More gardening on this evolving canvas, a found piece of art and…

Fresh layers, new leaves, time for a little more gardening on this evolving canvas today, time to cultivate a fresh layer on this piece of work in progress. Meanwhile underneath this piece of work in progress some more on the drops in Folkestone last Friday….

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What price art? – And as I keep saying, the interaction and the use of the hashtag and seeing where the art goes in all part of what these #43ArtDrop pieces are about. Here’s a rather fine photo that appeared via a social media feed on the evening of the art drop around Folkestone and the Folkestone Triennial/Fringe. The drop happened last Friday afternoon, this is a photos of one of the pieces found (thanks Scarlet).  These pieces of work area little more than just sticking a painting in a gallery with a price tag on it, these photos are priceless, love this one. Thanks for taking the time to post the photo, this is what it was about…

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There’s a lot more about last Friday’s adventures in Folkestone and exploring the art of the evolving town, lots (and lots) of words and photos via the Organ page –  ORGAN THING: Folkestone is an Art School, exploring the 2017 Triennial and dropping art around the evolving town……

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#43ArtDrop, September 2017, Folkestone, Kent. A piece of work in 43 part.s.

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a #43ArtDrop, Folkestone

 

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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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Harvey &Worrall at Wall & Jones

wallandjones_may2016Emma Harvey and Sean Worrall present a collection of paintings in and around the treasure to be found within Wall & Jones.

Wall & Jones is the home of a small group of designers working and creating within a beautiful old tailor’s shop on the Hackney Road, a treasure trove of a space that has been transformed into a cabinet of curiosities, housing the two designers’ latest collections in an aesthetic of Victorian tatter

Harvey and Worrall will share the space with Wall and Jones for a weekend at the end of May, the two artists will hang a collection of recent paintings around the creations of the in-house designers, the hand made clothing, the fabrics, the colour, the silk, the linen, the old flags and prints, the jewellery and the curios to be found in the packed shop space and the treasure-filled basement downstairs.

“The place has been exciting us both for months we’ve been staring through the windows magpie-like on our way past, the fabrics, the colours, the glorious clutter, we’re excited to have this chance to be showing work here amongst all the beauty”

Harvey & Worrall will open at Wall & Jones, 340 Hackney Road, London, E2, on Friday 27th May for an evening preview (6pm until 8pm) and then be in the space on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May from 11am until 6pm

Dogz, Starz, art drops, pieces left in Brick Lane turning up in Margate….

#365ArtDrops Part 217

#365ArtDrops Part 217

On with the carefully placing of the so called #365ArtDrops, never actually dropped of course, always carefully placed, stung and then hung.  Part 217 of the 365 pieced piece of work was hung on a nail on a street corner on Brick Lane a week or so ago, painted on a piece of offcut garden decking and hung in the East End of London, the piece appeared on Twitter, in the hands of this little girl, via an art gallery in Margate. No idea how it got from the East End to a gallery in Margate, and of course, once I “drop” a piece it is not for me to say what happens, several have turned up on gallery walls now. Great photo of the finder of the piece…

#365ArtDrop part 217, found...

#365ArtDrop part 217, found…

Nice piece on the website of the East London arts newspaper East End Review today – “Artist plans to leave 365 paintings on the streets during a year” reads the headline…

Public encouraged to spot, take home and tweet about paintings as part of guerilla art project” so reports

“For painter Sean Worrall, the streets are the biggest gallery space of them all”.

“Each artwork is hung on the street in a carefully chosen location and labelled with the hashtag #365ArtDrops. Those who take the paintings are encouraged to use social media to document the project as it evolves.

“People look up the hashtag and put photographs on Twitter of them, to tell me where they are or who they are, and where it’s got to. That’s really important because I want to document it all in the end,” says Worrall.  USA, Israel and Germany are among the final destinations of the paintings, even though each one has been dropped in London so far. The distinctive pieces, each one bearing Worrall’s leaf-heart tag, have been left all over London: outside shops, inside pubs, under railway bridges, on railings and on the top deck of buses.

East End Review

East End Review

The drops go on today, the 223rd piece is ready to go, as it part 224. Part 221 was left on the rails of Haggerston Park, we’ll catch up with the documenting later.

Last Sunday it was dogs, dogz, dogz and starz, last Sunday we were in East London’s Victoria park carrying on our summer collaboration with All Dogs Matter, wrote something about it on the Cultivate blog page….

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“Well we had a great time at the Victoria Park dog show yesterday.  The invitation to take part was a follow up to our Cultivate collaborations (well mostly Emma Harvey’s collaborations) with All Dogs Matter for the dog-themed Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair earlier this year.  Yesterday we spent the day in the sunshine with a gazebo, a table full of art, a bag of dog biscuits, some spray cans, some recycled cardboard, and some recent canvas paintings.  Good to get out of the art bubble and engage, and as brilliant as things like going to Margate or Liverpool or Folkestone with the Art Car Boot Fair is in terms of engaging and getting out of the gallery, it is still the art bubble.  Yesterday was brilliant, yesterday was fun, yesterday was engaging with people in a different bubble, loads of good conversations, loads of good chat about how “oh art galleries aren’t for me, I don’t get all that stuff”, lots of dogs, lots of smiles and “what is that really about, I just don’t get it?”.  Not for one second do we think art should be “dumbed down”, and yes, we love a white cube as much as anyone, but surely art really should engage now and again? Surely art should take a moment once in a while to reach beyond the various art crowds? The car park takeovers and the Chinese Opens and such are fine, surely it does sometimes need to reach beyond the insular feeling you get in those spaces though .  We enjoyed yesterday, dog biscuit roulette is fun, dogs always liked coming in through our open Vyner street corner door, we loved taken it to the dogs yesterday, all dogs, and indeed all people, matter.”

