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Erms ‘Everything begins with an E’ solo show @ Art-el Gallery

June 5, 2012

It was a very busy week last week. Erms arrived into Bristol from Paris on Sunday 27th May and on Monday the work began.

First up deciding the order of the paintings and marking out the walls ready to go to town with the Montana!

Tuesday – and it’s time to make a start on the show installation piece and fashion some aerosol caps out of buckets.  Just for the record, DIY stores do not make downpipe in lengths that will fit into a standard hatchback car – so for any of you out there in Bristol who saw some crazy woman in a car park attacking downpipe with a hacksaw – that was me and this is why!

Great waves made on the painting front on Wednesday.

As if it wasn’t enough that the walls have eyes, it’s also time to add some skeleton hands – lots of them!

Painting done it’s time to start hanging – string, clips and a man who can tie knots desperately required (and found in the form of Aeddon who was amazing, big up and thanks for all your help).

On Friday printmaster and sticker king Stickee arrived to add some vinyl finishing touches.

Not long to go and the gallery is looking somewhat …….. unready!   It’s a mad dash to the 6pm deadline and we didn’t quite make it, a little wait was necessary but we hope it was worth it.

The work is absolutely amazing and with the exception of the show print all the work that you can see in these photo’s is freehand and original, using a range of media including, gouache, permanent marker and posca.  The detail is just outstanding.

Paper Jam Series detail

Last Night on Earth
detail

All remaining original work is now available at Art-el Gallery.

The show is open until June 22nd.   Thursday & Friday 11:30 – 17:30 and Friday 12: to 16:00.

Don’t miss it and please don’t mention luggage tags!!!

Bristol Biennial @ The College

June 5, 2012

The College threw open it’s doors on Friday night as part of the Bristol Biennial (1st – 16th June).

It was a hugely busy and succesful night attracting artists and the local community who took great pleasure in the vast array of art work and creativeness that was on offer, enjoyed walking the art and sculpture trail and then relaxed to the sounds of Yaffle and Insomniac Jack.

This work can continue to be seen throughout the 16 days of the Biennial, but in order to take in the whole event it is best to save your visit for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday as this is when Art-el Gallery and Kathy Hindes, 1000 birds sound and visual installation are also available to view.

Here is a little run thorugh & visual sample of what you can expect to see.

Explore the College site via the art and sculpture trial, there are maps and information available in the main exhibition space.

‘Hedgehog’ by Paul Green, resident of The College Project

‘Argon Bird’ by Boswell

In the main exhibition space there is a group exhibition of work from from the amazing and talented residents of the college, including sculpture by Pete Mountain, Matthew Billington and Lillith C Green life drawing by Colin Stevens (who also runs classes at the college), photography by Joe Clarke & Ashley Clarke and Stefanie Dring and painting by Kerry Day.

The Main Exhibition Space.

In addition there is a solo photography exhibition by Matt Smith (Mattko), 30 photographs both digital and exposed print each telling it’s own story called ….

Open Thursday & Friday 11:30 to 17:30 and Saturday 12:00 to 16:30 is a sound and visual installation by Kathy Hinde and Matthew Fairclough.  Many of the 1000 paper cranes used in this exhibit have been made by the local community.

One Thousand Birds installation by Kathy Hinde & Matthew Fairclough

Also available to view on the same days and during the same hours is the Erms solo show ‘Everything Begins With An E’ in the Art-el Gallery.

ERMS solo show @ Art-el Gallery

The shows own blog and further pictures coming here soon.

So come down and check this out for yourself soon, it an amazing place and there is much going on.

And finally a huge thanks to all those who made this event possible, you all know who you are.  BIG LOVE X

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.

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.

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/

Max ‘RIPO’ Rippon

May 8, 2012

It has been for some time now that we (Art-el) have been in discussion with Max Rippon (Ripo) and we are over the moon that this has finally happened.

We were introduced to his art by a man whose view is always to be listened to, Harlan Levey, creator of Modart and NO NEW ENEMIES NETWORK.  We were blown away by his huge body of outdoor work that spans the globe and also his exquisit juxtaposition of simple wording on some amazing buildings and walls.  His letter forms are so subtlely crafted that it seems that they have already been dissolved in the ephemeral nature of graffiti.

