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JAN '10: GRAFFIK GATHERING AND ART BINS: Graffik gallery. Portobello,
West London, 28th Jan – On the eve of the Art Bin launch over at Peckham’s,
South London gallery, and for what it may or may not be worth, we’re a
million miles away over on the West side and Ladbrook Grove. Ladbrook
Grove is where art really does have both feet firmly planted on the street
– those first graff-art moves, the Westway, The Clash (all documented on
previous pages here). We really couldn’t be further away from the notion
of a Michael Landy Art Bin and all those now ageing and establishment Bright
Young Things lining up to throw their failed art away. It is an intriguing
idea, failed paintings (that still must be worth thousands on the open
market of course), treated as reverentially as always, in terms of packaging,
transport and handling, until they actually get to the bin/gallery, and
then, white gloves off and in they’re thrown. I guess everyone has a ‘failed’
piece, or a piece they’ve finally given up on, does a ‘failed’ piece ever
come to a conclusion or do you just give up on it before you reach that
point of ‘failure’? Surely a ‘failed’ piece is just an unfinished piece?
The failure to conclude? Could it have been pushed, do ‘they’ have piles
of ‘failures’ in the corner of their studios? Pieces that we never ever
get to see? And what about all the artists who never get their work out
of their studios anyway? Is that failure? All that art that no one ever
gets to see? And have the pieces really ‘failed’ if they become part of
Michael Landry’s latest (rather exciting) project anyway? Evolved rather
than failed? Some of it really is ‘rubbish’, the sight of that Damien Hurst
skull painting on canvas being dropped the thirty feet down in to the bin
was a little under-whelming, looked like a bad Metallica tribute band album
cover painted in a sixthform schoolroom artclass as it crashed down and
hit the ground... The scoffing critic dismissing Tracy Emits piece as junk
before being told who it was... Going to be ‘interesting’ to see how this
all evolves, art from failure? It can’t possible fail can it... ? Art as
spectator sport? Is that one good enough for the bin? it isn't any old
rubbish in there you know, Mr Landy clearly know what he likes (or doesn't)
Graffik arrived in Portobello Road late Summer last year, in the old Planet
Alice place, a small shop sized gallery just up from the Westway. They’ve
already enthusiastically hosted several impressive street art style exhibitions
and events in gallery’s short lifetime - Trans 1, Loslohbros... It is more
of a permanent shop than just a gallery, there’s always new work in there,
unknowns rubbing canvas shoulders with street art names. The Graffik reputation
is quietly growing, word has spread and the welcoming little gallery has
become a rather decent friendly place to just drop in to and check out
street art flavoured creativity and such. I guess the fact that MuTate’s
One Step In The Grove happened right outside their front door late last
year helped rather a lot – lot of the artists from MuTate with small pieces
in here now, Snub 23 shields on the wall, some of the small scrapart sculpture
pieces that were in MuTate’s show. It is mostly relatively small pieces
- isn’t really the space for anything too big – small to medium pieces
of canvas art, prints... Yes there are the racks of T-shirts and Banksy
‘souvenirs’, guess they have rent to pay like the rest of us ...
And as word has spread, has the art in Graffik evolved and swung towards
what you might call the street art mainstream? Has the maverick edge dulled
just a little as the bigger names have started to arrive and squeeze others
out? The art in here, on the whole, is really good, we’re not complaining
here, some of it sometimes seems rather obvious though, stencil ideas that
may have been seen a few times already? Few too many ‘Banksys’ churning
it out while they chase a slice? Tonight there’s a busy selection of graphic
pieces on the wall, mostly on canvas, the more adventurous on discarded
pieces of wood, old radiators, found cardboard boxes... There’s classic
pieces of Code, Snub 23, lots of really good stuff in here, but is a lot
of this just rather safe polite coffee table versions of the street art
idea? And if that is the case then is there anything wrong with that? Is
this the kind of art you simply buy, take home, put on your wall and enjoy
– is it as gloriously simple as that? Is this where street art is going?
Well in some ways yes, but with people like Roa, Blu and the excellent
Rub Candy out there, when you can feel genuinely excited by the news that
Swoon coming to town, when those Stik figures keep popping up around town
then surely things are well? Yes, all is well, the notion of street art
is still out on the street and still evolving in so many healthy ways,
there’s room for it all, the evolving scene is rather exciting right now
don’t you think...? if some of it evolves in to coffee table art to take
home and hang on your wall that’s alright isn’t it? Just as long as it
keeps evolving, as long as things stay fresh...
