There hasn’t been any exclaiming for a couple of years, but as someone pointed out a few days back, there’s rather a lot to exclaim about these days. The other seven of those thirteen recycled unwanted wooden shelves have now been grown on, leaves and such, and I expect they’ll all be out hanging on walls, #artdrop pieces, there for people to take should they wish to.
Three of the thirteen were hung on walls around Hackney Wick last Friday evening ahead of the Save Yourself show at Stour Space, there’s a whole load of words and images from that show over on the Organ pages – Save Yourselves, Olympic Legacy and a little more than just another East London art show… Organ is where the art scene and more is documented on very regular basis. last Friday’s show was an important one. ..ORGAN THING: Save Yourselves, Hackney Wick, the Lord Napier, Daxx & Roxane and the day Heavy Metal went to the dogs…. I imagine several more of the thirteen pieces of recycled shelf will be hung out on the street in the Autumn sunshine today
The 43 parts that made up the #43ArtDrop piece were (carefully) hung out on the streets around Hackney Wick, Fish Island and the canal yesterday. Carefully hung, never dropped, that would be careless. A piece of art in 43 parts, all 43 painted on two recycled unwanted wooden pallets picked up off the East London street, painted, and then cut in to 43 parts and painted on some more.
The 43 pieces we’re all painted, a thorny piece of fresh growth on each one, a message on a sticker on the back, a hash tag and request for finders to post photos, a selfie with their find or a just a photo of the piece on their wall, post up those photos and use the hashtag, no so on the end, it is one piece called #43ArtDrop, post the images on social media for us to find.
So all 43 parts of the piece were hung out around Hackney Wick over the Saturday of the Hackney Wicked weekend, 43 parts of the piece all hung there for people to take should they wish to. Hopefully people would be respectful enough to only take one it, had thought about saying so on the back, but no, surely no need? (A little disappointing to see someone post a photo on instargram of ten of them all on her desk with a declaration that she was trying to find them all, I must confess that photo had be thinking about the notion of art and just giving it away for free and….)
43 pieces hung out and around the streets and especially on the landmark that is the old Lord Napier pub (love what Aida Wilde and her friends did with the place earlier in the week…). 43 pieces left out, #43ArtDrop hashtag on the back, let’s see where they go and if we ever hear about any of them again. Let’s hope for photos and tales of where they have gone and who found them, where they are hanging and who said what, this is partly about engagement and interaction and art being for all, about getting involved and not just having it locked behind closed gallery doors or in collections.
Rather like leaving pieces of art for people to take, especially when it has been painted on something left on the street or in a skip, something that was heading for landfill. And especially when the pieces are left to be found somewhere as vitally important to a community as Hackney Wick is – a place loved and tended to by artists when virtually no one else seemed to care that much. Treasure these places while you can, treasure your art spaces and the energy artists bring to dying places, treasure the creativity and don’t just push it and us all out #savehackneywick
A big thanks to everyone who got involved in the #43ArtDrop and everyone who made Hackney Wicked happen again this year. The photos of people with their parts of the piece are starting to appear on line, we shall gather them up and collect them together…
Here’s an album documenting all 43 pieces as they were hung, some of them weren’t there for long, others hung around for a bit, some of them may still be there?
Click on an image to enlarge or to run the fractured slide show
Yesterday’s #ArtDrop piece was one of the 43 pieces painted on wood during the Debaser show at BSMT Space earlier this year. A Sometimes They Have Thorns piece painted on a found piece of wood and left hanging on a wall over in Hackney Wick yesterday afternoon. Left there for someone to take should they wish to, all about painting on something that has been thrown away, something no longer wanted and heading for landfill, something painted on in the hope that it will now be wanted again. I expect there will be a daily art drop this coming week in the run up to the Art Car Boot Fair…
The (on-going) saga of part 131 of the #365ArtDrops piece. Part 131 was painted on a piece of hardboard found on a Hackney back street, one of three painted on what looked like one-time pieces of an Ikea-style book shelf, black shelves from a smashed up piece of furniture left on a Hackney street. Part 131 was painted on, hooks and strings were added, details stuck to the back of the piece, and off it went with about a dozen other numbered pieces that were hung out around Hackney Wick during the last weekend of June, off to hang on the streets during the Hackney WickEd weekend.
Part 131 was hung on a gate not far from Stour Space gallery and just around the corner from the DenCity weekend installation, hung on a gate that had been painted (a longtime ago) by Sweet Toof. We hung it, took some photos and left it there for someone to take (should they wish to that is). From what we see, most of the art drop pieces are taken rather quickly, some hang around a little longer but they do all appear to be taken (I keep half-expecting a council official with a clipboard to get on my back about litter, so far that hasn’t happened). Seems no one really got a chance to take part 131, according to other people, it got painted over rather quickly, appears someone attacked it rather quickly with black spray paint, got all Rothko with it, none more black, no idea who or why (well no, not quite true, note was taken in terms of who had been painting just up the street with black paint that day). Once a piece is hung it really is out of my hands, not for me to say what should or shouldn’t happen to it, if someone wished to paint it black then painted black it shall be it (although this one did feel destructive rather than creative). People sent in photos, commented on it… there it was, painted black but still hanging where it had originally be left
So the piece was retrieved, repainted, and last week rehung back out on the street, Bethnal Green this time, top of the ever evolving art-filled Clare Street. And there it hung throughout the weekend until some railway workers came along to repair the bridge yesterday. Will it survive? What will happen next? Who painted it black anyway? What was that about?
On with the #365ArtDrops, 215 of them out there now, part 216 and 217 almost certainly going out later today…. 215 out there already, 150 still to go, it really is a year-long piece of work,,,
#365ArtDrops part 191, was painted a large chunky piece of found wood, picked up off the street a couple of weeks again, painted and left hanging on the side of a closed down pub in Hackney Wick last night.
After last weekend’s careful hanging of pieces around Fish Island and Hackney Wick, the #365ArtDrops go on today and this week around London. An important part of this year long piece of work is people using the hashtag and posting photos of themselves with the pieces they find, or photos of where they have chosen to hang the pieces. We’d like to document it all at the end of the year when all 365 parts have been left out.