The latest #43ArtDrop piece, where did they go? Art is about engagement…

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The latest #43ArtDrop piece burst out all over Leytonstone, London E11, as part of the 2017 Leytonstone Arts Trial, It happened over the weekend, or at least started, a piece of work in 43 parts, 43 paintings, 43 pieces painted on found material picked up off the street and recycled or upcycled or however you wish to describe the process of grabbing the things we waste, saving them from landfill and letting leaves grow on them before they are put back on the streets.

43 paintings hung on the streets, art left there for people to take should they wish to. 43 pieces hung, the first of them “dropped” in the sunshine of the opening day of the Leytonstone Arts Trail and then a trail left around the trail, a trail of art drops (never dropped, always carefully placed, a considered hang) around East London and beyond.

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Twenty two of the pieces went out over the weekend, the rest will go out on the streets during the week ahead of next Sunday’s Art Car Boot Fair.  Always a highlight of the London art year, I love taking part in the Art Car Boot Fair,  always an honour to be invited, always an exciting line up of artists, more about that later, today is catching up with the progress  of the latest #43ArtDrop and posting some of the photos. And of course a big part of the #43ArtDrop pieces is the interaction and the use of the hashtag and people posting photos on their social media feeds.  Did you find one? Art is about engagement.

Please click on an image o the drops pieces or to enlarge or to run the fracture slide show….

 

A 43 piece trail of art, another #43ArtDrop and the events of the coming weekend in Leytonstone…

This coming weekend, 43 of the daily paintings with be hung, not dropped, never dropped, care is always taken to hang the pieces properly in the right places. this coming weekend 43 paintings will be hung on the streets, walls and green areas of Leytonstone (London E11). The piece of work in 43 parts will he next #43ArtDrop and part of the 2017 Leytonstone Arts Trail.  There an interview with me up on the Arts Trail website ahead of the event, the Arts Trail itself takes place between July 1st and July 9th, the #43ArtDrop itself will happen on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June.

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The 43 paintings will be marked with #43ArtDrop hashtag, the hope is that people will take photos/selfies with the pieces they take and post them on their/our social media as part of the piece of work. Social media, interaction and people getting involved is very much a part of it all. The 43 paintings will be hung on the streets and walls of Leytonstone, hung outside the galleries that are hosting the trail,  maybe outside on the 50’s glory of the tube station, maybe out in the green areas, maybe outside a cafe or two, I expect some will be found and taken straight away, some might stay hidden in plain sight for months and month, some we’ll never know about.

The 43 pieces will all have been painted on materials picked up off the street, pieces of wood cleaned up and sanded down, unwanted canvas found outside galleries, – old canvas, found frames, this is about the way we throw things away with little thought or consideration and the way those things are then taken back, the leaves and fresh layers that grow on our waste. The latest #43ArtDrop can be followed via FacebookTwitterEllo, and on the day while it is happening via Instagram

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I imagine some of the daily paintings seen on the shelves at the Cultivate Interact show last week will make up the body of 43 pieces to be “dropped” at the weekend (others from that shel, as well as new pieces being painted now, will be on sale at the Art Car Boot Fair the weekend afterwards) I do ask that you please don’t take more than two pieces each, feel free to swap pieces around if you take one and then see one you prefer further along the trail, but please please don’t be greedy and take them all, it did happen at one of the #43ArtDrop events last year and that really wasn’t in the spirit of these pieces of work that are hung to take for free

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INTERACT, Cultivate at Coate Studio, June 2017

Fine out more about the 2017 Arts Trail and all the other shows and artists to be found as part in this year’s event here

 

The 4th #43ArtDrop will happen at the Leytonstone Arts Trail…

The 4th in the ongoing #43ArtDrop series of pieces will take place over the opening weekend of the 2017 Leytonstone Arts Trail on Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July

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#43 – A piece of work in 43 parts. 43 paintings hung out on the streets for people to take should they wish to so. 43 paintings painted on things found on the street – pieces of wood, discarded canvases – the things we no longer want. Unwanted things reused and put back as 43 pieces of art,

43 paintings hung out (never dropped, always carefully hung), 43 pieces hung out on walls of Leytonstone to be taken. Once again the paintings will be marked on the back with the #43ArtDrop hashtag so that the finders can interact and others can follow the progress of the piece via social media throughout the duration of the 2017 Leytonstone Arts Trail. The hashtag and social media interaction has been an important part of these #43 pieces throughout 2016 and 2017 (as it was with 2015’s #365ArtDrops piece). Finders are encouraged to post photos of themselves with their found part of the piece on social media and to tell us where the 43 parts of the piece have ended up, the photos will be collected up and shared via Sean’ website as well as the Cultivate gallery website. .

