yellow frothy ones?

These were gummy, but not gummy.  I waited until I didn’t have any regular ones left before I tried the “cloudy” pink and yellow ones.  They were fruity – but what type a fruit flavor wasn’t obvious.  I found “Jelly Babies” and sadly didn’t get a picture before I ate them all.  These “babies” are jelly but covered with a white soft powdery sugar that has no taste at all.  None.  So the powder must keep the “babies” from sticking to each other in the bag.

In the first picture I’ve included some new yogurt flavors, rhubarb and gooseberry.  Both of which grew in our yard in Minnesota.  The gooseberry bushes were prickly and never ripened.  We ate thorned green berries until we knew better.  I’ve enjoyed finding sandwich spreads that are alternatives to mustard and mayo.  I’ve got a sweet pickle spread that looks and tastes nothing like relish and a Bramley apple spread that may be excellent or, well not excellent.

During my childhood the English chocolate cadbury eggs only surfaced once a year.  I find them all year round these days and over here there are cadbury chocolates of all kinds.  There is so much chocolate to cover I think I’ll save it for another post.  I’m going to snack on my mint Kit Kat.


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