On with the carefully placing of the so called #365ArtDrops, never actually dropped of course, always carefully placed, stung and then hung. Part 217 of the 365 pieced piece of work was hung on a nail on a street corner on Brick Lane a week or so ago, painted on a piece of offcut garden decking and hung in the East End of London, the piece appeared on Twitter, in the hands of this little girl, via an art gallery in Margate. No idea how it got from the East End to a gallery in Margate, and of course, once I “drop” a piece it is not for me to say what happens, several have turned up on gallery walls now. Great photo of the finder of the piece…
Nice piece on the website of the East London arts newspaper East End Review today – “Artist plans to leave 365 paintings on the streets during a year” reads the headline…
Public encouraged to spot, take home and tweet about paintings as part of guerilla art project” so reports Russell Parton
“For painter Sean Worrall, the streets are the biggest gallery space of them all”.
“Each artwork is hung on the street in a carefully chosen location and labelled with the hashtag #365ArtDrops. Those who take the paintings are encouraged to use social media to document the project as it evolves.
“People look up the hashtag and put photographs on Twitter of them, to tell me where they are or who they are, and where it’s got to. That’s really important because I want to document it all in the end,” says Worrall. USA, Israel and Germany are among the final destinations of the paintings, even though each one has been dropped in London so far. The distinctive pieces, each one bearing Worrall’s leaf-heart tag, have been left all over London: outside shops, inside pubs, under railway bridges, on railings and on the top deck of buses.
The drops go on today, the 223rd piece is ready to go, as it part 224. Part 221 was left on the rails of Haggerston Park, we’ll catch up with the documenting later.
Last Sunday it was dogs, dogz, dogz and starz, last Sunday we were in East London’s Victoria park carrying on our summer collaboration with All Dogs Matter, wrote something about it on the Cultivate blog page….
“Well we had a great time at the Victoria Park dog show yesterday. The invitation to take part was a follow up to our Cultivate collaborations (well mostly Emma Harvey’s collaborations) with All Dogs Matter for the dog-themed Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair earlier this year. Yesterday we spent the day in the sunshine with a gazebo, a table full of art, a bag of dog biscuits, some spray cans, some recycled cardboard, and some recent canvas paintings. Good to get out of the art bubble and engage, and as brilliant as things like going to Margate or Liverpool or Folkestone with the Art Car Boot Fair is in terms of engaging and getting out of the gallery, it is still the art bubble. Yesterday was brilliant, yesterday was fun, yesterday was engaging with people in a different bubble, loads of good conversations, loads of good chat about how “oh art galleries aren’t for me, I don’t get all that stuff”, lots of dogs, lots of smiles and “what is that really about, I just don’t get it?”. Not for one second do we think art should be “dumbed down”, and yes, we love a white cube as much as anyone, but surely art really should engage now and again? Surely art should take a moment once in a while to reach beyond the various art crowds? The car park takeovers and the Chinese Opens and such are fine, surely it does sometimes need to reach beyond the insular feeling you get in those spaces though . We enjoyed yesterday, dog biscuit roulette is fun, dogs always liked coming in through our open Vyner street corner door, we loved taken it to the dogs yesterday, all dogs, and indeed all people, matter.”
Dog show pieces… click on an image to enlarge or to run the slideshow….