The 43 pieces will be hung outside on the streets of Leytonstone the first piece will go out on around midday on Saturday July 1st and all 43 will be hung on walls outside galleries, pubs, in trees and who knows where during the opening weekend of the trail.

Sean Worrall is a London-based (and one time Leytonstone based) artist and curator. Sean’s current body of work explores the notion of new layers, the reclaiming of those things that are left to decay, the idea that our cities will eventually be covered and lost in new layers of growth. Lost in the short-term as we use the city walls as a (street) art canvas, then as nature paints her own leaf-shaped beauty over the top of it all and takes everything back Trillion Green, the Captain’s Table, fresh leaves and layers.…

Sean’s paintings explore the taking back of old walls, of unwanted materials, the growing over,, the freshness of new leaves, new marks, old surfaces, always growing, evolving. Newly weathered marks over old faded shapes, new layers, fresh leaves, sprayed paint, crumbling old stonework. New growth over old, new shoots, new paint over decayed colour, the marks of evolving art on tired city walls, new paint over old canvas. Layer over layer, the covering up, the taking back of unloved surfaces, refreshing. Spaces reclaimed both by human hand and nature’s growth, fresh growth, new layers.

Sycamore trees squatting on the brink with young robins, rust, displacement and another artdrop piece found

 

Displacement is in progress right now, a show on a gloriously dark and rusty metalwork workshop alive with the marks of industry and the rich colour of manual toil, the show opened (rather triumphantly) last Thursday evening.  There’s lots of words, photos, thoughts on Displacement and such over, Displacement? Words? Another show…. art…. blah blah… this… that… words? What’s words worth?…. there goes the neighbourhood…. beer…paint…. rust…. people…. words… friends…old friends, new friends…. foes, toes, stepping on toes, artists, egos… words… read it all over on the Organ pages. Expect more about the show here on these pages that are more focused on my art than the covering of art, music and events in general that happens on the Organ pages in a little bit.   More thoughts on my part in Displacement in a bit, that and the #ArtDrop pieces and the leaf growth outside    Love the photos of the happy people who picked up one of the #ArtDrop pieces last Thursday evening.

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The walls of Displacement

An #ArtDrop taken, a piece outside Displacement

An #ArtDrop taken, a piece outside Displacement

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Leaf growth

One last shot from the On The Brink show in those woods over in Leytonstone. The show ended yesterday, big thanks to all who came along, to Mary Knight, Brett Banks and the organisers, the hosts at the Quaker’s meeting house, to the other artists who took part in what was a rather rewarding show to be part of, and thanks to everyone who came along, especially this young robin who visited during the week (photo credit Mary Knight). Next stop Hastings and the second leg of the Art Car Boot Fair next Saturday afternoon

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The piece left hanging in the trees as part of the On The Brink show, is made up of objects found abandoned on the streets or skips of East London. Unwanted pieces of wooden offcut, rope from the handles of fashion bags, pieces of a broken blue wooden pallet, an old abandoned hanging basking squatted by a young sycamore tree…  The parts of the installation are now back in my studio, I expect they will go back out on the street in sometime soon

Salvation, a gloriously happy red hollyhock, upstairs on the 55 bus…

“Salvation” – A piece painted on and in an old frame found thrown in the bin of the Salvation Army charity shop. Painted on the backing board and put behind the glass in the metal frame (72cmx50cm)

Salvation (June 2015)

Salvation (June 2015)

Last weekend’s parts of the ongoing #365ArtDrops piece were mostly left around the Hang With Us show at Norlington Road Studios, Leytonstone, London, E10 on the first day of the Leytonstone Arts Trail, that and on the 55 bus home from the trail. Part 151 to 164, a group of smaller pieces on recycled cardboard packaging. Part 165, painted on a found piece of laminated wood and hung on a fence in East London next to a gloriously happy red hollyhock on the evening of July 5th, 2015.