So Graffik is a good place to fine art, a place alive with reasonably priced
pieces of exciting original creativity to take home and enjoy. And tonight,
Graffik a good place to meet up and this is not where the debate on the
direction of street art (or indeed art in general) should be happening,
no art bins here (although the empty donut bags have been rescued and now
have paint on them). Tonight we’re drinking beer, eating the aforementioned
donuts and meeting lots of people, exploring sketchbooks, exploring the
walls, eye constantly caught by something new, we’re having a good time.
Graffik is simply a good place to pick up impressive pieces of very skilful
graphic style street art - there’s a slice of busy manga influenced brightness
here, a new stencil piece for your toilet wall over there - contemporary
pop art, clever street art, comic book art, illustration, and most of it
very slick and graphically impressive. This maybe isn’t the place to pick
up anything that out on the edge, nothing that ‘lose’ or fine art based,
this is very much street art as graphic art territory. Are we on dangerous
ground now, when does street art become fine art? This isn’t the place
for that argument, Graffik gallery does exactly what it says on the tin,
this isn’t the place to drive arguments.. Pretty much all the work
here is of a rather high standard - impressive, photo-realistic, slick
street art, most of it is really good, most of it rather desirable. Most
of it comfortable within the environment. Kind of want a ‘fault’ or two
here or there, a jagged edge, a sense of danger, but hey, some of us like
‘accidents’, a challenge or two, the notion of out-there wild art rather
than the now rather established rules street art? Graffik is great, tonight’s
party gathering is fun. Sure there’s nothing in here in danger of being
a Michael Landry Art Bin ‘failure’ and as someone said over at MuTate the
other day, “this stuff ain’t for those artnobs”. Hang on, we’re getting
in far too deep, we’re just here to meet some people, listen to some music,
suck down a few tins of beer, enjoy some art and have some fun...
And Graffik is pretty full when we get there, lot of friendly people in
here, people in the shop, people out back in the small yard (where the
familiar sites of a Stik boy and a Code CCTV head are on the wall somewhere
in the dark behind the bodies). There’s a DJ in the middle of the shop/gallery
area and the place is packed with art. There’s people dropping in a bringing
along beer, wine, and occasionally some art of their own. A nice big relief
piece arrives and cause a bit of a stir... There’s pieces left on the side
for others to pick up, there’s a couple of people (from the Isle Of Man)
adding small stencil pieces to the front wall of the shop (with permission).
People swapping information, ideas, news - art-makers, art-enthusiasts,
there’s a nice friendly mellow party buzz in here, people swapping pieces
of work, radio station interviews being done (Resonance FM in the house,
Create and Survive), ideas and information being swapped - good time being
had by all, good art shared... Roll on the next one, we like Graffik, if
we had the money, we’d probably spend a fortune in there...
bit on Michael Landy and his Art Bin here
in the Observer
JAN '10: SWOON is to have a solo show at BLKRAT PRESS later
this year. So hopefully we shall see some of her work back on the streets
of London, more news here when there is more news...
JAN '10: Art art, new brow, old brow, art brow, street brow, we're
just here pointing signposts and firing up links to the art-fuelled places
that interest us... Tomorrow it'll be a gathering at Graffix, today we're
dealing in streetart films and such. Meanwhile the first in our series
of visual art radio documentaries will run on London art radio station
FM on 11th February at 8.00pm. A series of interview/documentary shows,
from the Organart team, called CREATE AND SURVIVE, the first of
which was made at the Thousands exhibition late
last year here in London. Half hour interview with RJ of Vandalog. more
about this in a couple of days when complimentary webpages have been made
and other irons are taken out of fires. Create And Survive Two is being
made right now... this Organ thing is a non-stop operation..
NEW BROW: THE RISE OF
UNDERGROUND ART, a documentary film that looks like is does exactly
what it says on the tin, is to premier in London at long last... Here comes
“London Miles Gallery is proud to host the premiere UK screening of Contemporary
Art documentary, New Brow - The rise of Underground Art, a feature film
presented by Humble Pictures. The documentary features some of today's
most influential and groundbreaking artists from the New Contemporary Art
movement, such as Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Silvia Ji, Gary Baseman,
Shag and many more, who speak openly and enlighteningly about the growing
art movement and its origins. The documentary not only includes first-handaccounts
from an impressive list of pioneering artists, but also showcases the important
galleries and collectors who adopted, and continue to drive the New Contemporary
Art movement today.
