U.S. solar takes hit from Trump tariffs but is cheaper than ever: report

U.S. solar installations fell 15 percent in the third quarter as the Trump administration’s tariffs on overseas-made panels forced developers to put off large projects, according to a report commissioned by the industry’s primary trade group.


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Easter Island mayor concedes Moai statue might be better left in British Museum

The mayor of the Chile’s Easter Island territory conceded on Monday that the British Museum might be a better home for a massive native Polynesian statue taken by British seamen 150 years ago.


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Movies Starring Women Earn More Than Male-Led Films, Study Finds

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Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ puts new spin on racial injustice

Almost 60 years after it was first published as a book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” opens this week in a first Broadway theater adaptation whose themes of racial injustice are just as relevant today.


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Plundered ‘Gypsy Girl’ mosaics back in Turkey after decades in U.S.

Missing fragments from one of Turkey’s most striking ancient treasures, the haunting, wide-eyed “Gypsy Girl” mosaic, have returned home more than half a century after they were plundered and smuggled to the United States.


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Call collect: artist Mark Vessey’s new non-traditional portrait of Norman Cook

The Brighton-based photographer and the international DJ have collaborated on a limited edition artwork.

Back in 2015, the Barbican gallery in London hosted an exhibition titled Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist As Collector, the premise of which was looking at the personal objects and ideas accumulated by contemporary artists, and how they were used by to inspire their work. Artists’ archives were laid bare for us to see, giving us an idea of the motifs and influences of the likes of Andy Warhol, Sol Le Witt, Damien Hirst and Peter Blake. Seen together, and in isolation, the exhibition was eye-opening. Unlikely objects gave us the opportunity to view a highly personal (and in some cases impersonal) side to some of the art world’s most famous figures. Something that occurred to me before I met Brighton-based photographer Mark Vessey for a chat about his upcoming print release at artrepublic – a limited edition collaboration with local (and global) legend Fatboy Slim/ Norman Cook. The link between Vessey and this past exhibition is pretty direct: the local artist’s work has a very clear focus on collections. You could say he is a collector of collections.

'Norman' limited edition print by Mark Vessey ‘Norman’ limited edition print by Mark Vessey

From his first stack, taking Attitude magazine as its subject matter, through The Face, Vogue and Playboy to Penguin books, Absolut vodka and Chanel perfume, Vessey has explored the ideas and aesthetics created by combining thoughtfully curated and carefully grouped objects. There is nothing accidental about these stacks and arrangements – they are all purposeful, considered, layered. But this latest collection is a slight sideways step from previous works. Because, while all his works have been based around an individual’s unique collection, this one feels more personal; very much like a portrait in fact. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that the figure at its heart is very well known. Rather than an anonymous (to us, at least) collector, this latest exclusive print offers an insight into DJ and producer Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, via his archive of vinyl. We wanted to know more about Vessey’s latest project, which launches at the Brighton gallery on 28 November, so we tracked him down between shoots to ask him a few questions.

 

Mark, your work is all about collections – it’s the thread running through your work…

After I finished university, I photographed my collection of Attitude magazine – it felt like a timeline of my own history, coming out, and independence from home – and after that, people started suggesting projects. Like my dad’s friend sent his Playboy magazines to me from New York, then that led on to me shooting stacks of The Face, then Vogue, and then I decided to collect every edition of British Vogue where Kate Moss had been on the cover…

 

Those works seem to be more general, rather than about specific individuals. Can you tell us how this particular piece ‘Norman’ came about?

Basically, ever since I’ve been in Brighton I’ve had an interest in people’s collections. I have a hit list of people whose collections I want to shoot. There are always people that you’re drawn to, and Norman Cook was one of those people. I love music and how it ties into everything culturally, so the whole premise for this was to take a look at Norman’s influences and his collection. I asked him through Lawrence [Alkin, CEO of artrepublic] if he’d like to do a piece, and he came back and said yes. It was 20 years since the original release of ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’ this year, but the collaboration wasn’t about that. It’s not about trying to hype my name up with someone else – this is very much my work. It just happened that the timing was right.

 

The image features a selection of vinyl from Norman Cook’s archive. How much input did he have in the records that are part of the stack?

I went to his house – initially I was going to photograph it there, but then I thought ‘you know what, this is going to be a nightmare’ so I asked him if he minded me taking the vinyl to my studio, shooting it there and then bringing it back, and he didn’t; he’s not precious, which I love. I’d asked him if he would select three boxes of vinyl, and he thought that was quite a lot. But then he spent about two hours going through it and, by the time we finished all the shelves, it was more or less three boxes. It was perfect. It was interesting because when Norman was choosing the records I was peering over his shoulder, going ‘I feel really out of control. Are you picking the right things?’. And Norman was saying ‘That’s the whole point of me picking them Mark!’.

