“If You Throw It Out The leaves Will Grow”, last week at Hackney WickEd…

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An installation at the Inside Out show, Here East, Hackney Wicked 2017

One week on from the opening of that Here East show and everything that went with it over the weekend at Hackney Wicked last week. There’s plenty of conflicted thought, words, turmoil, fractured photos and long pieces in terms of the show and the whole weekend to be explored over on the Organ pages, the plight of Hackney Wick and the community there is something very emotive, The Organ is the place for more of what happened during the WickEd weekend, including a word or two from the opening night of Inside Out. This page is about the actual art – although the  art and the emotion of what is happening in Hackney Wick right now can’t really be divorced –  – the actual art and the notion of leaves and fresh layers growing on the things we throw out, the old unwanted frames, the pieces of wood, the beer bottles and pieces of astroturf, the books, the pieces of wood picked up from outside the building, and the canvas found in skips as studios are emptied and closed by the arrogant developers.

The installation at the Inside Out show (curated by Gavin Turk and Anna Maloney) was called “If You Throw It Out The leaves Will Grow”, it consisted of several recent paintings and leaves (tags if you wish) on found objects including a piece of red fabric from the Neo Naturists show at the ICA last year very diliberately places within the pice alongside several beer bottles drawn on as the opening night evolved and people threw them away – if you throw them away then leaves will grow     And there may have been a bit of leaf growth elsewhere around the Wick….

Clcik on an image to enlarge or to run the slide show (lots more photos of the night on the Organ page)

 

 

Sometimes They Have Thorns…

On with the painting of paintings today, some of which might be part of #43…

“Sometimes They Have Thorns (Part 10) – 120cm x 36cm. This one is painted on the backboard of a what was a framed mirror, found broken and thrown away and now reborn in a thorny way.  i imagine this one will be hanging as part of the #43 body of work over the weekend…. Some of this is about making use of the things people no longer want, some of it is about the layers the grow on the mess we make….

"Sometimes They Have Thorns (Part 10) - 120cm x 36cm

“Sometimes They Have Thorns (Part 10) – 120cm x 36cm

Right now being creative seems more important than ever, art needs to stand for something…

Create has always been the word

Create has always been the word

The #365ArtDrops piece goes on, part 101 to 104 we’re left out yesterday, left out before the frankly unbelievable election results started to come in. Hope quickly turned, first to horror and then to a trough of  depression as the reality of what England and Wales had done to themselves (sorry Scotland, we let you down).  Seemingly we’re stupid enough to sleepwalk towards who knows what…

A couple of hours in to the reality of what happened yesterday and well, here’s something I felt compelled to post on social media this morning in the wake of so many depressed posts.  Right now filling a soon to be pulled down East London warehouse with art seems far more important than it was yesterday, leaving art on the streets and engaging with people seems far more important than ever.  I’m certainly pleased I’m not swanning around Venice congratualting myself this morning, art surely has to mean more than that, time to create  .

play_warehouse01At times like this the only thing people can do is pull together, create and survive. THe politics of creativity, create communities, unite and defend those things important to us, look after each other, wise up, challenge in a positive way. Music needs to say something, art needs to be about engagement, about people, about community. The vulnerable are going to be under even more attack now – housing, rent, people will need protection from the greed of landlords, the destruction of the NHS, we’re going to need more food banks, we’re going to to need people looking after each other, real socialism, real unity, real people, at times like these art needs to flourish, it needs to be strong, community needs to be strong, creativity needs to flow, music needs to unite, we need to be strong, we need to look after each other, care about each other, care about our communities, the I’m alright Jack (or Jill) mentality will not do, time for the politics of creativity, time to educate, to question, to create our own medias. feed ourselves, feed minds, feed communities, pull together, it starts right now, time to pull a positive out of all this. UNITE, CREATE AND SURVIVE. .  …

yesterday’s art drops, it all goes on……

Well I made my bed today, there was quite a bit of skill involved…

“Sean, I just wanted to message you and say, I thought what you did on Saturday was a complete load of rubbish, I bet you’re the kind of person who gets all excited over that Tracey Emin and her stupid bloody bed, in fact I know you are, where’s the skill in what people like you do!!? People like you make me sick!, everything you do is rubbish!!”

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Saturday’s rubbish…

And he’s right you know, it was all about rubbish on Saturday, it is all about rubbish, and the return of Tracey’s bed to the Tate (alongside the brilliance of Francis Bacon) really does excite me enough to make me want to get up, make my own bed and rush on down there to see it again in this new space and all that this returns says about the artist, her art, art itself, about so so many things…