A leaf from one year ago…

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A Leaf, (2016) – Acrylic, spray paint, gloss varnish 105cm x 45cm, painted on board, in gold frame and under glass.

This is an image from one year ago, a photo of a piece painted back at the end of last year. it came up via my social media today, I’d almost forgotten about it, all wrapped up and buried under the newer work that clutters up the studio here.  This piece really does need a home now before I break the glass or something. The piece is simple called “A Leaf”, (2016) – Acrylic, spray paint, gloss varnish 105cm x 45cm, painted on board, in gold frame and under glass. All A little too slick for my liking, I prefer a leaf to be running free rather than all restrained in a slick fancy frame…

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The question is, will this all stop at the end of 2017?

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Daily Painting 335/365 (1st December,2017) – Fresh growth, new layers, leaves and the ongoing notion of a smaller painting brought to a completed conclusion on every single day of 2017. Acrylic, brushwork, spray paint, gloss varnish on recycled cardboard, 21cm x 21cm

Fresh growth, new layers, leaves and the ongoing notion of a smaller painting brought to a completed conclusion on every single day of 2017. The most recent pieces are  acrylic pieces, a combination of brushwork, spray paint and that vital layer of gloss varnish on recycled cardboard, 21cm x 21cm. yesterday’s concluded piece is yet to be photographed, day 345, twenty more pieces need to be concluded this year, I rather like the evolution that has been revealed since January 1st as each piece is concluded, view them all here, the question is, will this all stop at the end of 2017? I rather like the challenge of concluding a piece every day (these are not pieces that are started on the same day as they are concluded). The best place to follow all this (should you want to) is via the Instagram feed. “Will they all be exhibited at the end of the year?” asked someone a few days back, no, many of them have already been sold or”dropped” on the street, some are for sale via the Cultivate shop, some of the more recent ones will be part of the Intent show that opens at BSMT Space in Dalston (London) on January 18th but no, the pieces are scattered all over the globe now. Incidentally if you are after a particular piece and can’t see it in the shop, please do ask, it might have already found a home, it might still be here.  

Click on an image to enlarge or to run the slide show,,,   

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

 

“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….

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