 

Were you surprised by the selection?

It’s was quite an eclectic mix. It’s not just House music: there’s blues, Beastie Boys, The Clash, Donna Summer… It’s not one genre of music, and that’s why I find it interesting. It’s quite a curveball, because normally I shoot very specific groups of things.

 

But the photograph doesn’t show all three boxes that Norman selected, so how did you decide what made the cut? Were you looking at it in terms of the music itself or was it more about aesthetics?

After he gave me the vinyl, I sat there for a week! (A week and a half probably) I turned it into a drama because I’m so emotionally connected to what I’m doing. My friends were telling me to just get the vinyl out and start. When I did, I was looking at what the spines said, how they fit together, how the colour moves throughout the piece of work and then it kind of came together. So, there’s the original ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’ that Norman mixed his version from. He did give me the original ‘Praise You’ but it had nothing on the spine, which was frustrating. I put it in, thinking ‘it needs to be in there’, but then rethought it because no one would know what it was. There are a couple of doubles in there… The Ultimate Breaks & Beats / Various Artists and Bob James. That’s because when Norman was selecting them he told me: ‘When I’ve put in two of them, it means when I was DJing I had them both spinning at the same time.’ I think it was important to respect details like that.

 

Were you tempted to swipe any of the vinyl that Norman selected for you?

I would love to have one of the Donna Summer records, or Prince… but I would never have taken them. My friends all wanted me to open up the boxes for them and play the records, but I wouldn’t let them near it – I don’t think Norman would have been precious about it, but for me, it’s just not respectful to do that.

 

Your typical subject matter – vinyl, books and magazines for example – are analogue products in an increasingly digital world. Norman, as Fatboy Slim, switched over to using digital technology for his DJ sets a few years back. How do you prefer to work?

All my stuff is shot on film, medium format film. I do use a digital camera for my commercial work, but for my artwork it’s all film-based, developed and then scanned. I have friends who have cameras and they treat them like these precious things; mine is pretty bashed around, but then it’s used. It’s such a big camera it makes the work feel really special, more considered; you have to compose it, so the image is not so throwaway.

 

You’re a big fan of documentaries – do you think your work is a form of documentary?  

I love documentaries. I realised recently that my prints are starting to talk to each other. I can have a shot of a stack of House music and one of The Face magazine, and culturally they are part of the same era and time. All of a sudden they are starting to communicate with each other. It’s a thread of our time. I hadn’t really thought about it before, but it’s all about tapping in to a period of time, or a magazine or movement and what it represented. It makes people see it in different way – like how Pop Art enlarges things and they take on a new meaning. An everyday object can be transformed into something that holds emotion; it stirs up memories. This print is kind of like a collision of sounds – it’s got blues, there’s funk in there, House. I suppose that’s what Norman created from. It’s part of his story. I love that they’re talking pieces.

 

Interview by Alanna Freeman

 

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Belgium’s Africa Museum reopens to confront its colonial demons

Belgium’s Africa Museum will reopen to the public on Sunday after five years of renovations designed to modernize the museum from an exhibition of pro-colonial propaganda to one that is critical of Belgium’s imperialist past.


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Golden Globes Briefing: ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Vice’ Lead the 2019 Golden Globes Nominations

“Vice” nabbed six nominations, while “A Star Is Born,” “Green Book” and “The Favourite” all received five. “Black Panther” was nominated for best drama.
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Hungarian artist dissects politics with wry riffs on iconic paintings

A Hungarian artist has a new exhibition depicting political leaders in the style of iconic paintings with the aim of shocking viewers and holding a mirror to current times.


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Artist Charlotte Prodger wins Britain’s Turner Prize with video shot on phone

Glasgow-based artist Charlotte Prodger won the 2018 Turner Prize on Tuesday, Britain’s prestigious contemporary art award, with an autobiographical film shot on a mobile phone.


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Lucy Sparrow creates a festive felt wonderland for Hermes shoppers

Lucy Sparrow transforms the shopfront Hermés in Beverly Hills with a wonderfully festive display.

Working with artrepublic, Lucy Sparrow has featured her sought-after felt creations from her infamous LA Supermarket exhibition in the Brighton Gallery. The exclusive His ’n’ Hers felt display cabinet, from a limited edition of 50, features soft toothbrushes and a hand-stitched bottle of Old Spice. Published by artrepublic this summer and now working with Hermés, she’s gone from Kickstarting a corner shop in London to Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills – and we’re excited.

