Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Monday, 20 December 2010

Sunday, 5 December 2010

New Ideas

So with my Fabrica work now finished I have alot more time to set out new ideas for pieces and for work to submit to Gallery 26 once again. The animal pieces have proven popular so I am setting out doing some new work involving the symbolism behind animals and how they mean to humans relationship with them from the spritual, mythological and political. I also found an old picture I took of the cliffs at Durdle Door in Dorset and feel its time to use this some how. More will be posted when these ideas are finished.

Photographic Oportunities With Fabrica

As part of my work with Fabrica I was able to take opportunites to do photographic work with them in documenting some of their in house resident talks and artists lectures. In the two months that I worked there I was able to take part in documenting a talk by artist Jonathan Swain and his talk on Brightons 24 hour economy as part of his White Night project and as well as that I attended a very insightful talk by artist, and exhibitor of the Brighton Photo Biennial Lindsay Seers.

I am interested in Seers' avante garde approach to photography in the ways that she essentially uses her own body as a camera in methods like using the inside of her mouth as a makeshift pin hole camera. Here is a talk about some of her work as part of Channel 4's '3 Minute Wonder' series.

Photos from Gallery 26 Opening Show

My Lion

My Bear

Also Mine

One of my pieces

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Gallery 26 Exhibition and Formal Launch Evening

I recently had the good fortune to come across an article in Brighton magazine XYZ ( and its other publication for my home town of Worthing ( which was advertising for a new up and coming gallery calling for local artists.

The space is called Gallery 26 and operates as a gallery, workshop, studio space and graphic novel trader based in the Worthing area, offering a chance for local and non established to get their work shown to a bigger audience.

I've felt that Worthing has needed a place like this for a long time and I was only too happy to talk things over with the founder Mark Guthrie about work and ideas. We had the formal opening of the gallery on November 27th and it couldnt have gone better, drawing in many of the local community and press.

The space shows a mixture of talent showing lots of different ideas and styles including painting, photography, illustration, street art and grafitti, sculpture and design. Other artists involved include the Skeleton Cru, which is a collective specialisng in spray paint and grafitti artwork and sculpture and David McAdam Freud, an artist from the Freud dynasty and son of Lucian Freud himself.

Praise for the show has been excellent and I have got a new interest in wanting to be a key player and submitting as much as I can to the show. Sales have been good with lots of work being brought by visitors and work of mine has sold too, including the bear and lion head I've created before. These two images are especially popular with the general public.

Response Magazine

A collaborative magazine amongst the Fabrica volunteers runs with every show and it is called Response Magazine. For this show we were invited to submit images of our work for the magazine to go along with the theme of collecting to match the nature of The House Of The Vernacular. Here is my contribution and interpretation of this theme that I submitted.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

The House Of The Vernacular

The first show that I have become a part of whilst working with Fabrica is the current 'House Of The Vernacular'. This exhibit is part of the Brighton Photo Biennial and runs from October 2nd until November 28th.

The exhibition is curated by Martin Parr and is a collection of photographs from around the world, mainly set in the Cold War period. The photos range from amateur to professional but are strictly not in the vain of being portrayed for art but for a specific purpose in industry or doccumentation.

The seven rooms of the 'house' include a room of black and white Brazilian photos that have been painted over in colour in a method of making family portraits look more luxurious in the days before Photoshop as well as a room slides showing West German economy and industrial stability just after World War Two.

Along side this we have photos of litter bins from around the world (1950s - 60s), journalistic images of the interiors of dictators private planes, American family photographs from the Museum Of Modern conflict and street photos of men in hats from Bogota, Colombia.

Not to mention a room full of awkward looking babies.