Twenty three more to go, Worrall’s Yard, Spitalfields, a plague of Santa creatures and two ladies from San Diego…

#365ArtDrops Part 342

#365ArtDrops Part 342

There’s nineteen days left before the year and the year-long piece of work that is the #365ArtDrops comes to some kind of conclusion. There’s 23 parts of the piece to be painted and placed (never dropped, always carefully placed) on the street, 242 pieces out there already and 23 more to go before the piece is complete (well complete in terms of all the parts being out there, not in terms of the interaction and the finding out what happened to the part I suspect)  Yesterday’s “drops” mostly happened in a yard just off Brick Lane that was already alive with paint and colour, meanwhile one piece painted on recycled cardboard and put in a found frame, was hung on Redchurch Street (there were a lot of Santa-like creatures on Redchurch Street today) and another piece hung on a gate that lead to what we later discovered to be a rather interesting gateway to a namesake.  Two of the pieces placed in the Brick Lane back yard were claimed almost straight away and are now off to spend some time in San Diego, California, a third piece (painted on a found generic “stay calm” canvas print, found in a skip in Hackney and save from landfill), was grabbed almost before it was “dropped”. The piece, painted o a piece of wood found ina recycle bin outside a house on Tudor Road (Hackney) last week was left outside an old place that was once where Schwartz could be found at 33 Fournier Street, not sure who or what Schwartz was or how old that name above the gate is, it looks old but research says there was an Express Dairy sign there in the late 1940s  Didnt notice the nameplate underneath the painting until the painting had been hung, Fournier street, even by Spitalfields standards has quite a history, Worrall’s yard it seems, is hidden behind that gate….

#365ArtDrops Part 342

#365ArtDrops Part 342

The Worrall House of 1720 is the quintessence of the Spitalfields nobody knows – built in a secret courtyard between Fournier St and Princelet St by Samuel Worrall, the builder responsible for many of the surrounding houses, it can only be approached through a narrow passage behind a heavily-encrusted door. When you step through this door, into the dark cobbled alley lined with ancient planks covered with paint and tar that has not been renewed in over a century, you feel – more than anywhere in Spitalfields – that you have stepped back in time. Here Samuel Worrall built a handsomely proportioned yet modest house for himself in his own builders’ yard. Just one room deep with a pedimented door and stone balls atop the gateposts, it resembles a perfect lifesize dolls’ house. Facing East and constructed of a single layer of bricks, it only receives sunlight in the morning and is not a warm building in Winter, yet there is an irresistible grace and mystery about this shadowy house of enchantment, presiding silently upon a quiet courtyard that is outside time (from the secret history of Spitalfields).  What a fascinating place

#365ArtDrops Part 342

#365ArtDrops Part 342

“It was in the 80’s that I lived in Worrall House, Spitalfields, which exists secretly between Princelet Street and Fournier Street, entirely hidden from view. It is the oldest house in Spitalfields, nearly 300 years old and originally belonged to Samuel Worrall, the master-carpenter for Nicholas Hawksmoor who built Christchurch, Spitalfields, as well as a number of other distinctive East-London churches.  Even then Spitalfields was a mysterious and unusual place to live full of interesting and distinguished neighbours, some of them artists such as Gilbert and George and Ricardo Cinalli.My recent visit to Worrall House assures me that it is still the majestic and peaceful haven as it was when I lived there for many years, whilst the surrounding streets have become part of the new creative centre of the universe and possibly the trendiest place on earth. (David Begbie – artist)

S. Schwartz, Fournier Street – Fournier Street was formerley Church Street. No. 33 was occupied in 1759 by the ’Rev. Mr. Covenant’ probably the Paul Covenant who was a minister of the Threadneedle Street, and probably of the Fournier Street, French Church; and in 1766 by Gédćon Patron, another French minister .From about 1879 into the 20th century, it was used as a hall in connection with Christ Church. No. 35 and the back rooms of No. 33 extend over the wide entry to the yard originally occupied by the Worralls Between Nos. 33 and 35 is a passageway which formerly led to Worrall’s yard and dwelling house. Of the builders employed by Wood and Michell on their estate the most prominent was Samuel Worrall, a carpenter, whose yard and dwelling house (which last still survives with a rebuilt front) lay between Princelet and Fournier Streets. (British History Online)

#365ArtDrops Part 338/339

#365ArtDrops Part 338/339

People is really what this year-long piece is about, interaction with people. These two delightful ladies came along after we had put the pieces out in the yard off Brick Lane yesterday, we were still there kind of “secretly” watching people and such when they started photographing the pieces and discussing them, in the end I told them to have a look on the back, and told them it says “please take”. We ended up having quite a chat about Brick Lane and art, and now those two pieces (and I think a third) are off to hang with them in San Diego. The small wooden block I painted on was originally picked up from a pile of rubbish outside the Hackney Coffee Company’s new place (along with a previous piees painted at the same time and left out sound the old Psychic TV house in Beck Road, East London) , the framed piece is in a frame found in a skip, the cardboard inside is from Amazon packaging, and these two ladies left us with smiles on our faces. Hopefully they’ll make use of the hashtag and send in photos of the pieces hanging in San Diego.

