Work has started on the 6th One Hundred Pieced Piece…

Work has started on the 6th One Hundred Pieced Piece, a piece of work in one hundred parts, painted on one hundred pieces of recycled cardboard. On sale at £1 a piece at the 2015 Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair, East London, on Sunday June 14th. There’s a certain pleasure in selling a piece of art for just £1 and then meeting someone months later and hearing they have a piece of my cardboard on their kitchen wall….

the 6th One Hundred Pieces Piece, May 2015

the 6th One Hundred Pieces Piece, May 2015

More carefully placed non-dropping of the “Drops”, pieces left on the side of churches, on fences, by Dscrete owls, in tunnels…

More non-dropping of the “Drops”, more carefully hanging of parts of the #365ArtDrops piece, pieces and parts left (not dropped) around and about East London. Pieces painted of found bits of wood, on recycled cardboard framed with discarded wooden packaging left hanging outside closed down pubs, pieces in unwanted Ikea frames and on Hugo Boss shoebox lids, pieces left on the side of churches, on fences, by Dscrete owls, in tunnels…

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The Battle of Broadway Market, more found pieces, interaction, people…

I love this photo, a smile that bring a smile, this piece, part 109 of the #365ArtDrops piece, was painted on a piece of offcut wood picked up out of a skip. The piece was hung on the wall by Sclater Street, Shoreditch, East London, last Sunday and this photo,of a girl called Gill, the finder of the piece, appeared on social media a day later.

#365ArtDrops Part 109

#365ArtDrops Part 109 (photo:  Julia Casson)

More photos sent in by people finding parts of the #365ArtDrops piece, a very important part of this year-long piece of work in 365 parts is the interaction of the people who find the parts and then take the time to use the hashtag to post photos of themselves with the art or of the art hanging wherever they’ve chosen to hang the pieces…

Meanwhile, this piece, part 90, was deliberately left hanging by the front of the boarded up one time much loved community cafe in the middle of Broadway, Hackney, East London.  The boards are now used for “officially sanctioned” public art now, wonder if any of the artists, or indeed the gallery who have their logo painted on those boards, know what went on there. How long has in been boarded up now?  Really wanted an excuse to post this film (by ) up on line. “in late November of 2005, a small café in the East End of London was due to be demolished to make way for a block of flats. On the eve of the demolition, a handful of local residents occupied the café to stop the demolition. I started filming on the first day of the protest, following them through the long cold winter of their occupation”.

#365ArtDrops Part 90

#365ArtDrops Part 90

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#365ArtDrops Part 90

#365ArtDrops Part 90

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#365ArtDrops part 105, hanging by a railway bridge…

 

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#365ArtDrops Part 105

#365ArtDrops Part 105, more growth, quite a lot of it, on a found piece of heavy duty cardboard that’s been painted on quite a few times over the last year before it was put in to a found frame.  The 105th piece is now hanging by that railway bridge in Hackney, East London

Last time I saw it it was hanging on a wall, next to an owl, in an East London street…

 

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part50_1 The mystery of what becomes of the individual parts of the #365ArtDrops piece? Do believe this one is now hanging on a wall in a London restaurant, last time I saw it it was hanging on a wall, next to an owl, in an East London street.  Not heard of the fate of most of the 104 parts that have been “dropped” (or carefully placed) so far.

Busy pulling the artists for the Play show together today, these things take a lot of juggling…

“Personally I really love your practice of both gifting work and improving the landscape, competing against the visual onslaught of advertising and commodity with your paintings and assemblages of colour and nature. This real freedom and autonomy I admire greatly. I wish to do the same with two works I will give you – simple A4 cheap prints of images that can be fly posted within the building, they will wash and their colour will run so each will appear different tho they are exactly the same. It’s in the spirit by way of honouring your practice and thanking you for the invitation. Also these spaces are not normally as you know used in this fashion. I want to use my ‘Crazy Wisdom – Buddha MARX’ image and one new – site-specific image created for the event. I have a short UFO film that links to this in a strange way and with the MARX and if there is power and enough room – it would be good to show it. Just thought off the top of my head. Warmest. Martin”   Pleased to have Martin Sexton taking part in Play…

November 2014 60cm x 60cm

November 2014 60cm x 60cm

Right now being creative seems more important than ever, art needs to stand for something…

Create has always been the word

Create has always been the word

The #365ArtDrops piece goes on, part 101 to 104 we’re left out yesterday, left out before the frankly unbelievable election results started to come in. Hope quickly turned, first to horror and then to a trough of  depression as the reality of what England and Wales had done to themselves (sorry Scotland, we let you down).  Seemingly we’re stupid enough to sleepwalk towards who knows what…

A couple of hours in to the reality of what happened yesterday and well, here’s something I felt compelled to post on social media this morning in the wake of so many depressed posts.  Right now filling a soon to be pulled down East London warehouse with art seems far more important than it was yesterday, leaving art on the streets and engaging with people seems far more important than ever.  I’m certainly pleased I’m not swanning around Venice congratualting myself this morning, art surely has to mean more than that, time to create  .

play_warehouse01At times like this the only thing people can do is pull together, create and survive. THe politics of creativity, create communities, unite and defend those things important to us, look after each other, wise up, challenge in a positive way. Music needs to say something, art needs to be about engagement, about people, about community. The vulnerable are going to be under even more attack now – housing, rent, people will need protection from the greed of landlords, the destruction of the NHS, we’re going to need more food banks, we’re going to to need people looking after each other, real socialism, real unity, real people, at times like these art needs to flourish, it needs to be strong, community needs to be strong, creativity needs to flow, music needs to unite, we need to be strong, we need to look after each other, care about each other, care about our communities, the I’m alright Jack (or Jill) mentality will not do, time for the politics of creativity, time to educate, to question, to create our own medias. feed ourselves, feed minds, feed communities, pull together, it starts right now, time to pull a positive out of all this. UNITE, CREATE AND SURVIVE. .  …

yesterday’s art drops, it all goes on……