On the 11th June I started a 4 week solo show at Play Dead gallery in Southsea. The opening night was a huge success with long queues outside, a packed gallery and a flurry of red dots. There are a lot of people to thank for getting me to that point but I have to start with Samo and Lex who let me exhibit in their gallery. Also got to say thanks to M-One for helping with the paste ups and spreading the word leading up to the show, Hannah, Donna and Samo for letting me crash with them and everyone that backed me on the Kickstarter to help fund the show. Lastly but not leastly a massive thank you to everyone that came to watch me paint the wall and all that attended the opening night, it was great.
THANK YOU SOUTHSEA
I wanted to explore a darker side of my art for the show and ended up with a couple of recurring themes, the most notable of which was the blackworm. The blackworm character is my representation of mental illness. Many of the pieces I created at the show had very small blackworms in them so the artwork looked pretty normal on face value but as you look closer or scratch beneath the surface you will find the blackworms are there. If you visit the show you'll also see the story of how the blackworm originally manifests itself in words and thoughts, at times it takes over completely but can also be controlled with messy consequences. In more severe forms the blackworm can be deadly and this is captured in the piece titled "Please Don't Leave Me".
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME
There are many more messages and themes within the show that deal with anxiety and addiction which I would be happy to expand on but I'm really interested to hear what everyone else thinks so please let me know what it says to you.
I was blessed with the attention of some fantastic photographers and Instagramers over the days leading up to the show, below are a selection of photographs from the wall and show. If you have any photos you would like added please get in touch.
I still cant decide which version I like best.
Instagram user Jack Williamson came along and recorded a timelapse of day 2.
You may already know that Play Dead is not only a street art gallery but also a tattoo studio. As a result I can finally confirm that Play Dead will be doing Korp tattoos. Check out the flash sheets below and then get in touch with Samo if you are interested.
Be sure to post a photo if you get a tattoo done so I can add it to my Planet Korp photomonial page.
Last weekend 13 Korpworm paste ups appeared all over Southsea so we ran a little competition for you to win some art if you could find and share at least 8 of them. Here are some of the best entries...
...and the winner is...
Message me your address and I'll get your artwork and goodies in the post.
A massive thank you to everyone that joined the art hunt, there were some great photos and I know some of you were searching for days to find all of them. I really appreciate you taking part.
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Very pleased to announce a run of limited edition prints will be available on the opening night of my solo show. Southsea artist M-One (Facebook and Instagram) has captured the process of creating the prints in the following photos. To see the finished article you'll need to stop by Play Dead gallery.
From the 11th June I will be holding a 4 week solo show at Play Dead gallery in Portsmouth. Open evening is on the 11th between 7pm and 9pm. There will be lots of new work on display including a customised surfboard, marker pen korpworms and multi layer stencil art.
The first people through the door will get Korp goodie bags.
Here are a few teasers to wet your appetite.
Head of cutting out and colouring in at Korporate Industries.