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Sign on the fence. I'd call it irony my self.

Sign on the fence. I’d call it irony my self.

In the cold war, British and American armed forces built a spy base on the top of the Devil’s Mountain in Berlin. The mountain its self was made of rubble from the city’s bombing in world war 2. This “man made mountain” became the highest point in West Berlin, allowing radio intercepts to be made for hundreds of miles by the Brits and the Americans. (more…)

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Regular followers may remember a post from the beginning of the year unveiling the new public gallery space which opened near by, nicknamed “Cameron Allee” as the first piece featured David Cameron dressed as a thief and I liked the play on words in the deliberate mistranslation of German for “avenue” in to the English for “alley”. Since its unofficial opening there’s a few pieces appear down there including a Banksy copy, and “rant at the job centre” by Moonrat after he got his benefits sanctioned.

Anyway.

The local arts centre has been encouraging local artists to submit their work for an arts and crafts exhibition at the centre which is currently ongoing.

Coincidentally as I passed yesterday I saw that a submission from the Ferric Streets Arts Collective had been cable tied to the railings out side showing some of their street art on a piece of re-cycled cardboard used as a canvas. Now I quite like this idea, granted its not as hardcore or radical as graffing a wall or doing a paste up but its also a bit more democratic, it allows freedom of artistic expression in terms of putting a message on the street without causing damage to property owner’s buildings ad the like, according them a similar degree of democratic freedom. (Unless of course its a pay day loan company)

What was nice to see was that the piece survived the day and was taken down off the railings when the art centre closed. Not sure if this was done by centre staff or if a member of the public decided to take it but either way I guess that’s pretty cool as ferric will often paint up recycled  materials and even canvases and leave them around parks and alley ways for people to do what they want with. Some get taken home, hung on the wall and photos sent in to the ferric facebook group, others get destroyed which again is also pretty cool as it combines not only the expression of the artist, but the reaction of the recipient in to the same piece.

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So here’s its first public viewing, for one day only at the 20:21 Arts Centre in Scunthorpe…. “Scrounger Parasite and Offspring”, artist “Ferric Streets“, medium recycled packaging material and pound shop paint.

The piece is claimed to show the juxtaposition between the royal family being supported by the state to have a large family and the victimisation of working class families when they need the safety net of benefits.

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More information about the Ferric Sreets art collective is available from their website and facebook groups.

IMG_8992Some more work from ferric streets.

 

Spotted in the local park, protesting against the badger cull.

 

They are giving away three canvases of these in a competition on their facebook page.

 

go give them a like

Any one who goes out shooting photos on a regular basis will have come across the photo-Stasi at some point.

Usually taking up the form of an ill informed security guard or similar.

Messing about today coming up with a few ideas for t-shirt slogans, and thinking about a couple of jobs I’ve got in the pipe line, I decided to make a t-shirt vinyl “just in case”.

Hope you like it.

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Never trust an artist

Posted: February 27, 2013 in arts, Class War, stencils, street art

Let me know if you want one.

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IMG_3380Last night there was a budget meeting at our local council (North Lincolnshire), which was to be followed by a special meeting about changes to the youth services which have been hotly contested.

I’d been told that a group of Young People would be meeting at “The Base” youth centre in town and marching to the meeting to protest.

Here are a series of photographs from last night, please feel free to reuse and share them for any non commercial purposes.

Press media or other use, get in touch, printed copies are available on request. (more…)

I received an interesting email on Thursday, here it is in full.

Gurnell Street Decorations

 On the 7th of January 2013 Gurnell street will be closed to the public as the bulldozers move in.

It is expected that shortly after, the houses on Gurnell street are set to become heaps of brick, dust, roof tiles and broken fixtures and fittings.

In a modern, throw away society it is considered normal for people to break things down into their different parts and lose sight of the value of the whole.

These houses were not always just houses, they were homes.

For nearly 100 years people have been born in them, died in them, loved in them, laughed in them and cried in them.

On Sunday 6th January members of the community who have lived and grown up with these homes intend to dress them ready to face the bulldozers.

In doing so they hope to hear again the sounds of children laughing and playing echo around the street, we will honour the women and men who through their labour and love turned bricks and mortar into homes.

We will give thanks to those who turned homes into communities and we will remember those who are no longer with us.

We will work together to give these homes a proper send off and hope, in our small part, to be part of rebuilding the kind of community that we would all like for our children.

 

Here’s some photos I took…

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