Why we’ve started putting on exhibitions instead of just writing about them… (the state of the London art scene)…

And so the time has come for the second group show that Artsleuth has been involved in curating, organising, and in the same breath co-founding a collective of over fifty emerging artists, blah blah, yes. The opening party is tonight. Here is a few sneak preview pics below…

Its been an awesome experience, and it feels like there is so much more to this project and ways to grow this thing.

The idea came together with an artist from Finland, Nora Emilia, who paints incredible portraits and never exhibits. Why? Because she has no artistic network here in London, and she can’t afford to exhibit in an expensive show, she doesn’t know any galleries that will give her a chance, how to go about the whole thing and can’t even afford her own studio. So she just paints in her house and the cat gets all the joy.

Sod it, we thought. If we could only just find a space at minimum rent and enough artists in the same position, we might just be able to do something about it ourselves.

There is so much exciting fresh art coming out of London still, but these are not the boom days where anyone could find a half-empty butchers on Brick Lane and set up a speakeasy selling cans of red stripe. Venues are hard to come by at cheap rent. East and now South London has gone to the boring office workers and post-hipsters as we all know, and so those budding artists have retreated to their bedrooms. On top of that, although there are small pockets of artists living in one area, like Tottenham, this is a very different environment from the likes of Tracey Emin/Sarah Lucas and particularly those that followed them and eventually triggered actual galleries opening up all around Bethnal Green and the East End. In those days there was a concentrated mass of artists and art lovers living in one place, with Brick Lane, Redchurch and Vyner Street at the epicentre. People trawled around the streets every Thursday knowing they would stumble across openings without checking if anything was on. You had your audience right there in a place where you could fall over the empty cheap spaces.

But in this harsher environment. THERE IS STILL HOPE! we shout. YOU CAN STILL DO IT IF YOU WANT TO – JUST DO IT.

With the Bedroom Artists Collective we are not thinking small. For our first show we found a huge ‘meanwhile’ ex-office space taken on by the Hive Dalston for community projects who charge minimum rent for art shows (and are lovely, lovely people too). We put a call out in artjobs.co.uk and lo-and-behold over 50 artists responded. All worked without studios, had day jobs or studied or both, all loved the idea. By the time we got down to the nitty-gritty we still had 36 artists and we put on an incredible show. Photos below – but read on because there is more!

The Hive event showed the huge interest out there for low level, rough and ready exhibitions. In reality they are the best type of exhibition, because not only are you enjoying the art but how a space has been used creatively for something it wasn’t meant to be used for. And if its temporary too, it makes it a unique experience.

People can’t even afford the rent on their own flats these days let alone a studio space, or the extra time, the effort, it takes to promote yourself as an artists, to get that extra level more advanced at your practice (and your passion) on top of your day job. Its a real struggle for most artists out there that are ’emerging’ or as we now like to say ‘submerged’ because some of them have been that way for years.

It all comes down to money (and lack of it).

So the Bedroom Artists Collective want to bridge the gap. We didn’t know we did but the more we work on this project the more we realise that is exactly how we fit in. We’re giving artists a leg up. Once you exhibit you get that buzz, you want to do it again, you get more ideas, you see your work up in a gallery space, it makes you think – what should I do next? Not only that you get the chance to find other artists, collaborate or help each other in some way, you get promotion through the collectives online channels, you get something on your portfolio, you get to network with other artists and you get your artwork out there to new audiences.

And what does everyone else get? To see exciting, unusual art that pushes the boundaries in weird unusual spaces. And we find that a lot of the people that come to the shows do some sort of creativity themselves in their homes, and it gets them thinking too. Possibly inspiring them.

So we think if you want to go round the establishment you still can. Its exactly the same as it always was. And the more people that do it the better.

So for anyone out there with big ideas or beautiful incredible things sitting in their home, its not that hard if you have a bunch of people to do it with you (and you can find them easily through artjobs and other sites), and you can do it on a shoe-string just like we did (our budget for the Hive show was £400 for 36 artists exhibiting and we split the bill between everyone). It just takes a bit of creative thinking and that’s what artists are good at right? There will be abandoned spaces near you, there will be spaces that owners don’t know what to do with, just sitting there, that will welcome a bit of money for an event that brings people to their place.

Anyway…it’s interesting being on the other side.

n.b: Come and check out our second show on Brick Lane. This one is a little show, with 14 artists, we got the space in a basement with the door directly onto Brick Lane itself because the owner wasn’t using the space, for an incredibly cheap rent – we found that if you just ask sometimes you get. This time we wanted to try a show curated on a theme. We’d love to see you there Artsleuth readers 🙂 see the facebook invite below:

The Carnal & The Concrete: Group Show, Bedroom Artists Collective

If you are interested in joining our collective we’d love to have you. Email us at bedroomartists@gmail.com

bedroomartists.org

Next time… back to regular Artsleuth business!

 

 

You Get What You’re Given, Hoxton Arches, 17 Nov 2016

 

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Catherine Borowski’s white banisters are lined up along the concrete floor in rows, which gives a strange illusionary quality to them and eerily evokes the rows of graves at a war memorial site. Banisters could also signify a passage of ascension or descent; stairways are somewhere you rarely stop on, they are part of a journey. Seriously, actually, when you consider ‘the banister’ in isolation there is more to them than you think. Everyone can project their own memories on these inanimate objects. The Artist said she was always jealous of friends that had stairs as a child, it signified a more comfortable living, having grown up in a flat on an estate. Also, she said, her mother was buried in a memorial graveyard in the Middle East, where Borowski was never to find her gravestone.

