If you ever catch me saying something like that, please please please take me out back and have me shot, what a depressing way to talk about your art…

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Love that photos up there, more about it and the end here, but first, did a fellow artist really just tell me that art was “just a business”? Really? Did he really just say that? Really!? How depressing, do artists really think like that? Is “building a business” the only reason to put on an art show? “I’m building a business here” he said, really? Is art “just a business? If you ever catch me saying something like that, please please please take me out back and have me shot, what a depressing way to talk about your art and the shows you put on. I need to get that thought out of my mind. Of course you need to think about the reality of paying bills and eating and the rest but “just”? Really? It wasn’t Hamish by the way, I’m just getting to know Hamish, we were both invited to share the gallery walls by the people over at no format, no one mentioned business, they just extended the invite and offered the space, I didn’t know of Hamish Macaulay or his art until we were both invited to make use of the walls on no format gallery last week, looking forward to seeing what he’s been doing in there later today and them maybe reacting to it in some way. nice to actually some together with a gallery and another artist, makes for a refreshing change, Mr. “art Business” back there really didn’t get that notion, I guess now, thinking about it, his art kind of  reflects his attitude. I wonder when the ideas distilled through punk rock forty-odd years ago will ever filter down to the art world? Is it really just a business?

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Last week “Eleven” was part of an installation under the trees in a wood as part of an outdoor show as part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail, it spent two weeks being explored by foxes and blackbirds, this week the piece, painted on eleven pieces of a broken bed will be heading for a white-walled gallery called no format gallery over in Deptford, the show, Unframed? opens this coming Thursday evening July 26th

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Fresh leaf growth, new layers, starz and that big silver wooden frame that someone dumped on the street in Hackney last week. And when a frame is thrown out then leaves will grow in that unwanted frame. This painting was concluded late last night, I expect it might be on show at no format gallery next week as part of the #Unframed? show ( I didn’t say my work would be unframed, we’re just thinking outside the frame). The painting is acrylic on wood in found frame, 90cm x 65cm.

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Here it Comes Again – acrylic on wood in found frame, 90cm x 65cm. (July 2018)

The week of Unframed? is upon us, Hamish is working on some larger format prints in the space today ahead of Thursday evening’s opening, I shall be going over to see what he’s done and do some work of my own later . meanwhile I shall be hanging some of my recent paintings on the gallery wall and at the same time finding new things to work with and paint on during the week. Expect the year-;long #365ArtDrop18 piece to carry on south of the river during this coming week. Keep an eye on the walls around the area during the week. The idea is to find material that had been thrown out, clean it up, painting on it, and then hanging it back out there on the streets for people to take should they wish to. This particular piece was left hanging on a wall near no format gallery last week

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A #365ArtDrop18 piece left hanging in Deptford…

The excellent photo at the top of the page just arrived from Belgium, a shot taken outside the Stella factory so it seems, a brilliant photo of one of the finders of a #365ArtDrop18 piece with the painting her and her partner found, love this photo. One of the important aspects of this year-long piece of work in 365 parts, 365 paintings on found recycled material, is the photos of the finders with their pieces and tales of where the paintings have got to. This one was painted on a found piece of wood picked up off the street here in Hackney, it was left hanging on a wall somewhere in Shoreditch, East London, earlier this year, and now it has turned up in Belgium, this kind of thing is exactly what I was hoping would happen to the paintings and the #365ArtDrop18 piece, keep sending those photos in or posting them on social media so we can find them and share them.  Art? Just a business? What a sad way to think about it…

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More leaf growth, new layers and the on-going year-long #365ArtDrop18 piece, 365 paintings on found recycled material…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 62/365, a leaf left hanging in Hackney, East London. May 2018

More leaf growth, new layers and the on-going year-long #365ArtDrop18 piece, 365 paintings on found recycled material, material picked up off the street in 2018, 365 paintings on found piece of recycled material throughout the year, 365 painting left hanging on walls, in tunnels, by canals, on fences, left for people to take should they wish to.

