Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Tolworth Tongue: A poem for Sam

I'm building a tower to rise like our dreams
So the argh of our hopes can drape from the top
Fly the flag chaps that are more than red crosses
Raw tongues that will tick to a scream
Tolworth I love you!

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Love Tokens and Bad Pennies

Last year I got involved with CollectConnect's Small World Futures project around London Bridge. This year I'm really chuffed to be invited back for their latest street art intervention Love Tokens and Bad Pennies. It's a cool exhibition that appeals to my sense of fun, freedom and fluidity. It's given me the chance to connect with some wonderful artists and has challenged me with its different themes and subject matter.

My first piece has been published today alongside Bryan Benge's bad penny in Walthamstow. Bryan is a legend of the UK art scene, a man who does so much thinking and creating behind the scenes (even though he's a member of one of the most influential art collectives in the London Group). Please keep reading the CollectConnect blog to see more of my words alongside some wicked artworks.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Visual Poetry Exhibition : Museum of Futures

Recently I've been interested in experimenting with Algorithmic Poetry. Last month I had my first poem published on the Poetry WTF?! website. It was based on Rudyard Kipling's If and used a set of simple rules to reconstruct a new poem using Google.

Algorithmic approach: Type line of original poem to seed search engine.
Stop typing before predictive line reverts to original.
Use the predicted line.
Do this for each line in original poem.

I'm really pleased that I will be exhibiting a new version of this work as a visual poem at the Museum of Futures in February 2017. I have once again taken If as my starting point and interestingly the algorithmic system has already created another variation despite only a month passing between Google searches. The new poem is called Goggle If and depicts all the search boxes that helped create it.

detail, Goggle If
Museum of Futures: Visual Poetry Exhibition
February 23rd to March 12th 2017
117 Brighton Rd, Surbiton KT6 5NJ
www.museumoffutures.org

Over two dozen poets and artists local or connected to the Surbiton or Kingston area, present brand new works especially made for this group exhibition. Exploring the visual and material properties of language through concrete poems, abstract painting, asemic writing and many other avant-garde techniques, this exhibition aims to bring together generations, and methodologies, through a shared engagement with the participants localism.

With new works from Imogen Abed / Ed Arantus / Tim Atkins / Adam Baron / Molly Bergin / Susie Campbell / Sarah Dawson / Thomas Duggan / SJ Fowler / Lucy Furlong / Penny Goring / Mark Harris / Megan Haycock / Imo Jeffes / Dean Kenning / Yessica Klein / Olga Kolesnikova / Julia Lewis / Dacy Lim / Hannah Lowe / Cleary Mallard / Raif Mansell / Matthew Navey / Albert Pellicer / Zoe Radford / Virna Teixeira / Simon Tyrrell with more to be announced.

Partnering with the Museum of Futures - a dynamic community arts space that has engaged Surbiton residents, families and businesses since 2015 and curated by The Community Brain CIC, the exhibition aims to showcase early career poets and artists alongside more experienced practitioners and build on the community, beginning new relationships and collaborations, that already surround this wonderful venue. The engagement with themes of suburbia, the Seething mythos and the humour so prevalent in the Museum of Futures enterprise will undoubtedly also influence the exhibition's aesthetic.

There will be an event to launch the exhibition: A night of collaborative poetry readings on February Thursday 23rd, full of newly commissioned collaborations readings
Curated by SJ Fowler with assistant curators Megan Haycock, Molly Bergin, Olga Kolesnikova, Dacy Lim and Matt Navey.


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Poetry WTF ?! If

I've always been interested in reading, books and libraries, it is one of my greatest pleasures outside of my children and gambling. I haven't had much time to make art this year, but have snatched an hour a week to help out on the UK Chapbook Chart website. Each chart run-down introduces me to a new author or chapbook and over the past few months I've discovered the poetic work of the Combed Thunderclap. His/her/their work sits, cut and spliced in Issue #1 of the Poetry WTF?! chapbook.

Poetry WTF?! immediately appealed to the discordant nature of my life. In my mind over any normal day I deconstruct and stick life back together like an ugly Lego model. On the site there are a range of categories (Remix Poetry, Sculpture Poems, Mutated Poetry, Neon Light Poetry and Algorithmic Poetry) that any writer can apply themselves to and submit.

