Yesterday was mostly about #ArtDrop pieces hung on East London walls….

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016

Yesterday was mostly about #ArtDrop pieces. Eleven pieces either freshly painted or in three of the cases, freshly layered. Eleven painted on pieces of wood found unwanted on the street, wood saved from landfill, recycled, painted on and hung on walls and fences on East London streets around Hoxton, Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Hackney’ Pieces of art left there almost hiding, left for people to take should they wish to. Each piece labeled on the back with a hash tag with people being encouraged to post photos of themselves with the pieces they have found and tell who they are.

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016

I rather like it when art engages. yesterday I stood quietly and watched as a girl called Evalina curiously posed in front of a piece and against a rather colourful wall while her friend took a photo, and then wondered if she could take the piece (we did get talking in the end, once I had watched the process, I don’t usually hang around, I just happened to still be there taking my own photos). Several other people posted on social media jsut to say they had found pieces (o photos though), and this morning a posting on Facebook declared “L is officially the happiest kid in Hackney this morning. Nowt like discovering some free art on the way to school. Thanks Sean Worrall, he’s made up . .”.

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016 (a piece found)

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016 (a piece found)

That was yesterday. Today? We shall see what today brings, several shows next week, including the On The Brink show that’s part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail. Somebody asked me yesterday, somebody from South California who started talking to me about what I was doing (I love the way all this just causes instant conversation with strangers), he asked me if it was a reaction to art galleries, an “anti-gallery stance” (as he put it). No, I love art galleries, I love the peace and quiet of a big white walled gallery space with good lighting. I love a space where art can breathe in an uncluttered state and there are no distractions. True, I do think galleries (and the people who run galleries), on the whole, could be a lot more friendly and inviting, a lot more engaging and that sometimes art should let down that hair and smile a little more, I like that pieces of art left on the street puts people at ease, makes them what to be part of it, but no, this is not an anti-gallery statement.

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016

Here’s some photos of the drops and the people from yesterday, click on an image to enlarge, or to run the slideshow.  .

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Thorns in a golden frame…

A recent piece added to the Cultivate on-line shop, a thorny piece in a recycled reclaimed upcycled golden frame.  The on-line shop is constantly being updated with a range of the the smaller more affordable pieces, not everything is there on-line, do ask if you want to know about a piece you’ve seen somewhere please do ask, new art is constantly being made…..

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Thorns and things at the 2016 Art Car Boot Fair….

So the 2016 Art Car Boot Fair came and went, the rain fell, art won, we loved it. There’s a full review and a whole load of photos to be found via the Organ pages  And If these are to be the Last days of Shoreditch then the East is going down defiantly.  The  London art Calendar highlight that is the Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair happened yesterday, the gods threw their worst at us in the form of torrential rain, gazebo-threatening wind and whatever else they had to hand, art won though, art most definitely won the day here in East London yesterday.. further reading

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Me? I love taking part in the Art Car Boot Fair, I wake up like a kid on Christmas morning, I count down the days, I love meeting people from all over the world, I’m honoured by the interest, the questions, the people who want their photos taken with the artist (although, the art itself might be a little better looking), I love meeting new people (and old friends made at previous fairs), it really is a day when art gets to let down her hair (is art a she, or a he? A day when art get to let down that sometimes messy multi-coloured sometimes out of control sometimes perfectly sculpted transsexual hair).

We do love the concentration that goes in to buying a part of the One Hundred Pieced Piece

We do love the concentration that goes in to buying a part of the One Hundred Pieced Piece

I love painting the hundred parts of the (now annual) One Hundred Pieced Piece and seeing the enthusiasm as people young and old pick out their pieces with such concentrated delight, I love the engagement that that piece of work brings, it isn’t about me, it really is a about those kids taking their time and buying their first pieces of art (and in one case one smiling little girl, haggling on price, way to go girl, four for the price of three because she’s run out of pocket money, brilliant!). Some artists (and critics) might get all sour-faced and sniffy about it, some might think it beneath them but I love it to bits, I love the chance to engage like this, I love it to bits.

Here’s a shot or two of some of the pieces (lots more photos of the day and the other artists/art over on the Organ pages).  Click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show.

43 canvas pieces for the 2016 Art Car Boot Fair…

 

43 pieces, Art Car Boot Fair, 2016. Coming up this Sunday, Brick Lane, London, 12th June. A series of 43 small canvas Sometimes They Have Thorns pieces, all on sale at £10 each on the day….

The 2016 ‪#‎OneHundredPiecedPiece Part 2…

The 2016 ‪#‎OneHundredPiecedPiece is now finished and ready for Sunday…

The ‪#‎OneHundredPiecedPiece‬ has now become an annual thing, one piece of art in one hundred parts. The parts are all painted at the same time and each part is sold for just £1 at the Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair (Sunday 12th June, East London). The piece is about making art accessible and affordable to all, the piece is about engaging, the piece is about recycling unwanted cardboard, the piece is one piece of work in one hundred parts shared by up to one hundred people. It goes on sale this Sunday in the car park at Brick Lane….

Click in an image to enlarge…

 

The 2016 ‪#‎OneHundredPiecedPiece

The ‪#‎OneHundredPiecedPiece‬ has now become an annual thing, one piece of art in one hundred parts. The parts are all painted at the same time and each part is sold for just £1 at the Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair (Sunday 12th June, East London). The piece is about making art accessible and affordable to all, the piece is about engaging, the piece is about recycling unwanted cardboard, the piece is one piece of work in one hundred parts shared by up to one hundred people. It goes on sale this Sunday in the car park at Brick Lane….

Click in an image to enlarge…

Yesterday’s #ArtDrop, left hanging on a wall in Hackney Wick….

#ArtDrop, June 2016

#ArtDrop, June 2016

Yesterday’s #ArtDrop piece was one of the 43 pieces painted on wood during the Debaser show at BSMT Space earlier this year. A Sometimes They Have Thorns piece painted on a found piece of wood and left hanging on a wall over in Hackney Wick yesterday afternoon. Left there for someone to take should they wish to, all about painting on something that has been thrown away, something no longer wanted and heading for landfill, something painted on in the hope that it will now be wanted again. I expect there will be a daily art drop this coming week in the run up to the Art Car Boot Fair…