I was sent this photo of my wall at Play Dead in the snow by My Dog Sighs and it made me think the only reason its not been painted over yet is because of the cold weather. Especially as technically my show ended a couple of weeks ago.
One of the smartest decisions Samo (gallery owner) made was to let every artist that exhibits at Play Dead paint the wall so over the years it has seen some amazing pieces on there and everyone knows its temporary. When youre painting the wall there is a buzz of excitement from passers by who feel lucky to catch the wall being transformed. Its also big enough to cath the eye of local traffic enticing you in to the gallery for a closer look. In my opinion every gallery should have a wall like this.
Only a few days left of the In Quiet Desperation show at Play Dead. Huge thanks to bombshell.style for these great photos.
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'm very pleased to announce that my first solo show of 2018 will be held at Play Dead Gallery in Southsea. The show runs for 6 weeks beginning with a preview night on the 20th January.
In Quiet Desperation is the much anticipated follow up to the successful 2016 solo show will see me further explore the other side of our persona, the masks we wear and the places we go when we are alone. Bringing to the surface all the the things we suffer in quiet desperation.
I hope to see you there and would very much appreciate it if you could share the event to help spread the word.
Korp: In Quiet Desperation
20th January to 2nd March 2018
Preview Night 20th January 2018 7pm to 10pm
Play Dead Gallery
131 Highland Road, Southsea, PO4 9EY
Originally painted for the Play Dead show last year as a statement about the nerves and anxiety I was having leading up to the solo show there. This piece has been kept with me every since but I have now decided to make it available for anyone who has ever felt out of place.
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.
In 2016 I started a Kickstarter to help fund a solo show at the Play Dead gallery in Southsea. Some of the pledges from that campaign were for commissioned pieces of art and today I was finally able to deliver the very last of those commissions. I don't usually hand deliver work because of the pressure of seeing your art being unwrapped by its new owner but as the pledge was from someone local I decided I would and I'm really glad I did.
Here are a couple of pics of the artwork. It is titled "The Fear Goes Away".
This weekend saw the opening night of Nothing Is Lost by Midge at the Play Dead gallery. A fantastic selection of serene artwork with an intricacy that has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Very happy to finally add these limited edition prints to my store. Designed by Korp and screen printed by M-One for the Play Dead show these A3 silk screen prints on heavyweight 290gsm white card are a very limited edition of 10. All are signed and numbered by the artist.
These were the original inspiration for the Play Dead wall which you can see here.