Another piece is a clothes rail built into a section of wall. Assorted hangers are on the rail, some with clothes on them, some with their dry-cleaning plastic covers on. A framed print of human figures lies on its side on the ground. The blurb tells the story of the day Borowski cleaned her mother’s wardrobe out after she had passed, found 45 years worth of hangers and a Henry Moore sketch never to have been hung on a wall stuffed in a plastic bag behind the clothes.

On the walls around the banister installation are the artworks of Lee Baker, whose style evolved out of a passion for Manga among other things. His most recent output is along the Japanese theme of ‘Mono’ (or transience). These are large floral pieces, which leave the canvas with an unfinished look. Most are dramatic and scaled up, bold, stylised flowers, on bleak, winter-like backgrounds. The rough surfaces mimic rust and concrete and are a perfect foil to the smooth block colours of the floral shapes on top. He has taken this approach one stage further in the installation on the back wall. An old mattress is the canvas, with the stalk of the Chrysanthemum running onto a piece of chipboard and an old ripped sheet below. There is a wooden palette and other building materials arranged around them in a disused state. Materials you might find in a squat perhaps.

On the right wall are a series of pieces by Baker from 2015. They are scaled down, framed, detailed sections of stripped wall, the kind you would find in a house halfway through renovation after the stripper has been used. A nice simile with the banisters somehow. Its always a pleasure to find sixties wallpaper which wouldn’t have looked out of place in Del Boy’s flat under the surface of the obligatory magnolia upper coat. It’s a lingering memory, a visual history of the people who lived the place. Also too, it is a micro history, here depicted in micro form. Each brick in the fresco model versions are about a fingerprint in length.

In the backroom is an installation by Olivia Hegarty. A jungle of what looks like starched paper, or white fabric, is dangling from string at all different heights. When you touch it, and you cant avoid it as they are purposefully packed into the room, the material crumbles. It’s brittle and you realise its something else, it’s filo pastry. A frivolous, beautiful idea and the shadows dance in the light.
You Get What You’re Given @The Hoxton Arches.
Thanks to Nathan Sonic for the incredible photos.

 

 

 

Dystopolis: The Awakening, Dogboy solo show at Stour Space

 

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Once upon a time on an imagined weird alien planet not so dissimilar from our own, stories play out in incredibly detailed hallucinogenic landscapes.

Some scenes are about the daily grind; like commuting about town, taking your gimp for a walk, underground factory slaves toiling while the tube rattles by, scientists performing weird experiments surrounded by odd gadgets and multicoloured tentacles, and some serious space mining business on a stellar surface.

Other scenes delve into the underbelly of these Crang-like being’s debaucherous recreational pursuits.

There are bars where unanimous projectile vomiting is the thing to do, wild rock concerts, trippy raves, lavish house parties and chillaxing in the pool in some tropical space-scape while a robot-head-hoover-thing brings you cocktails.

As possibly callous as their society might be, they do know how to party, that’s for sure.

There’s something a little of the ancient Roman, Mayan or Egyptian about these folks with their odd rituals and lives. And there are odd symbols everywhere, tongues and tentacles, clouds and bums.

A section of this exhibition shows single characters, fleshing out the details of some of the more notorious figures of this world. The more you look, the more you find in this works. It’s like peeling a psychedelic onion; a sci-fi novel ‘with your eyes’ if you will.

One of the pieces (not shown in the images above) is a huge graphite sketch scene split into a tryptic. It re-imagines the beautiful madness of Hieronymus Bosch’s heaven and hell and other similar works.

You can see the bond between some of art history’s heavyweights in the macabre and the surreal (for instance Goya) in what Dogboy has produced in this collection.

Get down to Stour Space and check this out till October 2nd 2016, 9am-5pm daily

(Stour Space also has a really nice cafe where you can sit by the canal front and mull over the increasingly dire fate that has befallen Hackney Wick… but thats another blog…coming soon).

 

Bedroom Artists’ Debut Show, Hive Dalston

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From long term blogger on the London art scene to doing something about it…Art Sleuth has become part of the action.

We’re organising a group show with 36 emerging artists. Each of the artists works without a studio, has no gallery representation and most have no way of exhibiting alone. But together, it turns out, we can.

With the help of Hive Dalston – a place with a special bond to the Bedroom Artists’ cause as a not-for-profit organisation hell bent on helping emerging artists in anyway it can – we have been able to put on an enormous exhibition covering everything from painting, illustration, sculpture, live art, instillation, sound-video art and street art.

We’ll also be putting on workshops through out the weekend including an amazing Urban Boxes Workshop, by Flora Malpas exploring the idea of urban regeneration through creating buildings out of recycled packaging such as cardboard boxes and plastic bottles. And another workshop which will be a tour and discovery of the works by Cedoux Kadima.

Artists will be using the space to create art throughout the weekend, and we’re hoping some collaborations will take place between the artists.

Viva the Collective!

Photos and review of the exhibition to come…

@HiveDalton

@BedArtLondon

Private View opening night Friday 6.30 pm – 11pm,
Weekend day time Sat 12 – 6, Sun 12- 6,

https://www.facebook.com/events/1600757703550358/

 

 

 

The Doodle Man, Hoxton Gallery

You can imagine what The Doodle Man did in science classes at school. Go visit him at his gallery show to see what happened next; it’s amazing. He took 8 days to cover almost every inch of wall space of the two rooms at the Hoxton Gallery, Old St, mainly with one never-ending monochrome doodle piece. He’s also done a table and chair set,canvases, a moving video doodle, and prints to buy at reasonable prices. Plus he’s there doing his doodle thing in his doodle outfit, looking wicked. We salute you Mr Doodle.

