Debaser, debased and thorny in a Dalston basement…

Debaser then, another art show from us here at Cultivate, this time in a basement over in Dalston, edges of Hackney, over in London N16.  A group show featuring seventeen artists and a whole load of cross-pollinating art on the walls of BSMT Space gallery for a short sharp four-day Easter weekend.  There’s some words up on the Organ pages and coverage of the other artists; ORGAN THING: Debaser, trumpet blowing at an art show in a Dalston basement…

Debaser show @BSMT Space, March 2016

Debaser show @BSMT Space, March 2016

Putting together a group show can be a thankless task at times, hours and hours of organising artists and their art can be a little bit trying at times, still, all just about worthwhile when people come and explore the art, big big thank to everyone who did, I think Emma and I enjoyed it, we enjoyed sharing the walls and bringing you art from other artists, a coming together and a cross-pollination of styles and ways of doing things. “I can’t work out if you’re a street artist or a proper artist” said one inquiring mind, well I always thought street art was proper art and I don’t really need a pigeonhole do I? I’m a gardener, I garden in galleries and on the streets, just an artist (and a reluctant curator) doing what I do, no need to put an more of a label on it than that.

Debaser show @BSMT Space, March 2016

Debaser show @BSMT Space, March 2016

Big thanks to all who made the effort to come among, always appreciated, bit thanks to the other artists who accepted our invitation to take part and yes, big thanks to those who bought art, always good to sell a piece of art and have some money to go buy more paint and plant some more thorn-sprouting seeds. here’s a few shots from the show, the art of the others artists can be found on the Organ pages.

Debaser show @BSMT Space, March 2016

Debaser show @BSMT Space, March 2016

Most of the canvas pieces were on sale at £43, Debaser was hung on the 86th day of the year, 43 days on from the #43 show, most of them have sold now. 43 pieces were also painted at the gallery during the show, 43 small pieces on recycled wood, all the pieces were on sale at £5 during the show  Of course it goes without saying that all the work is on sale (well quite a few of the pieces sold over the weekend), you’ll find quite a few paintings via the Cultivate on-line shop and if you don’t see the piece you are interested please do ask.

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more thorny gardening and pieces dropped on Clare Street…

More thorny gardening ahead of this Thursday’s Debaser opening, I really don’t know how many more times I can deal with all the rounding up and chasing or artists and all their problems and this might just be the last time (for a bit).Debaser opens on Thursday night over in a basement in Dalston, London N16, at BSMT Space.

Sometimes They Have Thorns Part 30

Sometimes They Have Thorns Part 30

The thorny gardening is going on, more pruning and leaf growing, meanwhile the #365ArtDrops piece might have been something that happens throughout 2015, that doesn’t mean there won’t be #ArtDrops happening now and again in 2016 if something interesting is picked up to paint on and then leave hanging for someone to take (should they wish to). Yesterday, a piece painted on a found piece of wood was left hanging on Clare Street..

#ArtDrops, March 2016, Clare Street

#ArtDrops, March 2016, Clare Street

I don’t know, maybe the notion of artists just saying a simple yes or no when an invite to take part in a group show is extended, not days of jumping through hoops and chasing up and where are you and are you taking part or not.  Some new growth then, new leaves, new pieces, some for galleries, some for street walls and some added to the on-line shop….

Sometimes They Have Thorns Part 26, finding frames and….

“Sometimes They Have Thorns Part 26”, fresh growth hung up on the gallery wall today, acrylic on board, 55cm x 65cm.including the found frame that is very much a part of this piece.(as it was with part 25, hung yesterday). The frame was hanging on a wall in east London, nothing in it, there just waiting…

"Sometimes They Have Thorns Part 26", fresh growth hung up on the gallery wall today, March 2016, acrylic on board, 55cm x 65cm

“Sometimes They Have Thorns Part 26”, fresh growth hung up on the gallery wall today, March 2016, acrylic on board, 55cm x 65cm

it really isn’t clear at this point how far this series of thorn pieces are going to go, it is clear that the found frames are  a very important part of the most recent pieces. it is clear that work on 2016 One Hundred Pieced Piece started yesterday with a view to the Brick Lane Art Car Boot fair. Once again a piece of work that will consist of one hundred parts, each part for sale at £1 at the Art Car Boot Fair on June 12th.

