Saturday 20th January was the opening night of my latest solo show at Play Dead in Southsea, despite the post-Christmas blues and the threat of rain the preview was a huge success. I only managed to get the one photo of the crowd inside the gallery but little did I know that while I was taking this photo one of my favourite photographers was also pointing the lens at me. Can you spot him...and better still can you spot the photo he was taking further down this blog post?
As I was following the mighty Nomad Clan I felt I needed to do something different with the gallery so, expecting a flat "no chance Korp" I went to Samo (Play Dead guvnor) with my idea to paint half the gallery black and cover it with paste ups, not just a few but entire rows of paste ups everywhere. Not only did Samo agree he also organised for the wall to be painted black before I arrived to save me time. Its not every gallery owner that will work this closely with you to not only bring your ideas alive but help develop them as well.
So we are a few seconds away from opening, Samo puts the spot lights on in the gallery and notices the amazing shadows being cast by these strong directional lights and shouts out "how about we don't put the big lights on and just use the spots so we can keep the shadows, it works with the theme of the show" and sure as hell it did. The whole point of the show was playing with the dark and light side of human nature so we left the main lights off and it created a much less clinical atmosphere and a real sense of foreboding.
A massive thank you to Samo for letting me loose on the gallery and helping develop my idea and Handpoke Harry for painting the walls. Thank you to Donna for looking after me and asking awkward questions on live streams. Thank you to everyone that came out to the show and the art gang for always making me feel at home down in Southsea.
There is no shortage of brilliant photographers in Southsea including Andrew Whyte from Long Exposures who took these amazing shots. Those reflections are on point. Follow him on Twitter.
Matt shared with me some fantastic photos from my first show at Play Dead so I was intrigued to see what he came up with this time especially as I knew he was playing with film. You can check out his write up and blog here.
I love stencil art that pushes the boundaries and that is exactly what you get with the current collection of work on display at the Play Dead gallery by finger ninja M-One. The title of the show is "Look Back Move Forward" which refers to the fact that you do not (should not) need to reinvent yourself completely in order to develop as an artist. For this show what M-One has done is take several of his past stencils and give them a new lease of life. So you'll still see the cars and vans daubed in graffiti and the birds with their delicately cut feathers but there is added depth and maturity to this body of work. What appears to be a random stroke of a spray can or ink splatter is actually perfectly controlled to add to the overall composition and his ability to create layers of drips within drips leaves me full of envy. His colour choice is on point with the traditional mix of peacock and kingfisher blues with an orange or yellow accent but for me the exciting part is how the striking red on the albino peacock takes over in what I view as a potential farewell to the trusted blue colour palette. Only time will tell.
M-One once again shows his human side by not only inviting young art enthusiast Maddox Deavin-Lee to exhibit alongside him but he also held a sealed bids auction which resulted in £400 being donated to a local foodback. If you haven't seen it already I suggest you take a look in the Play Dead gallery in Southsea or follow the great work from M-One on either Instagram or Facebook. Hope you enjoy the gallery below.
I forgot to post all the photos from Dusseldorfs newest street art gallery called Take a Butchers. I was lucky enough to be a part of the opening show alongside My Dog Sighs, M-One and Los Dave.
Play & Destroy is the latest show at the amazing Play Dead gallery in Southsea. Featuring over 40 skate decks from some of the UKs best street artists this is a show full of variety that is not to be missed.
Czee painted the wall out front and I got a little space inside the gallery for a skatedeck shaped korpworm.
Very happy to be a part of the Urban Art group show at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham. Here are some photos of my pieces available at the show (including some work in progress shots). Scroll down for a link for more photos from the the other artists including My Dog Sighs, Mason Storm, Dice67, TankPetrol and many more.
Big thanks to Dice 67 for hooking me up.
There is no shortage of great photographers in Southsea. These shots were taken at my solo show in Play Dead by the talented Matt Maber. Social links below photos.
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.
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.
Very excited to announce my solo show at the Play Dead street art gallery in Portsmouth. Opening night will be on the 11th June and the exhibition will last for 4 weeks. Its free entry and the first people through the door will get a bag full of awesomeness from me. If you can make it please let me know via the Facebook event page here.
What a great way to start the weekend! My Kickstarter is fully funded which means a massive thanks to everyone that has pledged or shared the campaign page over the past three weeks. The funding will go towards printing stickers, badges, temporary tattoo sheets, limited edition prints, t-shirts, hoodies and art materials for my exhibition at the Play Dead tattoo studio and street art gallery in Southsea.
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There is still time to pledge and grab yourself a bargain. The limited edition prints at £20 are nearly sold out, only 4 remaining of 20 as I write this and the "full bundle" is a great bargain where you get stickers, badges, tattoos, a t-shirt and a hoodie all for just £65 (save £20). Lots more combos to choose from on the Kickstarter page.
To find out more about Play Dead visit the Strong Island website for articles on previous exhibitions including Kazland & Funns and My Dog Sighs plus a special interview with owners Samo and Lex.