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New Sensations and The Future Can Wait ’14

 

Gavin Nolan

From Here to Eternity, Gavin Nolan, 2014, Oil on Canvas.

Joella Wheatley, Back to the drawing board, 2014

Back to the Drawing Board, Joella Wheatley, 2014, Oil, Acrylic, Pen on Canvas.

The Future Can Wait 2014

Melody 2014, Wendy Mayer, Vanity case, painted reborn doll parts, mohair, baby nightdress, music box movement. 28 x 36 x 26 cm

The Dance Clarie Partington

The Dance, Claire Partington, 2014, Earthenware, Tin Glaze, Enamel, Luster

Mr and Mrs Phillip Cath

The Awakening Conscience, Mr and Mrs Phillip Cath, 2014, Oil on Canvas

Air Heads, Emily Motto, 2014

Air Heads, Emily Motto, 2014, Rising dough and found objects

C.O.C.K, Oliver Clegg, 2014

C.O.C.K, Oliver Clegg, 2014 (how many cocks can you count?)

New Jersey, Sarah McGintity

New Jersey, Sarah McGinity, 2014, Oil on Canvas

 Untitled, David Sailva

Untitled, David Sailva, 2014, Beewax and Wood

Unknown Artist, The Future Can Wait 2014

Unknown Artist, The Future Can Wait 2014

 

Amicably sitting side by side once again is Saatchi’s New Sensations group exhibition, showcasing emerging talent, and The Future Can Wait with their select display of ‘mid-career’ artists.

It’s become a good pairing because you can see the development in artists’ work from those just starting out to the more established in the next room. Plus it’s interesting because inevitably a lot of artists that first show in New Sensations then exhibit with The Future Can Wait a few years later.

One thing that’s noticeable between the two exhibitions is the difference in approach to sculpture and installation. The TFCW’s has more refined, tongue-in-cheek artwork, but with this sacrifices a more playful approach to things. New Sensations displays a number of different large found-object arrangements and earthy land art style pieces. The sort of pieces that take influences from the late 70’s movement such as Woodrow and Long. The outstanding contribution comes from Daniel Silva who uses materials such as beeswax and found wooden items to create wholesome and effective compositions.

Another artist featured strongly in the NS show is Emily Motto whose clever use of playdoh and rising bread oozing slowly through porous materials in luminous colours creates ever changing, playful installations.

TFCW was exhibiting the surreal work of an Wendy Meyer who has made touchingly comic waxworks of new-born babies – they are so small they can fit in gravy boats, jewellery boxes and wine crates – referencing the work of Ron Mueck. 

Also showing was Claire Partington‘s incredibly fine ceramics depicting two Tudor ladies with detailed finery having a fight so violent it has drawn blood.

One more thing to ponder on. A macabre oil painting by Mr and Mrs Phillip Cath called The Awakening Conscience. Is this something to make us think twice about eating pigs? According to scientists a full grown pig has the mental age of a 1.5 year old, so is this a depiction of the pig’s awakening conscience as well as ours? Answers in the comment box please (or a postcard if you’d prefer).

 

New Sensations and The Future Can Wait are on until the 18th of October 2014

B1 . VICTORIA HOUSE . BLOOMSBURY SQUARE
London . WC1B 4DA . UNITED KINGDOM . 11AM – 6PM

 

The Secret Art Prize at the Curious Duke Gallery

Mohammed Sami, Immigrant

Olivia Yu

Olivia Yu, The Pac-Man Race, 70 x 100 cm

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The Curious Duke gallery shares premises with Taylored Frames Ltd; the Framer himself here at the opening with his pet rat.

 

The Curious Duke Gallery launched their first Secret Art Prize at their residency on the infamous street for urban art, Whitecross Street, in early September. The founder Eleni Duke says there is no similar prize to encourage Surrealist and Urban Art in the UK and that’s why she’s championing this opportunity for unrepresented emerging artists working in that field.

They had over 160 applicants with the top ten selected artists having their entries exhibited from now until 27th of September.

The winning painting by Mohammed Sami is a depiction of a faceless immigrant straining under a a canopy of luggage.

Olivia Yu with her fluorescent colour palette and marbled, textured, abstract canvases won the Peoples Choice Award.

Whitecross Street itself has a constantly regenerating display of street art along it, and one of the judges, Teddy Baden, is a street artist and organiser of the Whitecross St Art Party every summer was a judge.

 

Curious Duke Gallery – 173 Whitecross St, London EC1Y 8JT; the Secret Art Prize is on till 27th of September.

 

 

Kevin Morosky: on Notorious BIG, #MYNAMEIS, photography and his London

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Kevin Morosky‘s work is part of the current arts project #MYNAMEIS brought to you by Anni Arts, taking place on billboards across London from June 21st-July 7th.

Tell us about the #MYNAMEIS project currently showing around London and why you’re involved?

#MYNAMEIS is a group exhibition involving 4 other artists and looking at the meaning of names. Having a billboard to exhibit your work on was a opportunity that I couldn’t miss, plus tackling this subject in the current political climate was a great challenge to take on.

What is it about London that gets you inspired?

I can’t say that I am inspired by London to be honest, I am comforted by London and feel understood by London. Loved and needed. I love that I know when entering Tottenham Court Road tube station the quickest way to the platform is taking the stairs to your right. London is my home, my side of the bed.. It’s an old friend that sits happily in comfortable silence with me.

What is your favourite thing to do in London? (it can be anything not just art based)

Dinner at Bob Bob Ricard, Deptford Junk Market on a Saturday, Shoreditch House roof on any sunny day. Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday. Driving to Wandsworth drive through McDonald‘s at early hours of the morning ordering food and catching jokes, I used to do that all the time with my best friend before she moved to L.A, still one of my favourite things though. I’m a creature of habit. Anything personal and gentle.

