Friday, February 27, 2015

ART IN BOXES: THE LAST TRAIN by RUPERT MALLIN



Waiting for the last train. But what if the last train had been the last train?

Here are some new art boxes I've been working on.

ART IN BOXES:ON ICE A LONG, LONG TIME



He was so rich that every bone and sinew of his being had been frozen to be born again through science...

The champagne was on ice for a very, very, very long time.

ART IN BOXES: WELCOME TO MIDSOMER

 
 
A broken window, a body, an isolated building, onlookers and some inquisitive pigs. Welcome to Midsomer.
 


ART IN BOXES: REAL LOVE by RUPERT MALLIN



Real Love

ART IN BOXES: THE POWER OF MUSIC



They had seen the film, now they set forth to change the World with music and trained animals...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MILESTONES GIG MARCH 1st FEATURES MASTER GUITARISTS



MASTER GUITARISTS BRING AN EXOTIC AND EXCITING MIX TO MILESTONES JAZZ CLUB

This month’s concert at Milestones Jazz Club on Sunday 1 March features two of the UK's finest jazz guitarists playing an exotic mix of exciting and accessible contemporary jazz – Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier.

Guitarists Pete Oxley and Swiss born Nicolas Meier take the varied influences of John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Flamenco and Middle Eastern music to create a deeply beautiful and personal take on contemporary jazz.
 

Since his last appearance at Milestones in 2011, Nicolas has joined the band of legendary guitarist Jeff Beck and will be setting out on another tour of the US with Beck in the summer.

The duo with Oxley is a dynamic unit, playing original compositions and jazz standards with a sustained technical virtuosity that also packs a heavy emotional punch.

Their individual sounds are rooted in a love of playing jazz on electric and acoustic guitars, allowing them to fuse many diverse influences into an exciting and coherent whole.

As well as the conventional guitar, Nicolas also plays a glissentar, a cross between an acoustic guitar and the oud, an Arabic stringed instrument.

Pete graduated from the Leeds Jazz College and Nicolas earned a scholarship to Berklee Music College in Boston, USA.

Both Pete and Nicolas have established themselves as respected players on the the vibrant UK jazz scene, touring extensively in Europe, sharing the bill with the likes of Elvin Jones, Brad Meldau and Trilok Gurtu and working with Nigel Kennedy, Jeff Beck, Harry Beckett, Dave O'Higgins, John Etheridge and Gilad Aztmon.

In 2006 Nicolas won the prestigious Grand Prize Of The Jury and 1st Prize Jazz Guitar at the legendary Jazz A Juan Festival Jazz.


This is a concert not to be missed.

All Milestones gigs are held on the first Sunday of every month and take place at Hotel Hatfield, Esplanade, Lowestoft with the doors opening at 8pm.

Admission - £7 / £6 (concession).
 

 
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Monday, February 16, 2015

MAKING ART IN A SMALL SPACE

My situation and surrounds have always dictated the scale of my work. However, I've always preferred smaller works, particularly 3D works. For me, scale is all about human interaction, not with a space or in relation to a mass but eyeball to eyeball. Also, an illusion of scale is more involving than some giant object getting in the way of one's eyes.

My situation is also dictated by economics and collecting materials and equipment from car boot sales introduces that first random encounter. I stockpile so many objects - together with watercolour blocks, brushes, reams of type paper, quill pens, print rollers, printing blocks and so much more.

I say "brushes" as I collect items that might challenge the notion of "a brush" - in order to challenge the textures of paint as it is applied. This is my second random encounter as I put the artist's brush aside and find a piece of wire wool in its place.

Of course, I use the word random falsely because it is from an element of chaos I make my decisions. Random elements provide that initial stimulus.

I presently have over 50 large boxes full of equipment, materials and objects, and this storage space is beginning to impede on my working space. Perhaps my works will get smaller and smaller?

They could certainly make a CBS or Channel 4 documentary - the Art Hoarders.

Perhaps it's time I thought about getting a studio?

DEEP CUT, a WATERCOLOUR by RUPERT MALLIN


Of course the land is not a body. And ink and watercolour pigment are not blood. But this is a vein through the land.

6 by 8 inches, 2015

FIRE ON THE WATER, a WATERCOLOUR by RUPERT MALLIN



Fire On The Water, 6 by 8 inches, 2015. All is but pigment.