‘Your Name Here’ – New York City

We also heavily respect him taking himself out of the Mecca of Most (NYC) where he could have been a big player by now, chosing the laid back culture of Barcelona with plenty of amazing walls, both in and out of the city.   It’s nice to see this organic approach now being rewarded with his solo show at White Walls later this year.

‘Tomorrow Another’ – Barcelona

His works are as prolific (having painted in no less than 36 countries to date) as they are stylish and interesting and often offer more questions than answers, always with a sense of sarcasm and humor crawling beneath the surface, which is evident in the pieces pictured below.

‘Nothing’ – Tenerife

“Some people say they prefer to have Nothing painted on their wall. No problem”

‘Word’ – Barcelona

“On the side of a library.  Word.  Painted using a combination of rollers and a fire extinguisher”

‘Dream On’ – Los Angeles

“A message to the city of dreams: Dream On”

‘Mierda’ – Barcelona

“Making shit (mierda in spanish) look good”

‘Your Name’ is a recurring theme throughout most of RIPO’s work both outdoors and indoors, ever wondered why?  Ponder no longer!

‘Your Name 3D’ – Barcelona

“Graffiti is about writing your name everywhere, as much as possible and with as much style as possible.  Some of you don’t understand this, maybe because you haven’t had Your Name up yourself.  These are for you”

‘Untitled (Your Name Black) – Ink and enamel on hand cut paper

We recently had a little internet Q & A session with the man himself – here are the results!

Q: Name and/or Nom de plume?
A: Max Rippon aka Ripo

‘RIPO’ – Barcelona

Q: Tea or Coffee?
A: Coffee, lots of it.

Q: Can you describe yourself in 5 words?
A: Open, twenty, four, seven, yeah!

Q: What is your favourite medium to work with and why?
A: My hands

Q: What is your creative process?
A: Learn to draw before anything else.

Q: You have been labelled as a ‘writer’ ‘graffiti artist’, ‘guerilla street artist’, criminal, why do you think people need to define you in this way and does it impact on how people interact with the work?
A: Labels do more to limit than to liberate.

Q: If not art, what career would you had liked to have had?
A: If I had the slightest shred of musical talent I would love to do that.

Q: If you could meet any person (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
A: Jimi Hendrix seems like he would have been a fun guy to hang with. But I’ve been really luck to have met some amazing people over the years who I look up to immensely. Rather than choosing I’ll let life keep surprising me.

Q: What is your greatest achievement to date?
A: Continuing to make artwork everyday of my life.

‘To Make a Long Story Short’ – Barcelona

Q: Who inspires you artistically?
A: My brother, my friends, and too many other artists who I’ve met, and even more who I haven’t met, to list here.

Q: What was the the content of the last photo you took?
A: A handpainted wooden store sign on the streets of Barcelonathat reads “Aquí estoy yo” (translation: Here I am)

Q: Who inspires you in life?
A: My family and friends.

Q: Three websites you visit everyday? Not social media as no doubt you are on Facebook or Twitter (or both)!
A: If I’m lucky I’ll have a day where I visit no websites at all.

Q: What was the last art exhibition you visited and your thoughts?
A: I went to see the Ai Wei Wei photo exhibit at the Jeu de Paume inParis. The hype around his work is out of control and the line at the door exhibited that. But his snapshots gave a great behind the scenes look at the history, development and thought process behind his larger works and projects.

Q: Three websites that you spend too much time looking at everyday?
A: That fucking book of faces, blogs (too many of them), my email

Q: How close to finishing your current painting are you?
A: Tomorrow, I promise.

‘Sorry’ – ink and watercolour on paper

Q: What was the last book you read?
A: I’m in the middle of “Nothing If Not Critical” by Robert Hughes.

Q: What is your favourite Gallery in the world?
A: The one that makes me the most money!

