Well if you can remember San Francisco, you haven’t been there, or so the saying should go. Had an amazing week in San Fran, it’s a hell of a town, Thanks to John, Kristen, Julio, Ben & Carrie and Megan.
Can’t really say why i was there, thought i’d be doing some stuff on the streets, having some meetings about projects to come…. but ended up painting large walls with Eine. However i did make a load of work thanks to the generous studio of EineSigns. It was a crazy week and there’s little to say in words but apparently pictures speak louder so…
Thanks to megan at the Dog Patch Saloon who kept us watered, like good dogs, no one in San Francisco mixes a whiskey sour like you girl! You rock!
So to recap you have to visit four locations in west london pick up the codes in each palce that will give you a map coordinate For example 51.524232 -0.073299 (its only a bloody example, don’t go here the only toy there will be you). Put the numbers in Google maps and voila you have the location go in ask for Steve or Jen and say “I’m a TOY can i have my TOY please” and you will be given your prize.
So the places you have to visit in this order are:
Graffik gallery, Portobello road W10 5TE
clues in the back garden
The old paddington Sorting office (punch drunks venue for “The drowned man”)
Clues on the side fire escape door in Winsland Street,
1 Bramber Road W14 9PA
Clues on the the green telecoms box between North end road and No1 Bramber road
Smash Yard 22a Stable Way London W10 6QX
the clue is on the wall beside the entrance (don’t try to enter the yard there’s big scary dogs and Luke!)
So…it’s taken some time and thought but i have come up with an idea for a treasure hunt. You will have to bear with me as it’s ended up a bit complicated but….the process is easy! There are two Mr potato head TOYZ to give away, so there will be two sets of clues. An east side set of clues and a West side set of clues.
The East side set of clues will be given here on www.dotmasters.co.uk and the west side will be given on www.facebook.com/dotmasters. Each clue will be bolstered with an instagram image to give you a clue.
At each place there is a clue there will be a DM Toyz logo and a 4 letter number that when in combination with the rest of the 4 clues numbers will produce a 16 number that can be entered into Google
I know sounds painful..but there is a prize.
So if your West side…. here is your first clue :
The first clue is in the back garden of the first gallery that hosted a solo Dotmasters Show. more clues to follow.
There is obviously a lot going on this week, the art world goes nuts in London, piggybacking on the fact that they’ve put up a large tent in regents park… (Before you get too excited it’s not a funfair…but a totally different kind of circus.) So to mark the occasion i’m doing a couple of shows on the same night. Of course this is Art we are talking about so i’m going to have to use that dreaded word ‘Juxtaposition’. There is one East and one West, each the antithesis of the areas they inhabit. “In the West corner weighing in at 655 pounds Lamberty’s Urban & Pop. A suave evening guaranteed, Champagne cocktails, elegant swag and some of the finest Dotmasters High Class Trash, 6pm-9pm Thursday 17th of October. And in the East corner weighing in at £4.50 The White Canvas project, a rooftop celebration of all things aerosol. A great line up, live painting, bar, Dj’s a proper old shindig where you will be able to buy my Mr Potato head Toy edition (unless you want to wait to see if you can find the ones i will street drop in my treasure hunt the week after). So if your Classy check out trash in the West or if your trashy check the show in the East and if your schizophrenic catch them both. Looks like it will be a busy night!
Well it’s been a busy, blurry week. Finally there is little to do other than travel home tired and a bit broken. A truly amazing week with a really nice bunch of people. This years Nuart had an amazing bunch of volunteers who helped us all paint walls, drive cars, find lost phones and generally provide the momentum that created the show. They are too numerous to mention, but i will try (if i’ve forgotten you, nudge me and i’ll add your name). Thank you Vegar, Andreas, Erik, Annette, Joanna ,Crystal, GT, Ove, Mirian, Gjoa, Graham, Chris, Emma, Nina, Trym, Liz, Ruth Adele, Epiphany and Thomas. The production team rocked and occasionally rolled. While we lick our self inflicted wounds and pick over the photos here’s a few of the ones i found this morning. There will be a steady stream over the coming weeks. Can’t wait to see the backstage shots that Kay Donnelly caught (it got very messy). Photographs below by Erik Furuland Photographs below by Ian CoxNuart was visited by the Cultural Minister for the Norwegian Government, just as you think you’re getting some sort of recognition, they have a bloody election and oust the buggers…oh well bet we will be favourites with the new right wing government….Not!
Well, thats it for another year, can’t wait to show you the silly side of the festival…coming soon!
I’ve been working on some new surfaces and sub-straights, painting bags on bags and working out some new luxury and necessity brand bags to add to my piles (now that sounds wrong). There’s a few shows coming up the first is those nice guys at the Portobello film festival, This years show features works by myself and Joe Rush, Sickboy, Code FC, Lucy Sparrow, Teddy Baden, Peter Dunne, Solo One, Alex Wreckage, Cosmo, and Red Dog. This years show’s venue is the wonderful space at the Louise T Blouin Foundation. Then its off to Nuart with a whole new set of works for the streets of Stavanger.
With some works in a group show in Cape Town in early September its a hectic August. Oh yes and i forgot, the High strikers going to Bestival so look out for it there accompanied by the gobbler and the crack heads to add a twisted unfair corner to the festival.
Well it’s here, the much requested and much against my better judgement; a whopping 9 colour bloody silkscreen, yep thats right 9! And not just 9 pulls, oh no! That would just be tooooo easy, there’s in excess of 15 pulls in this print. It’s been printed by those lovely guys at K2. Entitled “I should Coco” its an edition of 50 on 250gsm white Somerset paper, signed and embossed, made in collaberation with Reed Projects gallery in Stavanger. Mail them if you want one, but i think its being released primarily to visitors to the gallery on the 9th of November.
So, just back from munich, and was treated by loomit to a whistle stop tour of the places that matter, had to share some shots, crappy camera phone no time and a whirlwind of chat, swaps and show and tell.