SIMON ARMITAGE'S 'PAPER AEROPLANE' REVIEWED by MARTIN STANNARD

Not many poets receive a CBE (thank god) but Simon Armitage is such a recipient. 'Paper Aeroplane' is a collection of his poetry from the last 25 years. Here Martin Stannard looks beneath the poet's gongs to focus on his poetry. The review is published in the excellent Stride Magazine

Sunday, February 08, 2015

HOLDING ON: LANDSCAPE by RUPERT MALLIN


I have virtually the whole of tomorrow to explore painting and mono prints. I have become interested in landscape over recent years, probably as result of travelling all over Norfolk, experiencing its open skies and expansive (flat) terrain.

I've been asking myself two questions: a) what constitutes a landscape; and b) how do we (most of us, rather than the lone artist) experience landscape? Most usually I experience landscape from a bus or train window and the foreground, mid ground and horizon pass me at different speeds. By comparison, the horizon seems almost static as the foreground flies by. But my eyes don't quite experience the quick foreground versus the slow background. It's as if the mind is constantly reconstructing reality, so that I'm left with a feeling of what I've seen, not the reality.

It's probably self-evident that the horizon line, however broken or intercepted, is the measure and making of landscape. The horizon is our universal truth. For me, however beautiful, the landscape is not timeless and reflects the turmoil of human life beyond the horizon.

I have also become interested in introducing a sense of movement into each work, expressing the traveller's landscape. Ultimately, I want to abstract my work much further.

'Holding on' is the title of the work above and the work below is 'A Fleeting Moment With You.'

 

Friday, February 06, 2015

GRACE PETRIE - FOLK MUSIC WILL CHANGE THE WORLD

A year or two ago I highlighted the folk artist Grace Petrie as the 'Voice of the Movement.' She hasn't let me down!

She is our Podemos, our Syriza. She is the fresh air of her generation - and mine.

Billy Bragg hasn't let go of the Labour Party but she must. Grace is just too good to hang on to the nostalgia Labour manufactures. It was ever the working class that demanded the welfare state and our national health service. Grace, carry this forward!

In my sixties now I don't want any hint of nostalgia for the past. I want the future - I want to die knowing there can be equality (and equality sets us all free).

Grace Petrie is the movement. Listen to her



 

Thursday, February 05, 2015

THE DANDY PARTY TO STAND IN NORWICH NORTH IN THE GENERAL ELECTION

Mick Hardy is a Disability Rights Activist who I met outside ATOS in Norwich eighteen months ago. We were campaigning against the Tories assault on disabled people and the poor.

Mick is now standing against Tory MP Chloe Smith in Norwich North for The Dandy Party. I am supporting Mick alongside other campaigners, activists and artists.

Norwich Labour councillors have failed us. They just parrot the Tory ideology of profit before people. This was evident in the Anti-Bedroom Tax campaign in Mile Cross where Labour councillors offered platitudes to the poor - patronising them nearly as much as the Tories!

The Modern Labour Parliamentary Leadership betrays us tenfold more. Tony Blair stands over Labour like the grim reaper - from Afghanistan to Iraq. All that money spent to kill should have been spent on those who voted the bastard in!!!

Yes, we want to get rid of Chloe Smith - but we don't want a Labour Chloe Smith either!!

Mick is of the opposite tradition to those suited and booted. His is putting People before Profit. It's as simple as that. The thirst for equality has to be quenched.

Vote for Mick Hardy - Vote for The Dandy Party.

Details here 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

INSIDE THE MACHINE - WORK IN PROGRESS

These are over painted embossed prints on hand made paper. I'm not sure where they are going but are part of the conveyor belt of my Out of The Machine Boxes.

 




 

Friday, January 30, 2015

A TEST FOR POETS

A Test For Poets has appeared on Stride Books

Try it! I'm afraid that here there's only pale mash, burnt fish fingers and basic range baked beans for dinner.

Friday, January 23, 2015

CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF BLOGGING, FEATURING TWO POETS

It is entirely right to kick off celebrating ten years of blogging by featuring the work of two poets, Martin Stannard and Keith Dersley as we met in 1976 via the Ipswich Poetry Workshop and have, via the printed word and internet, kept in touch. Of course, the trajectories of our journeys have taken us in very different directions. That all three of us are still writing is something to celebrate in itself.