Lucy Sparrow Hermes window display

Lucy, following from her huge successes including the Felt Supermarket in LA this summer and the Felt Erotic Emporium in London in 2015 offers a fresh take on a decadent classic: the Festive Window Display. A celebration of playful fun and luxury, we are taken into her felt world of wonder, discovering those luxurious purses in the midst of a multitude of jars filled with felt bonbons.

Childlike glee is what Lucy inspires in passer-bys. From seasoned fashionistas, to families returning from a meal together, no-one is safe from being stopped in their tracks with delight.

Lucy Sparrow Hermes window display (detail)

The traditional lavishness of Hermés gets taken on a trip to the funfair, complete with a felt carousel horse and a felt covered crane-game to pick up fuzzy handbags. Lucy named the horse Herman, and he is serving equine royalty with gorgeous Hermés bracelets on his ankles just above the hooves, and he doesn’t deny himself a silk scarf either.

The interactive nature of the displays is what Lucy has always provided, how we can pick up, feel and play with her art has added a new dimension of fun and intimacy to her work. The Hermés felt crane-game elevates this further, inviting shoppers to have some fun picking up a felt wallet before seriously considering the real deal.

If you’d like to have your own Lucy Sparrow installation in your home, artrepublic are showcasing her intricate felt display cabinets in our Brighton Gallery. An opportune time to grab one before her next highly anticipated exhibition at Context in Miami, get in touch.

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Bruguera and other Cuban artists detained ahead of protest over decree

Tania Bruguera and several other Cuban artists were detained in Havana on Monday after trying to stage a protest against a new decree that they fear will hamper creativity and increase censorship of Cuban culture.


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Portuguese pavement makers fear death of centuries-old tradition

Portugal’s traditional cobblestone pavements, a distinctive feature of the streets of Lisbon, are under threat as young people spurn the centuries-old craft because of low salaries.


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The New Vanguard: Makaya McCraven Sees the Future of Jazz Through Layers of History

The Chicago-based drummer keeps expanding his communal improvisational process. He released the album “Universal Beings” in October to wide acclaim.
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Piece of Eiffel Tower staircase sells for 169,000 euros in Paris auction

A piece of the original spiral staircase from the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most famous attraction, was sold for 169,000 euros ($ 190,885) on Tuesday, a spokesman for auction house Artcurial said, three times the initial estimate.


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France returns 26 artworks to Benin as report urges restitution

France will return 26 works of art to Benin, Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Friday, as the French president took delivery of a report recommending the widespread return of cultural artefacts removed from Africa during the colonial era.


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Great Expectations as Dickens portrait goes on show in London

A youthful portrait of British writer Charles Dickens that went missing for 150 years will go on display in London this week after being found covered in mould next to a metal lobster at a market in South Africa.


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Grim search for 993 missing after deadliest California wildfire

Authorities on Sunday sifted through the charred wreckage of California’s deadliest ever wildfire, searching for any signs of the 993 people now listed as missing after the Camp Fire tore through the mountain town of Paradise.


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Grim search for 1,276 missing after deadliest California wildfire

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Harry Winston jeweler buys ‘Pink Legacy’ diamond for record $50 million: Christie’s

The “Pink Legacy”, a diamond weighing just under 19 carats, fetched a record 50.375 million Swiss francs ($ 50 million), purchased by U.S.-based luxury jeweler Harry Winston, Christie’s said on Tuesday.


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David Hockney pool painting soars to $90 mln, record for living artist

An iconic 1972 painting by British artist David Hockney soared to $ 90.3 million at Christie’s on Thursday, smashing the record for the highest price ever paid at auction for a work by a living artist.


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Pubic hair and eight-pack abs – it’s got to be Michelangelo

A team of researchers led by Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University has collected what they say is clear evidence to confirm a claim that two bronze sculptures of muscular men riding panthers were the only surviving bronzes by Michelangelo.


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Starter For Ten: Benjamin Thomas Taylor answers our burning questions

Ahead of his artrepublic Kids Club session on 17th October, the Bristol-based artist talks painting by numbers and unicorn sounds.

Benjamin Thomas Taylor

 

Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci taught his apprentices basic painting theory and techniques by numbering patterns on a canvas and designating a specific colour to each number? And did you also know that this was the basis for the original Paint-By-Number kits, which were developed in America in the 1950s? No, we didn’t either until we started thinking about the work of artrepublic artist Benjamin Thomas Taylor, which often references the retro paint kits, and went off on a slight tangent wondering where that whole learn-to-paint-without-technically-learning-to-paint thing began. (Thanks to Mental Floss for clearing that one up for us – we could have disappeared down an internet rabbit hole otherwise!) 