#365ArtDrops Part 337

#365ArtDrops Part 337

Some of you artists really aren’t that happy about the Turner Prize and the bit on the Cultivate blog, turned in to quite an amusingly vitriolic social media attack on my art and the drops and I have to say I rather like the Turner Prize and this year’s choice has to be the most relevant in years. “Well done to Assemble for winning Turner Prize they are great and represent where art is at now” added Greyson Perry. And yes, Greyson is right: it is where art really is now, as we struggle for our places to live, to make, to create, to exist to do more than merely consume…more here

Nineteen days to go…. fractured photos of yesterday’s “drops”, click on an image to enlarge or to run the slide show

 

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Leaves all over the place, falling from trees, hanging on walls….

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LEAVES – a series of works left to blow away

Autumn is a busy time when dealing with leaves, leaves all over the place, falling from trees, hanging on walls.

#365ArtDrops Part 311

#365ArtDrops Part 311

Last weekend more of the parts of the year-long #365ArtDrops piece went out, 315 have been left out on the street to hopefully be found and taken now.  Fifty more still to come before the year and the piece both come to an end . We read today, via the hashtag and social media, that Part 312, painted on a sample piece of John Lewis hardwork flooring picked up off the pavement in Hackney, is now on the way to Missouri, USA, we learned of this via the strangely named NoLionsInEngland (well it is social media, people choose the strangest of names), a man who documents street art.  Part 312 was hung on Bacon Street, just off Brick Lane, East London, last Sunday. Hung next to a Dscreet owl (that’s how Dscreet spells it, for once that isn’t a typo), appears the piece was found by an American participant in one of East London’s many street art walking tours.

#365ArtDrops Part 312

#365ArtDrops Part 312

Meanwhile Part 313, a piece painted of a triangular wooden off-cut picked out of a skip outside a Hackney woodwork yard  was found hanging where we had left it just off Redchurch Street, we left it there keeping some Ben Eine typography company, it was found and twittered about by a man called Jim this morning.   Part 300, painted on a recycled Dior fashion bag and left hanging down in the Leake Tunnel underneath Waterloo outside Diane Goldie’s excellent show last, was found, photographed (in a fancy looking tearoom) and, according yo yet another Twitter posting from the finder, is now by the seaside in Brighton.

#365ArtDrops Part 310

#365ArtDrops Part 310

A number of parts of the #365ArtDrops went out over the weekend, pieces painted on found pieces of wood, part 311 was painted on a glittery blue shoe box lid and left keeping a painting of the late Terry Sue Patt company outside Monty’s Bar on Brick Lane, no news on the fate of the glitter show box lid, or the pieces left by the Columbia Road flower market later that afternoon, or the piece left hanging out with Pez on Bash Street (aka Rivington Street) earlier that day. Have you got a piece?

More fallen leaves were shaped for a brief hour or two before the wind blew them off again…. “LEAVES – a series of works left to blow away

The latest carefully placed drops, part 307 to part 315, hung on the streets and left on the windowsills of East London, mostly on Sunday November 7th 2015… The end of this year-long piece of work is now in site, fifty more pieces to go before the year ends….

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Dropping into July, leaves, growth, Redchurch Street, rabbits, stars…..

#365ArtDrops Part 149

#365ArtDrops Part 149

July is here and we’re really into the meat of this year-long #365ArtDrops piece of work now, the 150th piece of the drop was left hanging on a wall in evening sunshine of Redchurch Street, East London yesterday, a bigger piece (80cm x 40cm) painted on a frame found in a skip a couple of years ago.  I’m told the piece wasn’t hanging on Rivington Street for long before someone took it, who knows who? Where did it go? Who has it? What has become of it? Some of them hang about, some of them go very quickly, some of them we never hear about again, some we see photos of with the people who find them (which is an important part of it all), sometimes they turn up on ebay, sometimes…. well who knows? Hang on, Stop Press, news, part #150 was taken off the wall by someone called George and now is in Worthing, Sussex, excellent news, thank you George.

#365ArtDrops Part 150

#365ArtDrops Part 150

 

Last night four pieces were left around East London, parts 148, 149, 150 and 118. A piece can’t go out until I’m somewhere near happy enough with it, and so part 118 didn’t go out until an extra blue leaf had grown on it, it went out last night, hung on a nail on Rivington Street, Shoreditch next to some Pez smiles (I find myself constantly looking for nails, hooks and such as I walk the streets now).  Part 118 and part 150 are both pieces that I’ve been painting new layers on all year, Part 149 was a far more spontaneous painting and found itself a wall that already had some stars to keep it company. I do consider every placement, it isn’t random, been waiting for the greenery to flourish next ot that Roa Rabbit for a couple of months.  Where will today’s be? Will it be today? There’s a number of parts (both big and small) ready to go here, maybe today? Maybe tomorrow near the Hang With Us show I shall be taking part in over in Leyton, London E10, (see the events page for more details of that one, lots of artists coming together for a good cause on the opening day of the Leytonstone Arts Trail)

Click on an image to explore yesterday’s “drops” or run the stage show..

Part 53 and 54, Shoreditch and Bethnal Green…

Today was more drops, more drops, dropping things, well hanging things properly on hooks and nails found sticking out of walls, nothing really dropped . Two more today in the Spring sunshine of East London…That and painting layers on the back board of a found-in-a-skip frame that will probably be a future part of the #365ArtDrops.  A whole load of old forgotten paintings on boards came out from a dark corner today, the glorious spring light caused a new leaf (or whatever you want to see) to grow on each one of them, all black and blue.  Today’s two #365ArtDrops happened around Shoreditch and Bethnal Green, Rivington Street and Columbia Road, part 53 and 54…