Village Green Festival thing at Chalkwell park was really good fun. Pretty much everyone in Leigh turned up and there wasn't any oiks hanging around which showed Leigh up to be the middle class utopia that it professes to be, but that was quite nice really in a way. Billy Bragg helped them all stick it to the man, as he tends to do at such things. I didn't explore too much as I was manning my stall but it was nice and we met loads of people. There's a video of Darren, Pete and I on YouTube that will come up if you search for "Southend's Young Creatives Village Green" or something. Good times, well done to Daz and Pete and the Southend's Young Creatives types and the people that organised the thing.
...of working at a college, is sometimes the students do really sick work and don't even know it. A kid did these, I told him he should do more but he then told me about some other drawings which were of disney characters pretty badly copied. I've got a little pile of work that is good and they've not liked it that I'm gonna keep and pass of as my own.
Got some new parts for free!! It's now riding like it bloody well should. Don't suppose anyone really looks at this too much but I now have a bike built up of spare parts that I'll sell for about 150 squids
Did a few of these today. Look real nice. Feel a bit bad only doing 2D work at the moment- it's a bit unfulfilling, but fuck it, I'm going to stick it to the man and carry on- these take me about ten minutes, compared to some other shit that takes ages.
These Lovenskate mugs are blinding. French's- the bloke who does Heroin graphics- work is blinding. If you skate or like your metal or illustration then he'll probably be familiar to you. If so/not- Check out his blog:
I go on it quite a lot, and it seems like he's doing a lot of solo shows around the world. Needs one in London methinks.
The Hunterian Museum, at the Royal College of Surgeons, by Holborn, is rad. It's a lovely collection of bits of animal, people, all sitting in Formaldehyde for the last few hundred years, when some chap called Hunter collected them. Some of them are pretty fucked up- there's a section entitled 'Morbid Anatomy' which is bits of people saved after being inflicted with some nasty illnesses- there's a cross section of someone's face after their nose was rotted off by Syphilis, for example, amongst other favourites. Here are a couple of tasters that I managed to snap on the phone before getting a telling off, and no, the Skull isn't mine....I particularly like the drawing of the person being hypnotized. I was my hands did that.
Good fun, having a laugh and poking fun at yourself are a little rare in Art- Perhaps it's because jokes in art aren't really that funny- See Sarah Lucas.
S. Mark Gubb's work is pretty bloody funny though. He plays upon the stigma of being a fully- grown- responsible adult and still liking metal and stupid stuff like skateboarding, which is obviously rad and shouldn't be taken as seriously as some people take it.
Started this the other day, it's intricacies led to it being bloody ripped before I finished itunfortunately. More to come like this. Also finished a new sculpture today, pictures up in a few days, looks quite handsome if I do say so myself !
WENT TO THE FIRST BIG TAKEOVER SHOW BY LONDON BRIDGE, AND IT WAS BLOODY BRILLIANT- THIS ONE PROMISES TO BE EVEN BETTER!!!!! JUST RIPPED THIS OFF SOMEONES WEBSITE SO HAVE A LOOK. NOT SURE OF THE DATE SO WILL UPDATE, ALTHOUGH I HAVE A FEELING IT'S FRIDAY WEEK. (18TH):
BTO Is back with a bang, despite evil venue owners trying to sue me (fuck you Arch 897) anyone who went last time will recall it was a bit legendary, so you know, lets do it again without the police. It's BYOB and All Ages - this time Rampart, the squatted social centre in Whitechapel, have been kind enough to let me use their space - so the onus on attendees not being a fanny is as important as ever It's a donation on the door, five pounds, and money after costs will go to Croydon Rape Crisis, the last centre left in London - http://rasasc.bizview.co.uk/ - (oh cheers Boris) yet another reason to come down and make it even more fun (and less messy) than last time. Here's the lineup: VOGUETHE BEST BAND IN EUROPE – HARDCORE CHAOS A LA JERRY'S KIDS - ON TOUR!http://novogue.blogspot.com GUILTY PARENTSBORN AGAINST-STYLE MESS PUNK FROM NOTTINGHAM, REAL ANTI-PARENT CULTURE SOUNDhttp://www.myspace.com/guiltyparents BLACK MAMBA BEATSHAMBLING ECONO JAMS FROM GLOBAL POWER SNAKES - TOTTENHAM VIA SOUTH AFRICAhttp://www.myspace.com/blackmambabeat SEX DUNGEONFRITZL YOUTH UNMASKED - LONDON ULTRA POWER VIOLENCE INFESTATION NATIONhttp://www.myspace.com/sexdungeonx MOATBRAND NEW METALLIC PUNX FROM LONDON INVOKING ALL YOU'D RATHER FORGET FROM THE NINETEEN NINETIES. EX ABANDON SHIP, FRIGHTENER, MOCK HEROIC, DEAD SEA FUCKING SCROLLS(No website yet, gosh) There's lots of info and directions to the venue here - http://therampart.wordpress.com/ And there'll be lots more info about the show here very soon - http://www.bigtakeover.co.uk THERE IS ONLY TWO WEEKS UNTIL THIS GIG PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD
HERE IS THE FLYER FOR THE FIRST ONE: BEAR IN MIND IT'S NOT AT THE SAME PLACE, JUST TO LET YOU GET AN IDEA OF THE KIND OF SHINDIG!
A little rip off the John Jones website- The "Best in Show" exhibition I was in in october. It looked pretty buff, and was all the buffer for my piece, which you can see poking out it's carefully varnished exterior facade on the right hand side.
A collaged response to a load of nice old isometric drawings from some old construction books I brought a while ago from the library. The one on the right needs rotating but I couldn't be arsed. I think they'll look pretty buff when they're framed and that, and laid out properly. I'm working on more so will try and keep this up to date.
Raphael Zarka's work is the nuts. Beautifully constructed forms that reference skating, Modernist sculpture, and physic-y shit. It's a refreshing, subjective practice, referencing natural and man-made forms, their histories and their uses. Radmad.