CAR PARKS, PISTONHEADS, FLIP BUTTONS, PAINTING VINYL, ROXY MUSIC….

Jan 30th - F**k button DJ's were spinnig things at Waywatd Gallery, East London,  last night

Jan 30th – F**k button DJ’s were spining things at Waywatd Gallery, last night. 

Added a whole load of photos from last night’s vinyl painting session at Cultivate Evolved to the New Layers album portfolio. Last night was spent working at the art chute that is Cultivate Evolved, the space was open (door wide open despite the cold), people in and out all evening with  strange licorice and chili pepper flavoured liquor and cans of Pistonhead larger liberated from the Alex De Mora/F**k Button show next door at Wayward. Busy times down the middle of Vyner Street last night…

Been a busy productive month both it terms of the Cultivate curating and the painting of new layers and fresh leaves

A session of fresh layers on vinyl, old sleeves and such last night....

A session of fresh layers on vinyl, old sleeves and such last night….

This weekend I shall be working in and looking after the art at Cultivate Evolved, maybe prepare some new pieces for the Chinese New Year show in that underground car park iin Soho… painted packing cases and…. Looks like the Chinese Open is going to be an exciting affair…

Jan 30th 2014, Last night's painting session at Cultivate was fueled by Pistonhead...

Jan 30th 2014, Last night’s painting session at Cultivate was fueled by Pistonhead…

A session of fresh layers on vinyl, old sleeves and such....

ROXY – A session of fresh layers on vinyl, old sleeves and such….

 

That underground car ,park, empty and await Sunday's art..

That underground car ,park, empty and await Sunday’s art..

CHINESE OPEN 2014, YEAR OF THE HORSE – A week-long art event in a car park, in the middle of Chinatown, Soho…

NOV 8th 2013 - today's exclaiming was on a cardboard box

NOV 8th 2013 – today’s exclaiming was on a cardboard box

This coming Sunday I shall be one of the artists participating in a rather delicious looking event in an underground car park in Soho, deepest London…

CHINESE OPEN 2014, YEAR OF THE HORSE – A week-long art event in a car park, in the middle of Chinatown, Soho…

It all opens at Midday on Sunday February 2nd, while all around, the Chinatown community, and everyone else, celebrates the Chinese New Year.  The underground car park will be closed to all besides pedestrians for the day due to all the traffic restrictions and road closures around Chinatown while dragons, horses and more dance in the streets… More details here on The Organ pages

chinese level7“It was designed to post an imaginary idea of beginning of the new calendar year in a creative way” says curator Vanya “and our sponsor on this occasion is Geoffrey Leong, Patron Saint Of London. One would expect quite a vibrant setting for works in all media, we have left it to artists to conjure a piece for this occasion, and lets put it this way this is an underground show, no mucking about”

Further adventures and evolutions on cardboard and vinyl….

aaa_cultevolved_jan30feb12We shall be installing new work at Cultivate Evolved (Vyner Street, East London) tomorrow (Wednesday Jan 30th), including work from our next two guest artists BEN NAZ and QUIET BRITISH ACCENT. We will be open, you can and see what we’re hanging (or watch the performance), We’ll be open properly again on Thursday, 11.30am until 6pm and then open in the evening from 6pm until 9pm, Thursday Jan 31st (as will our neighbours at Wayward gallery with their F&&k Button thing).  I shall probably be inside (or outside if the weather is friendly) , painting on pieces of vinyl, old records, records sleeves and such, not sure if any of the other seven Evolved artists will be there on Thursday evening, buy work from us all will be on show (and on sale). My vinyl pieces at £5 each, if that’s a little expensive then there is a box full of £1 painted cardboard pieces in the gallery right now. Rather like the idea of art that everyone can afford and interact with…

A box full of cardboard

A box full of cardboard

Posted some thoughts in the evolution of Cultivate on the gallery blog yesterday, here comes the link now LATEST CULTIVATE BLOG: A month and a bit in, some thoughts on the evolution of Cultivate and things….

Been a month and a bit since we evolved it all, six or seven weeks actually, doesn’t time fly when you’re busy growing leaves (and not exclaiming! Been twenty seven days since I last exclaimed, resolutions are for keeping!). Growing leaves beats herding artists, It really was a case of evolve or close, we’d taken the original idea as far as our artists-doing-it-ourselves curiosity needed to take us, we discovered a lot about interactions, art and the way people like to explore galleries and the art they find on the walls, we discovered lots about how galleries work. We mostly had a great time, a positive set of experiences (we made friends with lots of dogs, dogs like to visit art galleries). Two and a bit years was enough in terms of the constant dealing with dozens of needy artists, and yes we did toy with just closing the space and clearing out the street for good (I’m a paint-throwing artist, I have no desire to be a gallerist or some sort of big fat commission charging art dealer…. continued here

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LIKE CLAPPING WITH ONE HAND: TIME FOR ARTISTS TO UNITE AND SAY NO.

moneyyyI put this up on the Cultivate Gallery blog page yesterday, I’m going to post it here as well, although it does feel a little like talking about this is like clapping with one hand. Frustrating to see others “liking” the link to the post on social media yet still taking part in the show themselves. it takes a little more than just hitting a “like” button on Facebook

I have something to say before I go tend to the leaves and things. Something came up again this week, something we’ve talked about before on these pages…

Here at Cultivate we have never agreed with the blood-sucking practice of charging artists just to submit work. We do not agree with the practice, we oppose the practice, we stand against the practice. One of the reasons Cultivate was set up in the first place was to counteract the frustration and the feeling that galleries were making their money by exploiting us artists rather than working with us artists.

