Archive for May, 2012

Q&A WITH ERMS

May 31, 2012

So Erms’ solo show Evertything Begin With An E opens tomorrow at 6.00pm at Art-el Gallery, and Erms has been in Bristol for a few days now and it’s safe to say he is making the gallery his own.

Their are lots of interesting things taking place and we have also had a chance for a little Q & A session.

Q: NAME AND/OR NOM DE PLUME?
A: Also known as: Erms

Q: TEA OR COFFEE?
A: Coke!

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEDIUM TO WORK IN AND WHY?
A: I like black pen on paper to only think about line.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
A: Usually ideas come one into the next. While I’m making art I’m usually listening to music. A lyric will catch my ear and I’ll scribble it down and start making mental pictures until an idea forms. Then I’ll figure out how I’m going to graphically execute it and do more drawing. If I’m sketching graffiti, it just flows from unknown places onto the paper. I also have a very large folder of pictures of stuff that I find cool.

Q: YOU HAVE BEEN LABELLED AS A ‘GRAFFITI ARTIST’, ‘GUERILLA STREET ARTIST’, ‘POP ARTIST’, CRIMINAL AND ‘POP ICONOCLAST’ TO NAME BUT A FEW! WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE NEED TO DEFINE YOU IN THIS WAY AND DOES IT IMPACT ON HOW PEOPLE INTERACT WITH YOUR WORK?
A: Haha. I don’t know who called me a pop iconoclast, but I’m going to un-friend them on Facebook at the very least. Above all I’m an artist, I fell into the graffiti movement a long time ago, but if I hadn’t I think I’d still be making art of some kind. I don’t know how people interact with my work, but if they like it then that’s sweet.

Q: IF NOT ART, WHAT CAREER WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HAD?
A: There’s nothing else I’ve ever wanted to do or for that matter, can do.

Q: IF YOU COULD MEET ANY PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE), WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
A: From a graffiti perspective, I’d have liked to have met Dondi White.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO’WRITERS’ WHO LABEL OTHER WRITERS HAVING GALLERY SHOWS AS BEING SELLOUTS?
A: To be honest sometimes I feel like I’d be happy doing nothing but chrome tracksides until the end. Graffiti is a form of visual art for me, but I’m not putting my graffiti pieces in to galleries, I’m putting in pieces of art that are directly inspired by the graffiti. I’m doing graffiti at the same time out in the world which is separate from my gallery stuff and at the same time, directly inspired and influenced by it. I’m not troubled by the question of selling out, I’m just doing what I think is fun.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?
A: Tough question, but I got a big kick out of producing a fanzine for my crew ‘THIS IS LOCAL GRAFF FOR LOCAL PEOPLE’. It was a limited edition of 50 which sold out, and was sent all over the world. It’s success got me interested in publishing work and made me see possibilities. I have several ideas lined up for bigger and better zines.

Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU ARTISTICALLY?
A: Anyone I meet who’s committed and prolific with their art.

Q: THE CONTENT OF THE LAST PHOTO YOU TOOK?
A: I went for a walk deep into some abandoned railway tunnels not far from my apartment this afternoon and took some photos in there. Amazing and slightly disturbing place that I’m planning to return to soon.

Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU IN LIFE?
A: All the writers who are out there getting up on the street, putting time and effort into getting a name seen. Anyone who aims high with their artwork and isn’t afraid to be bold with it.

Q: 3 WEBSITES YOU VISIT EVERYDAY? (NOT SOCIAL MEDIA AS NO DOUBT YOU ARE ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR BOTH!
A: I have to say Flickr although my addiction is waning of late. Other than that it’s Ebay as I’m a junk addict and also PAL crew’s Service Au Bar which is continually amazing.

Q: WHAT WAS THE LAST ART EXHIBITION YOU VISITED AND WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS?
A: I went to see Crash’s last show in Paris, the first time I’ve been to one of his solo expositions. I’m a big fan and would love to have a piece, there were some nice large format signed photos of his subway cars from the 1970s and a bunch of watercolours.

Q: HOW CLOSE TO FINISHING YOUR CURRENT PAINTING ARE YOU?
A: I haven’t started it yet!

Q: THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
A: I’m about half way through the last Wired magazine.

Q: YOUR FAVOURITE GALLERY IN THE WORLD?
A: Difficult one, I like the Tate Modern for the size of the space in the main hall and the possibilities of that. The Grand Palais in Paris is similar in that it’s an enormous space under a glass roof. The last thing I saw there was ‘Leviathan’ by Anish Kapoor last year, which was a 110 ft tall rubber ball you could go inside, it was like being on a different planet.

Q: THE LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
A: I revisted H-Streets ‘Shackle Me Not’ which is an old skateboarding movie from the late 80’s.

Q: 3 PIECES OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO ANYONE JUST STARTING OFF DOWN THE PATH OF TAKING THEIR ART SERIOUSLY?
A: Keep going. Keep going. Keep going.

Q: IF YOU COULD GET SUPERPOWERS OR BE A SUPER HERO WHAT WHO WOULD IT BE?
A: I’d be Superman so I could do good things for planet earth like throwing nuclear missiles into the sun.

Q: IF YOU WERE TO BE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU?
A: Water purification tablets, a good knife, and something to start fires with.

Q: YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART?
Probably something from Futura 2000 like the piece on the cover of DJ Krush – Meiso, anything from Haring’s late period or any of Bando’s 80s canvases.

