Archive for the ‘graffiti’ Category

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.

Busy day today, been out photographing some street art being made and challenging gender stereotypes at the same time.

Busy day.

This is something my wife soon came to learn, and then mimic, very early in our relationship.

It used to be the case that I’d buy cards and then forget where I put them.

Now I just refuse the whole buy it, loose it, find it at Easter charade, and, instead mumble something about the commercial exploitation of Christmas (weddings, birthdays, bar mitzvahs and any other opportunity which lends its self to card buying), before saying fuck it and not bothering in the first place.

Anyway, for my daughter’s 21st Birthday I thought I’d do something a bit different, so, working with my long term friend and collaborator known only as “Agent K” (or, at 2 am in the morning with a spray can in one hand and a can of special brew in th’other, “Special Agent K”), we came up with the following 12ft by 6ft greeting card design.

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Looking at it a few days later, I reckon the paste I’ve used should last till Christmas when it can be easily modfied with a few christmassy colours and other seasonal nonsense.

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

Kept in the dark

Posted: March 9, 2013 in graffiti

Can’t / won’t say where this is, other than its in Scunthorpe, but I *kin love it!

Thanks for showing me it and allowing me to photograph it.

disused car sales room

Posted: January 31, 2013 in Cars, graffiti, scunthorpe, street art

I was told a couple of days ago that there was a lot of new street art appearing inside an location near by.

Here’s the pics. (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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