43 Paintings, 43 CD sized paintings…

43 Paintings on cardboard CD sized envelopes, 43 paintings painted together, 43 pieces painted at the same time. the beauty of mass production and the repeating of an image.  Acrylic, brushwork, spraypaint, gloss varnish on glossy white cardboard, 13cm x 13cm, January 2018

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Back in the last century, besides being out there somewhere painting walls, writing zines, pasting things to things, we were running a rather busy record label.  One of the many releases was a label sampler called Organ Radio Eight (there were 21 Organ Radio compilations, there were the days before the internet really kicked in, things were still mostly physical), this particular release focused on the bands who were then releasing singles or albums via the label, it was 1999, running a record label was more exciting before the days of downloads.  We recent found a batch of the discs in the corner of the studio, too good to just throw in the recycle skip (nothing ever gets thrown out here, everything has a use), the discs nineteen tracks and a whole load of music that (mostly) still stands up nineteen years later. The label was always run in a defiantly underground alternative zine powered art-flavoured D.I.Y way, we’re still rather pleased with most of what it achieved.

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And so 43 glossy white cardboard CD envelopes were found, 43 blank white  cardboard CD envelopes. 43 blank canvas pieces were all painted together at the same time at the start of January 2018. Mass produced pop art flavours, red blue yellow and gold, black stars (and a disc that also feature my artwork). Each piece hand painted, numbered and signed on the back, each one with the CD and original insert inside. The 43 paintings/packages will all be on sale via the Cultivate on-line shop (and other outlets) with the discs inside.

Here in 2018 this one piece of work in 43 parts is about the paintings rather than the discs inside (damn fine disc inside though) . 

The 353rd painting of the year, left hanging in a tunnel…

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The 353rd painting of the year, left in a tunnel…

A leaf left hanging on a wall in a tunnel in East London, a carefully placed, never dropped, art drop, a painting left hanging for someone to take should they wish to. A piece painted on a found piece of plasterboard, when a piece of board is thrown out then leaves will grow on it. The 353rd concluded painting of the year on day 353, concluded yesterday, December 19th and left out today, December 20th 2017….. .
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Today was mostly about painting new 43 Pieced Piece for Hackney City Farm, one piece of work in 43 parts…

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A 43 Pieced Piece, December 2017

Today was mostly about painting new 43 Pieced Piece for Hackney City Farm, one piece of work in 43 parts, 43 paintings on recycled cardboard. Each piece will be for sale at £1 at the Hackney City Farm Christmas Fair on Saturday December 9th (midday until to 4pm) alongside other work from Cultivate artists and others, (come see the duck).  A piece of work to be shared by 43 people at very little expense to anyone…

Friday’s unfinished business in Folkestone and the final 10 parts of the latest #43ArtDrop piece…

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The final ten parts of the Folkestone #43ArtDrop, Sept 29th 2017

Friday’s unfinished business in Folkestone and the final 10 parts of the #43ArtDrop piece. A piece of work in 43 parts, 43 paintings on found recycled pieces of unwanted wood (and when wood is thrown out leaves will grow), 43 pieces carefully hung, never actually dropped, 43 paintings left in and around Folkestone for people to take should they wish to….

 

More gardening on this evolving canvas, a found piece of art and…

Fresh layers, new leaves, time for a little more gardening on this evolving canvas today, time to cultivate a fresh layer on this piece of work in progress. Meanwhile underneath this piece of work in progress some more on the drops in Folkestone last Friday….

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What price art? – And as I keep saying, the interaction and the use of the hashtag and seeing where the art goes in all part of what these #43ArtDrop pieces are about. Here’s a rather fine photo that appeared via a social media feed on the evening of the art drop around Folkestone and the Folkestone Triennial/Fringe. The drop happened last Friday afternoon, this is a photos of one of the pieces found (thanks Scarlet).  These pieces of work area little more than just sticking a painting in a gallery with a price tag on it, these photos are priceless, love this one. Thanks for taking the time to post the photo, this is what it was about…

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There’s a lot more about last Friday’s adventures in Folkestone and exploring the art of the evolving town, lots (and lots) of words and photos via the Organ page –  ORGAN THING: Folkestone is an Art School, exploring the 2017 Triennial and dropping art around the evolving town……

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#43ArtDrop, September 2017, Folkestone, Kent. A piece of work in 43 part.s.

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a #43ArtDrop, Folkestone

 

A #43ArtDrop piece, a piece of work in 43 parts, 43 paintings for Folkestone…

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#43ArtDrop, September 2017, Folkestone, Kent. A piece of work in 43 part.s.

A #43ArtDrop piece, a piece of work in 43 parts, 43 smaller paintings, this time all painted on small pieces of wood picked up off the street (and if people throw away wood then leaves and layers with grow on that unwanted discarded wood). 43 paintings left hanging in and around the streets of Folkestone, the old town, the Triennial, the Fringe and Bob and Roberta Smith’s “Folkestone is an Art School” pieces. 43 paintings left to to be taken should people with to do so. A #43ArtDrop in Folkestone, September 2017. 43 pieces with hashtags on the back, the #43ArtDrop and the social media interaction is an important part of these pieces…

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