But back to the point we started at – the work of British artist Benjamin Thomas Taylor, who happens to be the guest host at artrepublic’s Kids Club session in the gallery this month. We weren’t sure what he had planned for the workshop, and we were overdue a chat with him, so we decided to ask him a few questions about his own art-school education, fantastical imagery (and imagination) as well as his role in this year’s Martlet’s Snail Trail, among other things.

We love the snail that you were commissioned to create for the Martlet’s Snail Trail – it sort of carries its environment on its back! Tell us little bit about how you created the design/ got involved with the project.

I used a previous painting as a template for the design. This helped me form a loose composition before painting colourful flowers and plants intuitively over the top. The title of the piece alludes to the hotel Matisse lived and worked in while creating his cut-out series.

You often use natural forms and landscapes in your work, but give them a highly coloured and slightly fantastical twist. Have you always been drawn to landscape painting? And are these based on specific places or is it all from your imagination?

I grew up surrounded by a very dramatic landscape in North Wales. It will always be a subject that fascinates me, mainly because of the sense of possibility I feel when I look at an expanse of space. The first proper painting I did when I was 13 was of a landscape. My art teacher used to take photographs in Snowdonia at the weekend and bring them in for me to paint in my art lessons. However these days my landscapes are created more from the imagination.

The blank/ uncoloured areas (that form the text) in your images create this idea of us not quite seeing the full picture. Do these sections in your work hold a particular significance or message? Or is it all really about highlighting the text?

The uncoloured areas are used to create a sense of possibility – a sense that the viewer could add their own colours to the work.

How do you choose the phrases that are picked out in your hyperreal landscapes?

They are often words or phrases that I’ve picked up on and I play with in my

mind. This process can take weeks, months or even years. They can come from anywhere and mean anything. I like the way artist Ed Ruscha describes his process of finding words: “Some words are found ready-made, some are from dreams, some come from newspapers,” Ruscha says. “I don’t stand in front of a blank canvas waiting for inspiration.” For example ‘What Sound Do Unicorns Make?’ arrived from reading an alphabet picture book with my young twin boys. On each page we’d replicate the noise each animal makes: D is for dog….whoof, E is for elephant…trump, U is for unicorn….ummmm what sound does a unicorn make?

I really like the word ‘Happiness’! It contains the word ‘pines’, which links to a lot of my imagery. Happiness is also a very subjective word. Everyone has their own idea of what happiness is?

Happiness by Benjamin Thomas Taylor

 

Did you know that Paint-by-numbers kits were originally inspired by an employee at a paint manufacturers, who discovered that Leonardo da Vinci taught apprentices the basics of painting using numbered patterns on a canvas? How does it feel to… follow in da Vinci’s footsteps?!

Like da Vinci, Jeff Koons uses the same process with his assistants. So in a way these masterpieces we see by both artists are actually just paint by numbers. This irony is important in my own pieces. Underneath the joyous, colourful, paint by numbers exterior I’m poking a bit of fun at pretentiousness.

We saw your attempt to get the public painting by numbers at the Art Yard Sale… based on the collective efforts there, would you say Paint-by-Numbers is actually quite difficult?

That was hilarious! I’m not sure people were really concentrating too much. It was a very hot, busy day.

When I paint in that style I really try to make each individual shape a really pleasing form. If I’m painting them on Photoshop I’ll often zoom in really close so you can’t see the overall image. It’s like being an abstract painter, working with just colour and form, which I love.

Off the back of that, what do you think is the best way to learn to paint?

There is no one way to learn to paint. I think the most important thing is dedication and that can only arise from an absolute love of wanting to make something. When I teach art students who haven’t done much painting before, I always start off by showing them how to mix colours and blend tones together. After that I ask them to look at artists who interest them to figure out and experiment with the techniques and processes they have used.

You taught fine art for eight years – what did you learn about your own practice and work during that time? (And why did you leave teaching behind?)

I taught Art in school for 8 years. Mostly in East London. It was an incredible experience. Obviously working with young people is hugely rewarding but for my own practice too. Having to figure out the most effective ways of teaching also helped me define and improve the most important parts of my own practice. I’ve left schools now but I’m still teaching. I now a lecture at a college a couple of days a week.


