The sun is shining, the tunes are pumping and the paint is flowing.
Join us for a fun and free day out at The College Project, Timsbury Walk, Bedminster Bristol, BS3 5JJ.
Coming soon to Art-el, a stunning new collection of paintings and drawing by Pinky in his solo exhibition ‘REMEMBER WHAT YOU STAND FOR’.
It’s out with the old and in with the old at Art-el Gallery.
Erms solo show ‘Everything Begins With An E’ opened with a bang on Friday evening, after a busy and tiring week putting it up – more to come about that soon.
Pattern Interrupt, Mark Lyken’s solo show is down and has left the gallery, and the event seems like such a long time ago now. That said the show will live on in our hearts and of course on the internet! Lets take a little look back and how it all began.
Thanks to Mark for having the faith and for agreeing to put on Art-el first solo show, all who help out putting the show up and all those who came to view and of course thanks to Joe Clarke for an amazing momento of the achievement in the form of this short film.
Work from the show is now available on line at Art-el Gallery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.