Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Glos-tonbury - Golden Lion (last summer)

Looking through last years photos I found some which I'd forgotton to blog about at the time (it's the Bristol disease ;), of a very happy day last year - and gives me a longing for all things sunny and summery.

Mr Jago and 2keen
Lokey & FLX

Mr Jago

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Dead Weather - Forum

Jack White's new band - dirty sounding, blues rock - in love.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Peaches - Shop Girl for the day

I'm going to London this week and not on Saturday - grrr grrr.

How I'd love to see this.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Stanley Donwood - Weapon of Choice

Kudos to the Weapon of Choice gallery for getting a bit of an interesting name artist. Stanley Donwood is Radiohead's resident artist.  From July 10 - August 9 - St Michaels Hill, Bristol.

I'm a particular fan of the Thom Yorke 'The Eraser' cover, which is a linocut and a stock image.  

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Graffiti Stencil - Making and Doing

A couple of videos have popped up on the t'internet in the last couple of days about how graff artists work, or the process they use. The Boxi one is quite wonderful, and the divine Obey boy Sheperd Fairey is just.....

Boxi - To Die For (the story behind it is here)

Shepard Fairey from Arkitip on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Weapon of Choice - Exhibition

Really loving this guys work - Julian Kimmings (much better in the flesh).

And there's some interesting pieces up in the new exhibition at Weapon of Choice - St Michaels Hill, Bristol. Really liked Dirty30 and Nikill's work.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Banksy Bro-Ha-Ha

Preview (Friday)
Ian Brown
Sean Pertwee - actor
Mr Glastonbury - Michael Eavis, giving an autograph (?)
Peter Blake - who has a permanent piece of work in the museum.
Queues - an hour before opening (Saturday)
Press coverage
And we got to shake the hand of the Mayor of Bristol going in. Strange morning indeed.

Well as rumoured earlier and reported, said Banksy exhibition arrived on Saturday.

"Banksy vs Bristol Museum" is an amazing feat of putting an exhibition up in a couple of days, which few people appeared to know about - with so much of his work to see (new and old). And so many people are going to see it, especially as it's on for 3 months - and it's free! (apparently subsidised by the man himself).

The whole event was an interesting study in 'media', 'celebrity' and playing the game. And I fear this is an end to some of Banksy's old-school credibility by being so populist. It's definitely the end of something, something I can't put my finger on. But for me, I had a lot of fun piecing together snippets of info, using Twitter to it's full capacity (thanks Twitter buddy), and running around in my lunchtime looking for clues, especially ending up in a museum (a la Scooby Doo).

The preview was PR'd to the max - promoted by the Evening Post as 'celeb filled'. Carol Vorderman, Sean Pertwee, Justin Lee Collins, Michael Eavis, Meg Matthews, that bloke off of River Cottage. The more credible guests were Ian Brown, Peter Blake, Damien Hirst and Massive Attack, and some of the original Bristol Graffitti names - most of the guests lived locally - so a strange mix.

I love the fact it's in Bristol Museum, as I grew up a couple of streets away from it, and if you grew up in Bristol you were definitely dragged around it as a child, (although I was never a great fan of the stuffed animals, and the museum smell - especially the ugly huge fish which was next to Alfred the Gorilla and the Dodo).
And a nice touch that Banksy incorporated was the Gyspy caravan (with the eviction notice, and the Guantanamo pilot in the plane in the main hall), which are all original museum artifacts from my childhood memory.

There will be kids being dragged to this museum on a field trip, like I was (and presumeably Banksy too), but this time they will love the humour, be inspired or at least have fun, and take away some happy memories - and that in itself is quite a powerful thing.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My new favourite blog - Goths in hot weather

Goths in hot weather blog - sometimes you can love the blogosphere.

Thanks Everett True

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Banksy - Summer Exhibition Location ?

This is looking like a strong contender for the Banksy Exhibition

Bristol Museum (top of Park Street) - Rumour has it that the preview is Friday 12th and it starts Saturday 13th June
(thanks to Bristolurbanart for the tip).

*update* from a sneaky pic I've just seen, it's looking like it's a retrospective.

Spotted Cow Show - Tonight

And still the graff goes on.

Hopefully get to post my UPfest pix in the next couple of days.

Still waiting on an update for the Banksy exhib - my theory is it's in Weston! Spray them donkeys up!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Why didn't I think of that - grrr

From the ever cool, CoolHuntingblog.

Designed by Don't Feed The Swedes to be shown at the up and coming Berlin Design festival.  So jealous, grrrr.

And incidentally, Bristol seems to have turned into Graffworld, with Stokes Croft being at the epicenter (artwork changing daily mainly thanks to the PRSC).  This weekend we'll see Upfest turning heads at the Tobacco Factory, Dave Whittle opening night tonight, at Friend & Co, Weapon of Choice 2nd exhibition starting next weekend, the Spotted Cow (pub) evening of graff in the garden on 11 June, and a rumoured Banksy exhibition called 'Homecoming' heading this way. 

(And not forgetting the Bearpit this Saturday).