As you’re hosting the Kids Club this month, we have to ask who has been your best/ favourite teacher and why? (Can be any level of education/ or out of formal education. And doesn’t have to be art)

I’ve had lots of inspiring teachers in my life. The passionate ones are always the best! When I was at school I had a lot of problems with my reading and writing because of my dyslexia. When I started high school my English teacher was a man called Melvin Jones. He was an older teacher and sounded far too posh to be teaching in our school. It was almost as if he had been placed there from another world. He was so interesting and knowledgeable, he seemed to know everything. From someone who really struggled in English it soon became one of my favourite lessons.

My mum was having a clear out a few weeks ago and I found my old report from that year. In it he wrote “Even though Benjamin continues to make basic errors with his writing, he has a magical imagination”. He made me believe and see something in myself that I hadn’t seen before.

And, if you had the opportunity to learn from a master (alive or dead, contemporary or historical) who would it be and why?

I’d love to make a wood cut with Hokusai in 19th-century Japan, that would be interesting!

Taking your pieces as prompts:

Where do you wish you were?
I’ve often fantasised about stepping into one of my pictures and having a walk around. Probably ‘Reunited With Everything You’ve Ever Lost’ would be my favourite.

Happiness is…
Spending the whole day with my wife and twin boys

What sound does a unicorn make?
I’m really not sure, though it probably involves glitter!

 

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When David Hockney’s “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” goes under the hammer next week with an estimate of $ 80 million, the sale could set a record for the most expensive work ever sold at auction by a living artist.


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Them & Us: Grayson Perry toys with perspectives at Brighton Dome

What happened when the cross-dressing British artist came to Brighton.

Reclining Artist by Grayson Perry

The past few years have seen so many major shifts in politics – whether social, cultural, gender-based or national – that (inevitably) you will have been forced to form some kind of opinion on a whole host of issues. The only way to avoid hot topics such as Brexit, President Trump, #metoo and the death of our oceans because of plastic waste, and remain calm amid the news-based storm, is to have a complete media blackout . Or become a reclusive hermit living in the wilderness somewhere. While the latter may sound appealing, it’s not really a practical option for the vast majority of us. And so, instead, we have become part of an inadvertent game of ‘Them & Us’ which, as it happens, is the name of the talk that artist Grayson Perry is currently taking on tour around the UK.

The artrepublic team were lucky enough to get our hands on a few of the hottest tickets in town (Brighton was the first date to sell out on a line-up that included Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin and Edinburgh), and we piled in to Brighton Dome excited to see what gems the famously cross-dressing artist, who has hosted the Reith Lectures and all manner of TV shows, shorts and exhibitions, had to share with the crowd.

Despite knowing that Perry is no stranger to using his public platform to highlight social and cultural politics – whether through his talks, tapestries, prints, ceramics or his fashion choices – we weren’t quite sure what to expect. Although we did anticipate a thought-provoking evening, that would likely be quite funny too.

Without giving the game away too much, we weren’t disappointed… We can’t say that Grayson himself felt the same way though. Throughout the course of the interactive evening, which challenged our ideas about taste, creativity and culture, and had all the laughter, catcalls and fabulous dresses we might have anticipated, the artist did claim to feel distinct disappointment in Brighton and its famously liberal locals on a number of occasions. We’re still hoping that was simply for dramatic effect…?

Them & Us was much like the layers of Perry’s artworks, which blend the opposing ideas of the rebel and the traditionalist, twisting and turning widely accepted viewpoints, ideas and values to make us look at things in a fresh light. If you’re a fan of Perry’s and have a chance to catch the tour  at any of its next stops, we’d definitely recommend you check it out. You’ll certainly come away with something to think about… and, if you’re anything like us, with a smile on your face too.

artrepublic has a number of signed limited edition artworks by Grayson Perry. To find out more about any of these pieces, visit the gallery or call us on 01273 724829 to speak to one of our art advisors.

 

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Meet Clive Sefton, the Brighton based artist hosting November’s artrepublic Kids Club

We asked the local creative to puzzle out a few of our questions.

The first crossword puzzle was designed by Arthur Wynne and printed in the New York World in 1913, the earliest word search is credited to Spanish puzzle maker Pedro Ocon de Oro in the first half of the 20th century and Sudoku… well that’s got a non-Japanese heritage that goes back far further than the early Noughties brain-training craze. Graphic artist Clive Sefton has created his own play on the soup of letters – the original name for a word search – and it’s one that has the ability to ignite a similar warm, glowy feeling to the one you get after completing an energising workout. We’ll let the artist himself explain that one. As he prepares to host the November artrepublic Kids Club, we caught up with Sefton to talk typography, noticing hidden details, the challenges of long words and all things puzzle-based.