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#365ArtDrop18 – 72/365, a leaf left hanging by Columbia Road Market, East London,, May 2018

The weather is improving, the better weather means more drops, there’s been 73 so far, expect an explosion of paintings left hanging as the summer starts to kick in. The piece is all about engagement, the breaking down of those barriers that gallery doors (and attitudes) can so often throw up, that and of course questioning how wasteful we are, questioning why we don’t give a second thought to the things we just throw in skips to leave on the street or don’t ever dream of re-using or handing on to others…

Part 61 to 73 of the #365ArtDrop18 piece, click on an image to enlarge or ot run the slide show…

The sun is out, the art drops increase, pieces hung in Hackney Wick, Shoreditch and…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 60/365, a leaf left hanging in Shoreditch, East London. April 2018

“The sun is out, ha ha!” to paraphrase the (alleged) final words of someone who understood the beauty of light and the vitality of paint.  And with the sun out (for now at least), the year-long piece of work that is the #365ArtDrop18 piece can start to gather a little more  momentum.  A piece of work in 365 parts, 365 paintings on found recycled material picked up off the street, from skips, save from landfill, painted on an then hung back out there in the streets for people to take should they wish to. There have now been 60 painting left out there, the latest pieces were hung last weekend on the walls of the fast disappearing beautiful things that just about still is Hackney Wick. The cultural cleansing and destruction of community in the Wick. I expect the dropping (or the carefully hanging) of pieces to increase as the weather improves.

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There’s something satisfying about hanging a piece of art on the street and then just walking away…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 54/365, a leaf left hanging in Shoreditch, East London. April 2018

More #365ArtDrop18 pieces, and yes that hashtag is part of it, the 54th and 55th parts of the year long piece of work were left hanging out on the street last night  Two fresh leaves, two star shaped leaves left hanging (and if they both rock three times that will add up to six), two recent paintings, two pieces painted on some unwanted recycled wood picked up from the Hackney street last month, the latest of 365 artdrop pieces planned for 2018.  365 paintings on recycled material, left hanging back out on the street, these two left hanging amongst the colour of Shoreditch, East London. Two paintings left there waiting for someone to take should they wish to do so.

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#365ArtDrop18 – 55/365, a leaf left hanging in Shoreditch, East London. April 2018

There’s something satisfying about just hanging a piece of art on the street and then just walking away, especially when that piece is painted on something that had been thrown away. I don’t know if any of these pieces end up in landfill after they’ve been hung, but the pieces of wood and such were heading that way anyway…. I expect a few more might find their way onto the street over the weekend….

Oh and how good is that Mash piece, one of the best pieces of proper graff we’ve seen in ages. The nail I hung the piece on was already there, nothing was mashed, the pieces are always respectfully carefully hung.

A leaf left hanging on a wall in East London yesterday is now off to San Francisco…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 365/9, a leaf left hanging and now found by the person who posted this photo

That piece in the photo up there, that painting, that leaf, those starz, that piece was left hanging on Fashion Street, just off Brick Lane, East London, a couple of weeks back, the photo above appeared on social media a couple of days later. As we keep saying, the photos people post with the pieces they have chosen to take are a big part of this piece of work..

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#365ArtDrop18 – 23/365, a leaf left in East London

And I see the 23rd piece, a leaf left hanging on a wall in East London yesterday is now off to San Francisco, that is good news. Ten pieces were left out yesterday, I assume some of them are still out there. The #365ArtDrop18 hash tag is a big part of this year-long piece of work. Of the 27 piece left on the street so far this year, we know that five have been taken and two are still out there, the fate of the rest of them remains unknown. We know that one piece has gone to Belgium, one to the US and three more that we’ve heard or seen that have been taken but we know not where they now live…

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The Spring is suggesting she might finally almost be here, the art drop thing was never intended to be daily, just a piece of work in 365 parts that will hopefully go on throughout the year.

