ORGAN: Five pieces of art – Mark Burrell, Miss Bugs and Damien, a Grunwick Strike poster, a slice of D*Face’s pop art, Marnie Scarlet’s Pride dress and…

Mark Burrell – The Late Winter Sun – Canvas, acrylic, oil stick and pencil on mounting board. 29x21cm, Feb 2022

The now and again Five Pieces of Art thing feature again. Well why not (again)? Again and again (and again and again), all this art flowing past on various feeds or wrapped up in press releases or jumping off actual gallery walls or wrapping chips or passing on the side of those Whitechapel white vans. So we ask (again) why not five pieces of art every couple of weeks or so alongside everything else that appears on these fractured pages on a daily basis? Can you think of one good reason why not to (again)? Well besides the time involved and the this and the that and the dancing around and the skins on the tins of paint and the man at the door

Five pieces of art then, a semi regular feature, just five pieces of art that have passed our way in the last few days, nothing more (or less) than that., nothing really to do with an upcoming show or anything else (although maybe they are), just a simple, semi regular five pieces of art feature. Let’s do it again,

Mark Burrell – “The Weight Of Prayer” -August 2022. Fabric, paper, card, filler, ink and pencil on plywood support. 46x40x1cm.

1: Mark Burrell‘s art flows past on our feeds on a regular basis, I like his fingerprint, his way with it all. Mark has featured in a number of our (Cultivate) on line shows, we never tire of seeing his work, is art work? Can we call what we do work? We’d be doing it anyway. I’d really really like to see a white-walled gallery full of Mark Burrell’s work, he does do a lot of it, reasonable to say we like it all. The piece at the top of the page features as part of Cultivate’s Impart on-line exhibition.

“In my work, I have for many years, been particularly drawn to the random nature of using found objects. I love the unexpected and often random aspects of where the materials might direct me – and the joy is never knowing where that journey will end up”. Mark Burrell is from Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Mark Burrell – “We Watch Each Other” – August 2022. Paper, canvas, acrylic, pastel and oil stick on 350gsm watercolour paper. 42cm x 30cm.

2: Marnie Scarlet‘s pride Dress – “Soooo couldn’t go out picnicking today, so decided to make a thing. Made this little Frockette inspired by the Pride Progress Flag. Hope to perhaps wear it for Brighton Pride” so said Marnie the other day

3: Miss Bugs – Here’s a decent shot of Damien, the sentient dispensing machine at the centre of the show that’s currently happening at Jealous East here in London, lots more about the goings on at the Miss Bugs opening here – ORGAN THING: Miss Bugs, last night’s event of an opening at Jealous East, pop art pill popping and a ‘sentient’ dispensing machine called Damien…

Miss Bugs – “Damien” at Jealous East, August 2022

Miss Bugs are a duo, catch theit current show – ‘Do No Harm – The Dispensary / Walk In Centre’ will run until 4th September at Jealous East, 53 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT.

4: The Grunwick Strike poster – The historical event was some 46 years ago last week, this psoter went past on my feed and I must confess I lost the note about who’s artwork it was (sorry), but what a powerful piece of art. Lots more about the despute here, if you don’t know bout it then it is worth reading, it is an important piece of Bristish social history, – today Grunwick is remembered for the way in which thousands of workers, black and white, men and women, came together to defend the rights of migrant women workers but there’s a lot more to it than that, it was about the strength and defiance of the woment themselves. This piece of art is important. Here’s the Wikipedia page

5: D*Face makes classic comic book pop art, a direct line from the pop of the 60’s, you might argue that in 2022 this isn’t anything that revolutionary, but there is just that little something extra about D*Face and the comentary provided and well, this GIF just pased our way in a press release. I don’t think this is something more than a fancy press release and that the art that will be on the wall of his latest show will be anything other than static. The press release is for a show in Seoul so I doubt any of us are going (unless you happen to be one of South Korean readers, that stats tell us we do have one or two)

“A brand new D*Face solo show is opening in Seoul, South Korea next week! D’s first show in Seoul, ‘Strange Love’ will be on show at Space Fountain Gallery from August 31st and explores the themes of romance and relationships in a world defined by technology and convenience. Regarding the show D had this to say:

“Love is a funny thing in this day and age. Whilst the basic science behind what draws one person to another has remained constant, the way that people connect and act on their emotions is ever-changing, perhaps never more so than today. Within this show I wanted to express how things like advanced technologies, shifts in communication and changes to social etiquette have expedited the act of love to such a degree that in many cases they are having the adversely desired effect on our relationships with each other. Our overcharged need for convenience has created a new and unfamiliar form of romance, a strange love.”

And while we’re here, a couple of shots from that Miss Bigs opening last week and the link to the review again – ORGAN THING: Miss Bugs, last night’s event of an opening at Jealous East, pop art pill popping and a ‘sentient’ dispensing machine called Damien…

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