Why is photography your chosen medium?

I started taking picture because I wanted to imitate the images brought to mind by Biggies smalls raps. Regards to mediums I have a few but I never wanted to be one of these slasher kids as in “I’m a DJ / artist / skater / brain surgeon” I think that shit’s wack, I just figured I’d get my receipts for one medium, while privately practising the others. Then bit by bit I’d drop new projects not necessarily related to photography. So for instance I deigned a print and collaborated with London brand Oh My love.

What advice would you have to aspiring artists/photographers out there?

Nobody owes you anything. Nobody has to believe in you. Creatives deserve holidays too. Practice, don’t just wait for jobs, practice your craft. I know what my schedule is for work and goals are for up until Aug 2015, setting goals is important. It doesn’t matter if you don’t always hit them. Mistakes are awesome, do not be afraid of them. People were gossiping before your mum and dad made sweet love, and they’ll be doing it when you’re dead and gone. Pay them no mind. Do not hold grudges in business, by doing so you are burning bridges you didn’t even know you wanted to cross let alone had to. You can not make a pound without a 100 pennies, by that I mean, everything you do adds up. Everything.

What projects / ideas have you got in the pipe line? Where are you going next?

Working on a new collection with OML, finishing off my documentary. Given : A sharing . Another collaboration that’s about empowering women, as well as a whole new exhibition dedicated to women. Art direction on a few musical projects. As well as a musical project.

Describe your photography in ten words

Love. Thoughtful. Moment. Magic. Easy. Real. Memory. Roshak. Frank. Good.

 

www.morosky.co.uk Mgmt. : Damaris@milkartist.com / Tom@milkartist.com

Please remember the Notorious BIG was the best rapper

 

#MYNAMEIS billboard locations are as follows:

Gillian Wearing by Gillian Wearing – London Bridge Station, SE1 9SL – Billboard no 1331
Lateefa Smith / Chang Jian Wen by Kevin Morosky – 178 Westbourne Grove, W11 2AD – Billboard no 1458
Annie Mac by Annie Mackin- Camden Town, Camden Road Station, NW1 9LS – Billboard no 1105
London Bridge Arizona Arizona London Bridge’ by Duval Timothy – London Bridge Station, Duke Street Hill, SE1 2SW – Billboard no 8171
Karley Sciortino by Nastasia Alberti – 129/127 Hackney Road, E2 7QS – Billboard no 0237

 

‘Sticks and Drones’ Eric Yahnker at Paradise Row

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Speed Bumps 2014,  coloured pencil on paper

Fingering Crisco Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Fingering Crisco 2014, coloured pencil on paper

Full Bloomberg, Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Full Bloomberg 2014, coloured pencil on paper

Six-Stings Succulent, 2014 artificial cactus, guitar, scarf

Wrecking Ball, Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Wrecking Ball, 2014, coloured pencil on paper

Crimean River, 2014, charcoal and graphite on paper

 Soon-Yi, Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Soon-Yi, 2014, graphite on paper

Sittin’ on a Rainbow, 2014, 10 Mariah Carey LP’s

Short Shorts Shorty, 2014, plaster, shorts.

 

Sticks and Drones is a witty and concise exhibition covering a well-trod topic; the sickly sweet American dream. How a nation sells itself through sex, Budweiser and pop. Half a century on from Warhol, Hamilton and the rest, Eric Yahnker brings a refreshingly suggestive and cynical edge to the Pop Art genre. In fact ‘Fingering Crisco’ 2014, could be seen as direct comment on Pop Art and how we look at those artworks through our cynical 21st century eyes.

Yahnker questions the state of the nation. Obama looks out of the White House and what does he see?  Miley Cyrus on the wrecking ball. The Woody Allen step-daughter scandal is alluded to shrewdly through the semiotics of Yoon Yi’s name written with Woody Allen’s face replacing the OO’s.

Not only does sex sell, it keeps the economy afloat; the OO’s in Bloomberg are replaced by two huge breasts. Fish net underwear straddles wooden cut-outs of the US map which have been made into a hanging mobile.

Yahnker’s work is well executed, fresh and amusing. You can see why he has worked on projects such as South Park and Seinfeld. His sense of humour is on point and tuned in. Paradise Row is on to a winner of a show.

Brett Amory: Twenty-Four in London

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Brett Amory has picked London for his third ‘Twenty-Four’ project where he produces 24 artworks from a study of 24 places around a city; firstly filming a particular spot in each location then producing an artwork out of his study.

The culmination of this is a collection of incredibly insightful works. They are only a snapshot – homing in on one piece of the street – but in that moment he captures people going about their daily lives, the architecture and the atmosphere.  He grasps London’s multifaceted personality so well you would think he was a local.

His artworks are inclusive of any media he has at his disposal from the location. The paintings are surrounded by found printed matter – rubbish, old tickets and trinkets. He has also built audio tapes into some of the displays, and some paintings contain collage and surrounding wooden awnings to simulate shop fronts. They are not really necessary additions; you get a strong sense of London life just from the paintings alone without the peripheral media, but they are mementos – like something a tourist would collect for a scrap book. With these additions his studies become almost nostalgic.

In the far corner of the exhibition you’ll find 24 televisions showing the films of each of the locations. These show how Amory has pulled out a contemplative setting, composition and palette from the seemingly mundane and mismatched.

Amory sees poetry in a kebab shop and once you have seen through his eyes you do too.