As a working artist I have no problem with being asked to share the (reasonable and fair non-profit making) costs of putting on a show, I don’t mind sharing reasonable costs with everyone else when it comes to covering the expense of putting on an exhibition or event that I am actually showing work in. Indeed as working artists running a space, we all share the costs together at Cultivate – our group shows have run like that, we currently run Cultivate Evolved by sharing the monthly costs equally between us all.

We will never charge artists just to submit work (via an e.mail or a j.peg or any other selection process), we will never attempt to make money by charging submission fees to artists wanting to show at our events. We will not attempt to profit out of artists other than by (hopefully) making money via a fair and reasonable commission (we current ask for 20%) should anything sell at Cultivate).

some things need to be exclaimed over

some things need to be exclaimed over

This week I pulled out of a London show being put on by a fellow working artist, an artist who has previously shown work at Cultivate, a fellow artist I like and respect both as a painter and as a person, an artist who is currently running an event that involves charging artists a fee to merely submit work and go through a selection process. Now he hadn’t asked me to pay a submission fee, and I was rather looking forward to taking part in one of the shows, they looked kind of exciting, disappointed to not be involved. Had to pull out though, found out there a submission fee being charged to others and frankly it would have been hypocritical of me, after things I’ve said in the past, to take part in the show.

Time for artists to unite and say no to this practice of charging submission fees, especially when that practice is practiced by a working artist. We kind of expect these dubious practices from those galleries run by those non-artist gallerist creatures who seek to exploit us, we’d like to hope a working artist would resist the temptation of a quick earner at the expense of the rest of us. We’re sick of the practice, we’re sick of submission fees, they’re an easy way to make a quick buck, far too easyto fund yourself a winter break out of your summer salon or your this-and-that art prize or whatever you want call it, We’re sick of submission fees, of retainer fees, we’re sick overpriced cattle market art fair fees and the rest, we’re sick of the way artists are treated in this town,

Time to make a stand, time for artists to united and collectively say no, time for artists to wise up, stand up and say no to submission fees, time for artists to stop saying things like “but there’s no other way to get my art out there, I have to pay” There is another way, come together and do it yourselves, we have, it can be done. .

Rather disappointed to see a fellow artist charging submission fees for his events, rather surprised to see the names turning a blind eye and taking part in the events anyway. Time artists started making a united stand and saying no. I hope he has a re-think, he is a good guy, I hope he has a re-think and we can work together again at some point in the future, I hope a few more of my fellow artists will have the courage to say no in 2014.

Time for a change. Rant over, off to tend to the leaves.

SELECTED WORK, GREATEST HITS: June 2012 – Jan 2014

This morning has mostly been about sorting out this neglected website while exploring some of the art made during the last rather productively busy eighteen months.  The last year and a bit has been about interacting with people, reaching out and enjoying sharing the art, selling pieces for a pound, leaving things on the street, painting on things people don’t want, running a gallery space that people feel comfortable in, making marks of recycled canvases, packing cases. about leaves growing, layers, exclamations. A productive 2013 (and lots of art sold), lots of happy people, creative interactions, sharing with people at the Art Car Boot Fair, the Olympic Park,  down Vyner Street, non-stop events and show at Cultivate, leaving things along the  Regent canal in Hackney, on buses and trains, on the street….

here’s an album full of some of the highlights

THE ONE HUNDRED PIECED PIECE OF ART, MADE IN MAY/JUNE 2013, and sold in one hundred parts, at the 2013 Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair. Each piece sold for £1.

THE ONE HUNDRED PIECED PIECE OF ART, MADE IN MAY/JUNE 2013, and sold in one hundred parts, at the 2013 Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair. Each piece sold for £1.

Exclaiming on deep edge boc canvas at the 2013 Art Car Boot Fair,  Brick Lane (June 9th)  - sold

Exclaiming on deep edge boc canvas at the 2013 Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane (June 9th) – sold

cotton, resist, natural dyes, vandalism

Experiments with natural dyes, screen printed line drawings, indigo, rust, resist, wax, resist stitching, scratching in wax resist, cotton, vandalism, screen prints of concert posters, primitive computers and other things I did in the 80′s…the pieces can be viewed here

plant line drawings that became screen prints on hand dyed cotton... (1987)

plant line drawings that became screen prints on hand dyed cotton… (1987)

Today’s blank canvas, from the Congo, via Tilbury Docks, to Vyner Street…

Today’s blank canvas, from the Congo, via Tilbury Docks, to Vyner Street…

26th Jan – Today’s blank canvas, a nice big piece of wooded packing case found lying in Vyner Street and now tagged and waiting for attention..plywood from the Congo via Tilbury docks.  I do like painting on thing that people throw away, especially when they have the marks of their history on them like this much traveled piece of plywood has… Not sure what will happen to this piece yet, it will probably wait around here until the time comes to give it some attention.

26th Jan - Today's blank canvas, a nice big piece of wooded packing case found lying in Vyner Street and now tagged and waiting for attention..

26th Jan – Today’s blank canvas, a nice big piece of wooded packing case found lying in Vyner Street and now tagged and waiting for attention..