 

Piece dropped in Bristol with Paris & Ponk

EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH AN E & BRISTOL BIENNIAL

May 30, 2012

EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH AN E

Art-el Gallery is delighted to announce‘Everything Begins With An E’, a new body of work from the Graffiti writer and illustrator Erms.  UK born but now based in Paris, he continues to be active in the Parisian graffiti scene.

Taking diverse influence from classical New York and European graffiti, renaissance art through to pop art, traditional graphic design and illustration, the 80s Hip Hop movement and beyond. Erms takes us on a unique aesthetic exploration of the alphabet, of complex patterns, grids and graphic style.

The title for the show is inspired by the famous rave track of the same name. It also plays with the first letter of the artists moniker as well as having intrinsic links to the rave scene.

Last Night on Earth

The theme highlights the dangers of both of these pursuits that become all consuming, and when taken to the extreme, the darker elements begin to appear…

BRISTOL BIENNIAL @ THE COLLEGE PROJECT

Happening alongside this, in conjunction with The College Project will be the opening off the Bristol Biennial with an explosive multi-media event showcasing an array of visual art by the college creative’s, including an art and sculpture trial, live music and refreshments throughout the evening.   You will be blown away by the transformation of the old City of Bristol College, now a thriving artistic community in the midst of beautiful gardens.

See below for what we have in store for you.

The theme for this year’s Bristol Biennial is Storytelling, inviting participants to interpret the theme through visual arts, film and theatre. Storytelling exists in all facets of life: we tell stories and anecdotes to engage others and break down isolating barriers between individuals or groups. Storytelling can enrich our lives, it can be cathartic, it can impart wisdom or illustrate values and customs.

Photographer Matthew Smith (Mattko) has been invited to showcase his vast body of work.Mattko has spent the last 20 years documenting social movements in the UK.

Read an interview with Mattko and a review of his last exhibition in Crack Magazine.



Alongside the exhibitions, there will be an outdoor art and sculpture trail from the College Project artist studio and workshop residents.

Keep an eye out for the Immersive video, sound & sculptural installation By workshop resident Kathy Hinde & Matthew Fairclough called ‘A Thousand Birds’. This work has been partly created by the wider community, who have been creating origami cranes for it. You can still participate if you follow the instructions on this video.

The installation will be open for viewing at the at the same time as the gallery.  Other work will be available to view throughout the duration of the Bristol Biennial, 1st to 16th June.

There will also be live performance on the evening of the 1st from musicians Yaffle (Benita Johnson & Helen Gregory) and Insomniac Jack and a circus performance in ‘The House of Curious Engagements’.

See the Bristol Biennial website for all the related events throughout Bristol.

Devil Snail Animation

May 25, 2012

It’s always good to encourage the younger generation so we thought we’d share this.

This is the first animation production by our friends’ 10 year old son.

Show the love and like it.

Lyken Pattern Interrupt – 2 more days

May 23, 2012

Hey folks there are only 2 days left to come and view Mark Lyken’s ‘Pattern Interrupt’ solo show at The Art-el Gallery.  Beautiful original canvases adorn the walls and hang from the ceiling, coloured cords split the room and head off on a journey outside and the installation is hex – ellant!

But don’t take our word for it, drop by and see for yourself.  Open Thursday and Friday 11.30am to 5.30pm.

Here’s a little teaser, don’t miss your last chance.

MCA tribute @ The College

May 22, 2012

Beautiful X

By Paris & Eko.

 

One Thousand Birds – come & get involved @ The College

May 21, 2012

Come to the College and get inspired by making an origami crane which will be included in this brilliant installation.

One Thousand Birds. An Immersive Video, Sound & Sculptural Installation By Kathy Hinde & Matthew Fairclough.

The amazing work of Kathy Hinde & Matthew Fairclough will be on display at The College as part of the Bristol Biennial. This is a completely interactive project which relies on the local community and people far and wide contributing an origami crane which will form the main body of their installation. For more details please checkout the website.  http://onethousandbirds.co.uk.s22659.gridserver.com/?page_id=16

Great fun for all the family so come and take part.

Bird making workshop at The College Project, Marksbury Rd, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 5JJ, Sunday May 27th 11am to 5pm, the exhibition will then run from the 1st to the 16th June opening Thursday & Friday 11.30am  to 5.30pm ans Saturday 12.00pm to 4.30pm as part of the Bristol Biennial.

Depth of Field 4 – 21st May 2012 @ The College, Bristol

May 20, 2012

Epok & Smug – Deconstruction Exhibition opening night

May 19, 2012

We dropped into the Upfest Gallery last night to check out Epok and Smug’s joint exhibition ‘Deconstruction’.  If you haven’t been all ready then head that way as there is some amazing work to gaze over and of course purchase.

Here are a few sample shots

For more pictures check out our flickr set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/27892381@N04/sets/72157629800981928/

And for more information about the artists and the show (which runs until the 10th June) visit the Upfest Gallery web-site) here http://www.upfest.co.uk/

New RIPO piece in Barcelona

May 17, 2012

Following a weekend long stag party, RIPO marked the occasion with this great piece.  Good Times indeed.

ERMSONE coming to Art-el Gallery on 1st June

May 16, 2012

The next show to be held at Art-el Gallery will be a solo show by Erms.  Having moved to France from the UK he is heading back to produce a show that we are very excited about.

Opens 1st June 6.00 to 9.30pm, heres a little vimeo taster.


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