Showing at Lazerides, Rathbone Place till the 3rd of April.

Jasper Joffe: on Books and East London Hipsters

Woof Haall, Jasper Joffe Publishing

Image courtesy www.joffebooks.com

What will he do next? The ‘rebel’ artist, novelist, writer, art fair organiser and tutor, Jasper Joffe – labelled the ‘anti-hero of the British art world’ and famous for his enterprising arty ways – has now turned his hand to publishing. We asked him about his new venture and life in trendy East London…

Joffe Books includes parody novels such as ‘Woof Hall’. His aim with his friend Erik Empson is to produce books ‘which they are passionate about and which might otherwise be homeless in the slums created by mainstream commercial publishing’.

So tell us about ‘Joffe Books’ your new publishing house you’ve set up. What is the unique selling point, which titles are you excited about, anything new in the midst?

Joffe Books is an imprint of Not So Noble Books which I set up with my friend Erik Empson. Joffe Books is a chance for me to publish books which I really have a passion for. The age of Kindle means that I can bring great fiction out fast and with everything from cover, to blurb, to social marketing done in-house. I’ve applied some of the knowledge I gained as a successful artist to the publishing world. It’s a really exciting moment to be doing this, as for the first time in history, a writer can send me a book and within a month, if everything goes well, be selling their book and having thousands of people all over the world reading it! We’ve got some great books coming out over christmas.

Are you deviating entirely from Art, just taking a break or will these two interests run parallel. Do have any art works/projects on the go at the moment?

The two interests run parallel, although the publishing has really taken off and absorbed me. I’ve always read, and my novel was published a few years ago by a more traditional publisher, so I’ve had the reading/painting thing going most of my life.

You’ve moved to Shoreditch from Dalston, you seem to be a real Easty. What do you enjoy about the area? Give us some secret places/top tips when visiting the area.

I’ve moved everything to Shoreditch now, which is obviously an intersection between the art, digital, and city worlds. I love East London, and feel somewhat disoriented if I go west or south! When visiting the area go for a drink early week if you want to avoid the massive drunken hordes. And of course two of the best restaurants for Pakistani and Turkish  are Mangal on Arcola Street and Tayyabs in Whitechapel.

Having lived or worked in East London for over a decade you have lived through the dramatic changes to the area. How do you rate the changes, what do you think of what it is like now?

I like the constant flux, Dalston has become bewilderingly super hipster, it’s OK, that’s the joy of living in a city for a long time you have the layers of places you’ve been when they were different, or you felt differently about them.

East London vs Central London galleries – does an area make a difference to the type of art shown in a gallery?

Oops I prefer central London galleries because they have more great art in them because they have more money passing through them. You can cruise round the free commercial galleries in Mayfair and see some genuine masterpieces. I am also a massive fan of the National Gallery on a weekday where you can stroll around in relative peace in beautiful rooms.

Many of your work and projects (from your own version of Tate Modern with Harry Pye in a drycleaners, to where you showed painting in a pound shop in Dalson to your Free Art Fair) involve real places in London. How does London inform/inspire your work?

I love London because just getting on a bus can be inspiring. You see something delightful or surprising all the time. And so I try to do art shows which people will discover in the same way, imagine coming across an oil painting in a pound shop, or the tate in a drycleaners!

Are there any plans for another Free Art Fair?

No! It was a great thing made possible by many generous artist giving away their art for free. But I think there are more exciting new things for me now. But never say never.

If an Alien visited you and demanded to see the finest art in London where would you take him, what particular pieces would you show him?

Good question. Would it be a male alien, and would they have the same gender system? I would take it to see the Wallace Collection, to see Fragonard, Watteau, and Boucher paintings. The National to see some old masters, andthen call in on some exciting contemporary show, but in fact there are better cities for great art such as Madrid and New York, so I’d take it on a day bus to Soho followed by a drunken night bus home for a real feel of the city.

What is your favourite London eatery, drinkery, and dancery?

Coach and Horse pub Greek Street, though they’ve introduced an incongruous vegetarian menu. I like an early evening Martini at a happy hour in B@1. And a bucket of KFC to soak it all up. Dancing is always better for me in a dingy bar rather than a nightclub.

What do you hate about London?

Nothing really. Though I am not too keen on random violence and vomit.

What is your favourite bit of London defacement/street art?

I liked the “OCCUPY” graffiti up high amongst the rooftops near me, but it got painted out.

The London Illustration Fair 2013

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Mark Powell

Linocut Boy

Linocut Boy

Hooray! A new Art Fair has come to town. Focusing on illustration, it showcases the artwork of 20 up-and-coming artists selected by judging panel as the next big thing on the scene.

This is the first London Illustration Fair starting 29th of November and will run over the entire weekend. Get down for the private view on Thursday. It’s at the Hoxton Arches.

Mark Powell, who does incredible portraits drawn from biro on newspaper, is one of the judges and will also create a new work for the exhibition.

The Puck Collective will also be exhibiting work from their studio and is working live on a revolving drawing installation. The Jealous Gallery, publishers and print house will be printing works from artists, and Linocut Boy will be holding an interactive workshop where you can create your own Christmas cards.

Tickets: £5.00. Private view: Thursday 28th November 6 – 9pm. Open: Friday 29th & Saturday 30th November: 12 – 8pm, Sunday 1st December: 12-6pm.

Atomica Gallery

Underground art, open studios and group exhibitions this summer 2013 and beyond….

And finally summer is here; the time for Artists’ open studios, balmy summer opening nights and a chance to delve into London’s underground art scene in the sun! Here are some of the best exhibitions and fairs the mainstream will miss…..

