Art

Top Notch paintings

Yesterday, paints out (wall paint, powdered Indian paint, lacquer, pencils, pins to scrape with and graphic pens) to make one very small painting for a fundraiser for Bristol’s Cruse Berevement Care, to take the form of an anonymous exhibition, each piece A5. More about that here. 

Liking the words ‘Top Notch’ and wanting to write them everywhere.

 

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Collage, Process, Silly

Shower Door Glue Moulds

These glue moulds are like an untidy and unorganised version of the piece ‘Ladle Moulds’ I exhibited at the Surface/Space/Time exhibition back in 2009. This time, working on a flat surface. It’s made with Drawing inks and a pva/water mix. I’m have been adding bit by bit for the past year. It takes a long long time to dry, so it’s been another ongoing thing, which is now done and I can now find another use for the massive shower door which has been looming over my studio space (as much as a glass door can loom)

Here is some more about the Glue Mould / Glue Quilt process

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Art, Drawing, Process, Text Project, Thoughts

Text Project version 2

An idea, researching now, experimenting too.

The idea of being part of one of the Bristol arts trails next year, North, South or West, either. Showing and selling a series of repetitive works, the kind I love, the ‘serious stuff’, full of compulsion, happy accidents, flow, doing the same thing over and over and really boring myself, like a factory worker. I love the task ahead of creating a large body of work. To frame and exhibit and sell. Then I imagined the space and all this seriousness. There’s lots of beige and white.

I realise there is a bit of a schizophrenic within my artist self. One half the above and one half fun, fancy-dress, silly things to make you smirk, color and vibrancy. It would be good to see the two sides represented in an exhibition, but perhaps under another name. The things I want to make as this second half are usable, aimed at adults, for adults to play. And at the same time being things for the cool kids to have. Pop-up signs, elaborate wigs, old man masks, vegetable and weather fancy dress, fake poo’s in different colours. All of that and more.

So I’m starting with lettering, making words on sticks for people to spell out different words. I like the idea of them being 3D, but this is proving impossible to find on the internet. All I found was this one guy’s attempt: (see his blog here)

but as he says, the curved letters are near impossible, and it’s all very fiddly. More searching found me this…

A wonderful person made a font! Free and downloadable from here: at DaFont He’s got around the issue of the curves by making everything not curvy.

(This font is a set of cut-out layouts with which you can build 3D pixel style letters. They should all work. Just cut along the solid lines, fold along the dotted lines, put some glue on the shaded flaps, stick them together and there you go… If you want to use this for commercial projects, please contact me: tobias (dot) sommer (at) gmx (dot) ch )

No printer here, but I’m going to copy down the net onto cardboard and have a try myself, get that trusty old scalpel out.

Here’s what I’m trying to make, but in 2D version. I couldn’t find any thing stick-like in my studio, (and I just had the idea that using an actual stick, painted…Would be really nice) So I’ve used a dental mirror. I came across these at a strange market stall selling mostly nuts and bolts. They are extendable and have a tiny rounded mirror on them.

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Bristol, Text Project

The Text Project at Planet Pizza

Hurrah! My work is up in Planet Pizza Bishopston, Bristol. I am being honest here, I have never tasted a more delicious pizza, they are incredible! Not only are they incredible, but they have a fantastic deal: buy 1 pizza get 1 free from Sunday – Wednesday 5-7pm & all day on Mondays for students with a valid id card.

The artwork is being displayed as a Valentines Exhibition, all pieces are for sale, at good prices –

small sizes (about 5″ tall) are £15
the larger frames are £20
and there are two big pieces in wooden frames are £35

Click here to be redirected to my website where you can see all the pieces I have in stock! 

All the other frames have been saved from being chucked, restored, polished and repainted.

I have many more text project pieces, and lots more Valentines ones too.

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Art, Exhibitions

Frigid Fingers

“Live Drawing, Painting, Spraying, Sketching and most other art mediums under the sun. Free styling it, all night long in the hope of mustering up some visual delights for your viewing pleasures.

Eight artists will be creating one, 2 metre x 1 metre blank canvas – Armed souly with, one White, one Black and a one wild card colour, kindly provided by londons largest spray paint supplier store, Chrome and black.” 

This Thursday 12th Nov, 19:00 at LCB surf/skate/snow, 121 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E27DG

My lovely friend Samuel Squire is in it. Innit.

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Photography

Rankin Live

Whilst in london for the Surface/Space/Time exhibition, I went to see the Rankin Live exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery. Here’s the website – Rankin Live. It was fantastic, and really well set out, with the different groups of shots well defined – Photos of Rankin’s self portraits, Kate Moss, Heidi Klum (I definately have a thing about Heidi and Seal, how gorgeous they both are, their kids, their yearly anniversary fancy-dress party. I’m thinking of buying ‘Heidilicious’ by Rankin – only £31 on Amazon!)

