Part of the reason this blog was set up was to show people there’s more to Bristol graf than Banksy, so, whilst today doubtless brings more rumour and speculation on his upcoming show, what else is coming up?
Well, first up, Rowdy’s got a solo show opening on the 4th June (with private view night 3rd June), running through to the 22nd June, at ‘Sartorial Contemporary Art‘ in London (WC1H 8AP). Sounds dead posh, but looks like it should be good. Here’s their blurb with it…
In his first major London solo show the King of Crocs showcases his diverse talent at Sartorial Contemporary Art. Expect to see Rowdy’s unique take on urban living and landscape in the form of his legendary boulders, abstract cityscapes and of course the ubiquitous crocs.
Bricks and mortar may mean money and mortgages to some but Rowdy prefers his building blocks in their raw state. ‘The local quarry provides the bedrock for our roads and cities’ says the artist. ‘I hit the rocks before they reach their destiny of becoming our new urban spaces’. Simultaneously caveman-esque and contemporary, the cartoon monoliths have been described as ‘Ren & Stimpy meets Goldsworthy’. Their arrival in the urban landscape provides jarring juxtaposition.
His Cityscape paintings show Skyscrapers constructed out of the tiniest marks a spray can can make, reminiscent of T.S Lowry’s ‘matchstick men’, combined with 1980’s graffiti fades. Some are hectic, others more meditative. Highly sought after, this accomplished series offers nuances and subtleties both in style and substance, often somewhat lacking in today’s saturated street art market.
Continuing the narrative of City versus The Ancient; Rowdy’s trademark crocodiles are often huge in scale and are indicative of the playful nature of the imagery in his work, and long may we continue to see these King-sized crocs attacking our walls and lurking in the concrete swamps. The last few years have seen him collaborate with cohorts Cyclops & Sweet Toof resulting in one of the most widespread bombing campaigns seen in the UK’s capital in the last decade.
‘Don’t be taken in by his welcome grin, he’s imagining how well you’d fit within his skin…’
They’ve also got some photos on their site of the Burning Candy show in Leeds last year if you fancy a gander.
Next up, there’s the Bristol Design Festival (5th – 11th June), which isn’t massively graf based, but has a competition called ‘Grafikea’ where you can customise an Ikea table (crying out for someone to enter it with a table covered in tagging). They’ve also been getting various design and graf types to customise a set of those russian doll things which will be auctioned off. Last year had this lot getting their paint on, should be a good turnout this time round.
They’re linking up with an expanded Upfest this year (6th and 7th June at the Tobacco Factory and to a smaller degree at the Grain Barge). Again it’s not an entirely graf type event, but in amongst the photoshop and stencils, a good contingent of graf artists seem to have sneaked there way onto the bill, and photos will be all over Flickr before you know it. Definitely worth checking out.
Finally, not an event as such, but something with a date attached. PRSC have found themselves entered for an award with Voscur (“an infrastructure organisation and a development agency for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Bristol”) to be recognised as the best ‘voluntary and community sector campaign’ in Bristol 2009.
All very wordy, but if everyone reading this blog gave them a vote, they’d doubtless rinse it, so go on, won’t take a minute. It’s open til the 29th May, so click here to submit your vote.