Q: What was the last film you watched?
A: Is porn considered film? Cause I saw this one recently…

Q: What three pieces of advice you to give anyone just starting off down the
path of taking their art seriously?
A: Sleep less, hold on to another source of income for the time being, and know with all your heart you’ll be making art until the day you die.

Q: If you could get superpowers or be a superhero what/who would it be?
A: Telekinesis

Q: If you were to be stranded on desert island what three things would you
take with you?
A: I would just need two things. Sunscreen and an escape plan.

Q: Your favourite piece of art?
A: The internet. And some day it will be the work titled “Death of the Internet”

‘Come Over’ – Paraguay

It has and continues to be a very busy for RIPO, being involved in a group show the Del Mural’ Art exhibition, located in the Espai Mercé Sala at the Diagonal metro stop in Barcelona, which runs to the 1st June and of course launching new work with Art-el. http://www.art-el.co.uk/collections/ripo

He has also just participated in ‘The Wallflowers’ exhibition at The Carhartt Gallery in Germany, you can see him getting up in the Gallery in this video.

More exciting, maybe, is what is to come as RIPO travels to San Francisco in August 2011, for a solo show at the prestigious White Walls Gallery.  I’m sure you all join us in wishing him every success for that show and those that follow.

To see and hear more about the world of RIPO visit http://www.ripovisuals.com/ and http://ripovisuals.wordpress.com/

Notts Boys, Onga, Kid30 & Boaster paint @ The College

April 6, 2012

Last Saturday we were on our way down to the gallery when friend and artist, Onga called to say he had some friends down from Nottingham and were there any spots to paint at the College.

Within the hour Onga, Boaster & Kid30 were at the college and doing their thing which we like very much, plus lovely, lovely people and a great day.

For more pictures of this piece coming together and other work from the college visit our flickr set http://www.flickr.com/photos/27892381@N04/sets/72157629451406869/

Meeting Of Styles 2011

October 3, 2011

The International Meeting of Styles (MOS) brings aerosol artists and the public together to experience live aerosol art and the creative process.  It provides a focal point for urban street culture and a platform for aerosol art to reach the larger community.  It is an event inspired by creativity and cultural exchange.

The original MOS originates from Germany and has a worldwide reputation and respect because of its message and authentic style.  Since it’s inception it now features in 17 cities around the world.

In October 2011 End of the Line presents the British edition of Meeting of Styles with its 4th event in London. This annual event has grown from 15 artists and one main wall in its first year to a full scale outdoor block party and street exhibition of 60 artists in 2010.

This years meeting, which has a great line up, will be held on October 8th at The Studios, Hornsey Street, Islington, N7 8GR.

For more information visit the website at http://meetingofstyles.co.uk/category/blog/

Pedro Matos – Reality Show, 3rd June, Lisbon

May 13, 2010

Completely self-taught, Pedro Matos first picked up a paint brush at the age of 16, now at still only 20 his work work is outstanding and in great demand.  His multi-layered work on canvas using oil, acrylic and aerosol paints is truly outstanding and his charcoal sketches are equally as beautiful.  To truly appreciate the skill that Pedro has nurtured through his determination and dedication his work needs to be seen in the flesh, and for those of you who find themselves in Lisbon at the start of June, have the opportunity to do just that.  Montana Shop and Gallery in Lisbon is hosting Pedro’s solo exhibiton, ‘Reality Show’ which opens on the 4th June 2010.

This solo show is not the only thing that has been keeping Pedro busy, his talent has caught the eye of designer Ralph Lauren who has invited him to to be involved in the project “Art Stars” along side artists such as Herakut, Alexone, Case, L’Atlas, Microbo, ROA, Sten & Lex, Zosen.  Each artist has been requested to decorate a star made of denim, each of which will then be showcased in a Raulph Lauren or Polo Jeans shop, and later in November for a collective exhibition in London.

Pedros work can also be found on the street, he uses a combination of paint and paste-ups of his charcoal sketches to great effect and it is this which has also found him involved in the Living Walls Conference in Atlanta in July, an event focusing street art  and its role in engaging public spaces.

All this and a print being launched soon too.

Well deserved recognition Pedro, we are extremely happy for you.


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