More leaves, more drops, Columbia Road, yellow ones, red ones, eats shoots and…

Today was mostly about more leaves on the ground, more dropping of drops, more leaves dropped, leaves hung, a little bit of connection (hopefully), and some painting on things picked up out of East London skips and the waste wood left by workmen gentrifying hardware shops and turning them in to more expensive coffee drinking zones that look down their noses at you as they take over everything ever and cup cake the hell out of us.

Leaves...

Leaves…

The year-long piece of work in 365 parts that is the #365ArtDrops piece went on with eight more pieces left around various parts of East London. Part 276 was painted on a recycled jewellery shop bag and hung on a hook between a couple of shops on Columbia Road, part 277 was painted on a recycled piece of wood and hung on the wall of a pub on a street just off Columbia Road, part 278 was painted on a small recycled piece of wood and placed on a wall in the Autumn sunshine and red leaves of Haggerston Park, Hackney. 

#365ArtDrops Part 278

#365ArtDrops Part 278

Part 279 was painted on a recycled block of wood picked up from the builders waste outside of yet another fancy coffee shop being made ready to open, and placed on a window ledge on Columbia Road. Part 280 was painted on another recycled block of wood picked up from the same builders waste outside of yet another fancy (and no doubt far too expensive) coffee shop being made ready to open, and placed on a window ledge of a soon to be closed much loved local cafe at the junction of Columbia Road and the Hackney Road, East London, where the rent just went up from £11,000 to £27,000 and the people who put their hearts in to it are being forced out.

#365ArtDrops Part 277

#365ArtDrops Part 277

Part 281, painted on a third recycled block of wood picked up from the builders waste outside of that soon to be fancy (and no doubt far too expensive) coffee shop being made ready to open, and placed next to another “exciting new development opportunity” in East London next to a Dscreet owl and…  Part 282, painted on a fourth recycled block of wood picked up from the builders waste and placed outside Cosmos Records, Hackney Road, East London.  Part 283, painted on a fifth recycled block of wood picked up from that builders waste outside that soon to be coffee shop and placed on the canal bridge in the Autumn sunshine, by Broadway, East London…

 

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Went in to wish Farid well today. Art needs to be about community….

#365ArtDrops Part 280

#365ArtDrops Part 280

Went in to wish Farid well today, he’s being forced out, don’t really know him, spoken a couple of times, really wanted to leave one of the art drops there today and make just a small point, art needs to be about community and Maison Dellys is part of the community. Finding a decently priced bite of food and an honest cup of coffee that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is tough around here, finding a cup of coffee that doesn’t look down its nose at you really is tough these days, and I know what he means when he says he’ll miss the locals coming in, the friendships made, I feel the same about the regulars who came in to Cultivate, the bus drivers, the kids, the mechanics from the taxi garage, the cockney foot-model who always had a tale to tell about life around here in the 50’s and 60’s. So Maison Dellys, until next week, is  “a small cafe in an old terrace beside the triangle of trees where Columbia Rd meets the Hackney Rd. In this quiet spot, you may rely upon a peaceful cup of tea and a snack at an affordable price – a commodity that grows increasingly scarce in this part of the East End. Farid Djebrouni opened his cafe eleven years ago and has worked hard to build up a significant clientele and reputation, but next week on Friday 30th October Maison Dellys will be closing forever in the face of a rent increase from £11,000 to £27,000 a year”. More via Spitalfields Life

‪#‎365ArtDrops‬ Part 280, was painted on a recycled block of wood picked up from the builders waste outside of yet another fancy (and no doubt far too expensive) coffee shop being made ready to open, painted on and placed on a window ledge of a soon to be closed much loved local cafe at the junction of Columbia Road and the Hackney Road, East London.

leaves, drops, Autumn, 400% rent hikes, cakes, bags and meanwhile at Maison Dellys…

Leaves, October 2015

Leaves, October 2015

Autumn…. leaves…. leaf colour…. Yesterday it was about the pleasure and the colour of the falling leaves.  Today it was about more art drops, recycled cakes, increasing rents and the problem that is the creative people who keep this city’s vibrancy flowing being chased out by the heartless greed of those squeezing us.

