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This week saw the opening of the 10 day exhibition of my steampunk items and sculpture. After an extremely hectic couple of days setting up, I am really pleased with the results! We had an opening night Private View on the first day, attended by none other than the Mayor of St Albans as well as lots of friends and general punters. Smooth jazz for the evening was provided by my brother, who I must say did an excellent job! Here are just a few selected photos both from the night and also of some of the general works on show / for sale. Do get in touch if anything strikes your fancy!

Private-view-2

My brother playing jazz

David Hardy (portrait artist), Sam Sawdy (organsier), me, The Mayor of St Albans

David Hardy (portrait artist), Sam Sawdy (organsier), me, The Mayor of St Albans

10Key rings and light pulls

Key rings and light pulls

The 'Black Box' lamp

The ‘Black Box’ lamp

General view of some of the stuff

General view of some of the stuff

The 'Silver Box' lamp

The ‘Silver Box’ lamp

The 'Art Deco Uplighter' (the star of the show so far – I could have sold loads of these!)

The ‘Art Deco Uplighter’ (the star of the show so far – I could have sold loads of these!)

Another general view

Another general view

A shot with moody lighting

A shot with moody lighting

A few of the steampunk items

A few of the steampunk items

A new uplighter

A new uplighter

Steampunk coat hooks

Steampunk coat hooks

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A great opportunity has just cropped up in my area – a group of local artists have gained access to an empty shop and are running a two month long ‘pop up’ art show/sale.

My stuff (my steampunk-style lighting, welded metal sculpture, home and garden accessories etc) is being shown in the second week, 10th to 19th November.

Click here to download a flyer for my part of the show (Pop Up Shop Flyer) but see the shop website here for more details on all the artists taking part, opening times, location etc >>

My stuff!

My stuff!

 

 

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This weekend saw the official opening of the Eastern Approaches exhibition at the Museum of St Albans.

Apart from the ubiquitous ‘private view’ glasses of wine and mince pies, various dignitaries were present, giving speeches and handing out awards.

Amongst all this hullabaloo were the pieces of art themselves of course – the exhibition is well worth a visit if you are passing. Here are some shots of my stuff in place – all for sale I might add!!

My sculptures in place

My sculptures in place

Another view

Another view

The Mayor of St Albans addresses the crowd

The Mayor of St Albans addressing the crowd

The Mayor of St Albans addresses the crowd

An art lover surveys the exhibition

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I’m really chuffed to have just learned that I’ve had two of my sculptures accepted into the forthcoming 2013 University of Hertfordshire ‘Eastern Approaches‘ exhibition.

The works will shortly go on display in the exhibition at the Museum of St Albans, which runs from 5 December 2013 – 12 January 2014.

Here’s a very quick shot of the sculptures (in the centre)  during the judging process – I’ll post some better ones up once the main exhibition has been arranged.

Khloros #1 and #2 sculptures

Khloros #1 and #2 sculptures

And here’s me adding some final touches!:

Tinkering!

Tinkering!

Here’s some blurb about the exhibition:

Receiving critical acclaim, UH Galleries has been extremely successful in its programme of exhibitions this year, and is fast becoming one of the most innovative contemporary art spaces in the UK. As well as exhibiting a range of established and international artists, our vibrant spaces also aim to target members of the local and regional community. Over the last thirteen years Eastern Approaches has marked itself out as the definitive annual showcase for regional artistic talent. 

Do come visit it if you are in the area!!

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During the mini-sculpture trail exhibition I took part in recently, I received lost of kind comments on the support materials I had produced to go alongside the sculptures themselves.

I produced these very quickly, on a minimum budget, so I was glad to see they were well received! The photo below shows what I had made (and indeed what can be achieved with not much outlay) – here are a few notes:

Sculpture marketing materials

Sculpture marketing materials

The top row are some ‘Do Not Touch’ signs (completely ignored by most of the general public, I hasten to add!) – these I simply printed out in-house on good quality paper, spray mounted them to some foam board and cut them out (with nicely chamfered edges for that’ art gallery’ look and feel).

Below that on the left are some stickers which I got printed at the wonderful moo.com – all their products are excellent quality, very reasonably priced even for very small quantities, and all with extremely quick turn arounds.

Below these (again on the left) are some business cards. I only needed a very few for the very specific nature of the day, which the people at a C9 Creative had digitally printed for me – again excellent service and a very quick turn around.

