Saturday, 28 August 2010
This issues front cover artist is Manchester based artist David Mackintosh and with art works from many more North West based artists.
A now bi-monthly zine BRUCE has seen great success in Preston over the last 10 months, which is continuing to offer opportunity for independant artists and event to gain a level of recognition. The zine is now going regional with distribution not just in Preston anymore. New venues will include A Foundation Liverpool and Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.
We are very excited about the future of BRUCE and offer to any creative to send us imagery or articles of events and activites happening near you and or beyond.
Send these to firstname.lastname@example.org and you could feature in an upcoming issue of the zine and have your work seen by an ecclectic and widespread audience.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
"My My My De Liza (is she isnt she)", reclaimed shoes, red glitter, glass, 2010
"Rewiring the System"- teabags, cork and laundry basket wire, 2010
These wall hung installations take into account elements of time and
process within my work. Looking at the emalgamation and construction of material
in relation to both itself and also the environment in which it is presented.
The work adorns the adjacent wall to my studio in which countless 'teabreaks'
The used bags reference the consumption of a single product within a single
The fresh bags explore the relationship between old and new alongside
creating narratives concerned with inevitability of change.
The metal has been taken from laundry baskets to further make oblique
references to the home/work space and the notion of cleanliness and throw away
culture being on our doorstep.
The addition of matching saved corks suggest a cotinuation of a story as
perhaps day moves to night and aspirations change from one consumeable product
Friday, 26 February 2010
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Just to let you know - in heindz site, that matthew livesey and myself took part in Lancashire zine fair taking place at the Atrium (SU Bar at UCLan) on Friday 29th - Saturday 30th January 2009.
It was good to see many other interesting zines and art books from all over the place. With recogniseable individuals such as Emily Speed (formerly Wolstenholme Projects), and the other local publication duo in Preston, 'Preston is my Paris'. We also discovered another group aiming to highlight activity and creative influence in Preston called 'PrestON', who are a group of illustration student coming into their own in their final year.
I couldnt help notice that BRUCE was to be the only FREE ZINE at the fair which was wonderful to see so many people walking around with our books....mission accomplished.
With a little extra push you can source small funds for such things as zines...which indeed is how BRUCE comes to be free. It was also interesting to see zines predominantly (and not in any negative reference) promote the creators own works as they seem personal extensions of an artists own creative preferences. Again BRUCE is aimed at promtoing and reviewing other art and platforming new artists and new events in and around Preston.
It was a great day with lots of interesting people. For anybody who draws doodles, writes, thinks or hates or likes anything by putting it forward creatively, then get it all in a book and get yourself to a zine fair near you. It is a good way to get out and about with artists and creative professionals.
BRUCE issue six has had high demand and will have another batch printed for this months to circulate to our usual venues in Preston.
Next months issue will include more writings from around the nation inclusive of text by artist David Mackintosh (currently at the Cornerhouse) and a front cover artist Jonny Lamin.
Next month will also see the production of new BRUCE posters, so keep you eyes looking in and about Preston because it's hotting up!
Thursday, 21 January 2010
This may be a little out of the Blu (no pun intended), but I have come across a fantastic artist creating wall murals and stop motion animation. He is a name for the future (if he isnt known by most cool people already), his name is 'Blu'.
Check out his work at www.blublu.org
I really was blown away by the interchangeability of his illustration within an animation. Very clever, very witty and very gifted.
Many of my friends will appreciate my new found like for this type of work as I predominantly never give it air time, but im impressed.
I have emailed him regarding my own drawing styl so lets await his opinion...be warned if the response is bad then you want see it on this blog, I only post good words about Garth Gratrix lol.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
I have created a new online portfolio of my art work.
See where I have developed from, What I have achieved and where I am going since 2006 to the present day.
Follow the link below and have a browse.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Monday, 18 January 2010
As I walked around the space I was forever intrigued by an element of balance within the artists work, which was well installed at the Harris, with exception of one piece created by Matt Calderwood and titled "Some things just work". Perhaps one of the strongest pieces however not framed by the space and surrounding work as well as I thought it could be...it needed more air around it.
After marvelling at the exhibition as a whole I made my way into a neighbouring room in which public could attempt to create their very own pieces of art. I grabbed a water bottle, plant pot and kite string. I then thredded the kite string through the water bottle handle and further attached the string to firstly a basketball and then secondly to a lever and placed them on the ground. If anyone was to kick the ball or pull the lever (as they instinctively might) then the water botlle would have been dislodged from its balanced position.
This was an eventual winner of the 'Quiet Revolution' competition, providing me with a much needed B&Q voucher for those artists with storage issues and also the treat of visiting Mr Fite-Wassilak in London for the day.
'Chris' as I will now refer to him was an absolute pleasure to meet. Im not going to begin waffling about the gentleman's attire and what we ate for lunch (although that was shit!!).
We spent time in Lisson Gallery looking at their current offering titled "7", which is not really worth talking about and also the Showroom where emerging artist Ruth Buchanan displayed her first London exhibition, which I have to say I am very pleased new work is inspiring me more than a repeated repertoire of oldies but goodies. If it has too longer shelf life then arguably it was too safe to begin with.
Buchanan's video work was a little uninspiring as is most video work. I try to push and seek some level of appreciation as to why the camera has even begun recording such moments of staged pointlessness, but with the exception of certain Violla pieces and Fischli & Weiss, I am often dissapointed. This doesnt give Buchanan much credit, Be uplifted in the knowledge that this was one piece within a room of rather successful pieces, most notably for me "Curved Curtain", in which the simple involvement of a timed fan gave a piece of art with everychanging narrative, which to me acknowledged an artworks time limit to the public eye and therefore changes the way we look at the piece and subsequently forces us to look again at a piece we have just grown tired of.
Anyway after this and lunch we parted company, yet with an exchange of details and a promised article to be included within BRUCE zine...a joint venture between artist Matthew Livesey and myself (only exclusively available to people in Preston).