 Atomica Pop Up exhibition – 5th – 12th June
Atomica Gallery

Atomica a gallery in Hackney supporting up and coming artists and illustrators will be holding a pop-up exhibition showing a collective of works in Camden, after winning a competition offering rent free use of a space on the High St. Launch party is Tuesday 4th, 6-9pm, everyone is welcome and there will be complimentary rum cocktails courtesy of Sailor Jerry.

Atomica Gallery Pop-Up @ Collective, 69 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JL

Wednesday 5th – Wednesday 12th June, 10am – 7pm daily

Opening Party: Tuesday 4th June 6 – 9pm

www.atomicagallery.com

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Open Studios at Make Space Studios – 6 – 9th of June

The coolest artists’ studios in London, converted from the temporary sheds used to house station staff within Waterloo Station railway tracks is having its annual open studio event. With live music, film screenings and a private auction as well as a chance to see and buy art in 70 studios, and meet the artists in their natural habitats.

Make Space Studios, Newnham Terrace, London, SE1 7DR

www.makespacestudios.com

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Oxford House BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) event – 13th June

Oxford House are hosting a BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) event. Artists are invited to bring their own projector and beam their moving image work across the walls of their intimate 19th century chapel. The event aims to create a situation in which artists lose control over their work through the layering of numerous continuous feeds of visual information to create unexpected visual and conceptual results. Oxford House are really excited to provide an opportunity for students, graduates and established practitioners to share the same space.

www.oxfordhouse.org.uk

If you are an artist, registration for the event is now open.

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Open Studios at SE1 and Southwark Studios 24th – 26th June

To celebrate Bermondseys burgeoning creative scene, some of SE London’s leading arts organisations are joining forces to present an open weekend showcasing up and coming artists. SE1 Studios and Southwark Studios home to over 100 innovative young artists.

Exhibitions take place at Southwark Studios, 4th Floor Rich House, Crimscott Street, SE1 5TE
Friday 6pm to 10pm , Sat & Sun  1pm – 5pm

(Southwark Studios is also putting on an Open Arts Fair in July see website for more info)

www.southwarkstudios.com/blog/2011/6/15/open-studios.html

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‘Raw Talent@Neverland’ Exhibition and Fashion Show – 28th – 29th June

An exhibition brought to life by the students of University of the Arts London with 8 different creative University’s co-hosting and supporting the event and over 100 applicants so far…. It looks like a superb venue for such an exhibition….watch this space (excuse the pun).

9 Kingsland Road ,London E2 8AA

http://rawtalent2013.weebly.com/

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Gutter – Halfway between the Gallery and the Street – From 4th July

A week-long exhibition of graffiti, street art and fine art. Opening with a spectacular of graffiti, art and hip hop culture including beat boxers, break dancers, clown dancing, MC’s, DJ’s, LIVE screen printing and spray painting and FREE giveaways. During the course of the exhibition there will be professional workshops in graffiti, screen printing and break-dancing for kids and adults alike.

Somewhere in Hackney TBC..keep an eye on the facebook page

www.facebook.com/GutterHalfwayBetweenTheGalleryAndTheStreet

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Hackney WickED Weekend – Usually August Bank Holiday Weekend

We salute Hackney WickED in the ever lasting fight for free artistic space, since Hackney has been redeveloped they relocated to the Red Gallery. No specific details yet of this event but we’ll leave this listing open in the hope some details will be released soon!

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And into the Autumn….

FloatArt London – 13th – 15th September

An art exhibition on the Dixie Queen, a replica of a Mississippi paddle boat moored to Tower Bridge. This will showcase graduating art students as part of The Mayor’s Thames Festival.

Artists’ submissions still open…(at time of writing – 28th  May)

www.floatart.co.uk

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Bad Behavior Presents: chArt – 13 – 30th of October

An Open Submission Exhibition for Artist’s living in South London, ‘chArt’ is an exhibition that aims to explore the relationship that music has with visual arts.

Artists are asked to submit work in response to a piece of music from any genre of popular music that inspires them to make work. The music should be the starting point for artists and be used as a platform to conceptualize images to help them to visualise and execute a piece of work in a style and medium of their choosing.

The selected pieces will be shown at Brixton East Gallery, 100 Barrington Road, London SW9 7JF on the 13-30th of October.

Still open for submissions (at time of writing – 28th  May)

www.bbehaviour.com

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Art 13, the new London art fair

Last night we attended the opening of the newest international art fair in town, Art 13, to great fanfare and free wine no less (sadly no canapes!). A notable element to the fair was the strong presence of Chinese art and galleries. The quality of the works shown was of a high standard, in fact, we can report that finally the Frieze Art Fair has got some healthy competition. Judging from the works on display Painting is still in the ascendancy within the contemporary art scene.

Lu Song, The City It Wakes For Me, 2011, Oil On Canvas, 140 x 200 cm – Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin.

Lu Song, The City It Wakes For Me, 2011, Oil On Canvas

Yin Xiuzhen, Portable City: Madrid, 2012, suitcase, word clothing, sound – installation, 100 x 151 x 87 – Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin.

Yin Xiuzhen, Portable City: Madrid, 2012

Eric Chan, Hitchcock’s Love Affair with Abstract Expressionism, 2013, Taxidermy crows and cast metal.

Eric Chan, Hitchcock's Love Affair with Abstract Expressionism, 2013

Xue Feng, Background 21, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 160 x 200 cm – Boers- Li Gallery, China.