The rather snazzy black business card boxes (which I attached to posts near the sculptures for people to take my card if they wanted to) are not business card holders at all, but rather metal cigarette cases from the excellent PoundLand high street chain (very snazzy they looked too!).

So, ‘geurilla marketing’ – the way forward for the struggling artist (or indeed any business) when the chips are down and money is tight!

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This coming Sunday, St Albans is hosting a ‘Giant Monopoly’ day… Now in its 5th year, this is both a great day out for all the family and a novel way to explore some of the seldom-seen landmarks of this great City.

Not only that, but this year there is a mini-sculpture trail around the scenic Verulamium lake area – and I have special dispensation from the Council to erect two of my pieces on the lovely foot bridge (that separates the large and small lake).

If anyone is in St Albans that day, do come down and say ‘Hi’! I’ll be hovering around all day to answer any questions and to check nothing falls off my rather ‘heath robinson-esque’ sculptures.

Here are the two sculptures I will be exhibiting (not very good photos I am afraid!):

Chime for an Ill Wind

Chime for an Ill Wind

Turbine

And here is where they will be (roughly!)

In position

In position

Check out the official site here >>

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For a while now I’ve been making garden sculptures from old tools, welded or bolted onto metal poles (see some very early experiments in this post from 2009 >>).

Displaying these in my own tiny garden has become a bit of a problem, as I simply don’t have the space t0 show them off to their best.

What I do have however is a long stretch of new fence that runs along my side passage, a perfect ‘blank canvass’ I realised.

So, here are a few shots of some of my sculptures. They are held in place by sliding them into a simple clip made from galvanised metal strip – I can remove them for sale or to swap them round whenever I like.

Sculpture fence

Sculpture fence

Sculpture fence viewed from the other end

Sculpture fence viewed from the other end

Sculpture fence half way

Sculpture fence half way

Sculpture fence - Big Saw

Sculpture fence – Big Saw

Sculpture fence - clippers

Sculpture fence – clippers

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I have spent a bit of time in and around hospitals in Brighton recently (a long story, nothing too serious luckily!). At the very smart Sussex Orthopaedic Treatment Centre in Haywards Heath, I spotted the following bits of art near the entrance / drop off area:

Three sculptures

Three sculptures

Rusty iron, sculptures in the outdoors… What’s not to love!!

The only shame is that no where could I find any indication of who the artist was? Any ideas, please let me know!!

Here are some close ups (bird droppings Photoshopped out for aesthetic consideration!):

sculpture-1

sculpture-1

sculpture-2

sculpture-2

sculpture-3

sculpture-3

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I’ve been doing a lot of sorting out in ‘Star Command’ recently (my loft / general dumping ground which is meant to be being converted to my new office!) – amazing what one finds during the course of such activity!

Amongst a million old back-up disks from various defunct computers, here are some old photos of what I think were my first ever welded sculpture attempts. Taken sometime in 2005, the photos are really small as I am guessing that was the limit of my digital camera technology back then!

The first set is of ‘DeerDog’, a hybrid animal that combines the characteristics of a dog and a deer! Made from all sorts of rusty iron parts (mainly old garden implements and a bits of bicycles) I was always really pleased with the ‘cheeky’ look of this little fella – friendly, attentive and playful!

DeerDog!

DeerDog!

DeerDog head on

DeerDog head on

Down boy!

Down boy!

The second set is a of a ladybug-like creation, made from an old wok, some cutlery, parts of an old cooker and a coat hook. I remember the wok was really hard to weld to successfully – I am guessing it is stainless steel? I’d be really interested to see it now and see if the shiny parts have rusted at all?

Bug!

Bug!

Bug close up

Bug close up

These were made and sited in the parents’ garden of an old friend I have unfortuantely lost touch with – I’d love to know if they are still there and, if so, how they look now!?…

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My friend Chris B had recently been coordinating an arts project in my area.

Working with a group of local students, the participants have scoured a local disused railway line (now used as a cycle track and general walking route) for lost and discarded items. Taking these back to base, they have then adapted them, wrapping them on various brightly coloured materials, and reinstalled them back along the railway.

Here are a few shots, taken on my phone so apologies for the less-than-fantastic quality!

Found Object Sculpture 1

Found Object Sculpture 1

Found Object Sculpture 2

Found Object Sculpture 2

Found Object Sculpture 3

Found Object Sculpture 3

Explanation

Explanation

More details on this and other projects can be found here:

http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/arts-and-entertainment/ST.aspx

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