The gambler in me was attracted by Algorithmic Poetry and I set up a framework to play a game of poetry. My rules looked like this...
Type line of original poem to seed search engine.
Stop typing before predictive line reverts to original.
Use the predicted line.
Do this for each line in original poem.

After a few rolls of the dice I found the perfect poem for my game was Rudyard Kipling's If.
Read it here on the Poetry WTF?! website.
One of things I like about this approach is that I will be able to re-type the poem each year, or from different locations and a new poem should materialise.

I see from Amazon that Issue #2 of Poetry WTF?! chapbook is ready to be released and I'm obviously excited about getting my hands on a copy.
Next for me is an experiment with film dialogue and speeches using the same algorithmic method.

Where one step before
I'm Spartacus
is
I'm sorry I haven't a clue.

Ed


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Papergirl Bristol - Paperboy mystery

Papergirl Bristol are at it again. I'm contributing one of my artworks to their brilliant exhibition and delivery route throughout Bristol. I was very much inspired by their poster as I am a keen collage artist myself.

Every month the dad of an old friend comes round with his old RA and Tate glossy magazine. It is a strange relationship between us as I see Keith (the dad) far more than my old friend Matthew. I cannot afford to be a 'friend' of one of these institutions and it is rare for me to be able to justify a trip into London with the rise in Travelcard prices. So I recreate these exhibitions in my own home here in the suburbs.

My artwork is called Mystery, and it includes a Rothko and a Hepworth within it.

Ed
17th January 2016

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Mail Art Exhibition – Connection is Made

During October 2015 Droitwich Library will be exhibiting a selection of Mail Art from around the globe. My card collage Dot Dot Dash is but one rectangle in this patchwork quilt of this fabulous exhibition curated by artist Tamara Jelača

Droitwich Library

Mail Art Exhibition – Connection is Made…
Droitwich Spa (UK) / October 2015 – International artists
Droitwich Library, Victoria Square, WR9 8DQ, Droitwich Spa

"The idea of Mail Art Exhibition came to me for two main reasons. The first one because I always liked the idea of exchanging art and connecting with other artists. The second reason was absolutely perfect format of mail art that I was considering as ideal to make a connectionbetween artists in Droitwich Spa and a twin town Voiron in France. That was only the beginning."
Tamara Jelača, 2015

Droitwich Arts Network invited the artists from Voiron, to participate in a Mail Art Exhibition during Salt Fest 2015. French artists sent us their fantastic art postcards, so we wished to spread the word and have even more artists from around the world. Now, Droitwich are proud to show mail art that arrived from UK, Germany, Finland, Serbia, Italy, Spain, Norway, Greece, USA, Austria, Brazil, Australia…

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Connection is made, Droitwich Spa

Today I sent off a postcard to the new exhibition curated by artist Tamara Jelača. Tamara is an artist who I first came across at the Fringe Arts Bath festival in 2014. Her latest mission is to connect her home town of Droitwich Spa with the rest of the world. Everyone can get involved, send a postcard to the address below and follow all the guidelines.

Dot Dot Dash
Collage
2015

Participation is free.
All mediums will be accepted like: mixed media, collage, painting, drawing, text/poetry, original printmaking, photography, digital art but please no photocopies.
Dimensions: approximately A5 (15 x 21 cm), but it's not a strict rule
More than one work allowed
Artwork must be sent through the regular postal service as a postcard (not in envelope). Be sure the postage is stamped at correct amount.
No Jury. All artworks will be exhibited.
Each artist is required to give the following information together with his/her artwork(s): name and surname, country, title of artwork, technique, email and, if any, personal website. Please write clearly.
Artworks sent for the exhibitions will not be returned. The artworks will become a part of The Droitwich Arts Network collection or be offered for sale for a symbolic prize and the revenue will be all donated to a charitable institution (with the permission of the artist).
All artworks will be published in e-catalogue and available to download.
The organiser retains the rights to photograph and print photographs of works in local papers, in web, public relations and advertisements of the exhibition. The artists' name will be clearly noted.
The organiser The Droitwich Arts Network reserves the right to refuse any material judged to be unsuitable for exhibiting due to violent or offensive subject.


Deadline:Please send your postcards before:  30th September 2015
All artists that include the contact email will be informed when the artwork is received. 

Please send your artworks to the following address:
Mail Art Project
19 Impney Way
Droitwich Spa
Worcestershire
WR9 7EJ
United Kingdom