Xue Feng, Background 21, 2012

Detail from Background 21

Background 21,

Ony of the most innovative art projects at the fair, Federic Solmi has created a Fifteen-panel video installation. He has created over half an hour running time of a hand-drawn animated video game called ‘Douche Bag City’, which says a lot for the video game industry in general. It follows the adventures of a Wall Street Broker, Dick Richman, who ends up being killed in each mission by some sort of monster or giant insect. ‘A satire of the capitalist world immersed in economic crisis’. – Jerome Zodo Gallery

Federico Solmi, Douche Bag City 2010

Federic Solmi, Douche Bag City

There was a Performance Booth, where participartors where winding copper threads around objects….

Performance Booth, Art 13

The printing arm of Lazarides Gallery – The Outsiders – was giving away free prints:

TheOutsiders, Lazerides, Free Art

Lazarides itself had the most impressive space at the fair complete with grimey brick walls, a fire place, empty pizza boxes and general, intentional? mess.

Lazarides Stand at Art 13 Lazarides Stand at Art 13

Conor Harrington, Lazarides

Ednor Harrington, Lazeride

Installations are situated around the fair. Roelof Louw‘s Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges) consists of 6000 oranges. Visitors are encouraged to take the oranges thus constantly redefining the shape of the sculpture. – Inspiration was from fruit markets.

oul City (Pyramid of Oranges)

Paul Davies, Bridges and Palms, 2012, Acrylic on linen – The Fine Art Society

Paul Davies, Bridges and Palms, 2012

Zhu Jinshi, Boat, 2012. Installation at Art 13.

Zhu Jinshi, Boat

Lee Jaeyho, Untitled, Wood (chestnut) – Albermarle Gallery.

Lee Jaeyho, Albermarle Gallery

Everything Must Go – pop up exhibition at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower

5 tons of charity clothes.

Rag-rug workshop run by Lizzie Harrison (remadeinleeds.org).

Installation showing the sorting of cast-off clothing that happens in the UK before the clothes begin their recycling route.

‘Shoddy’ textile art by kategoldsworthy.co.uk.

The hanging method used for photography in the exhibition. Printed entirely on recycled paper (a first for photography exhibitions) and cut into grids.

Upcycling workshop run by Lizzie Harrison (remadeinleeds.org).

The Ship-Breaking Room. How ship-breaking works in the UK, including a 2yr timelapse.

The Colour Room. There are different values to different colours of recycled clothing within the Shoddy industry.

A room about the flocking industry, which uses cast-off clothing.

Photos by Tim Mitchell www.timmitchellphotography.co.uk

Did you know that around 100,000 tonnes of ‘shoddy’ (used clothes) each year end up in mills in South Asia? Where the workers are paid less than £1.50 a day to work long hours in unhygienic conditions to turn your clothes into threads and then remake them into fabric?

This was a pop up exhibition the Bargehouse, a large derelict building just behind the OXO Tower in Jan 2012. It highlighted five years research by Waste of the World into where our donated clothes go; something that most of us are totally in the dark about.

It was curated by Dr Lucy Norris, whose research into the textile recycling industry led her to put on the show with artist Clare Patey. It was produced by arts organisation Holy Mountain.

In the first room the journey begins with a pile donated clothes. What most people do not realise is that the stock charity shops cannot sell is sold on to commercial textile wholesalers. What the shops do not know is that, unwittingly, they are funding an unethical business. Also, disturbing, the ‘charity’ bags that are posted though your letterbox are often from commercial enterprises posing as charities.

Oxfam does recognise this and is looking into ways to combat this issue.

A tax that would be levied on clothes being taken overseas is surpassed by cutting or ‘maiming’ the clothes, deeming them un-wearable. Then they are crushed down onto pallets and driven over the boarders into Bangladesh and India. The loop-hole means that the traders can make huge profits on these unwanted clothes.

Most of the workers in the factories are migrant workers. In the last room of the exhibition there was a video interview with a woman who worked in a mill in India. Her life was a rented room, living with her husband and numerous children, and her work was sifting through clothes, sorting them into colours. She really wanted to travel, especially to America. She had never met Westerners and, she believed them to be very beautiful and also rich – in order to be able to throw away their clothes. She believed them to care a lot about what they looked like.

The ironic thing, or perhaps one ironic thing, was that she herself was beautiful, and her clothes were gorgeous and colourful and she seemed, despite everything, to be smiling. What was clear was that on both sides of the coin we are ignorant. We know very little about what happens to our unwanted clothes, even charitable organisations know very little themselves, and even more hidden is the working conditions and the lives of the people who recycle them.

More information:

http://www.wornclothing.co.uk/events/everything-must-go/press-release/

Follow the journey of waste clothes from the UK in these videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/WasteoftheWorld

Free Art Thursday at Cultivate Vyner Street

A new type of gallery is occurring on Vyner Street: this one does not always abide by the First Thursday rule, it gives away free art sporadically, and it’s on a corner! (When you think about it, it is the only gallery is on Vyner Street which is on a corner). This must mean something special.

Almost 100 pieces were attached to walls and street furniture in random places outside the gallery. Spotting them was half the fun. Work from Raymond Salvatore Harmon, Lewis Bannister, Sean Worrall, Julieta Hernández Adame and Jo T Colvert were among them. Everything was yours for the price of nothing, although a hug was welcomed. Make sure you check out their facebook page for more events like this, they seem to happen sporadically.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cultivate-Vyner-Street/260577023973282

And little yarn bomb appeared on a lamp post!

Condensation – Group Show at Danielle Arnaud Gallery SE1

This exhibition, showing last month at the Danielle Arnaud Gallery, was set over two floors within this beautiful Georgian house in Kennington. The works were mainly made for the exhibition, and the domestic, sentimental and chintzy focus to these pieces creates a sympathetic dialogue with the period features of the surroundings.