New Brow has been the official selection of the San Francisco Film festival,
Rader Hamburg Film Festival, The Tulsa United Film Festival, The Hot Springs
Film Festival and the Golden State Film Festival. New Brow premiered at
the 2009 Golden State Film Festival where it received the second largest
attendance behind a special screening of Star Wars, the Empire Strikes
Back. It has been screened in cities across America and has made its way
to Europe, Australia and now to London this February”.
London Miles will be screening New Brow on the following days: Saturday
the 20th of February at 4:00pm, -Saturday the 27th February at 2:00pm and
5:30pm. Tickets are £8.00. The film will be shown in the Project
Room in Westbourne Studios.
More details: www.newbrowfilm.com
JAN '10: ART BIN? Load of old rubbish? From 29 January until
14 March 2010 acclaimed British artist Michael Landy will transform
the South London Gallery
into a 600m³ container for the disposal of works of art. “Art Bin”
will gradually fill up over the six week course of the exhibition to create
’a monument to creative failure’. “Click here
to apply to dispose of art works in Art Bin and Michael Landy or his
representative will respond to your application within one week of receipt.
Please submit one work only per form, multiple applications are welcome.
Deliveries will be taken at the SLG from 7 December 2009 by prior arrangement,
and from 29 January – 14 March 2010 works can be brought to the SLG to
be disposed of in Art Bin from Tuesday – Sunday, 12–6pm. Please note that
for access purposes the gallery entrance measures 210 x 122 cm. Michael
Landy or his representative will decide which works go into Art Bin and
not all works will be accepted”. Sounds like a load of old rubbish to us,
maybe Banksy and Robbo can have
a look - www.art-bin.co.uk
I leave my rubbish
on the streets, leaving 'rubbish' on the streets isn't that new I know,
but there is a pleasure to be found in the process, indeed the leaving
and the communication that follows is part of the creative process..
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE PREVIEW
'VISUAL ALBUM' - Animal Collective have released a trailer for their
long-awaited "visual album", 'ODDSAC', which premiered at the Sundance
Film Festival last week. Speaking about the film, the band's Avery Tare
said (to one of those glossy music papers) "We tried to make the music
go along with the visuals as much as possible. We didn't want it to sound
just like a soundtrack, but then we didn't want it to be like a music video
either". Director Danny Perez added: "It's kinda like a psychedelic film,
it's not like a narrative film or anything. There are more cohesive moments
in it, but then there are some that are a little more abstract". Watch
the trailer here:
JAN '10: YOU LOOK LIKE THE RIGHT TYPE... “Each day I write
down dialogue I hear, spoken around me from honest-to-gosh real people.
At the end of the day, I turn my jot-list into a stack of tiny sketches.
I post one a day. Twenty four hours later, a new collection begins” so
says Mark Addison Smith (of Chicago), explore Mark’s work via his You
Look Like The Right Type blog, We came upon it, liked it, so up on
line here it goes, simple really...
JAN '10: “Well it looks like game set and match for team Robbo”
reports Hookedblog. “While Banksy was off in Utah
hitting up the streets with new works to promote the premiere
of his “Exit Through the Gift Shop” movie, Team Robbo struck again. Having
previously taken out two of the four Banksy Camden canal pieces which appeared
over December, they have now completed the set and altered/added to the
Photographer and blogger Nolions
has snapped the two altered Banksy pieces and also written a great piece
about this ongoing graff vs streetart beef over on the Graffoto blog. You
can read it here.
JAN '10: EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP then... BANKSY’s
upcoming film Exit Through The Gift Shop is making it’s official debut
at the Sundance film festival, and in the words of Jetset Graffiti, “This
one is going to take the world by storm and change street art forever”,
Who knows about that, street art is forever changing anyway isn’t? Well
some of it? Of has it already changed and become something else? Here’s
the You Tube trailer
JAN '10: SHEPARD FAIREY’s latest set of works, the Eye Alert
pieces, have been receiving quite a lot of attention and on line reaction...
