Making Masks

 

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The End + The Night House

Here they are; the second batch of etchings from the Bones & Arrows suite.

These will go up on sale at Souled Out Studios at 4pm GMT today.

Big thanks for Beejoir and Wal (talented motherfucker of note) from Kalwit for producing such crispy pieces.

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Bones and arrows: 2

The next set of etchings is ready and they’re dropping next week through Souled Out Studios

One big, one small, editions of 50. Available as singular prints or as a set.
Artfully printed by Boss Man Wal over at Kalwit Studio.

Jump on a mailing list, mine or SOS’s for a sale notification as well as other news, because there is other news on the way.

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Back in Bangkok with Souled Out Studios

After what feels like a scarce heartbeat, I’m back in Bangkok to pick up on the work Souled Out Studios and I started exactly a year ago.

The plan back then at least, was to produce a Sally Doll cast in bronze. The staggering array of resources available from Souled Out Studios and Bangkok both quickly nudged the idea into a small traffic jam of opportunities we couldn’t bear to skip over.

Among currently tangible projects of sculptures, masks and etchings, there’s also been the task of gathering (or more realistically hunting) packaging materials. Because that shit is tasty and Bangkok is the best place for it. Added to this is Beejoir’s attitude that just about anything is possible – which is like oil in my miserable, defeatist water. You know, nice buttery oil that makes you want more.

We’ve been squirming through the warren of market stalls at Chatuchak (hot) and China Town (stifling) and I’ve never had more fun on a mission borne of work.

True to character, when Beejoir needed an hour to source some of his own materials, we split up and I, the dutiful glutton that I am, leopard crawled over to the nearest plastic chair and waited for a menu to present itself.

So far, so good.

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Bones and Arrows

Available 4pm UK time, January 5th 2017

The first three etchings from the Bones and Arrows collection are here.
Printed by hand at Kalwit Studios in the busy heat of Bangkok, these are the first of several small-plate etchings to be released this year.

Editions of 50, signed and numbered

For sale through Souled Out Studios

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Donnie Darko

A little over a year ago I was approached by Arrow Video to provide artwork for the cover of the 15th anniversary limited edition 4K restoration of Donnie Darko.

Now that the release is public, I’m free to share the images that I frankly sweated over – and to be clear, that was perspiration wrought of sheer dread and anxiety over what The Internet might feel of my efforts. I’d been handed the opportunity to kill the cover (in the good or bad sense) of a movie that was the favourite of so many people and the only thing worse than wasting the chance would be to pass it up and watch someone else do it.

If I knew how many times I repainted Cherita’s face in a squint, I’d admit it. Suffice it to say, I agonised over details so small that even I could barely make them out.

Thankfully, the The Fear arrived pasted to the front of a speeding deadline and completion graduated from a sweet notion to actuality.

A bunch of things happened that I didn’t expect; the BFI held a screening followed by a Q & A with the director, Richard Kelly. I was invited to go and incredibly, had a chance to meet him. I nearly climbed out of my skin with delight when he checked that I was definitely a Stephen King fan “YES, YES, YES!” and then spoke about him as a huge influence (I MEAN, CHRIST, YOU GUYS, can you believe that shit?) Chut the front door!

As the picture above proves, I simply oozed cool as I thanked him several times for no specific thing (for simply existing is largely the gist of it) and then swiftly left.

–I don’t know who took this photo. I’m sorry I didn’t say hello.

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Stories for Ways and Means

Although it feels like this project has been in the pipeline for 100 years, speaking realistically it’s probably closer to a far more spry 10 year old undertaking.

Jeff Antebi of Waxploitation has been tirelessly working with artists both visual and musical to create Stories for Ways and Means:

“Today, 29 of those pairings make up the 350 page book project called Stories for Ways & Means.

The book includes stories from Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Frank Black, Justin Vernon, Laura Marling, Devendra Banhart, Alison Mosshart and Kathleen Hanna as well as painters/illustrators like Anthony Lister, Dan Baldwin, Swoon, Will Barras, James Jean, Ronzo, Kai & Sunny, and more (THAT’S ME, MOM!)

Guest narrators came along for fun as featured voices in short promo films: Danny Devito, Zach Galifianakis, Nick Offerman, Phil LaMarr, King Krule, and Lauren Lapkus. ”

I was partnered with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello, who wrote “Trickster and Boy with Crooked Grin”. You can see the art I provided for it in the video below, put together by Ideal Brown.

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FaceValueKPF curated by Gary Mansfield

Opening Dec 14th for 5 days
FaceValueKPF, a group show
The Strand Gallery
curated by Gary Mansfield, including the work of:

Ray Richardson, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Turk, Vic Reeves, Marcus Harvey, Lee Ainsworth, Ben Oakley, Gary Mansfield , Martin Creed, Courty, David Bray, Jessica Albarn, Laura Keeble, Wendy Mayer, Noel Fielding, Carrie Reichardt, Nicola Green, STATIC, Eddy Parnell, Sarah Maple, Michelle Mildenhall, Cathy Lomax, Claire Partington, Lewis Bannister, Faisal Abdu’Allah, Candice Tripp, Elizabeth Waggett, Guy Denning and the Chapman Brothers

Gary Mansfield has collaborated with some of Britain’s finest artists to create FaceValueKPF with the intention of confronting identity new & old and the value society places on both.

Each artwork featured in FaceValueKPF is a metaphor for a person who’s visual identity has been altered. Each piece is unique to this show and has been physically manipulated, by a third party, changing its visual identity to various extents.

Every donated artwork is for sale and has been given the artists’ original face value price from as little as £10 to £18,000. You may believe a forced change of visual identity detracts from the original worth or just makes it more unique , either way you can bid here.

“Too many lives have been marred by horrific accidents or deliberate attacks that have changed the way they look. I hope this exhibition will generate not only awareness about the issues people face after suffering scars or burns, but also much needed funds in aid of The Katie Piper Foundation”

100% of the proceeds of the FaceValueKPF exhibition are going directly to The Katie Piper Foundation, a charity whose vision is to have a world where scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of well being.

— I sent a Sally Doll, of course.


Sally #128
Resin, presented in glass display dome

Gary Mansfield
Gary Mansfield
I’mPerfect

Sarah Lucas
Sarah Lucas
Tit Bricks

Elizabeth Waggett
Elizabeth Waggett
For Lovers

Vic Reeves
Vic Reeves
Man and Bear

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Free Global Shipping Oct 2016

As the Pound crashes ever lower, I’m offering free global shipping on my bigcartel store this October

Keep an eye on the store as I’ll be adding to it over the next week – and if anything strikes you, use the code ‘OUCH’ for free shipping.

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Many minis on the way

Collect them, swap them, write your number on them and give them to girls – I’ve got several super small etchings on the way through Souled Out Studios in Bangkok.

There’s some narrative cohesion to the collection as a whole, but who I am to tell you that you need the whole story?

With that in mind we’re going to roll these out one by one in small limited editions. Jump on the SOS mailing list to be up to date with drop times, otherwise you might be spending your lunch breaks playing swapsies for The Monkey and I’d hate for anyone to have to give up their chocolate milk.

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