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Another piece left under another bridge…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 365/16, a leaf left in East London

Another #365ArtDrop18 piece – 16/365 – A leaf painted, the 16th of 365 artdrop pieces that, all being well, will happen in 2018, a 16th piece painted on and in a recycled found frame, a small red frame that had a photo in it and the glass still intact when I found it and pulled out of a skip and hopefully rescued from landfill. The frame is now black, the glass cleaned up, a leaf has grown inside it and…. And last night it was left hanging on a wall under another bridge in East London, left there on the way home from a rather impressive Lennie Lee exhibition, left hanging next to a Thierry Noir piece for someone to take should they wish to. The hashtag is on the back, will it be taken? Will the hashtag be used? Will it find a home or will it end up in landfill anyway? The hashtag is important, we would like to know where these pieces go, I believe part five is now somewhere in Belgium? 

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#365ArtDrop18 – 365/10, a leaf left in East London

Part ten, a pieces painted on a block of wood, was left under a different railway bride a few days back, part fourteen was left by a cash machine in East London on the same day. Part thirteen, fifteen and seventeen are still in my bag waiting for the right time and place, there’s a couple of dozen finished pieces waiting to be numbered here in the studio, waiting for the spring to kick in and weather to be more in line with the notion of hanging art out on the street without it being blown away.  I anticipate an outburst of drops as soon as Spring arrives (I can’t move in my studio).

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The art of dropping art, the latest parts of a year-long piece of work…

The art of dropping, the ongoing notion of (another) year-long piece of art in 365 parts, 365 paintings on things found on the street, things recycled, reclaimed, saved from landfill, used as a canvas, painted on, and then left back out there, hung back out there on the street for people to take should they wish to.  And as we’ve said before, people taking part, posting photos of themselves with their found pieces is a big part of this piece of work that, all being well, will go on throughout the year.  Today several pieces were carefully places (never dropped) around East London – 365 will go out this year, that doesn’t mean one a day,  today six were left out there, tomorrow there might be more, they’ve been building up here in the studio waiting for decent weather…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 365/6, a leaf left hanging in East London

#365ArtDrop18 6/365 – A leaf or two left, the 6th of the 365 artdrop pieces of 2018, this is another of the daily concluded paintings from 2017 painted on a recycled piece of hardwood and now left on a street corner in East London for someone to take should they wish to.

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#365ArtDrop18 – 365/7, a leaf left hanging in East London

#365ArtDrop18 7/365 – A leaf left, the 7th of 365 artdrop pieces of 2018, painted on a recycled piece of hardwood and now left on a street corner on Brick Lane, East London on a busy Sunday afternoon…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 365/8, a leaf left hanging in East London

#365ArtDrop18 8/365 – A leaf left, the 8th of 365 artdrop pieces of 2018, painted on a recycled piece of hardwood and once again left on a street in East London for someone to tale should they wish to, left on Fashion Street actually, a street covered in paste up pieces…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 365/9, a leaf left hanging in East London

#365ArtDrop18 9/365 – A leaf left, the 9th of 365 artdrop pieces of 2018, painted on a recycled piece of hardwood floorboard picked up off the street in Hackney and now left back out on a street in East London for someone to tale should they wish to do just that

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#365ArtDrop18 – 365/11, a leaf or two left in East London

#365ArtDrop18 11/365 – A leaf left, the 11th of 365 artdrop pieces of 2018, painted on a recycled block of wood and now left on a window ledge on street just off Brick Lane, East London for someone to tale should they wish to (number ten is still in my bag, I expect it will find a wall tomorrow)
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#365ArtDrop18 – 365/12, a leaf left in East London

#365ArtDrop18 12/365 – A leaf left, the 12th of 365 artdrop pieces of 2018, painted on a recycled hardwood piece of floorboard, a rather big piece of board, and left hanging on a wall in East London for someone to tale should they wish to, which indeed they did, we just this second saw a photo left by someone called Kitty Kat on Instagram..

 

Click on an images to enlarge or run the fractured slide show of this Sunday’s drop action….

of dropping things, the ongoing notion of a year-long piece of work in 365 parts. 365 paintings of things found, recycled and