The Columbia Road takeover goes on, meanwhile pure has nothing to do with clean or the Brian Jonestown Massacre and who cares about artists disagreeing about the temperament of artists? More shows this Friday and through the weekend…

 

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Paintings at Shipton Street Gallery 

Part three of the on-going six week Columbia Road takeover kicks in this weekend with Maybe I Didn’t See It First, But I’m The One Who Wants It Worse at Shipton Street Gallery here in East London, meanwhile on Friday evening there’s an opening up in Clapton, just beyond the other end of Hackney, at Angus Hughes Gallery, more detail on the other side of that piece of record company paperwork there…

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“Who Cares?”,A piece quickly painted this morning, painted on an old bit of paperwork from the last century when I was silly enough to sign the Brian Jonestown Massacre back when I was stupidly running a record label and caring more about other people’s music than I did about my own art. Just delivered the piece to the Angus Hughes Gallery up in Clapton, East London where Paul Sakoilsky and Cederic Christie have show called Pure Has Nothing To Do With Clean where the two artists are disagreeing about the temperament of artists. The two of them have invited a number of artists to respond, the show opens tomorrow night… Who cares? Who cares about artists? Who cares if artists care? Why should anyone care? Who cares if two artists are arguing? Who cares what artists think?

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‘PURE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CLEAN’, Cedric Christie & Paul Sakoilsky are creating an exhibition based around a conversation Paul had at a…. “For the exhibition at Angus-Hughes Gallery, Paul Sakoilsky & Cedric Christie are disagreeing about the temperament of artists in this present time. What does it mean to be permanent and what it means to be in flux. The pros and cons of these positions. Cedric says ‘You’re permanent when you’re dead, you don’t move a lot.’ And Paul would like to know where he is going to be tomorrow. Both of these positions hold a particular energy in which work is made – an inquiring as to whether one is at the end or the beginning. The exhibition is based around that statement”, A number of artists have been invited to respond… the show opens on Friday evening, Friday October 12th at Angus-Hughes Gallery, 26 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0PD The show is open Thursday to Sunday 12-6pm, or by appointment, there’s a Kunst Clown Performance happening on 19th October 6-8 pm. and an artist talk 4pm and Finissage 5-7pm Sunday 28th Oct. Anton once threaten to shoot me, he made the threat on stage at SxSW, so far he hasn’t carried out the threat. The last time I painted a heart, it was for the cover of the BJM single, I don’t think I’ve painted a heart in this century, although others insist that’s all I ever paint. More details of Pure Has Nothing To Do With Clean via the Facebook event page

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James Bell on the plinth at Shipton Street 

Meanwhile the Cultivate Columbia Road takeover goes on this weekend at Shipton Street Gallery, with Part Three and a slight evolving of the work on the walls, a final chance to see those Emma Harvey Riot Grrrl paintings as well as a last look at some of the recent star paintings of mine before we complete change things over for Part four and the final two weeks of the residency down there by the flower market, part four opens on Thursday evening, Thursday October 18th. The Sundays have been brilliant down there, all kinds of interesting people dropping in as they head to the flower market, we’ve been letting it spontaneously flow, we love a space that attracts more than just the already aware art crowd, we’ve had some great conversations down on Shipton Street. Every gallery or space you work in brings different people and different tales, i must you about Mrs Thatcher’s old butler who came in last week..

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Found a piece of wood lying on the ground on Emma Street…

Found a piece of wood lying on the ground on Emma Street, here in Hackney, a piece of wood can’t be left, it can’t just go into landfill (maybe it still will in the end?). a piece of wood found and painted on….

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“Emma Street Again” (May 2018), Acrylic, brushwork, spraypaint, gloss varnish on wood, 51x12x2cm.

“Emma Street Again” (May 2018), fresh layers, new growth, a painting on a piece of wood found lying on Emma Street, Hackney, East London. For when a piece of wood is thrown out leaves and layers (and starz) will grow on it it. Acrylic, brushwork, spraypaint, gloss varnish on wood, 51cm x 12cm x 2cm.

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“Emma Street Again” (May 2018), Acrylic, brushwork, spraypaint, gloss varnish on wood, 51x12x2cm (detail) 

 

More leaf growth, new layers and the on-going year-long #365ArtDrop18 piece, 365 paintings on found recycled material…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 62/365, a leaf left hanging in Hackney, East London. May 2018

More leaf growth, new layers and the on-going year-long #365ArtDrop18 piece, 365 paintings on found recycled material, material picked up off the street in 2018, 365 paintings on found piece of recycled material throughout the year, 365 painting left hanging on walls, in tunnels, by canals, on fences, left for people to take should they wish to.