Brighton Word Search by Clive Sefton

 

Word searches, mazes, diamond hunts – all of your artworks are highly structured finished pieces, but also playful starting points. Is there a hidden life lesson in here for us?!

With a background in graphic design, I like clean, minimal design and good use of white space. I also enjoy artwork that people can interact with and that brings a smile to their faces. In creating my work I’ve discovered that finding a word or the correct path through a maze releases dopamine, the reward chemical, so people actually feel better for looking at my work!

With ‘One In A Million’, I love how people can view it so differently. Some people spend ages looking for the diamond, some people almost don’t care where the diamond is, and some people are more interested in the process or how much the diamond cost…!

Speaking of ‘One in a Million’ – how do you decide where to place each diamond? Is it random or incredibly specific?

I place the diamond in a random place in each one, though can position it in a specific place in a commissioned piece. This might be the coordinates of a geographic location or relate to a specific date. Only the person who owns the piece has the coordinates of where the diamond is hidden.

While we’re on the topic of pathways and finding things, can you talk us through your route to becoming a full-time artist?

I did a silkscreen printing course with Jane Sampson. Initially I was printing pictures of prawns and crabs but in exploring what I am interested in, specifically typography and ‘accessible’ artwork, the first ‘Brighton Word Search’ came about.

I did the course just after reading ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter so, as well as really enjoying doing the course, I did have this thought in the back of my mind about how good it would be to be able to make back the money that I had spent on it. The difficulty is taking the step to show your work to people you don’t know, as it’s only then that you can tell if people want to buy it.

We’re lucky in Brighton: we have so many opportunities to show our work with little cost up front, and there are so many artists and art buyers around. I first exhibited the Brighton Word Search in an Artists Open House and as well as selling all of the edition, I received my first commission.

Since then I’ve learnt so much and created different work, but I’m still creating Word Search pieces for people of all ages, and across the world.

Your images encourage people to deeply engage with the artwork – to hunt out the details or hidden pieces. What do you find yourself focusing on or looking at closely in art or life?

I love finding faces and animals in everyday life, apparently a phenomenon known as pareidolia. I had an idea a few years ago based on creating images from discarded chewing gum but that hasn’t quite seen the light of day… I also love repeating patterns and grids, whether it be lines on shutters, flyers posted on a wall or even just a sheet of labels!

On the flipside of that, are there any things you avoid focusing on at all costs?

I’m a bit of a perfectionist so many ideas get parked if it’s not quite right.

The longest word in the dictionary is 45 letters long (and a bit of a misery, as it goes) – how big would one of your word searches have to be to hide that monster?! And would you want to work on that scale?

I must admit I had to look up what the word is! A square piece with Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis it would require over 2000 letters in the complete piece – not too much of a problem for a print, but quite a bit of time to make using fridge magnets.

What is the most complex piece you’ve worked on to date? And can you give us any hints at upcoming projects we might want to look out for?

I’ve just created another word search commission using fridge magnets, which I really enjoyed making. I’m also working on another edition of ‘One In A Million’ as the original was so well received.

Finally, you’re hosting the artrepublic Kids Club in November. As a kid, what was your favourite activity and has it ever come into play in your work as an adult?

I used to really enjoy making small FIMO models that I sold to craft shops for window displays, usually in return for free FIMO!

 

Find out how your little ones can join in with the artrepublic Kids Club.

 

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Euan Roberts Q&A – I’m OK

The final release of Euan Roberts’ ‘I’m OK’ print has been highly anticipated and received overwhelmingly positive reviews and responses across social media platforms. We were lucky enough to sit down with Euan to talk about this wonderful piece.

 

R: How have people responded to your new piece?

— E: The response to the print ‘I’m OK – Midnight Edition’ has been hugely positive. For this edition, I teamed with my good friend and incredible screen printer Joe Vass who is a true magician and artisan when it comes to printing. We wanted to create a print that set a really high standard in terms of my 

work and I’m so happy with how it’s turned out. People who have seen the print in the flesh have been commenting on the depth of colour and how the water really shimmers in the light.

 

R: Is mental health something that’s been present in your own life?

— E: Sure. I think that mental health is something that affects everyone and making art has definitely been a way for me to maintain my own mental wellbeing. From my first ‘I’m OK’ print I had so many people message me saying that the image had given them strength and that they could relate to the sentiment. As an artist, this is a hugely honouring and gratifying effect to have.

I guess the optimistic and playful nature of my work is my way of trying to reinforce my own inner-strength, as sort of visual mantras. For so long I worried and stressed about creating art to the point where it was virtually impossible to commit to making a picture. Now it flows so naturally and with such joy and I don’t feel so precious, I just learnt to have fun with it ☺.

