A few photos from the London Calling opening party. Top ones by @mamfawilde, bottom one by @brain_war, who I assume is Brian Whar? If that is incorrect or any objections to the photos use, let me know. That's me and Sam on the right of Brian's photo and me at the top of the stairs with a beer! And my dead pubs in pink. There's a closing party on February 1st. Address in earlier post. And don't forget you can buy the exhibition zine here...
ONLINE SHOP / DEPOP
THE PHOTOCOPY CLUB x LONDON CALLING EXHIBITION ZINE
24 Pages, black and white zine.
At 14:39 in this video my After Barnett painting appears for about 5 seconds. I have calculated that this means it should be on screen in MOMA NY for 77 minutes 25 seconds over the period that the exhibition is running for, assuming that the screens are on for the full 927 hours I have estimated that the gallery will be open for. I won't let it go to my head.
I dropped five pictures off at V3 gallery today which hopefully will be included in the Photocopy Club's "London Calling" exhibition. The opening night is Thursday 10th January [about 7.00 I think]. I've submitted five of my dead pub images printed, A3, on pink fluoro paper, so hopefully they'll be easy to spot. It's the gallery's last hurrah before demolition to make way for a Hard Rock Hotel [or some such nonsense], which is sad as I thought Lower Marsh was managing to resist regeneration.
100 Lower Marsh
I submitted a painting to MOMA this morning for a digital exhibition in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building of The Museum of Modern Art, New York between January 5th - 22nd, 2018... It's a start I suppose!
After Barnett Newman
Acrylic on Canvas
As Douglas Adams once said about deadlines. I love the sound of them going by. Except in this case I'm a bit disappointed. I was working on adapting my abandoned 30 day project from a while back for the Whitechapel Open. Thought it had a bit of a Rob and Roberta Smith [one of the panel] thing going on. Was going to start again with the text a uniform height and more condensed but ran out of time. Thought it needed something else too. Back to the Adobe stuff it is then.
Yes, Artefacts. Why not? Uploaded the best of five years of Instagram files to Blurb yesterday but a 62 page 7" x 7" book is going to cost £25.00 inc VAT in the UK with a small profit [less than a fiver] added for me. I need a cheaper option, preferably UK based or I will have to resort to creating eBooks, which isn't ideal, even if more environmentally friendly, for photo books.
First attempt at something in Illustrator. It's a dormouse for a birthday card, but it does look more like a hamster. I wish I had used Illustrator to do my Digby book. Would have been so much easier. I'm setting myself some more challenges today and starting to look at InDesign as well.
Hmmm... It's not that I didn't do anything. It's just it took more than 30 days and the idea I had would have taken me out of my comfort zone [ie: photographing people] so I put it on hold and haven't yet started any further 30 day projects. Well, who am I kidding?
I have been learning Illustrator, assuming it would be a cinch as I know Photoshop pretty well. Wrong! So, that's taken up more time than I imagined and still is.
Not only that but I have been in Looe, Bristol, Tuscany, Minehead, Southsea, Folkestone, Zakynthos and Dungeness since that last post! Not necessarily in that order.
I have made this though! An A2 Digital/Analogue collage.
The erratic nature of these blog entries is getting a bit silly so I'm instilling a bit of self discipline. I've decided to set myself 30 day projects to get some of the ideas in my notebooks into fruition and therefore have something to post here. Namely my progress.
Over the past year I have mostly been walking everywhere I need to be within London and have notched up 1300 miles so far [see map below]. A lot of these walks take me past a lot of building developments, none of which look to be aiming to be affordable or "social" housing. Mostly I am referring to Elephant and Castle and Vauxhall but there are many other areas undergoing gentrification.
A while back I read the phrase "Stuck In The Gentrifuge", although I can't remember where I read it now! However, assuming this is a play on the word centrifuge I would suspect that any victims of gentrification have not become stuck by any centrifugal force but separated and removed.
So, my first 30 day project is to find some sort of artistic representation of this.
Well, this sort of came out of the blue. From jokingly naming a big bumbling bee bashing against our window I came up with a little story for him and after four tortuous attempts at illustrating it ended up, over a year later, with this book. I don't think illustration is my forte but I am quite pleased with my attempt although I'm sure there are many that could do a better job.