My Hackney Wicked weekend and the Fifth One Hundred Pieced art piece….

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A Facebook photos cut ‘n pasted here…

The Monday morning after the brilliant weekend before, Wicked hangover? Always is on the Monday after the week before, it was certainly colourful this weekend over at Hackney Wick and as art festivals go Hackney WickED is rather uniquely organic. A beautifully cocktail or curated events, consider spaces, formal presentations alongside impromptu explosions of performance, creativity and just the right amount of artistic anarchy. It isn’t anarchy though, the sixth annual weekend event takes months of planning, coordinating, curating (and rightfully this year, for the first time, a little bit of Arts Council funding for some of the more formal events). A real sense of artists coming together and doing it themselves, a sense of artistic danger, a feel that it can be done, that the white cube system can’t control everything and that if you really want it, this is where you find it. This is not an attempt to review the weekend, this is not around up of events, there were far too many to even think of doing that this Monday morning (but hey, if anyone wants to submit any photos they might have take we might try and pull something together in terms of a visual record in a day or two).

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The weather was excellent, save for a dramatic downpour that soaked those of us who were up preparing things, dropping art and such early on on the Saturday morning. Indeed my first Saturday morning visit was pretty much shared with no one but the foxes and swans, the real calm before the artistic storm. What was I doing up at 6am with the foxes? On my bike with a heavy back pack, dropping off the first of the Fifth One Hundred Pieced pieces around the wick.

wicksat18For the last Month or so I have been pulling together the fifth in a series of One Hundred Pieced Pieces, this time painting on one hundred found pieces, one hundred unwanted things – pieces of wood picked up off the street, unwanted painted canvases retrieved from the bins of art studios, old doors dumped on the pavement, an smashed plinth thrown on to Vyner Street, worn out skateboard decks… Things all painted, leaves and growth added and painted ready to go back out on to the streets they came from. All numbered and labeled 9and yes you can see hearts if you want, hearts, leaves, leafhearts, the choice is yours, no interpretation is right or wrong). Some of them to Hackney Wick for the WickED weekend and some back on to the streets of East London. Originally it was to be all one hundred at Hackney Wicked, as the weekend evolved so did the plan, for the best laid plans always evolve, fifty to the Wick to birth the drop and fifth more around the streets, canals, walls and pub signs of East London during August, keep an eye out around the canal, Redchurch Street, Vyner Street, Hackney Road and such…. Hackney Wicked was a pleasure, a shared pleasure…. people twittering about their finds and Facebooking their photos, sharing the pieces, i guess some of them found their way in to the bins of the clean up teams at the end but that’s where they were to start with so nothing lost, a few unwanted things given new life. I enjoyed my part in the Hackney WickED weekend, on we go throughout August with the recycling and releasing of the Fifth One Hundred Pieced Piece… . (SW)

Lots more vital information, imagery and the whys and wheres and how you find things and more more more over there via www.hackneywicked.co.uk

Please click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show….

 

Work in progress on the FIFTH ONE HUNDRED PIECED PIECE…

Work in progress on the FIFTH ONE HUNDRED PIECED PIECE and paintings on one hundred things found in and around Hackney, all to be left out around the streets of the Hackney WickEd art festival next weekend,

The fifth One Hundred Pieced Piece will be released during this year’s HACKNEY WickED festival weekend at the start of August. The piece will consist of one hundred found objects, objects found discarded and unwanted on the Hackney/Wick streets, canal banks and such.  items found over the summer – packing cases, pieces of textured weathered wood, doors, old signs, other people’s art – paintings thrown in skips, things brought in to Cultivate, canvases left in the Vyner Street bins by other galleries, paint cans, radiators, cardboard.  The pieces will all be painted on, added to, labelled as free art, numbered, and left around Hackney Wick during the festival for people to take away.  (and, yes, anything left at the end will be collected up and evolved in to something else, this is about recycling unwanted resources )  The process will once again be documented as it evolves via the various social media platforms we all know and love – Twitter, Facebook

The fifth One Hundred Pieced Piece will be released during this year’s HACKNEY WickED festival weekend

One Hundred Pieced Piece #1, Art Car Boot Fair 2013 The first One Hundred Pieced Piece happened last year ahead of the 2013 Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair, the first One Hundred Pieced Piece consisted of one hundred pieces of found and recycled cardboard, all one hundred pieces painted at the same time, each piece of what was considered one piece of work made up of one hundred pieces sold for £1 per piece. One hundred people sharing one piece of work that was sold for £100. The piece sold very quickly in the sunshine of last year’s Art Car Boot Fair.  The pleasure of An art piece of relatively no.financial value (although you ebay flippers seemed to make a penny or two out of it last year).  The second and third One Hundred Pieced Pieces were also (recycled) cardboard based, the second one a pink One Hundred Pieced Piece made for the Pink group show at Cultivate last Autumn and the third and what was declared to be a final One Hundred Pieced Piece was the third One Hundred Pieced cardboard Piece that happened for a Durst Thursday at Cultivate back in December 2013.