Shepard Fairey has now posted an bit of an explanation on his Obey
Eye Alert Explained: “The Eye Alert poster is my response to the state
of healthcare reform in the U.S. I’m disappointed that instead of focusing
on saving lives and improving lives, healthcare reform is succumbing to
corporate-fuelled fear and disinformation. The healthcare industry is the
largest in America, yet 30 million people —10% of our population — are
left without the means to access medical care.
We know that something needs to be done about our broken (or non-existent)
system, or costs will continue to skyrocket and more and more people will
be left without access to healthcare. It’s a moral issue and a human rights
issue, but it looks like the people who have stood up for it have been
outvoted by corporations and their lobbyists. It’s a sad day in America.
Quick remnder that this is happening today: I’M
A PHOTOGRAPHER, NOT A TERRORIST have invited all photographers to a
mass photo gathering in defence of street photography. Happens at Twelve
noon on Saturday 23rd January 2010 – at Trafalgar Square, London. More
And so is the closing of the Walls of Authority. Trafalgar Square, then,
Police permitting, over to an old South London police station that's now
an art gallery, and right now an art gallery full of hysterical women...
JAN '10: WALLS OF AUTHORITY closes tomorrow with a number of in-gallery
events, performance pieces, tea, cakes and who knows what. The week long
event put on by the rather inspiring Hysterical Women collective, closes
this Saturday with the final events taking place between 2pm and 5pm. All
happens over at the Old Police Station, London SE14. More details from
JAN '10: “On Friday two young and hungry New York Street Artists combined
their artistry, critical intellects, and kinetic energy (and questionable
dancing skills) to help define street art for a new generation on the cusp
of the 2010’s” so says the BROOKLYN STREET ART website., read more about
the GAIA and NOH J COLEY collaboration here.
Do rather like the way Street art, blogs, websites, Twitter news and everything
is combining right now... Roa paints something in Germany, Uneath report
it, Wooster pick it up, Vandlof twitters it, Hookerblog gets on the case
and on it goes, street word spreading digitally and certainly where the
real excitement is in terms of art is right now.
“In an age of shifting definitions in the art world, the Street Art world,
and, well, the whole freakin’ modern world, you can take heart to know
that the kids still know how to have fun, and some of them are willing
to work their butts off in pursuit of a vision.” (Brooklyn Street Art)
JAN '10: The HYSTERICAL WOMEN WALLS OF AUTHORITY show
where we're heading today...
JAN '10: And on it went, my spray can is bigger than your spray can, Robbo
vs Banksy down the Camden canal bank having in large with paint and ome
more ego. Got to laugh at the pair of them, street art? soap opera? next
week, handbag stencil?.
OF AUTHORITY - Hysterical Women say they are pleased to present the
exhibition “Walls of Authority”. An exhibtion, at the Old Police Station,
Deptford, South London (running from Saturday 16th to Saturday 23rd of
January)showing in total 25 artists from different backgrounds and countries,
working with mediums that range from painting to photography, drawing,
collage, sculpture, installation, printing, performance, video, animation
and multimedia. As the Old Police Station has been cleared of violence
and submission to power, we will exorcise the building from its past and
celebrate its birth with a new creative identity. Hysterical Women is a
newly formed female art group who aims to create thought-provoking exhibitions,
where stunning artworks create a remarkable experience. To find out more
head over to www.hystericalwomen.com
- all looks rather stimulatingly intriguing, more here next week
weekly one pence painting experiment starts here with a Resonance
FM microphone, no Organgrinding and a Twitter or two, an exercise in multi-media
internet word of mouth one painting a week until... Well for at least twenty-three
weeks, kind of like leaving them on the street only nothing like that
then there's the Brew Dog pop art... “Beer was never meant to be bland,
tasteless and apathetic. At BrewDog we are setting the record straight.
We are committed to making the highest quality beers with the finest fresh
natural ingredients. Our beers are in no way commercial or mainstream.
We do not merely aspire to the proclaimed heady heights of conformity through
neutrality and blandness. We are unique and individual. A beacon of non-conformity
in a increasingly monotone corporate desert. We are proud to be an intrepid
David in a desperate ocean of insipid Goliaths. We are proud to be an alternative”.
JAN '10: Cold cold cold down the Southbank late last night, horizontal
sleet! We walk past the skate/graff area every Sunday night on the way
to do our weekly mmusic show at the the Resonance FM studio down at London
bridge....Here’s a taste of what’s down at the Southbank this week. We'll
put a whole lot more up in a bit, been taking shots down there for years
actually, great old school feel down there.