Dog show pieces… click on an image to enlarge or to run the slideshow….

 

Art dropping on the fence around Hackney City Farm, a place that deserves support…

#365ArtDrops Part 210 was painted (repeatedly painted, lots of layers) on a large piece of found wood, found in a skip on a Hackney street outside of a house being refurbished (gentrified?) and hung on a fence under a tree in the late summer sun, by that oasis of calm and that fragrant delight in the madness of East London that is Hackney City Farm, last Sunday afternoon. As far as I know the piece is still hanging there on the fence, no one has used the hashtag or said anything so far.  Do love the fragrance of Hackney City Farm, the hens packing in the hedge, the sanity it offers, the inviting creativity and the sense of real community, something really worth supporting.

#365ArtDrops Part 210

#365ArtDrops Part 210

Hackney City Farm are busy fundraising right now – “Hackney City Farm has been a community environmental hub for over 30 years. We welcome 75,000 visitors each year, the busiest city farm in London. People from all over London come to get up close to farm yard animals; see, smell and plant vegetables and learn new skills….”

#365ArtDrops Part 210

#365ArtDrops Part 210

Why they need your help – “Hackney City Farm has been committed to improving London’s Environment since it was set up in 1984 by local volunteers, who turned the site from a derelict haulage yard into an urban green oasis and having just celebrated our 30th anniversary volunteer involvement is still at the heart of what we do today.

Hackney City Farm continues to receive a core grant from the local authority (London Borough of Hackney) but over the last few years we have seen our running costs increase. We are also coming to the end of a nine year programme of funding from the Big Lottery.  In response the farm is concentrating on securing a sustainable future by developing areas of social enterprise, such as renting space to local people and selling our produce in our farm shop. The result is a successful mix of commercial and community activities enhancing the farm’s sustainability whilst investing in the local community”   Read more about the fundraising campaign via their current Indiegogo campaign page.
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This weekend’s “drops”, telephone boxes, cat cafes, books, pieces turning up in galleries

#365ArtDrops Part 207

#365ArtDrops Part 207

The carefully considered placing and hanging of the parts that make up the year-long #365ArtDrops piece went on this weekend. They are never “dropped”, always carefully placed, time taken to find the right place, the right colours.  Parts 205 to 215 went out (well besides part 213, just didn’t find the right spot for part 213, that one is still in the big black bag with the pencils and sketch books, waiting for the moment).  This weekend pieces painted on deconstructed Andy Warhol flavoured washing powder boxes went out, pieces painting on hardwood taken from a skip outside a building site on an East London Street, on wooden offcuts found outside a woodwork shop under a railway arch in Hackney.  The pieces were placed next to Sunday afternoon buskers in the late summer sunshine just off the Columbia Road flower market, next to cat cafes in Rivington Street, Shoreditch, in just about still-in-use red telephone boxes in Hackney, on big blue padlocked doors on Mare Street….

#365ArtDrops Part 211

#365ArtDrops Part 211

Over two hundred pieces “dropped” and out there now, all hash-tagged and such so people can respond – and people responding is a very big part of it, the photos of people with their pieces and the news of where they have got to is all part of this year-long piece of work. Where have those two hundred paintings gone? Spotted one hanging on a gallery wall in East London next to a Tracey Emin the other day, several pieces have turned up in galleries now, kind of interesting, got a request from a West End gallery to come hang some on their walls, but formally hanging them in galleries is really not what this piece of work is about. If people from galleries are finding them on the street and choosing to take them and hang them or even sell them (as I heard one had done recently) then that is part of the process, once a piece is out on the street then off it goes, out of my hands and beyond my control – it might end up on a London gallery wall with a price tag on it, on a bedroom wall in Oxford or an office wall in Oakland California (all of which have happened, the gallery didn’t communicate), I have no control once the piece has been “dropped”,  once it goes out there then off it goes.  I suspect quite a number end up in landfill or just thrown away, and one part hung out a couple of months ago was destroyed on the same day that we hung it out., more about that one later (someone came along with a can of black spray paint and well, painted over the piece and left it there hanging, I eventually got it back, more about it later, it got repainted and put back out there this weekend)

#365ArtDrops Part 215

#365ArtDrops Part 215

So where are all these pieces going?  We know about maybe fifty or so of them, but what of the rest? We need photos, we had hoped the hashtag #365ArtDrops would encourage people to post photos and tell us they had a piece. Got approached from a book publisher last week wanting to put a book out early next year, kind of like the idea, it wasn’t the intention when this piece started, when it started it was all about recycling unwanted bits of things, that and social media interaction, it was about the moment, about pieces of art not needing a gallery, about using wasted resources, about interacting with people, about just leaving a piece of art, something painted on something that wasn’t wanted anymore for someone to hopefully take and enjoy. .

Here’s our photos of this weekend’s “drops”, click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show. We had an enjoyable hour sitting listening the busker and watching people

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The careful placing and considered hanging of the “drops” went on…

#365ArtDrop Part 185

#365ArtDrop Part 185

The careful placing and considered hanging of the “drops” went on….

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#365ArtDrops Part 185 was painted on a found piece of weathered black and white wood picked up off an East London street a couple of weeks ago and left hanging (for someone to take should they wish to) outside the seemingly never ever actually open Guest Projects Gallery space in Hackney, East London, July 29th.
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#365ArtDrops Part 184, painted on a found piece of hardboard picked up off a building site and left hanging by the ruins of one of London’s finest music venues, The George Robey, Finsbury Park , North London – July 28th