#‎365ArtDrops‬ Part 274, painted on a small piece of recycled found hardboard and left outside of what was until recently the home of Look Mum No hands, a bike cafe and bar that until recently was underneath the Trampery, a complex of fashion design studios and such here in Hackney.. A hive of creativity until recently when their rent was suddenly increased 400% and everyone had to leave with very little notice.  Now some might say the Trampery and the gentrified expense of Look Mum No Hands was part of the problem forcing the real independent creatives and the people who have lived around here or years out, but when organisations like The Trampery are in turn being forced out then what hope is there for the rest of us?  When people like The Trampery are being forced out then surely we have a very serious problem here in East London?  Rumour has it the 400% rent increase has something to do with a deal done between the building owners and the multi-national corporation that is Nike, apparently Nike who want take over the building so their workers can be based somewhere cool and creative (not the sweatshop workers stitching together expensive replica football shirts for next to nothing we assume).

Leaves, October 2015

Leaves, October 2015

Meanwhile, at Maison Dellys, “a small cafe in an old terrace beside the triangle of trees where Columbia Rd meets the Hackney Rd. In this quiet spot, you may rely upon a peaceful cup of tea and a snack at an affordable price – a commodity that grows increasingly scarce in this part of the East End. Farid Djebrouni opened his cafe eleven years ago and has worked hard to build up a significant clientele and reputation, but next week on Friday 30th October Maison Dellys will be closing forever in the face of a rent increase from £11,000 to £27,000 a year”

And just along Mare Street developers continue to destroy Vyner Street, when we moved in there and took over the small corner that was to be Cultivate for three years, there was 14 galleries and independent art spaces, now besides the two big commercial gallery spaces that are Wilkinson and the not really a gallery anymore thing that is Degree Art, there is nothing left, the soul of a very special street has been ripped apart.  In recent weeks parts of the #365ArtDrops piece have been left on buildings that once houses much loved music venues, on buildings where creative people once created but no longer can, this is no accident, every drop is carefully placed. A 400% rent increase? This won’t be that creativity happening around here for too much longer.  Art needs to be about community.

#365ArtDrops Part 275

#365ArtDrops Part 275

 

#‎365ArtDrops‬ Part 275, painted on another recycled Victoria Yum cake bag (no it isn’t us, we can’t afford cakes) and hung back outside their small shop in Netil Market , London E8.

#365ArtDrops part 269, was originally hung with the Autumn leaves in a tree in Victoria Park last week. it stayed there for a couple of days until we saw a post on social media from someone who declared he had located it and added to it. We weren’t too pleased to see what had been added and so we took it away and today the piece was rehung on a wall outside of a rather busy Netil House Market here in Hackney, London E8

On with the #365ArtDrops, Soho, the Marquee, leaves, Rough Trade, Brick Lane…

#365ArtDrops Part 267

#365ArtDrops Part 267

The year-long #365ArtDrops piece goes on, things found left on the street, rescued, recycled, painted on, and put back out on the street for people to take should they wish. A year-long piece of work consisting of 365 parts and no money whatsoever involved, save for the pieces that galleries are finding and (some mighty say slightly underhandedly) hanging them on their walls with price tags on them…

Part 256 to part 270, painted on various bits of wood retrieved from a skip outside a Hackney wood yard, on used fashion bags, and hung on walls in Brick Lane, Soho, next to Autumn leaves in central London, outside the Rough Trade record shop, both of the much missed former Marquee buildings (once loved music venues one now a pub, the other a block of flats), in an East London park, on a canal barge book shop, next to an old drinking trough no longer needed by the horses that no longer pass, in an Indian sweet shop and…

Last year it was about car parks, this year is about dropping things…

Last year it was about car parks, no car fumes this year, this year is about dropping things not repeating things, this year is hanging things on street walls. #365ArtDrops part 265 goes out today, ninety-nine more to go before this year-long piece of art ends…  .

