Andy Wicks Paints Blog

Ross Walker

Posted in Artists by Andy Wicks on 9 August, 2012

I managed to catch Ross’s show at Studio 1.1 last month as part of their 30 Artists in 30 days and found myself admiring his print editions on his website only last week. Today i stumbled across a fundraising page (not entirely sure how i found this) in which Ross is looking to raise money to fund him through Turps Banana magazine’s 1st year of their Art School Programme. In exchange for a small amount of money he’s offering a selection of different prints and paintings and while I’m not really in a position to buy more artwork at the moment I couldn’t say no to £60 for one of the very prints I was looking at last week.

Ross Walker – Untitled, Archival inks on 300g cotton paper, 42 x 29 cm, 2012

While we’ve never met I felt a want to get involved and support Ross’s efforts as i had a similar dilemma when I was accepted to the Florence Trust, needing time to make the most of the opportunity without working every hour under the sun to pay for it (I offered a selection of paintings each priced at a months studio rent).

So if you like what you see and want to support an artist you could do far worse than click on the following link –

http://www.sponsume.com/project/funding-12-month-studio-programme

Ross Walker – Untitled, Archival inks on 300g cotton paper, 42 x 29 cm, 2012

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Alan Magee ‘Agents of change’, Studio 1.1 – Thursday 26th July

Posted in Artists by Andy Wicks on 23 July, 2012

Studio mate and fellow Florence Trust Alumni Alan Magee will be taking part in Studio 1.1’s 30 Artists in 30 Days on Thursday 26th July. Each artist will be given a solo show to be set up and ready by noon each day and a Private View from 6 – 9pm (and of course removed to make way for the next show the day after).

Studio 1.1
57a Redchurch Street
Shoreditich
London E2 7DJ

Alan Magee, Recoil, Repurposed Dartboard, 2012

Magee’s practice explores the sculptural potential of objects, and the relationship between artistic process and everyday life.  As he modifies objects, their function is negated.  They then oscillate between their original and altered states, remaining in the condition of not quite right, yet not quite wrong.

One can think of his works in a way that traverses traditional art processes and absurdist pottering. The works aim to bring sensitivity to both physical materials and the hidden facets of human existence.

The casual ways in which we assert ourselves over the things that surround us are one of the main driving points in his practice. Combined with his interest in utility and waste, labour and consequence he investigates the use, or usefulness of the artist and the object.

‘Agents of Change’ install shot