Elephants and Bin Bags

Artcore International and Hotel Elephant are pleased to present Artcore International 14, a four-day Arts Festival taking place in SE1.

The first of an annual showcase of works created by its members, Artcore International 14 provides a unique opportunity to discover a wealth of talented practitioners currently working in London. Spread across two warehouses, Hotel Elephant’s non-traditional gallery spaces offers an alternative visitor experience, by enabling a vast range of work to exist together in one space.

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Presented as a journey through the current Artistic practises of its members, the festival rubs Street Art and 3d Mapping, up against contemporary Painting and Photography, Kinetic Sculpture and Performance against Ceramics and Drawing.

During this four-day festival, visitors will be able to experience, the 15-foot fire-breathing dragon created by Paka The Uncredible alongside the satirical photography of Joe Giacomet. The eight-piece soul band Vibrations of Sound share the bill with the bass heavy break beats of Jason Warlock from the Rag and Bone label. Plus, established documentary filmmakers such as Jes Benstock, screening work beside upcoming makers of short fiction film, including Dan Moss.

Artcore International 14 includes work by Artists from groups such as, Mutoid Waste, Whitecross Street Party, Mad in England and Dotmasters.

There is Free Entry to the whole of the Artcore International 14 programme.

The Way

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It’s been a long association with the Buzzers, The Dotmasters and the C6 disaster unit provided the visuals for their 30th tour around the UK. Touring with a band is one of the best reasons for traveling around the country and hitting walls late at night we’ve ever found. This is the second album cover i’ve done, having already supplied the artwork for 30th’s tours subsequent Live album. It’s the Buzzcocks first full release on LP, CD, Download since 2006’s ‘Flat pack Philosophy’. The Album was funded by pledges online and show that the buzzcocks still have their finger on the pulse as far as new tech methods are concerned (I remember Pete Shelley’s ‘Telephone operator’ in 1983 working as a 8 bit video on the ZX Spectrum).  I look forward to getting my hands on a vinyl copy available here. A big thanks to Joe Giacomet for doing all the photography and layout.

I’m working on a silkscreen print at the moment of the cover, hand pulled in a few colour ways that i will release details of through this blog later in the month….so stay tuned.

Los Angeles

black_powersmIt’s been a crazy couple of weeks making work for several shows. First off the bat is LA show opens 24th of April, at LAB art. A week later a small pop up show in Miami details to follow later in the week. Meanwhile at Stroke art fair in Munich long time collaborators Widewalls take a stand showing Dotmaster works from The Widewalls Collection as well as a special exhibition ‘Photographie München’; an installation by Brazilian artist Ale Jordao; the black-light artist Lukas Fertsch; and an on-site tattoo studio.

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Dubai report

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Just left Dubai after a whirlwind week of a show, Art Dubai, and a spot of painting on JBL Walk. Urban Art is a pretty new thing for the United Arab Emirates and almost unknown in Dubai, so i was pretty impressed with the turn out at the courtyard gallery for the private view. You don’t get as diverse a crowd any where, Emirates Bikers on huge custom Harley’s mixed with Dubai’s glamourous art set and street artists from Beriut & Abu Dabi. The show POP Wall, mixed works from the Graffik Gallery’s stable of artists and middle eastern artists curated by the Courtyard gallery, flowing arabic handstyles next to western stencils and islamic pop art works, a great show that gelled to show a common humour and attitude.
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It’s not so easy to find spots to paint in Dubai, there’s no tagging, no flyposting, despite an abundance of building site hoardings and amazing spots. With cans of paint hard to source and at an incredible cost (almost $24 a pop), not to mention strict rules and penalties its not hard to work out why. Coupled to the fact i was painting large piles of trash i was amazed to finally get something street side. I have to thank Otto and his team at the Ocean View Hotel for letting me play on their hotel front, just on JBL Walk.  By way of thanks i popped a few framed works around the hotel. If you want to convince someone something is art its often handy to have some whacking great gold frames to make the point.
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Thanks to all who came to see the show, it runs till the 17th of April so if you didn’t get a chance to come down to the preview there is still time yet. A huge thank you to all who helped make this trip possible from Graffik, Ollie and Jay, who set the whole thing up and facilitated an amazing stay. From Courtyard, Samia and Nadine who were amazing hosts, put on an great show and found me spots to paint and The Ocean View Hotel, Otto and his team gave us free reign of the hotel and generally looked after our wants and need. Thanks all, see you next year?

Pop Wall Dubai

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I’ve been busy in the studio the last couple of months preparing for a couple of shows that are coming up in March and April in Dubai & Los Angeles respectively.

Dubai’s first up, with a show at the Courtyard Gallery in collaboration with Graffik gallery from London. It promises to be a interesting show with stablemates from Graffik and artists from the local Courtyard gallery merging middle eastern and western ideas of pop art.

The show coincides with the Dubai Art Fair, so there will be a buzz around town. We will be live painting in and around the gallery for a week or so, so if you have a public wall in need of some trash drop me a line via the contact form on the site.

The Courtyard gallery
AL QUOZ 3, STREET 6A
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Opening Reception: Sunday 16 March, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: 16 March – 17 April 2014
Gallery timings: Sunday – Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

 

San Francisco update

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…

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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!

Clue 3 west side story

Ok so i have no clever clues for this one, and no real excuse as to why this is here, other than a good friend lives here. So get yourself over to Bramber road W14 9PB ‎ the clues on the green telecoms box at the north end  rd of the street. Only one more clue to go and you’ll have all the digits to enter into google maps and that will take you to the Toy shop at the end of the hunt.

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DM Toyz present the first in a series of Toyz ‘Mr Potato Head’. Standing at 14″ (that’s over a foot of Spud). A limited edition of 12 that comes box fresh these will be available at the End of the lines and Supreme beings White canvas project’ this Thursday the 17th and soon to be available online from this site. Next week two of the edition will be hidden somewhere in London, in order to find them you will have to follow the clues that will start here, happy hunting.

 

East meets West.

Lamberty_Damask_Bag_Web©  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!