Friday 31 May 2019

Creekside Open at the A.P.T

Aindreas Philip Scholz | Alastair Gordon | Andrew Graves | Andrew Seto | Annabel Tilley | Archie Franks | Aude Herail Jager | Bea Denton | Ben Yau | Benjamin Cohen | Bianca Barandun | Bill Henderson | Caroline Jane Harris | Charlotte C Mortenssoon | Chloe Alice Hayes | Chris Thompson | Claire McArdle | Claire Willberg | Cyrus Shroff | Daisuke Minowa | Daniella Norton | David Cooper | David Edmond | David Lock | David Small | David Theobald | Dorry Spikes | Duncan McKellar | Edwin Mingard | Gavin Maughfling | Gill Capewell | Gunther Herbst | Guy Allott | Harry Pye­­ | Helen K Grant | Hemanth Rao | Jamie Hosegood | Janet Sainsbury | Jemma Appleby | John Vincent | John Wyatt Clarke | Julia White | Kasper Pincis | Katherine Reekie | Ken Taylor | Lara Davies | Lisa Penny | Louise Edgington | Lucienne O'Mara | Lucy Mayes | Luey Graves | Luke Jackson | Lyndsey Gilmour | Lynn Fulton | Marie-Therese Ross | Matt Morris | Matthew Webber | Melissa Kime | Michael Calver | Mimei Thompson | Molly Thomson | Natalia Markowska | Nicholas Cobb | Nick Maroussas | Noel Hensey | Oona Grimes | Pallas Citroen | playpaint | Robert C. Gray | Robert Fitzmaurice | Robert Worley | Rosie McGinn | Sally Rowland | Sarah Durham | Sarah Jenkins | Scott McCracken | Seungjo Jeong | Shona Davies + David Monagahan + Jon Klein | Simon Leahy-Clark | Sophia Starling | Steph Goodger | Stephanie Douet | Stephen Palmer | Steve Burden | Steve Perfect | Susan Sluglett | Tess Williams | Tim Allen | Trevor Burgess | Victoria Burgher | Wayne Lucas have all been selected for the Creekside Open 2019 at APT Gallery. See you there on Saturday 15th June at 3pm.
Art in Perpetuity Trust Harold Wharf 6 Creekside Deptford London SE8 4SA
A.P.T is a registered charity that encourages participation in the visual arts through creative practice, exhibitions and education.Located in South East London, A.P.T supports an exceptional resource and facility for artists and the wider community.With the provision of secure studios and high quality exhibition space as a cornerstone, A.P.T aims to foster an environment where creativity may flourish, forging links and collaborations with other professional bodies both locally, nationally and internationally. This is the eighth time that we have run the biennial competition since the inaugural competition in 2005. Since its inception the Creekside OPEN has become one of London's foremost open competitions for visual artists. The Creekside OPEN is organised by Liz May, A.P.T Director under the remit of the A.P.T Gallery & Projects Committee.
Above: ' Sleeping Fly (2)' by Mimei Thompson
Above: 'Misfit (Check)' by David Lock.
Above:'Fleurs dans un Vase' from 'The Last Flowers of Manet'by Lara Davies.
Above: 'R.I.P. Karl Lagerfeld' by Harry Pye
Above: 'Monster Munch with Moon'by Archie Franks.

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Fatberg Live in Deptford.

Last Friday night the mighty 'Fatberg' played a great set in S.E.8 with their mates, 'Business Dudes' and 'Maternal Feeding Party'. The venue was very packed, very hot and very sweaty and all 3 bands were splendid.
Above: James Aucutt - guitar and lead vocals
Above: Cameron Colbeck on drums and vocals.
Above: Alex Weeks on bass guitar.
Sister Midnight Records is a Record Shop, Live Music Venue, Craft Beer Bar and Vegan Friendly Café based in the heart of Deptford: 4 Tanners Hill (2 minutes from Deptford D.L.R)

Tuesday 7 May 2019

This is a painting of Simon & Garfunkle

In 1970 Paul Simon and Art Garfunkle released, Bridge Over Troubled Water. Paul Simon wrote the song about his wife Peggy in an attempt to lift her spirits. When writing it on his guitar he tried to imagine Aretha Franklin singing it. Aretha later covered the song, as did Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and a host of other music legends. Paul Simon has admitted he struggled to find words for the third verse of the song and thinks he should have tried harder. However, the single was featured on an album which was also called, Bridge Over Troubled Water. The single and L.P both shot to number one in the charts in both the U.K. and the U.S. This had never been achieved by a singer or group before. Many years later Paul Simon released a solo album called, Hearts and Bones which flopped in both the U.K. and the U.S. One of the tracks from the album was about the Belgian painter Rene Magritte and his wife Georgette. When, Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War was released it got positive reviews but failed to be a hit. Allmusic described it as being, "a commercial disaster." Last year, Paul Simon performed the song live in Copenhagen, he'd given the song's arrangement a bit of t.l.c. and to my ears this sounds as good as Bridge Over Troubled Water ever did. Simon and Garfunkle's relationship has had it's ups and downs over the years. I like to think of them being friends again and collaborating once more. 'This is a painting of Simon and Garfunkle' (by Harry Pye and Rowland Smith) shows the two old friends in a gallery standing next to a painting by Magritte. Walking round an exhibition with a friend and discovering what you agree and disagree on is a pleasant way to pass the time and you get reminded that there is no accounting for taste - One man's meat is another man's poison. An artist might be able to control what happens on their canvas or on their album but once it's been made public there's no telling what reception it's going to get. In the painting Garfunkle is wearing a Happy Eater badge. It's curious that when the image of the badge is added into the mix the pipe seems more Freudian. Sigmund Freud famously said, "Sometimes a pipe is just a pipe" (meaning that isn't a sexual meaning behind everything). One wonders if Paul was jealous of Art's height or if Art was jealous of Paul's ability to write lyrics. Maybe Paul was jealous when Art got to number one with Brighteyes? There is so much we'll never know. I like the fact they can't look each other in the eye. They both remain guarded and alert. This painting is kind of a companion piece to another Rowland & Harry painting. Like Simon & Garfunkle, John & Yoko were another pair of New York City lovers who made beautiful music together.
(Both paintings are 95cm wide and 65cm high)