I feel wider attitudes towards mental health and mental illness is gradually changing for the better. Society is becoming more sensitive to the fact that it’s ok to not feel ok and people are becoming more open to sharing their thoughts and seeing this vulnerability and openness as a signifier of great strength rather than weakness.

If through some small way my art can contribute to this conversation then I’m all for it.

 

R: How did you feel while producing this piece?

— E: I don’t really feel much while I’m making art. When I’m truly in the zone and have achieved a flow state. I think in our increasingly screen-led virtual existence it’s so important to do things that take us away from the constant thought/reaction process we’re used to. I think these beautiful flow states can be achieved not just through making art but cooking, running, sport, yoga, meditation etc. Find something you love doing and during which you forget everything, then try and do it and find this state as much as possible would be my advice.

 

R: What was the response you were aiming for?

— E: It would be unauthentic to say I don’t aim to please people with my art. I understand that what I make might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I just want my creativity to invoke a feeling in the viewer. If my art can cause people to smile and feel happy, even if just for a second before returning them to their everyday existence, feeling little lighter, then I’ve done my job. 

 

R: The print is a very accurate representation of how so many people feel. Was it an idea long in the making? Or did it come to you quite quickly?

— E: The original idea came to me very quickly. Last summer I was working on a number of collages on paper, each was made really quick while I was working in my garden. This piece just fell together really. I would ask my girlfriend each day after work how she was, and she would answer ‘I’m OK’ with this really distinct intonation. Almost like “Oooohhhh-Kay”. Anyway, from that initial response she would often then go to elaborate on how she was actually feeling and explain to me the various complexities of her day good or bad.

I’m pretty sure that subconsciously this piece is a self-portrait. I’m from Brighton and love being by the sea, so no doubt that is the setting, however, unfortunately, I doubt you’d ever see so many stars in the sky in that part of the country. I was talking to my friend the other day and we were discussing how you never really see the full bounty of stars in the night sky unless you’re on holiday, so maybe I’m actually in a glorious warm ocean on a beautifully clear night…

 

R: Are there any other artists you admire?

— E: The list is so long and continually being added to. I really admire people who make art because they have to. Those people whose evaluation of their work is from an internal source rather than external. The artist’s who will spend their last £10 on a tube of paint and stand inches away from their favourite paintings examining the surface. Art nerds like me basically!

 

R: Do you have any works planned of a similar nature that you may release in the future?

— E: I want to continue to create prints that can be seen as uplifting and energising. The plan is to keep putting art out there whether it’s by print releases or shows. I just want my work to be seen in real life as much as possible.

 

Euan is releasing the standard midnight edition as well as 7 hand-finished pieces, varying in colour. Don’t miss out!

 

 

 

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Sealed With A Kiss: Sara Pope’s exclusive artrepublic giveaway

Want to win a very special original from the artist’s forthcoming showcase? Read on…

The eyes get a lot of credit when it comes to expressing emotion; they are the windows to the soul, could kill with just a look and sometimes they even go a little starry. But what about the part the rest of the face plays in showing, or even hiding, our feelings? One person who’s long considered this is artist Sara Pope, whose portraits don’t usually take in the whole face; instead, they focus specifically on a subject’s lips as they move through various emotions.

These glossy, glittery and highly saturated pouts, mimicking the slick finish of advertising and often named for the shade of lipstick worn by her models, have become Pope’s trademark. They’ve been applied to canvases, silk screened onto paper and also used to customise shoes. And she hasn’t remotely finished exploring this seductive subject, as you’ll see at her first full showcase at artrepublic Brighton this November.

Expect a series of originals that have never been shown in the UK, a brand-new lenticular print release and a very special homage to Pope’s work in fashion – a one-of-a-kind hand-painted leather jacket. This unique piece isn’t merely part of the showcase; it’s the starting point of an exciting event in its own right. Want to know why?

Sara Pope Jacket

We can now reveal that this original piece of Pope’s handiwork will be up for grabs at artrepublic. Not to buy though, and not through an auction, but via a good old-fashioned raffle! Albeit one with a twist. Because rather than throwing your name in the hat by purchasing a few rows of numbered paper tickets a la the local village fair, this exclusive tombola will only contain the names of those who buy one of Pope’s limited edition prints at the artrepublic gallery in Brighton before the showcase opens on 15 November 2018.

A fan of Pope’s work? Then read our lips: you don’t want to miss out on this massive event.

