Leaves, layers, bags, fresh growth on skateboard decks, what price art? 67 not out…

The notion of a daily painting went on, the 67th painting of 2017, March 8th 67/365 – “Fresh Leaf Growth” – Fresh leaf growth and the notion of a smaller painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth and new layers growing on a small canvas, 20cm x 20cm x 1cm – Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, marker pen, varnish.  67th days in and fresh layers growing on old layers…

sw_day67_1The 67th painting of 2017, March 8th 67/365 – “Fresh Leaf Growth”

The 63rd painting of the year was painted on a skateboard deck retrieved from a Hackney skip a few days back.  63/365 – “Fresh Leaf Growth on a skateboard”Fresh leaf growth and the notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on an unwanted used skateboard deck – Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, marker pen, glitter paint, varnish The 63rd painting of 2017, March 4th.

sw_day63_skateboard_2The 63rd painting of the year was painted on a skateboard deck retrieved from a Hackney skip a few days back.  63/365 – “Fresh Leaf Growth on a skateboard”

The notion of a smaller painting a day goes on, 67 days in now, it isn’t really an option not to painting, a day is not a completely satisfying unless something has been created, and it is enhanced a little more if it is created on something that somebody didn’t want, an old skateboard deck thrown in a skip, an unwanted unplayable vinyl record, an old fashion bag discarded and then retrieved and painted on. This Eileen Fisher fashion bag, was found in Hackney bin, it became the 59th painting of 2017 and the next part of the What price Art questiom

What Price Art week 7 – A return to the What Price Art question and a piece of art posted up on E.bay every week with an opening bid price of 1p. This piece went live as a 1p E.bay auction piece, on Wednesday 1st March 2017. and ends on Wednesday March 8th. Piece number seven is now live, go find it on ebay, that link there or my name in the ebay search engine should take you to it (as well as other smaller pieces that are for sale on ebay).  What Price Art?

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“Growth on an Eillen Fisher Bag” – Fresh leaf growth and the notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on an unwanted Eileen Fisher fashion bag- Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, marker pen, glitter paint, varnish The 59th painting of 2017.

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One left down by the river, another on a rail in Birmingham, another by a bridge in Hackney…

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

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

The latest of the 43 paintings that make up the December #43ArtDrop piece, have been left hanging on walls for people to take should they wish to.  Another piece of work in 43 parts, 43 paintings on things found on the street, things found, painted on and then put back on the street, mostly the London streets (and river banks) occasionally out of town.  New life and fresh layers on unwanted thrown out things, fresh growth. Pieces left by London Bridge, by the river, a piece left on a rather colourful East London building, another by a railway bridge in Hackney, and one left outside a railway station in Birmingham, all of them left for people to take, all with the hash tag on the back  so people can engage, this people of work is partly about the engagement and the social media interaction, where do they go? Back in to landfill? Hung on people’s walls? All 43 parts of the piece will be hung out before the year ends, the final #43 piece of a long long year….

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The first and second parts of the final #43ArtDrop piece of 2016 have now been left hanging…

#43ArtDrop Part 1/43 (Dec 2016)

#43ArtDrop Part 1/43 (Dec 2016)

The first and second parts of the final #43ArtDrop piece of 2016 have now been left hanging in East London, the first was left on Ridley Road in the dark of Thursday evening, the second hung on a blue wall this Saturday lunch time. Two paintings, the first two of forty-three, left hanging for someone to take should they wish to do so. Once again the pieces are painted on found things picked up off the streets, the paintings must be on recycled pieces of unwanted canvas or wood or packaging whatever people have deemed of no use.  Each one has the #43ArtDrop hashtag on the back so people can interact and get involved in the piece. Finding out what has happened to the paintings is very much part of the piece…

Up on the white wall today, a new piece, A Golden One…

A Golden One (Oct 2016)

A Golden One (Oct 2016)

Up on the white wall today, a new piece, actually an old piece with some fresh leaf growth evolving on the canvas, fresh layers, thorns. (50cm x 50cm), acrylic on canvas (and there in the Cultivate shop today). The pleasure of leaves left to grow, the Captain’s Table… The White Wall is an outdoor wall where new paintings are hung so they can breath.

The Thirteen Shelves pieces continue to find their way out on to the street….

"Thirteen Shelves" Oct 2016

“Thirteen Shelves” Oct 2016

Yesterday’s Thirteen Shelves piece, one of thirteen paintings on thirteen wooden shelves Thirteen Shelves – October 2016. Thirteen white wooden shelves from a smashed up piece of furniture, 25cm x 35cm, found, recycled, turned into blank canvases and saved from a Hackney skip… and this one was left back out there on the Hackney Road, hanging there for someone to take should they wish to….All thirteen have been painted, six have gone out, seven are waiting to be liberated….

Down by a railway bridge…

Thirteen

Thirteen

Today’s “Thirteen Shelves” piece, one of thirteen painted on unwanted pieces of wooden shelving, was left hanging on an East London Wall, by the railway, there to be taken should someone wish to… Thirteen Shelves – October 2016. Thirteen white wooden shelves from a smashed up piece of furniture, 25cm x 35cm, found, recycled, turned into blank canvases and saved from a Hackney skip…

 

Last night’s late night #artDrop piece…

#ArtDrop

#ArtDrop

Last night’s late night #artDrop piece, painted on a recycled piece of wood and left hanging on the wall of a bookshop on Broadway, Hackney, East London, underneath an invader, there for someone to take should they wish to (August 7th 2016)

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Yesterday was mostly about #ArtDrop pieces hung on East London walls….

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016

Yesterday was mostly about #ArtDrop pieces. Eleven pieces either freshly painted or in three of the cases, freshly layered. Eleven painted on pieces of wood found unwanted on the street, wood saved from landfill, recycled, painted on and hung on walls and fences on East London streets around Hoxton, Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Hackney’ Pieces of art left there almost hiding, left for people to take should they wish to. Each piece labeled on the back with a hash tag with people being encouraged to post photos of themselves with the pieces they have found and tell who they are.

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016

I rather like it when art engages. yesterday I stood quietly and watched as a girl called Evalina curiously posed in front of a piece and against a rather colourful wall while her friend took a photo, and then wondered if she could take the piece (we did get talking in the end, once I had watched the process, I don’t usually hang around, I just happened to still be there taking my own photos). Several other people posted on social media jsut to say they had found pieces (o photos though), and this morning a posting on Facebook declared “L is officially the happiest kid in Hackney this morning. Nowt like discovering some free art on the way to school. Thanks Sean Worrall, he’s made up . .”.

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016 (a piece found)

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016 (a piece found)

That was yesterday. Today? We shall see what today brings, several shows next week, including the On The Brink show that’s part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail. Somebody asked me yesterday, somebody from South California who started talking to me about what I was doing (I love the way all this just causes instant conversation with strangers), he asked me if it was a reaction to art galleries, an “anti-gallery stance” (as he put it). No, I love art galleries, I love the peace and quiet of a big white walled gallery space with good lighting. I love a space where art can breathe in an uncluttered state and there are no distractions. True, I do think galleries (and the people who run galleries), on the whole, could be a lot more friendly and inviting, a lot more engaging and that sometimes art should let down that hair and smile a little more, I like that pieces of art left on the street puts people at ease, makes them what to be part of it, but no, this is not an anti-gallery statement.

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016

Fresh #ArtDrop pieces, East London, June 26th 2016

Here’s some photos of the drops and the people from yesterday, click on an image to enlarge, or to run the slideshow.  .