The Copper House gallery will be hosting an event in aid of the Abortion Support Network on 11th Oct, organised by Aifric Ní Chríodáin. I’ve donated this piece of work to the show. All proceeds go to Abortion Support Services for Irish women that need assistance accessing abortion services in the UK .
I’ve never liked January. Even though I celebrate my birthday at the end of the month, January is the time of the year when reality comes crashing down after the festive season and everything seems a bit gloomy.
Which is why the folks behind First Fornight have been doing amazing work over the past few years to highlight mental health in Irish society through a dedicated arts Festival. This year I was invited to produced a street art piece for the festival which runs from Jan 2 – 12. The piece I made was about Facebook and our relationship with our ‘friends’ on social media.
In the early days of the internet we talked about how Web 2.0 was creating a ‘Global Village’. For most people access to information on the world wide web has dramatically changed how we interact. In the past decade I’ve seen the effects of overreliance on social media, I think maybe it’s turning us into, ‘Like’ zombies, ‘Retweet’ robots. More and more the need for cyber vailidation has pushed meaningiful dialogue into the background.
Among the clutered status upates, images of cute kittens and exclaimtions that there are, “x amount of sleeps till…” a single status by someone calling out for help can be lost. Even if seen, do we ‘like’ it and move on without checking in with them?
My piece is about a breakdown of Facebook. The ‘wall’ is broken and refusing to by tied to the generic status update, I’ve written by hand the lyric, “I am human and I need to be loved” taken from How Soon Is Now by The Smiths.
Photo Credits: Aidan Kelly
Check out the full line up of Street Artists involved in First Fornight at the ‘Street Art Blog’
It’s been 6 six years since I did this stencil. Madonna in the Ghetto came from my first show ‘Artivism’ in 2006. I created five in blue but wanted this one to be special. I was asked to sumbit a piece of work for an exhibtion to raise funds for Kasey Kelly and 1 year old whose was diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumour known as Atypical Teratoid/Rhaboid or ATRT. This type of tumour is very aggressive and extremely rare worldwide.
An exhibition featuring this stencil and other works will be held Holy Thursday at The Front Lounge, Parliament street, Dublin to raise fund for Kasey’s life saving operation.
Recently I was invited by Musical Youth Organisation to create a custom instrument for a charity auction in May this year. I’ve never painted an musical instrument before, so it was a great opportunity to create something special.
I choose the bass guitar, because I love bass guitars! (I own three) When I’m not making stencils, I’m playing bass with my band, FELCH or practising at home. My favourite bass guitarists are quite diverse, ranging from Metal to Disco, such as Lemmy of Motorhead, Bernard Edward of Chic, Pino Palladino bassist with Gary Numan, Chris Wolstenholme of Muse.
One of my all time favourites is Andy Rouke of The Smiths. Rourke’s bass lines not only created the ‘groove’ of The Smiths, but considering the musical talents of Morrissey and Marr, I think his bass lines where critical to the success of the ‘sound’ of The Smiths.
With this in mind, I decided to make a ‘meat’ bass for two reasons. Firstly, if drums are the bones of music, bass is the meat, lead guitar is the skin and vocal are the clothes. Secondly, The Smiths 1985 album, Meat Is Murder is one of my all time favourite records. Not necessarily the title track, but songs like, Headmaster Ritual, What She Said and Barbarism Begins At Home have some of the best bass lines ever.
The Making of Meat Bass
I used the first bass guitar I’d ever bought, an Encore bass (an inexpensive range of entry-level guitars). I’ve played it to death so it’s been bashed about a bit.
I started by stripping the whole guitar down and cleaning the grime off (except the frets)
I sprayed on a base red colour, then added a darker red edge. After that I used a sponge with a brighter red to build up texture.
Once the paint had dried, I used paint pens to create veins of fat running through the meat based on pictures I had taken at a local butcher shop
Next, I sanded down the head stock and gouged into the wood to make ‘cracks’ – I mixed OXO cubes and a little water and painted it into the cracks (because I wanted to used ‘real’ meat’ on the bass.
I pulled out the tuning pegs and replaced them with the tops of stainless steel forks.
Finally I varnished the whole body with a gloss and reassembled the electronics and scratch plate. I restrung it and wrapped ‘barbered wire’ around the strings at the skull of the headstock with galvanised wire.
And to my relief the bass is still in tune and working order.
Can strangers collectively own a piece of artwork? Cause & Effect is a participation exhibit where 100 people are given the choice to keep or share art. I’m creating 100 stencils which fit together as four large jigsaw like works. Funders of the show will automatically own one of these pieces of work. However will they break up the larger artwork by taking their own piece or will they share it with the other owners?
Be part of this show! Fund the show and you will own one piece of work (limited to 100 people) entry to show and drink reception. Artwork signed and numbered by artist. Your name will appear on the back of the piece of the artwork. You will also get a limited edition A3 poster of one of the four completed artwork signed and numbered. Click here: http://www.fundit.ie/project/cause–effect
Wednesday Dec 1st is World Aids Day. Across the globe, people will be raising money in different ways for AIDS awareness, prevention and treatment. In Dublin, Open Heart House (www.openhearthouse.ie) in partnership with MAC Cosmetics are organising a 24 hour sleep out in Dublin city centre. Una Mullally (big spoon) and myself (small spoon) will be sleeping overnight out on the streets of Dublin city centre to raise money for Open Heart House. Donate online here
Under The Influence is exciting group exhibition bringing established and emerging visual artists together to support Gay Community News.
20 artists, illustrators and photographers have been selected to produce a piece of work that demonstrates their biggest influence. The exhibition, which opens at The Front Lounge on Friday 5th March is curatored by Will St Leger to support the GCN Forever campaign.
Artists confirmed are (click on artist’s name to visit their website)
Adrian + Shane // Chris Judge // Tag Barry // Brian Coldrick // Peter Fingleton // Jim Fitzpatrick // Jarlath Gregory // Gaetan Billault // ADW // Fionn Kidney // Gerry Lee // Áine Macken // Turtlehead // Emma Haugh // Ciara Scanlan // Alan Phelan // Dublin Streets // Tonie Walsh // Will St Leger
Proceeds from sale of works will be donated by the artists to support GCN. Under the Influence opens Friday 5th March in The Front Lounge at 8pm with a drinks reception, all are welcome. RSVP our Facebook event page here
Fallen heroes // Did their fame get them crazy? Or did their crazy get them fame? This series of portraits salutes the artists that blur the line between creativity and lunacy. The mad geniuses.
An exhibition of work by Adam Crane, Will St. Leger & Mark Black 4 Dame Lane. Thursday 16th july 2009. From 7pm .
All Proceeds donated to Barnardos.
Preview the work here
Thank you to everyone that helped organize and contributed to our special Art Raid for Konk on Wednesday 1st Oct. 75 pieces of work were up for grabs, with everything from tags, graffiti, stencils, illustrations, screen prints and 3D pieces. Thanks also to all the punters that came along and got value for money in return for the best of international and Dublin street art. Couldn’t have done this without anewspace and All City
Here’s some pictures and footage at the end. If it looks scary and tense it’s because it is a very tense, scary but fun show.