To find out more about Sara Pope’s showcase, the exclusive fashion-forward raffle and to discover more about the limited edition prints we have in the gallery, speak to one of our personal art advisors – just stop by artrepublic Brighton or give us ring on 01273 724829.

 

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Tree Flowers And Shadows: Bruce McLean’s upcoming exhibition at artrepublic

Discover the abstract work of one of British Conceptualism’s leading figures at artrepublic Brighton.

Red Garden Path by Bruce McLean

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t have a bit of a soft spot for rebellious artists at artrepublic, which is why we decided that it’s time for those of you who aren’t already familiar with the work of Bruce McLean to be properly introduced.… with an exhibition of his work at our Brighton gallery this October.

Don’t know much about the Glasgow-born artist? Here are the Cliffs Notes. Since upending the status quo of sculpture as a young artist in the Sixties, by using his own body to consider the value and purpose of the plinth and creating sculptural forms from rubbish and impermanent materials, Scottish sculptor Bruce McLean has continued to produce work that challenges some of the art world’s most commonly held beliefs. For instance, the idea that an artist only works in one realm, choosing his tools and mediums from the same checklist created (and used) by those who have gone before.

Lindleimer's Bee Blossom by Bruce McLean

Refusing to buy in to the art world’s long-accepted concept of the Seven Arts, McLean considers everything he produces – film-, photography- or paint-based – to be a form of sculpture. By working across disciplines, travelling back and forth between mediums that include (but are not restricted to) performance art, printmaking, painting, film installations and ceramics, he’s produced a vast body of forward-thinking work that is always evolving and changing. Approaching everything with inquiry, the result is a series of artworks that are packed with energy; organic lines bounce off block colours or solid structures within a given space, like an endless conversation between two figures with different points of view.

But maybe we should pause for a moment, before we get as abstract as some of McLean’s creations (which you may have seen in the collections at the Tate, the V&A, or even in our own Brighton gallery – we’re in good company aren’t we?) and return to the point. Our forthcoming Bruce McLean exhibition.

Running from 18 October – 12 November, Tree Flowers And Shadows features 40 new and archival pieces by the artist, and covers everything from limited edition prints and ceramics to a film installation. Many of the artist’s new works are influenced by his garden in Spain called Son Caragol which means Snail. ‘The latest prints are directly related to paintings I made 10 years ago,’ says McLean. ‘I’m interested in the dark shadows and how points of light appear as the sun moves around and flickers, I’m attempting to create beautiful, lush, vibrant works as a direct response to this lush, flickering environment.’

Experience McLean’s take on this environment for yourself, and hear more about the artist and his work at the Tree Flowers And Shadows Private View on 18 October, when he’ll be giving a 30-minute talk as well as unveiling the show. Spaces are limited, so please RSVP.  

 

Keep an eye out on the artrepublic Brighton gallery page for our interview with Bruce McLean, as well as details of other upcoming events at artrepublic Brighton.

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A Subtle Twist Of Line: Richard Berner Live Screen Printing Event

Meet Richard Berner, the host of this month’s Live Edition Printing evening with The Private Press.

Richard Berner

What links Audrey Hepburn, Amy Winehouse, the Houses of Parliament and a tentacle-wielding creature from the deep? Unless you have any other (we’d like to say unlikely) suggestions, the answer to that would be Brighton-based artist Richard Berner.

A regular feature on the walls at artrepublic Brighton, Berner’s work blends fine ink work and cultural iconography with a dusting of dark humour. While some of his images are straight-up homages to famous figures, such as David Bowie, Charlie Chaplin and, erm, Storm Troopers, each finished with watercolour hues, drips and splodges, others have the hallmarks of those classic political caricatures found in famous international newspapers and journals for centuries. You know, the ones that take familiar forms and figures but toy with them just enough to make a clever commentary or subtle joke.

Bowie by Richard Berner

Whether it’s a beautiful moth that turns out to be made up of hundreds of tiny skeletons and ghoulish creatures, or a King Kong-like figure ascending Big Ben, drawn in a way that references Dali’s dripping clocks, Berner’s illustrative images definitely reward close inspection. The great news is, you can get up really close to the artist’s next limited edition, as he’s producing it at this month’s Live Edition Printing evening at the gallery, run in collaboration with The Private Press.

Join us at artrepublic Brighton on 26 October, from 6-8pm, as Berner unveils, hand-finishes and signs an edition of just 50 prints, which you can buy there and then. As usual, the after-work creative session will also feature drinks at the gallery and a chance to meet the artist and have a chat about his work.

 

To find out more about the event, and to save yourself a space at (or near) the printing press, check out our eventbrite page.

 

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