The Columbia Road takeover goes on, meanwhile pure has nothing to do with clean or the Brian Jonestown Massacre and who cares about artists disagreeing about the temperament of artists? More shows this Friday and through the weekend…

 

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Paintings at Shipton Street Gallery 

Part three of the on-going six week Columbia Road takeover kicks in this weekend with Maybe I Didn’t See It First, But I’m The One Who Wants It Worse at Shipton Street Gallery here in East London, meanwhile on Friday evening there’s an opening up in Clapton, just beyond the other end of Hackney, at Angus Hughes Gallery, more detail on the other side of that piece of record company paperwork there…

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“Who Cares?”,A piece quickly painted this morning, painted on an old bit of paperwork from the last century when I was silly enough to sign the Brian Jonestown Massacre back when I was stupidly running a record label and caring more about other people’s music than I did about my own art. Just delivered the piece to the Angus Hughes Gallery up in Clapton, East London where Paul Sakoilsky and Cederic Christie have show called Pure Has Nothing To Do With Clean where the two artists are disagreeing about the temperament of artists. The two of them have invited a number of artists to respond, the show opens tomorrow night… Who cares? Who cares about artists? Who cares if artists care? Why should anyone care? Who cares if two artists are arguing? Who cares what artists think?

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‘PURE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CLEAN’, Cedric Christie & Paul Sakoilsky are creating an exhibition based around a conversation Paul had at a…. “For the exhibition at Angus-Hughes Gallery, Paul Sakoilsky & Cedric Christie are disagreeing about the temperament of artists in this present time. What does it mean to be permanent and what it means to be in flux. The pros and cons of these positions. Cedric says ‘You’re permanent when you’re dead, you don’t move a lot.’ And Paul would like to know where he is going to be tomorrow. Both of these positions hold a particular energy in which work is made – an inquiring as to whether one is at the end or the beginning. The exhibition is based around that statement”, A number of artists have been invited to respond… the show opens on Friday evening, Friday October 12th at Angus-Hughes Gallery, 26 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0PD The show is open Thursday to Sunday 12-6pm, or by appointment, there’s a Kunst Clown Performance happening on 19th October 6-8 pm. and an artist talk 4pm and Finissage 5-7pm Sunday 28th Oct. Anton once threaten to shoot me, he made the threat on stage at SxSW, so far he hasn’t carried out the threat. The last time I painted a heart, it was for the cover of the BJM single, I don’t think I’ve painted a heart in this century, although others insist that’s all I ever paint. More details of Pure Has Nothing To Do With Clean via the Facebook event page

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James Bell on the plinth at Shipton Street 

Meanwhile the Cultivate Columbia Road takeover goes on this weekend at Shipton Street Gallery, with Part Three and a slight evolving of the work on the walls, a final chance to see those Emma Harvey Riot Grrrl paintings as well as a last look at some of the recent star paintings of mine before we complete change things over for Part four and the final two weeks of the residency down there by the flower market, part four opens on Thursday evening, Thursday October 18th. The Sundays have been brilliant down there, all kinds of interesting people dropping in as they head to the flower market, we’ve been letting it spontaneously flow, we love a space that attracts more than just the already aware art crowd, we’ve had some great conversations down on Shipton Street. Every gallery or space you work in brings different people and different tales, i must you about Mrs Thatcher’s old butler who came in last week..

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I Saw It First, I Want It Worse, halfway through the Columbia Road takeover, different hats and…

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Wearing several hats this week, most of them have paint on, I try not to get paint on anything other than the thing I’m actually painting. My curating hat is being worn quite a bit at the moment with the Cultivate Columbia Road takeover and a six week residency that we;re currently in the middle of, a residency at East London’s Shipton Street Gallery that runs until the end of October. There’s been two shows at the space so far, both documented on the Organ webpages and the busy Cultivate website – there’s plenty of words and images and thoughts on the other artists and their art over there on those pages, we’ve had some exciting art on the walls as well as impressive performance and installation, Emma Harvey‘s Riot Grrrl painting are looking good on the wall right now alongside Jessica Scott‘s pieces and James Bell’s slice of luxury. I rather like wearing my curator’s hat, there’s as much of a buzz to be had in showing other people’s art or discovering new exciting artists as their is in showing my own work. we must be getting close to curating something like two-hundred shows or events now, exhibitions and such that have featured the work of well over a thousand artists by now – it can sometimes be tense, stressful, frustrating, and Joshua Compston‘s thing about feeling like an aircraft carrier that people just land on, use for a bit until they’ve got what they want and then fly off without so much as a thank you does ring true – wouldn’t it be wonderful if artists actually worked together and supported each other just a little more, putting on art shows can be a thankless task. Putting on art shows can be brilliant as well though, especially when a show works and people are engaged, when people come in and react to the art or the artists tat we’ve invited to be part of it all. Hang on, stop, today isn’t the day to go into it all…

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Hang on, stop, today isn’t the day to go into it all, the second Columbia Road takeover show is happening right now, a show called I Saw it First, I Want it Worse (yes that show title did come from a Seven Year Bitch lyric), the current show along with the first one and the art and the other artists involved is all documented on the Cultivate pages and the Organ pages. here’s a taste or two of my art and the fresh stargrowth and the leaves and the the new layers and the notions of the Cheap Art Manifesto and the daily paintings and the beautiful old till and such – the gallery was once a greengrocers shop called Sylvester’s, back in the 60’s, I’m having lots of interesting conversations with people who lived in the area back then who can remember it, that might be something to revisit in the space later in the year… For now then, a taste of what I’ve been doing with my art in the space so far, there’s more to come before it all ends on October 29th, I do love painting, I much prefer my painting hat… Oh and by the way, just updated the on-line shop again, do please have a look, I’m going to need to buy a new hat before the cold weather kicks in…

The year-long artdrop piece went on at Deptford X last week..

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The Deptford X leg of the #365ArtDrop18 piece, Part 188/365, September 2018.

The on-going year-long #365ArtDrop18 piece continued over in Deptford, South London, last week as part of the 19th Deptford X art festival. The (always carefully carefully placed) drops we’re a part of the Fringe this year, the plan was for 43 paintings to be left as a response to the invitation to take part, the reality was only 22 were hung on the streets of Deptford – unfinished business then, we shall be back in the next few days. There’s simply just not enough days in the week or hours in the day right now, Deptford X on one side of the London, the Cultivate Columbia Road takeover happening at the same time on this side of town, it just wasn’t possible to be in two places at once last week. And so only 22 pieces of art, but hey, come on, 22 piee of art left for people to take, 22 paintings on found recycled material left hanging on walls around Deptford during the Deptford X festival.

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The Deptford X leg of the #365ArtDrop18 piece, Part 185/365, September 2018

We don’t hang around after the pieces have been hung, just leave them, take some photos asa record and then quietly go, we could see as we retraced our steps that  some pieces had been taken straight away, indeed one piece almost as we were hanging it (great conversation about Deptford and art and people with this guy who came over and asked about what we were doing (as I keep saying, a big part of what this piece is about is engagement)/ Others pieces were still there when we left, there to be claimed later as we saw via postings from people who had found pieces and posted images on their social media feeds in the days after the drop –  there is the #365ArtDrop18 hashtag on the back of each piece, engagement and people posting photos is a big part of the piece, it is encouraged…

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The Deptford X leg of the #365ArtDrop18 piece, Part 191/365, September 2018.

Here then are some images for my small part in this year’s rather imressively expansive Deptford X…

Please click on an image ot enlarge or to run the fractured slide show..