Monthly Archives: September 2010

Blow your mind – id-iom @ the Herbert Museum, Coventry

We were invited up to Coventry on the weekend to do some spraypainting for the Herbert Museum as they are soon to do a street art prints exhibition. We only managed to come up with a design towards the middle of last week and so (as ever) didn’t exactly leave ouselves much time for the cutting and general preparation. The concept was fairly simple in that the model (me!) would be opening a carboard box marked ‘Herbert’ and a concentrated beam of light would be coming out of the box (which is meant to represent the contents of the Herbert) that would ‘blow your mind’ and turn into a multicoloured stencil explosion after passing through the prism of his mind.  High concept indeed…

After an early Saturday start and a couple of hours drive the weather wasn’t great but was at least beginning to look up. Thankfully however we were working under a large gazebo-like tent so the few showers that did turn up didn’t even make us pause. After the boards were put together for us we set to work.

There were also a few other artists painting some boards as well including Pahnl, AsOne, Newso and Ame 72. All in all it was a great day out. We didn’t get to see all that much of Coventry and the little we did see I really quite liked. The ruins of the old cathedral (that were destroyed during the blitz) were particularly nice. On the downside thought there were bouncers outside a couple of the city centre pubs by 10.30am which i took to be something of a dubious sign…

We were the last to finish our picture but by the end of the day the weather was glorious and we had managed to gather a pretty reasonable crowd to watch us putting the final touches to it. After we had finished the guys from the Herbert said that our piece would be finding a new home inside the gallery – which is nice!

Big thanks to Dom and Jess from the Herbert for sorting everything out for us!

Cheers

id-iom

id-iom
Title: Blow your mind
Media: Stencils and spraypaint
Size: 2.4m x 2.4m

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Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em

Another new piece which has already proved popular on our flickr page. Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em comes from military slang and means ‘take a break’  or somesuch. This piece is on A2 paper and will hopefully be framed up pretty soon. It can be quite fun painting pretty ladies and this was no exception.

I’m not really sure (as ever) where the inspiration for these pieces comes from but it’s nice to stay busy and keep a steady stream of things that we can put on our flickr and blog coming up. Who knows what we’ll come up with next…

Cheers

id-iom

id-iom
Title: Smoke em if you’ve got em
Media: Acylic, ink, spraypaint, charcoal and paint pen
Size: A2
FOR SALE

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Star Wars commission – stage 1

We have recently been asked to do a Star Wars commission wall in someone’s house for their son and this Stormtrooper is just one of many stencils i will be cutting in order to get this piece done. It’s quite nice to work on a Star Wars commission as there is so much iconic imagery to use. We’ll mainly be using the characters from the animated/comic Clone Wars series that were originally designed by Genndy Tartakovsky(who also designed Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory) but for now i’ve just got to come up with a suitably snappy design… I’ll get more pics up as and when we manage to get round to getting it done.

Also, I think the slate works really well. That was another lucky womble find. There is plenty more for me to grab too but it’s pretty heavy so it’ll have to be a couple of return trips. The demands of being an artist eh?

Cheers

id-iom

id-iom
Title: Stormtrooper slate
Media: Hand cut stencils and spraypaint
Size: Found piece of slate

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Blast from the past – Big Draw 2008

Whilst having a quick look through our flickr page I came across some photo’s from when we first did The Big Draw back in 2008. It was held in conjunction with the Wellcome Trust and UCL and we were asked to work on the street (which was closed for the day) which linked the sites as there was all sorts going on in both the UCL campus and the Wellcome Trust building. We came up with a few different ideas and set to work.

As we were working with both UCL and the Wellcome Trust we thought it best to come up with some images related to both – so we came up with load of stencils of famous scientists and UCL alumni. Once these had been sprayed on the street we let people abuse them with chalk. One of the funniest points in the day was when i was explaining that we were using ‘temporary’ spraypaint in order to paint on the street. Honestly, what did they expect when they employed a couple of jokers like us. Ha!

Gandhi – UCL alumnus

Rontgen (discoverer of X-rays) with a comedy woman’s body!- Big Draw 2008

Einstein ‘Good morning’ – The Big Draw 2008

Along with making a mess of the pavement we also let anyone who was interested get involved. We had a school party along at one point who stayed with us for over an hour asking question after question. They all seemed fairly happy with the CFC’s though…

As the street had been closed off for the day we also had a couple of ‘found’ street signs that we had doctored in order to entice people down our street:

All going well i hope?