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#365ArtDrop18 – 72/365, a leaf left hanging by Columbia Road Market, East London,, May 2018

The weather is improving, the better weather means more drops, there’s been 73 so far, expect an explosion of paintings left hanging as the summer starts to kick in. The piece is all about engagement, the breaking down of those barriers that gallery doors (and attitudes) can so often throw up, that and of course questioning how wasteful we are, questioning why we don’t give a second thought to the things we just throw in skips to leave on the street or don’t ever dream of re-using or handing on to others…

Part 61 to 73 of the #365ArtDrop18 piece, click on an image to enlarge or ot run the slide show…

…a piece of wood picked up off the Hackney street,  and when a piece of wood has been thrown out then fresh layers will grow on that piece of wood…

A new piece that’s been evolving in the studio over the last few weeks, fresh layers, new growth, a painting on a piece of found wood, a piece of wood picked up off the Hackney street,  and when a piece of wood has been thrown out then fresh layers will grow on that piece of wood.

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Sean Worrall – “Hackney” (April 2018) – Acrylic, gloss varnish on found recycled board picked up off the Hackney Street. 26cm x 57cm

Rather looks like Saturday might be a good day to be over in Hackney Wick and down by the water in the sunshine at Grow Hackney on Saturday for the DIY Art and Vinyl art market thing that’s happening in conjunction with Vinyl Pimp. I shall be bringing along some of the more recently hand painted vinyl pieces as well as some customised record sleeves that I’ve painted on that still has some perfectly good vinyl inside and just maybe a slice of vinyl or two that originally came wrapped in some of my artwork when it originally came out back there (haven’t done a record sleeve for anyone for ages, it was quite a buzz walking into a record shop and seeing one of your paintings in a record rack, never quite the same seeing your work on a CD cover,never ever got much of a buzz from doing that and seeing it is shop, loved painting album covers though, don’t think anyone ever worked out that if you got out all your Atom Seed Ones they joined up). Anyway, Saturday afternoon, we’ll be down by the water celebrating Record Store Day. The Facebook event page 

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Bridges over the Thames, Chip shop walls, abandoned tube stations…

 

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#365ArtDrop18 – 49/365, a leaf left hanging on The Strand, London,

Bridges over the Thames, Chip shop walls, abandoned tube stations, the year-long #365ArtDrop18 piece of work goes on, there been 53 of the 365 paintings left out for people to take now, there would have been quite a few more but the weather so far this year really hasn’t been favourable in terms of leaving art hanging on walls.  Last week pieces were left down by the Thames, indeed a piece left on a bridge over the Thames. pieces were left all over town…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 53/365, a leaf left hanging by a bridge over the River Thames, London,

Pieces were left on The Strand, outside the old and now abandoned Aldwych tube station (or Strand station as it says on the front of the now bricked up building).  A piece left hanging on the wall of an East London chip shop was soon claimed by a little girl in red boots (almost as soon as I hung it, she got her dad to get it down for her). The interaction is a big part of the piece of work of course, the use of the hashtag and the hope that we hear about where this year’s pieces have got to is a very big part of the year-long piece, the photos of people with their pieces and such…..

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#365ArtDrop18 – 46/365, a leaf left hanging in East London, and quickly claimed…

We know that of the 53 pieces left hanging in London so far, that pieces have been found and taken to Belgium, Portugal, Germany, as well as various parts of the United Kingdom.   Alas this time, people are telling us they’ve found them via private message or by leaving comments under photos we’ve posted on social media, or by sending in very bad photos of just the piece of work and with no real context, I thought this was the selfie generation? Come on, let’s see you with the piece,  or go hold by a sign for your town or at least your cat, where have those pieces gone? Tell us the stories…

Click on an images to enlarge or ot run the slide show of some of the recent pieces left…

Stargrowth, when a frame is left on the street then stars will grow…

Fresh star growth, new layers in a found frame (and when a frame is thrown out and left on the street then things will grow in it). This frame was found on the Hackney street a couple of weeks back, the Spring growth and the new layers have been evolving in the dark of the studio here in East London ever since – “Stargrowth”, acrylic, gloss varnish on recycled hardboard in a found frame, 68cm x 55cm,  (February 2018).

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“Stargrowth”, acrylic, gloss varnish on recycled hardboard in a found frame, 68cm x 55cm,  (February 2018).

 

And so begins a second year of ArtDrops, another 365 carefully placed pieces of art…

#365ArtDrop18 – A second year of ArtDrops, another 365 carefully placed pieces of art, never dropped, always carefully hung on the streets for people to take should they wish to. 365 paintings on things found on the street, painted on, and then put back out on the street during 2018. 
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#365ArtDrop18 – 1/365, January 1st 2018

On January 1st, a first piece, a leaf, the first of 365 artdrop pieces of 2018 and the final painting of 2017 painted on a piece of found recycled hardboard in the final hour of what is now last year, painted on and left out for someone to take should they wish to. #365ArtDrop18 1/365 left on the Hackney road, East London on New year’s Day.

The hashtag –  #365ArtDrop18 is to en courage people to become part of the year long piece of work, the hope is that people taking the pieces will post photos of themselves with the pieces they find and take so that we can find out where the unwanted recycled material has got to…

Not a piece a day, just, all being well, 365 during the year…  Click on an image to enlarge or to run the slide show…..