Leaves left and that New Year resolution not to art drop finally broken. The first art drop since…

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Art Drop, March 12th, 2017

Leaves left and that New Year resolution not to art drop finally broken. The first art drop since December 31st happened yesterday, leaves left in the Spring light, I did say I would never do it again.  Two pieces were left hanging on a wall and a fence, both in Islington, hanging there waiting to be taken should someone wish to, two pieces painted on some found recycled wood and left hanging in North London, two of the 70 pieces brought to a conclusion so far in the first 70 days of 2017 as the notion of a painting brought to a conclusion on every single day of 2017.  And now the resolution has been broken I imagine there will be more carefully placed “drops” as the spring kicks in, there is a certain pleasure in painting on something picked up off the street or found in a skip and putting it back out there…

 

There hasn’t been any art drops in 2017…

Social media seems to think I need to share a memory from a year ago, this This photo was posted on Facebook on February 14th 2016 . I do like these photos that people post of them finding the pieces of art I’ve left on the street to be taken. There hasn’t been any art drops in 2017, the last one was on December 31st 2016, the new year resolution has held for just over 43 days now, it might not hold much longer though, Spring must be around the corner soon surely? Leaves need to shoot on walls soon, do like the smiles that the art drops result in…

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Tunnels, leaves, art dropping, a painting a day, what price art?

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#43ArtDrop, part 12/43 (Dec 2016)

Six days in and the new years resolution is holding, no more “dropping” of art. Such a silly term anyway. nothing was ever dropped, it was all carefully placed, deliberately hung on walls, agonised over, carefully considered in a very considered spot. That was last year though, art drops are so last year. There’s been complaints, of course there has, but what price art? “I only followed you on Facebook so I could get one, not fair that you say you’re not going to drop any more”. I think there’s been something like six of seven hundred so called art drops in the last few years (including 2015’s #365ArtDrop piece) What Price Art?

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Cultivate on-line shop, Jan 6th 2017.

And there’s been a painting a day brought to a finished state in 2017 so far, although a painting is never actually “finished” until someone takes it away, everything here in the studio evolves, fresh layers, new growth. Yesterday’s finished painting has already been sold, tHe piece is off to Yorkshire today, painted on a piece of unwanted hardboard picked up off the Hackney street, recycled and now liberated, sold and off to hang on a wall in Yorkshire, Hebdon Bridge actually, never been there myself, my art travels far more then I get to. A painting finished everyday, not started on the same day though, just finished and then added to the Cultivate on-line shop like yesterday’s was. Paintings are started and go on for months, this year one will be finished every day.

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“Growth on a Floorboard” Jan 5th 2017. Fresh leaf growth on a found unwanted hardwood floorboard. (Acrylic, spray paint on recycled hardwood, 29cmx20cm) SOLD

The What Price Art? question was something we have asked via several gallery shows. Art placed on gallery walls and viewers invited to pay whatever they want, or whatever they see fit, no debate no saying no, whatever the view said went. it made for all kinds of interesting conversation. .

What price art? A return to the ongoing question for the new year.  A piece of art will be posted on e.bay weekly throughout 2017, a piece of art posted once a week via an on-line auction site, each piece with an opening bid price of £0.01, one piece a week for 52 weeks.  What price art?  A weekly piece of art there to be bid on. The first piece went up on the auction site last Wednesday evening with an opening bid price of 1p, view it here on ebay. The second piece will go up for an opening bid price of 1p next week

on with the leaf growing, lots to be cultivated this year, art can’t slow down.

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The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th parts of the final #43ArtDrop piece of 2016 were left hanging on….

#43ArtDrop Part 4/43 (Dec 2016)

#43ArtDrop Part 4/43 (Dec 2016)

The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th parts of the final #43ArtDrop piece of 2016 were left hanging on four walls in East London today, Sunday December 18th.  Four paintings on recycled wood picked up off the London streets, four pieces painted on and then hung back out on the streets for people to take should they wish to. A piece of work in 43 parts, the final part will be hung on a wall before the year ends. 43 paintings on found things, the paintings have to be on found things, fresh growth and fresh layers on things no longer wanted. Each piece marked with #43ArtDrop so people can interact with the piece of work….

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Tunnels, leaves, drops, the last of the Thirteen Shelves….

Thirteen Shelves 6/13

Thirteen Shelves 6/13

Part six of the Thirteen Shelves piece, thirteen paintings on recycled wooden shelves rescued from a Hackney skip, and left hanging on various East London walls over the last month. Part six eventually, after quite an adventure, ended up hanging in a tunnel by Shoreditch railway station. And today we see, via the magic of social media, that the piece now has a home….

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Thirteen Shelves 6/13

Seeing where these pieces that are left out hanging for people to take end up is very much part of the piece, the interaction, the photos posted on social media of people with their pieces of art like this photos just posted on instagram…

 

The last four of those Thirteen Shelves…

Thirteen Shelves

Thirteen Shelves

The last four of the Thirteen Shelves, a series of thirteen paintings on found recycled wooden shelves, they evolved a bit more since they were first exclaimed on. The other nine have already been hung on London walls for people to take should they wish to, these last four are ready to join them this weekend.. I see (via the magic of social media), that some of the pieces now have homes…

The “dropping” of the Thirteen Shelves pieces continued today…

The Thirteen Shelves piece, a piece of work in thirteen parts, continued today…
Thirteen Shelves – October 2016. Thirteen white wooden shelves from a smashed up piece of furniture, 25cm x 35cm. Thirteen shelves, found, recycled, turned into blank canvases and saved from a Hackney skip, painted on and left hanging as #ArtDrop pieces for people to take should they wish to.  Three more of the thirteen were left hanging on walls in East London in the Autumn sunshine today