Will work for peanuts (although it’s difficult to read on such a small pic!)

And last but not least we had our piece entitled Napoleon’s toothbrush which was based on one of the pieces in the Wellcome Collection. Henry Wellcome was something of a collector/hoarder of things and amongst other things he picked up during his life was Napoleon’s toothbrush (he also had – amongst a truly gargantuan collection – Darwin’s walking stick, Florence Nightingale’s moccasins, Japanese sex aids, Peruvian mummies and a hoarde of antique glass eyes). We got some members of the public to give us a hand with the background then whacked the stencil on towards the end of the day. We then gave it to UCL to do as they would with. God only knows where it is now…

Napoleon’s toothbrush

All in all we had a great time at The Big Draw. And they even invited us back the next year! We were hoping to get involved again this year but we haven’t found any budget for our street art masterclass as yet… Watch this space!

Cheers

id-iom

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My Favourite Celebrity Quotes… Part 2

As promised in an earlier post i’m showing some more of the Celebrity Quote pieces we produced last year. As a whole host of celebrities are seemingly paid huge amounts to come up with vapid and narcissistic comments I thought it only fair to hold a mirror up to their vanity and show what pampered children they tend to be. Saying that some of them make me laugh and that’s apparently the best medicine – so maybe they should be prescribed on the NHS. I’m not doctor so don’t quote me on that though…

I don’t really think they need much introduction but in case you’ve forgotten what Hugh Grant‘s is about check here. These were so much fun I’m surprised I haven’t done more…

Cheers

id-iom

Jack Black

Jack on tube

Amy Winehouse

Amy on street

Freddie Mercury

Freddie on street

Hugh Grant

Hugh on street

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Facing East

As with most of our pictures i would have a hard time explaining how or why they come into being.

Well, what can i tell you about this little number? It is a diptych, it is an experiment in colour (or lack of) and it is based on a picture of a Chinese girl. Beyond that it’s difficult to say. Perhaps I was listening to ‘Go West’ by the Pet Shop Boys and decided unconsciously to create a picture that was the antithesis of their lyrics. Perhaps I thought the girl in the original picture was mystifying and enigmatic and just needed to paint her. Perhaps I just wanted to get the paints out and get messy. Who could possibly say? Not me. Anyway, i’m just rambling on again – so it’s best I leave now and you can make up your own mind about the picture…

Right, what’s next?

Cheers

id-iom

id-iom
Title: Facing East (Monochrome)
Media: Acylic, ink, oil pastel, spraypaint, charcoal and paint pen
Size: A2

id-iom

Title: Facing East (Polychrome)

Media: Acylic, ink, oil pastel, spraypaint, charcoal and paint pen

Size: A2

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Peek-A-Boo!

Here we have another one hot off the id-iom press. I’m trying to work out where our motivation for certain pieces comes from and to be honest i’m not entirely sure. Our muse doesn’t really give explanations as to why we should do what we do so we just try to get on with it. This one, quite obviously, is called Peek-A-Boo! and will hopefully be off to the framers soon.

Cheers

id-iom

id-iom
Title: Peek-a-Boo
Media: Acylic, ink, oil pastel, spraypaint and paint pen
Size: A2
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A Sign of the Times

After finding a couple of injured signs and taking them back home to nurse them back to health it’s only fair to release them back into the wild once they’ve fully recuperated. Take these signs for instance. They used to be dirty, functional, used and abused until they managed to find themselves some new foster parents who were willing to take them in, feed them, make them feel beautiful again and then release them back to their natural habitat.

“Pucker up Buttercup” used to (i think) be a ‘keep right’ sign but now she looks much more glamourous and i think she feels right back at home on the street although the good lord only knows where she is now. I hope she’s still out there somewhere…

“No speakee da pidgin inglish” is certainly something of a strange one. Based on a slightly odd picture taken in a park in Singapore I’m really not sure how this one will fare in life now it has been released but i can only wish it well. Maybe it would be fun to affix some sort of GPS locator on these so you can work out exactly where they are now…

Cheers

id-iom

id-iom
Title: Pucker up Buttercup
Media: Spraypaint, acrylic and paint pen
Size: Found street sign

id-iom

Title: No speakee da pidgin inglish

Media: Spraypaint, stencils,  acrylic and paint pen

Size: Found street sign

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