Copyright. Image courtesy of Rankin

Rankin himself was there doing his Live Shoot, the website is constantly being updated with the new photographs taken every day (up to about 25 portraits a day) The gallery was empty whilst I was there, so I was 2 feet away from him and his team, watching him at work, it was quite surreal, a great experience. I would love to be an artist working away at my big exhibition. Here you can see the Live Shoot page.

The Old Truman Brewery is where I had my London Free Range Degree show, back in June last year. At Rankin Live, you walk in from the street, up two flights of stairs and then into the room (he’s split it up with lots of false walls) I was looking for my apple circle – when I exhibited ‘Sense’ there, I set it up without a floor protection, and a dark circle was left in their place. But the circle was nowhere to be seen – they must have scrubbed away at that floor.

One of my favorite things ever is Photobooth photographs – the ones which have four snaps in a vertical line. You could take your own photobooths at the exhibition, and only £2 a go! I NEED to have a photobooth for myself. one day! I have quite the collection of found and acquired photo booth pictures, maybe it’s time I did something with them?

Some things:
Great Andy Warhol Photobooth shots
Square America has some old ones
The Old Truman Brewery is right by 93 Feet East
Photoautomat was the Rankin booth. You can hire it!
Photoautomat’s Flickr group

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Exhibitions

Ladle Wall


I have about 40 ladles in my possession. anyone want some soup? I cleared both Tesco and Pearce’s Hardware out. I’m speeding up the drying process today (hopefully) by letting the glue dry in the afternoon sun. The microwave drying failed – too bubbly and toxic. I’m off on holiday soon and have to set up a lot of ladles ready to meld together upon my arrival, before the ‘Surface/Space/Time’ exhibition at the Crypt in St Pancras. Come on glue!

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color, Exhibitions

Surface/Space/time at the Crypt


My London show is fast approaching… It’s at ‘The Crypt Gallery’, London, August 26th – September 9th.

The Artists whom I’m exhibiting with:

Sam Clift
Eve Wheate
Richard Jack
Sue Hotchkis
Mary Louise Evans
Simone Wallace
Lucy Fergus
Mark Houghton
Joohee Hwang
Luke Stones
Rona Smith

I’m creating my glue molds, something I find very enjoyable and is of course all process-led. I used to do lots of this mould making whilst at uni. I have some old pictures, and once some of the current molds are dry, I’ll take some pictures. but for now…

Thinking about color here -all these colors together, one for each mold. some quite pastel-ly, very aesthetically pleasing, and fitting into The Crypt well. It reminds me of stained glass.

More good color?


This was as far as I got whilst at uni, but I want to make a large piece, about 4ft squared. Need to think about transportation, glue consistancy, how to speed up the process.

Also need to buy about a hundred ladles. Watch this space.

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Art, Barfoot and Duggan, Bristol, Exhibitions, Food, Lists

There’s More to Life than Lists Exhibition

Crystal Maze geodesic dome





There’s More to Life than Lists

When: Friday 9th Oct to Thursday 15th of Oct From 10AM-5PM daily

We are building a two-man wind machine. Thousands of To-Do lists, collected from anonymous donors will be circulated in this machine, and participants will be trying to collect these flying lists. This is surrounded by an accumulation of grocery lists covering the walls from floor to ceiling.

The uncontrollable nature of wind is a metaphor for the chaotic and the unpredictable way that life is. The attempt to grab these lists parrots the way in which we struggle to maintain a sense of order – to discern a meaningful pattern in our lives.

The grocery lists raise questions about the disparate way in which we, in our society, live in such an atomised way. Disintegration of kinship and communities is reflected by how we eat; in small numbers or alone.


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Art, Exhibitions, Process

Room 212 + New Contemporaries


This Saturday I showed my apples in the window of Room 212, which is a tiny Art Gallery in Bishopston, on the Gloucester Road. Three in each window, close to the glass so that people could peer at them and wonder what they are. This great little place is usually brimming with paintings; i got a few funny looks. Here’s my profile on the Room 212 website.

Today i was at Fairfields Art Gallery in Basingstoke setting up ‘Sense’ to show as part of the ‘Young Contemporaries 2008′ show. The circle or apples look a bit ridiculous to be honest. It’s tiny! There is no impact. The original circle of the 1,200 will be included in the catalogue, so there will be a history shown.

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Barfoot and Duggan, Exhibitions, Thoughts

Getting on with it

I wrote my new years resolutions early last night. Today was the first day of the rest of my life, and it feels good. up at 07.30, spent an hour writing in my diary and visualising the day ahead. Then i went to THE GYM and loved it, and this afternoon i walked for an hour around Gloucester/Cheltenham road taking in everything and really enjoying myself.

I met a nice lady called Lucy today, and infact i met another Lucy, and mistook her for the Lucy i was meeting. We met to swap shopping lists and things to do lists and had a lovely chat. She mentioned morning pages which is something i have forgotten about. Think i’ll start doing that.

AND my commitment to being an artist is obviously working because today, unlike ever before, i recieved TWO invitations to be exhibited. How great is that! I have lots of work to do and it’s exciting.

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