SEAN WORRALL - "EMMA STREET" (A London carpark 2014)

SEAN WORRALL – “EMMA STREET” (2014)

So Wednesday afternoon was spent with my Organ hat on. Organ has been around in one for or another since the mid 80’s, myself and my Animating partner in crime Marina, started it back in the days when an electric typewriter was a luxury and the notion of a world-wide web was pure science fiction. Organ has been a handmade screen-printed zine, a glossy magazine, a pasted up news-sheet, issue seven was printed on a t-shirt, number 14 recorded on cassette that came in hand-made covers. Organ has been a radio show, a television show (proper one mind you, on your proper late-night TV, not some internet thing), these days Organ is mostly a blog, a daily blog read by thousands, just a blog though, and on Wednesday, on went the Organ hat on and an invitation to go explore the Frieze Art Fair was accepted. Was it any good? Here’s a bag loads of words and photos –  ORGAN goes to Frieze

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A Liverpool carpark 2014

A warehouse in London Fields, E8

A warehouse in London Fields, E8

 

The tale of Joe’s Kid, Australia, a cafe on Fashion Street and there apparently being no lions in England..

#365ArtDrops Part 258 hanging on Brick Lane

#365ArtDrops Part 258 hanging on Brick Lane

The ongoing adventures of an art drop….

You see, one of the most important parts of this year-long #365ArtDrops piece is the interaction and the posts from other people on social media, that’s why the hashtag is part of the title and that’s why it is all posted on Tumblr, Facebook, Ello and Twitter.  The news of the pieces being found and who has them and where they’re going and what has happened to them and such

So today I thank a man who goes under the social media name of NoLionsInEngland for posting a photo and telling us of the adventure that part 258 has been on.

We left the part in question hanging on a wall at the top of Brick Lane, not far from Stolen Space gallery last Thursday evening after a visit to the opening on Ben Eine’s new show. Sometimes a piece is left and we hear nothing more, sometimes we find out.  This morning photos of the piece hanging on the wall inside a rather fine East London cafe on Fashion Street called Joe’s Kid was posted on Facebook by No Lions.

#365ArtDrops Part 258 hanging in Joe's Kid

#365ArtDrops Part 258 hanging in Joe’s Kid

It appears that the cafe called Joe’s Kid is run by Joe’s kid Dani, there’s a great painting of Dani and her dad on the side of the cafe, the work of my next door neighbour Jimmy C (what a small world it is) see Jimmy’s painting of Joe’s Kid and some recent coverage of the Jimmy C show at Lollipop gallery via the Organ pages.  You see we were on the way to have a second look at Jimmy C’s show the other week and on the way left another part of the #365ArtDrops piece hanging on the scaffolding outside Joe’s Kid cafe, and Dani, owner of said cafe (are you keeping up here?) was rather taken by the piece we left on the scaffolding. Appears she became aware of the piece on the scaffolding when it was found by an Australian girl on a street art walking tour being led by the aforementioned Mr NoLions a couple of weeks ago. The piece, part 249, painted on a piece of hardwood picked up while helping to clear a garden for someone, had been left on the scaffolding on the first Thursday evening of October and found the next day by the “absolutely thrilled young girl” on the street art walking tour a couple of days later.  Dani was apparently disappointed to have missed out on the piece hanging outside her cafe and so when Mr NoLions found another piece, the piece hanging not far from Stolen Space gallery at the top of Brick Lane, he took it off the wall (as we encourage people to take the pieces, that;s what this is all about, paintings that people can take), and gallantly offered it to Dani in her fine cafe

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the piece that’s off to Australia

The glam location was Joe’s Kid preferred spot. I offered it to Dani there because she was quite taken by the idea and the art when we found one on the scaffolding outside her caff which went to an absolutely thrilled young girl” 

The glam location referred to is the toilet of the cafe, Dani now has the piece hanging in her loo – .the perfect piece to hang a piece of art if you ask me. (that’s at least four pieces hanging in eating establishments now,  wonder if I’m ever going to get a free cup of coffee out of this?).  And so one piece left outside a cafe ends up in Australia, a second piece hung somewhere else in East London ends up in the cafe.  Shall I complicate the tale and bring up the piece I left next to Joe’s Kid about a month earlier back at the start of September? Part 218 was left by Joe’s kid one night at the stat of September and found and taken that same night by someone who left a message on social media to say she had found it and that she had been looking out for a piece all year. 

#365ArtDrops Part 258

#365ArtDrops Part 258

Interaction, using the hashtags and photos of people with the pieces are what this #365Artdrops thing is all about, big thanks to all those taking part.   Meanwhile the latest piece dropped was part 261, left outside Donlon Books underneath an Invader in the Sunday morning sun of yesterday…

#365ArtDrops Part 261

#365ArtDrops Part 261