A major theme to this show is the portrayal of the human form such as Jonathan Baldock’s Henry Moore-inspired felt sculptures and Sarah Gillham‘s arrangements of delicate ornaments, antique mirrors, floral fabrics and items from a ladies’ boudoir.

Arranged in seamless affinity with the surroundings, the delicate miniature sculptures of Annie Attridge are inspired by 18th century porcelain that would have adorned the marble mantlepieces in houses such as this one.

Used paper cups are the canvas of choice for Paul Westcombe who started illustrating them to relieve the boredom of night shifts as a car park attendant. His detailed cartoons delve into a sci-fi world of death and destruction. Similarly Mindy Lee uses paper plates. What looks like the leftovers of a tea party are on closer inspection religious deities, appearing out of a jumble of acrylic paint and mixed media, such as iced gems. Set on a long table, the installation alludes to the Last Supper.

Anthea Hamilton (Leg Chair 2010), Jonathan Baldock Reclining Figure (2010)

 

Jonathan Baldock

 

Sarah Gillham I think I might be drowning (2009), fabric, mirrors, collage, bell jar & glass salt cellars

 

Annie Attridge, porcelain scupltures

 

Mindy Lee, individual paper plates from Have your cake and eat it (2010)

 

Paul Westcombe, series In the morning, in the shower, I saw the shit run down your leg (2010)

Eri Itoi, drawings

 


Jasper and Harry’s Tate Modern

What is the most fun an artist could have? Painting a whole exhibition of your own version of famous works has got be a good one. And so in probably the ‘poshest’ dry cleaners in the whole of London, Jasper Joffe and Harry Pye have exhibited the cream of the Tate Modern collection recreated in their own special way.

Neither artist is known for taking themselves too seriously; this exhibition is a gentle pastiche, without being disgustingly ironic either. From Picasso to Gilbert and George, Matisse to Freud, and a hilarious Dali rework they’ve got them all. And you can get your coat dry cleaned while you wait.

Jasper Joffe: “I like to multitask, so the dry cleaning element of our Tate Modern is really handy.”

Jasper Guerilla Girls Currin

Harry Basquiat

 

Jasper Mondrian, Jasper Noland and Harry Olitski

 Thanks to Marek Borysiewicz, www.bor2bcreative.com, for the photos.

 Till 3rd of January 2011

Unit 24 gallery

www.unit24.info

24 Great Guildford Street (behind Tate Modern)

SE1 0ED London

Admission Free

The opening of the …..

Upcoming

After a year spent staging pop up events in temporary locations,  the Lava Collective  have a gallery of  their own. Following the success of the Ashes 57 show in October, Kingly Court is going to be their first permanent art space. They’ll be selling originals and prints from an international network of artists. Their be a base from which to co-ordinate a new series of pop up shows in vacant shops throughout the Soho area.

The grand opening of the LAVA Gallery is on Saturday 4th December. Barefoot Wine have kindly offered to sponsor the occasion, so stop by anytime from 2pm onwards to enjoy a glass or two.The opening show will feature artwork by; Ashes 57, Bruno 9li, Jo Peel, Stik, Neck Face, Swoon, Vhils, Cleon Peterson and Kill Pixie.

LAVA Gallery, 1.11 Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London, W1B 5PW
Open Daily, 11am-7pm. Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Grand Opening: Saturday, 4th December 2pm onward

Shout out to artists: The Lava Gallery is taking submissions from artists who wish to have their work shown. If you want your work to be considered, please send pictures & info to: artsleuth@hotmail.com

Tribute to Richard Martin – Arts Pops Hero

The Residence Gallery is holding a tribute to Richard Martin tomorrow night. For all those art pops out there, see below:
Private View : Friday 29 October · 18:00 – 21:00

Location THE RESIDENCE
229 Victoria Park Road, E9 7HD
London, United Kingdom

Created by:
www.residence-gallery.com, and Alex Chappel

More info
Decima & The Residence present a show of portraits of Art Pops and Art Pops hero Richard Martin (1954-2010), by Richard himself and by Art Pops.

Featuring many art pops work depicting other art pops including Richard’s son Lewis Martin, Harry Pye, Ian Wright, Jason Gibilaro, Jackson Ferguson, Oliver Dungey, Ingrid Z, Alex Chappel, Geraldine Ryan, Gabriella, Simon Ould and poems from Steve Micalef.

PLEASE GET THERE QUITE EARLY – to… catch Steve Micalef’s wonderful poems about Richard – Unfortunately the gallery has recently been the victim of an irritated neighbour complaining about noise – so please don’t assume that this event will over-run, as has become typical of the gallery….

One of Richard’s greatest quotes was about a Decima show at The Residence back in May – making the venue all the more appropriate:

“dear art pops ON SUNDAY 30-5-10 3-6pm decima arts present a high art and high tea afternoon at the exclusive RESIDENCE ART GALLERY 229 VICTORIA PARK RD E9 7HD where the finest quality tea and cakes will be served in this magnifent new gallery see http://www.residence-gallery.com I of course shall be there dress code : decorum and panache this gallery could be described as the guggenheim gallery of London’s east end : andre breton style surrealism meets hollywood glamour meets 21C futurism and street art chique – this is the place to be seen- be prepared for the typically scintillating mix of decima style high and low culture and conversation -this could be the new Gertrude Stein / AndyWarhol/Sid James art salon and a dynamo for the cutting edge – hope you can make it”- http://www.artpopsartpops.blogspot.com cheers richard !

www.residence-gallery.com

Richard’s Art Pops lives on at www.privateviews.co.uk