Leaves, leaves falling, leafbombing, some say Leafhearts….

A Leaf, East London, October 2016

A Leaf, East London, October 2016

Leaves, leaves falling, leafbombing, some say Leafhearts…..  East London leaves… London Fields, Victoria Park…..

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The last four of those Thirteen Shelves…

Thirteen Shelves

Thirteen Shelves

The last four of the Thirteen Shelves, a series of thirteen paintings on found recycled wooden shelves, they evolved a bit more since they were first exclaimed on. The other nine have already been hung on London walls for people to take should they wish to, these last four are ready to join them this weekend.. I see (via the magic of social media), that some of the pieces now have homes…

A Leaf, East London, October 2016…

A Leaf, East London, October 2016…

 

The “dropping” of the Thirteen Shelves pieces continued today…

The Thirteen Shelves piece, a piece of work in thirteen parts, continued today…
Thirteen Shelves – October 2016. Thirteen white wooden shelves from a smashed up piece of furniture, 25cm x 35cm. Thirteen shelves, found, recycled, turned into blank canvases and saved from a Hackney skip, painted on and left hanging as #ArtDrop pieces for people to take should they wish to.  Three more of the thirteen were left hanging on walls in East London in the Autumn sunshine today

Up on the white wall today, a new piece, A Golden One…

A Golden One (Oct 2016)

A Golden One (Oct 2016)

Up on the white wall today, a new piece, actually an old piece with some fresh leaf growth evolving on the canvas, fresh layers, thorns. (50cm x 50cm), acrylic on canvas (and there in the Cultivate shop today). The pleasure of leaves left to grow, the Captain’s Table… The White Wall is an outdoor wall where new paintings are hung so they can breath.

The Thirteen Shelves pieces continue to find their way out on to the street….

"Thirteen Shelves" Oct 2016

“Thirteen Shelves” Oct 2016

Yesterday’s Thirteen Shelves piece, one of thirteen paintings on thirteen wooden shelves Thirteen Shelves – October 2016. Thirteen white wooden shelves from a smashed up piece of furniture, 25cm x 35cm, found, recycled, turned into blank canvases and saved from a Hackney skip… and this one was left back out there on the Hackney Road, hanging there for someone to take should they wish to….All thirteen have been painted, six have gone out, seven are waiting to be liberated….

Down by a railway bridge…

Thirteen

Thirteen

Today’s “Thirteen Shelves” piece, one of thirteen painted on unwanted pieces of wooden shelving, was left hanging on an East London Wall, by the railway, there to be taken should someone wish to… Thirteen Shelves – October 2016. Thirteen white wooden shelves from a smashed up piece of furniture, 25cm x 35cm, found, recycled, turned into blank canvases and saved from a Hackney skip…

 

Debased, three weeks on, the aircraft carrier is docked, time for some painting…

Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats (detail) (2016 - Acrylic on canvas 120cm x 150cm)

Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats (detail) (2016 – Acrylic on canvas 120cm x 150cm)

October 17th 2016, the sun is out, the leaves are glorious, the Eleven O’clock pigeon is sitting by the door, the Debased show was three weeks ago now, the Debased group show marked five pretty intense years of Cultivate events and five non-stop years of organising, herding, promoting, occasionally fighting, five years of talking about other people’s art, promoting other artists (a thankless pursuit on the whole, artists always seem to demand more and whatever you do it is never  enough). Five years of making things happen, battling space owners, galleries, landlords, councils and more. Debased was a great show, trumpets were blown, the performance art was intense, emotionally so – beautiful. I though the fifteen (or was it sixteen?) artists on the wall provided a collective body of strong engaging exciting art, it felt like a damn good show, a well put together show (see, more trumpet blowing, it was a good hang). I wasn’t that happy with my own art in the Debased show, slightly depressing to have to spend five days in that basement looking at it, art debased indeed, thankfully the other artists compensated for that and overall Debased felt good enough to call for that blowing of trumpets and celebrating of circles and bananas and colour and cut out.  Debased felt good, it feels like a good point to stop and take a much needed breath to two.

A part of the #43ArtDrop found and a photo posted by the finder

A part of this Summer’s #43ArtDrop found and a photo posted by the finder

And so three weeks on from Debased and deliberately not booking any more shows or taking part in shows or actively trying (too hard) to find spaces, I’m politely turning down invites and resisting temptations both is terms of Cultivate and my own art. Of course the studio here is bursting with paintings, and yes, the occasional invite from an artist or two that doesn’t involve me running the whole damn show and being the one who has to do all the barking and fighting and pissing off of people might be nice – and people do get pissed off, they do take it for granted and tell you however much you’ve done for them it really isn’t enough – they block you, “unfriend” you, curators ban you, artists treat you like an aircraft carrier,  and yes, to quote the late Joshua Compston once more, land on you and then use you to take off from again with never a second though for the notion that some of the favour might be returned and that it might be about a little more than just taking taking all the time.  We reckon over the last five or so years there’s been around about a thousand or so artists taking part in our many many shows and events, not that many return invites though – – asked one artist we had championed again and again for details of a new art space she had found that she was putting a show on at, it looked like an exciting space, she point blank refused to share the information and pretty much made it clear she didn’t need us anymore now that the bigger curators were showing her work, not sure how that has worked out for her, really do hope it is working, still championing her art via the pages of Organ and such, but it is a shame to see how these things flow again and again.

And so for the first times in at least five years there are no Cultivate shows coming up, no venues to organise, no publicity to be done or posters to make, no artists to chase and listen to or deal with while they tell me they can’t get to the hang on time because their big black dog has eaten their homework and no finances to juggle, for the first time in far more than five years I’m not scheduled to be taking part in any group shows, there are no solo shows booked, there’s not a single thing in the diary . A breath is being taken, some much time and space to just paint is being explored and I rather like the beautiful fact that there are no forthcoming events and no artists to deal with and no shows to occupy my mind… The aircraft carrier is in dry dock…

#43, under the bridge

#43,  a 43 minute show under a bridge (Feb 2016)