London Art Fair time then.... more of that soon.
AND SURVIVE... Meanwhile can we have street art on the radio?
First of a series of Organ radio shows called Create And Survive
will be on line and on air at London arts radio station Resonance 104.4FM
very soon. Watch this space for mere details, this isn't a street art show,
more a series of anything creative in terms of visual art radio shows.
First one will focus on street art with a 30 minute interview done with
the rather interesting and informative RJ from Vandalog, The interview
was conducted at the Thousands show RJ put on late last year here in London.
Got something art shaped you think we should be covering via our Create
And Survive series of radio shows? Fire your thoughts our way via organzine
at aol dot com. Talk to us, get involved, the word at Organ has always
been create, you''ll find "create" running through all those early hand
made editions of Organ from the 80's...
more of these Southbank shots up on line very soon. Meanwhile over on the
new NO ORGANGRIDING HERE
blog you can see what was left down at the Southbank last night. That blog
explains itself, no need to go trumpet blowing on this page..
JAN '10: GAIA and M-WAY in the snow of New York City... “Two of
my favorite artists collaborating in a snowy NYC scene; very different
styles, but this works so well” said someone from
Unurth (with no u in favourites for Unurth is American). Don’t you
just love the way word of good street art travels, where was art before
(go look on the street art list on our Twitter page)
JAN '10: Paint come out of nozzles in a different way in this weather...
A PHOTOGRAPHER, NOT A TERRORIST have invited all photographers to a
mass photo gathering in defence of street photography. Happens at Twelve
noon on Saturday 23rd January 2010 – at Trafalgar Square, London. More
JAN '10: Some street art surfing for you.... First up we have BLU,
over in Buenos Aires, and some more rather impressively grand scale Street
Art courtesy of the always good Unurth
website... A behind the scenes look at the fine art studio
of OBEY GIANT Shepard Fairey's Stencil Collection via a video made
by Bomit, spy on the GIant here...Meanwhile
here in London, the Hackney Wick Olympic clean up buff, as reported by
of The State... Another damn downside to the damn olympics that's
been sucking up arts funding, council tax and just about everything else...
Art Village: Some great images documenting the village of Doel and
the street art, including some more ROA, of the now rather empty
buildings over on the Nuart
site. “Nuclear Plant Doel is one of the two nuclear power plants in Belgium.
The plant lies on the bank of the Scheldt, near the village of Doel in
the Flemish province of East Flanders. Doel is threatened with complete
demolition due to the future enlargement of the harbour of Antwerp. This
has seen many people having to sell their homes to the development corporation
of that enlargement. Many historical buildings will be destroyed including
a beautiful church”.
And last but not least, a van flying around East London with a HORFE
piece on the side via the Hookedblog....
JAN '10: Well it is maybe the most interesting debate within the art world
as we enter a new decade, street art really can’t be ignored, well you
could have said that at any time over the last twenty or so years, household
names now though. The excellent way the Thousands show was presented in
London late last year sent out the questions to the establishment, is street
art really art? Where does it start and end? Should it be in galleries?
Do we want it reproduced on posters (as RJ from the always interesting
was asking earlier this week). Some of the comments left on the Times webpages
after the whole Banksy vs Robbo thing were predictably ‘interesting’...
and judging by the business being done over the counter at MuTate, a fair
section of the ‘general public’ want it, then again you can get yourself
an ASBO for just taking photos of street art... we’ll be waiting for that
tap on the shoulder any moment now then... There's some STIK collaborations
you can see in Ladbrook Grove, West London right now, or at least you could
for photographer who snapped grafitti 'art' (so reports a local paper).
“A photographer who snapped Banksy-style images has been given an ASBO
after he was deemed a nuisance. But an impressive selection of art lovers
– including a curator from the Tate Gallery in London and the authors of
a heavyweight New York art book – gave references in favour of East Reading’s
James Matthews. The 22-year-old, who works professionally as a photographer,
was due to stand trial at Reading Crown Court on Monday, December 14....
JAN '10: More West London scissor attacks.... That was last year
though, red x photographed today, post box back in November, scissors all
over town.... and that forth square is a Roa rabbit just because
Roa is a good way to start the artistic decade, that’s a Roa crow down
there as well... on with the paint and the words and the radio waves...
start of a new decade, or at least start of the next day... “Keep looooooooking....”
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