Canals, Hackney, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green…

There really isn’t enough time to blog and paint and everything else (cultivating and such).  Yesterday, the Stop The War show opened down in Whitechapel, East London, there’s a set og photos and a review from the opening on the Organ pages for you to explore. meanwhile, a couple of pieces on art were left out on the the East London canal banks yesterday, as well as some pieces in Whitechapel last night, and right now, I got to go open Cultivate and let Saturday flow down Vyner Street and sunny Bethnal Green while the place is still standing…..

 

Today was mostly spent cultivating fresh layers…

Today was mostly spent battling property developers, fuming about so called urbanists and in the middle of it all, hosting a day at the gallery, hanging some rhyming slang, and attempting to paint, or at least add a layer or two to some pieces demanding a new layer or two. It is about the layers and a piece is never finished until someone takes it away.   Some of these pieces have been added to with next week’s Stop The War show in mind..

STOP THE WAR – An art show at INDRA AND SAMIA GALLERY, London E1. – A group show called Stop The War, opening on Friday 28th March and running until late April 2014..

 

 

LEGS, PACKING CASES, TV DOCUMENTARIES, LEAF-GROWTH, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPMENTS….

 

March 2014 - Blank canvas - after

March 2014 – Blank canvas – after

A week of confrontations, of confrontations with developers, urbanists, tired old art-school lecturers talking tedium in the street outside Cultivate. Galleries getting closed down by self-congratulating urbanists, galleries getting pulled down by developers and the onslaught of gentrification (we got the paper work this week, we have until March 24th to object, of course if we do, then the landlord kicks us out anyway, you’ll have to object, we have no opinion) and worst still, galleries locked closed ’cause the art establishment, or the middle-class salesmen and woman who appear to have hijacked it, are too busy selling art like used cars or tacky fashion accessories via the internet or at cattle market art-fairs to bother unlocking their doors and actually exhibiting art to people who want to explore it…  I said something about it over on the Cultivate blog, don’t want to clutter things up here as well – Do we actually need galleries? What are we doing this month? Walking it or just talking it? Does it matter? – Well didn’t say anything about tired old art school lecturer woman and her clueless walking tour of the East End, good help art schools if she’s the standard…  Enough of this, for this website is about the doing and the making rather than the business of painting…..

chanelfour_chinese5.Haven’t exclaimed since December 31st last year, but they do keep on turning up, this week on a TV documentary on Channel 4…

This week, a leg found thrown out of a shop was brought in by someone who thought I’d probably like to paint on it, a piece of packing case was found on an East London street, an an old poster from a band that mattered, was painted on, as were some pieces of cardboard that once made up a box that contained stylish bottles of some kind of beer

here’s a selection of thumbnail photos from the first sixteen days of March, click on an image to enlarge it….

 

The Spring emergence of a canvas found in the street last Winter…

firstmarch66The found canvas from the end of last year has now emerged, alive with fresh growth for the Spring, the piece made what I think I can call a successful debut on the wall at Cultivate Evolved, gor March First Thursday, last night.  Here’s a recap, and the words from a post made on Facebook back in late November last year when the big canvas was originally found….

“TODAY’S BLANK CANVAS – THE MYSTERY OF THE WET PAINTING. Last Saturday evening, just after I had locked up Cultivate, somewhere around 6.30pm. I found a painting. There it was, just lying there in the middle of the road, a substantial canvas, lying there face down on the cobbles in the orange streetlight, waiting for the next vehicle along to carelessly crush it. Now those of you who know my artistic practices, will know there’s nothing I like more than finding an abandoned piece of unresolved art in a skip and recycling at least the canvas, if not the marks, so my first though was jackpot. Hang on though, what is this doing in the middle of the street? This hasn’t been thrown away has it? There’s no indication that it might be some kind of Free Art Friday (on a Saturday) gesture, and wait a minute, this is still (very) wet!

24th Nov - TODAY'S BLANK CANVAS - THE MYSTERY OF THE WET PAINTING. Last Saturday evening, just after I had locked up Cultivate, somewhere around 6.30pm. I found a painting. There it was, just lying there in the middle of the road, a substantial canvas, lying there face down on the cobbles in the orange streetlight, waiting for the next vehicle along to crush it....

24th Nov – TODAY’S BLANK CANVAS – THE MYSTERY OF THE WET PAINTING. Last Saturday evening, just after I had locked up Cultivate, somewhere around 6.30pm. I found a painting. There it was, just lying there in the middle of the road, a substantial canvas, lying there face down on the cobbles in the orange streetlight, waiting for the next vehicle along to crush it….

So no sign of life anywhere in the street, no lights on in any of the work spaces or galleries, no obvious sign of where the recently painted canvas might have escaped from. So, took said wet canvas back to Cultivate, locked it in, wrote a big note and stuck it on the wall explaining where it was should anyone be looking, and went off home. Asked around the spaces and studios that were open on Sunday, no one laid claim to it, no one shed any light on the now not so wet painting. So right now said piece of work is in Cultivate, if it stays around for too long then chances are a layer of leaf shapes are going to grow on the colourful textures – looks like an interesting set of colours and textures to paint on actually, but I do rather suspect this is something that hasn’t been deliberately abandoned though? Anyone working in the Vyner Street area on Saturday lost a freshly painted canvas about one metre square?”

And so last night at Cultivate the canvas emerged again… Well it was hung on Wednesday, and then ahead of the Thursday evening opening, a fresh layer in the shape of some black growth appeared on the canvas.  The piece was worked on back on new years Eve, and this week, was worked on some more….

The piece is now on the wall at Cultivate Evolved, Vyner Street, East London.  There is a certain pleasure in painting fresh layers on other people’s marks.

Match First Thursday at Cultivate....

Match First Thursday at Cultivate….

This piece from 2014, on another found canvas, about one meter square, is back on the Cultivate wall for a few days. This canvas was found with another the same size, one painted pink. one green, they had a notice on them, “please take”.  This one was worked on last year… it evolved through out the year actually….The piece will be on the Cultivate wall until the middle of next week.

2013 - Exclaiming behind the growth of another found canvas

2013 – Exclaiming behind the growth of another found canvas

Fresh Growth, March 2014

Fresh Growth on the found canvas, March 2014

NEW GROWTH – And Then There Were Three….

first1NEW GROWTH – And Then There Were Three…. Today at Cultivate, while further debating of what price art (while busy selling said art), and hosting Cultivate’s part in the first Vyner Steet First Saturday (an eleven hour non-stop shift – collective effort, nah), somewhere during the day these three new canvas pieces grew….  First Saturday was good, the sun came out, people came out, films ran, bands played, art was made, art was sold, art was freed…  We’ll probably do it all again next month, this time we’ll give ourselves enough warning so there’s time to make a sign for the top of the street.  Next comes First Thursday, now we’ve been doing that for a few years now…   Meanwhile new slices of art added to the on-line shop