Sometimes They Have Thorns, fresh growth, busy with a bit of gardening…

Sometimes They Have Thorns, fresh growth, busy with a bit of gardening at the moment, preparing growth that might be for the Debaser show at BSMT Space over in Dalston in a couple of weeks …. ‪#‎painting‬ ‪#‎thorns‬ ‪#‎leaves‬ ‪#‎gardening‬ (should we be using tags everywhere now, still getting up to speed with this instagram thing on top of everything else).  The thorns series is growing,. sometimes they don’t have thorns…. .

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On with the painting and the cultivating and everything else, although the Cultivating might take a back seat at some point soon. The Cultivate shop has been updated today by the way, trying to keep things reasonable although they can’t realistically stay at those prices at the shows and when galleries need to (reasonably enough, they have rent to pay, they need to live, no problem with galleries that are fair and reasonable) take their cut as well….

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"Sometimes They Have Thorn (part 24)". March 2016, acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 75cm

“Sometimes They Have Thorn (part 24)”. March 2016, acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 75cm

I do like it when things like this happen…

Busy working on new shows this week, curator head on, the next Cultivate show is happening in a basement over London N16, a group show called Debaser will open at BSMT space, over in Dalston om Thursday March 24th (busy gathering the artists together right now). The date for 2016 Brick Lane Art Car Boot fair has been announced, 12th June, pleased to say we’ve been inviting to come along and Cultivate once again. More about the Art Car Boot Fair over on the Cultivate blog, and yes, I expect I will paint another One Hundred Pieced Piece this year. Working on a number of art shows and events at the moment, no manifestos, just on with the art…

The One Hundred Pieced Piece

The One Hundred Pieced Piece

“I do enjoy painting the one hundred pieced pieces every year, almost become a fixture for me now, each year I say that will be the last one, but it is always so much fun to paint the hundred pieces. There’s a certain pleasure in making the One Hundred Pieced Painting piece and selling each of the hundred pieces for just £1. I love the fact that parents let their kids buy them and then tell me that its their first bit of art, I love seeing the photos of cardboard pieces stuck behind pipes above cookers on kitchen walls, on bedroom walls, these pieces aren’t precious, but the engagement is, the smiles are, the photos of people with their pieces are precious…. I love being part of the Art Car Boot Fair, I think we all do as artists…. And so we’re excited to see that it is happening again this year and we’re excited to be invited to once again part again. Making, sharing and indeed selling art should be exciting, it should engaging, the Art Car Boot Fair is brilliantly engaging, the Art Car Boot Fair is where art lets his or her hair down and smiles all day, I for one can’t wait….” Read the full piece over  on the Cultivate blog.

#365ArtDrops Part 257

#365ArtDrops Part 257

I do like it when things like this happen…. brilliant!

Last year’s #365ArtDrops piece was very much about engaging, about the people who were finding and taking the pieces, finding out who they were and where the pieces were going. There’s been some great stories, still compiling it all, still finding out about where pieces went and who took them, still compiling and documenting it all. This came in last night via social media and a teacher and artist called Cait Sweeney…

“Hello Sean, I wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed following your ArtDrops, I run an after school art club for young people (7-11yrs) who are experiencing challenging circumstances. This year we are taking part in Oxfordshire Artweeks, I’ve been showing the group Your ArtDrops work, they liked your idea so much they have been working on their own ‘ArtDrop’ project as part of the Artweeks festival. I hope that’s alright with you, we shall of course flag your name and work up at any given opportunity! In fact we’ve just written an article about it for the local community newspaper Cowley News, citing you as their source of inspiration for the project..Paper comes out in a week or 2, can we post a copy of the article to your page? Best wishes Cait (and the PlaySpacers)”

365_found_oct12I love it when art engages with people, I love open-door galleries that welcome everyone, I detest closed-door galleries that want to engage, I don’t want to sell expensive pieces of art for collectors to lock up in rooms only they go in to, I love that this teacher and these kids have engaged with the drops, I had no idea this was happening until last night, of course this is alright with me, brilliant! Thank you Cait.

yes, still documenting the drops from last year, notes all over the place right now, and photos still coming in, if you have a piece do please take a photo of you with the piece and tell us a little about where you are, there will be a website dedicated to the #365ArtDrops piece sometimes very soon (actually I’d rather like to come out in print form should finance allow).

More clearing of the growth and the old leaves and thorns, this one is now sold. “Sometimes They Have Thorns” – Gold and silver acrylic paint on a found piece of wood, 2015 (48cm x 6cm)

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