One Hundred Pieces Piece #2, "Pink" at Cultivate

One Hundred Pieced Piece #2, “Pink” at Cultivate

And that seemed like a healthy place to leave the notions of a piece of work shared between a hundred different people. The three works achieved most of what I wanted, simple uncomplicated art making use of unwanted discarded material reclaimed from the street, art that anyone  can enjoy a slice of, it explains itself doesn’t it? Until a pile of vinyl was found, most of it beyond playing, all scratched and piled up by a bin at the back of the charity shop. All one hundred pieces of vinyl painted at the same time

Founded wood painted on - One Pieced Piece #5

Founded wood painted on – One Hundred Pieced Piece #5

The fifth One Hundred Pieced Piece will be released during this year’s HACKNEY WickED festival weekend at the start of August. The piece will consist of one hundred found objects, objects found discarded and unwanted on the Hackney/Wick streets, canal banks and such.  items found over the summer – packing cases, pieces of textured weathered wood, doors, old signs, other people’s art – paintings thrown in skips, things brought in to Cultivate, canvases left in the Vyner Street bins by other galleries, paint cans, radiators, cardboard.  The pieces will all be painted on, added to, labelled as free art, numbered, and left around Hackney Wick during the festival for people to take away.  (and, yes, anything left at the end will be collected up and evolved in to something else, this is about recycling unwanted resources )  The process will once again be documented as it evolves via the various social media platforms we all know and love – Twitter, Facebook and such, the piece and the pieces is/are being worked on now at Cultivate, some of it is on the wall (some of it is on exhibition right now in Fulham at the Big Mix 6 show at the Loud And Western building.    The hundred pieces will be left around the week ahead of an during the festival that happens over the weekend of August 1st to the 3rd, some will slip in to your pocket or bag, some under your arm, some on the back of your truck or your canal barge or with the help of a friend….

The One Pieced Vinyl Piece (2014)

The One Hundred Pieced Vinyl Piece (2014)

The Second One Hundred Pieced Piece

The Second One Hundred Pieced Piece

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Wrote a whole load of words about last Saturday’s A FETE WORSE THAN DEATH, East London, Gog Magog and things earlier…

Wrote a whole load of words about last Saturday’s A FETE WORSE THAN DEATH, East London, Gog Magog and things earlier today, didn’t mean to go off on so many tangents but – Saturday did feel gloriously good, a celebration of a legacy, a glorious day alive with creativity, with the glorious art of doing things, of engaging, a brilliant day shared with good people and a sense of things still just about being possible –  the words are up on the Organ pages if you want them, here comes the link now

ORGAN THING: A Fete Worse Than Death, “I was at the original. I remember a guy from The Flying Medallions fell from a quite high stage on to…”

http://organart.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/organ-thing-a-fete-worse-than-death-i-was-at-the-original-i-remember-a-guy-from-the-flying-medallions-fall-from-a-quite-high-stage-on-to/

A FETE WORSE THAN DEATH 2014

A FETE WORSE THAN DEATH 2014

Exclaiming at A Fete Worse Than Death, A better Woolworths

Exclaiming at A Fete Worse Than Death, A better Woolworths, celebrating the life and legacy of Joshua Compston, East London and the act of doing, connecting, the art of community and the day in photos as seen from behind and around the Cultivate stall in Rivington Street, Shoreditch, Saturday July 19th 2014…. (click on a photo to enlarge or for the slide show, or head  over to the Organ pages for photos of other people/art from the day)

THIS WEEK is about restocking a better Woolworths…..

What where when how? Words? This week we opened the two week LITTLE SUMMER BENEFITS show at Cultivate (that was a frantic hang), we’re busy getting ready for A BETTER WOOLWORTHS at A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH tomorrow (Saturday 19th) and over in Rivington Street, Hoxton, East London, an event that promises to be on of the art events of the year, there needs to be lot more written about it here, art needs to be made though, Woolwooths needs to be stocked up, a better one. This week there has also been paintings on found pieces of and packing cases an such going on ready for 100 found pieces ready to go on the streets of the Wick for Hackney Wicked festival weekend in two weeks. Today is all about stocking up a Better Woolworths and the idea of community for everyone and….  busy busy….

Some Organ words on Fate Worse from back in March

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BIG MIX 6 opened last night….

big_deal4BIG MIX 6 opened last night, there’s a whole load of (my) words and images over on the Organ pages – ” marvelous mix up of styles, of thought, of ways of seeing and doing and another blossoming of creativity (and I make not one inch of apology for writing this when I am part of the show – I’m excited by it, energised by it, pleased to be part of it, really is great to be a painter surviving and working in London right now in amongst all these mix ups and gathering in car parks and such). London is alive with art, you just got ot go out and find it, it mostly happens at places and events like this, this is where art is really alive, this is exciting, last night excited me”.   See the pieces I have in the show, without the pink light of the opening night, here.

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BIG DEAL

The Big Deal is at the Loud & Western Building, 59-65 Broughton Road, Fulham, London SW6 2LE.  The show opened in style last night, Thursday evening July 10th and runs from the 11th to 25th July  (open daily from 12pm until 6pm)

Today’s found pieces of gloriously stained of wood….

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