I Got the call around mid February, How do you fancy a week in the sun end of March painting an old ice cream parlour/cafe/hotel? The only snag being that the Hotel was being demolished soon after and this was the last weekend available to paint the thing inside and out…. oh and we were going make a movie about the 48 hours we had to do it.
Mission improbable it was, but with a good local team. Chris and Heinz, Roberto the local paint guy, the spray paint shop Linea6 and the wonderful Edith, her twin daughters and son, we might just pull it off. Easter of course brings it’s own problems, it often rains. Flights and hotels become problematic and the whole island shuts down for the most sombre event in the christian year.
With everything set on the thursday before Easter the artists started to arrive, we had a little over 48 hours together with the clocks going forward on sunday night, tight was only screwed tighter. Flying in for the weekend were Loomit, Zadok, Sickboy & Kelster, Nick Walker, Lucy Mclaughlin & Matt Watson, Conor Harrington and myself with Banek and Ezequiel
Collaboration between myself, sickboy and Zadok
Saft films and ian Wallkandy tore around the site frantically documenting through a smog of paint and beer fumes. The setting was incredible and the house came alive, the oldest part of the building was at its core a hotel and the layout of the rooms, the vanished ceilings and exposed beams, lent itself well to our use of it as a ruined gallery. A maze of dark dead ends and tiny corridors that opened into crumbling courtyards.
Although the pressure was on, in such a wonderful location with amazing local food and people popping round, a lot of fun was had. We had a few near misses but we all survived. The local guys Ezequiel and Banek tore it up, zadok painted till his taxi took him to the airport. I haven’t laughed as much for a long time, and can’t wait to see the short film that comes out of it. Ended up popping something up on Hotel Zhero…they did ask…Honest. For more info on the project and to find out when the film will be released check out Widewalls or catch up with them on Facebook.
So those nice folks at Widewalls have invited a load of artists to paint up an old ice cream parlour on the beach that is due for demolition. Easter in the sun…Now thats more like it.
Spelling it out, the shhhh, the I and the T triptych, 90cm by 90 cm canvases,
Early test print of a new Single colour stencil of a german KVB train (1.4m) on white fabrino paper. Excuse the toes.
Thanks to all who came to the show at REed proJECTS Gallery on the 9th for my show “High class trash”. A great night was had by all, fixing vodka martini’s in a grey plastic bucket oiled the wheels for Martyns inspired idea of having a costume competition for 10 free prints. Which coupled with the Trashtini’s brought the best and worst out in so many of you. The idea was to come as a Toff or trashy, with all too many of you opting for the classy end of the spectrum. I Think if it was in London we would of seen more cheap chains and shell suits, at least i know it would of been the outfit for me and my crew. Below are a selection of the winners of the best and worst dressed. Thanks to all who came, got trashed, also a special thank you to Martyn, Tore, Camilla, Anastasia and Jon who made it all possible.
Again thanks to all who came, drank, bought and had fun. Shows open till the 9th of December.
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.