Connect to Art and change in Northern Ireland
Most excellent !! Thats two old drinking buddies, who have won ! (the other .....Douglas Gordon !!)
Ben you cant get away that easily, details we want details. Where and when?
Ben details I want details.
When the M.A. kicked off in Belfast many students from Glasgow school of art came over to Belfast.
I think they were all taught to be amazing as many are now high profile working artists and quite a few were nominated for the turner prize including Christine Borland.
Before artist run gallery / group Catalyst there was Transmission Gallery in Glasgow, so the ever changing management were these art superstars in the making .
Mark Pawson & myself proposed & got an exhibition at transmission & i then lived in Glasgow for a few months & this involved a lot of drinking , street market hunting, nightclubbing (Sub Club) socialising & exhibitions in peoples houses.
I looked after the gallery show a few days a week & on my day off a TV film crew filmed a rock group playing using our work as a backdrop, may have been Franz Ferdinand ? I missed the entire thing! This was in the days before mobile phones !!!
Martin Boyce & Ross Sinclair were part of this scene & wanted to be doing what Mark & I were doing & Later Ross, Mark and myself had a show in Catalyst when it was upstairs in exchange place, it was called Art Zombies, i got to design the poster which was printed by Ross & then pasted up all over Belfast, we covered the floor walls and ceiling with stencil t - shirts spray painted umbrellas, skateboards, junk sculpture , photo copy art and big screen prints on tarpaulin, one of which was of Bobby sands which was sold to a lady who once went out with him !
Another notable group show at Transmission was The Festival of Plagiarism, where i met sex Pistols designer Jamie Reid, for this show i travelled to Glasgow on my motorbike which was parked in the gallery for the duration, a few visitors said it was the best "art piece" !
Ben do you have any pictures these are great memories.?
Yes, i do, but i have to get away from the computer & make stuff to sell ......im at st. georges market this sunday, monday , tuesday & wednesday !!! & the following week, sunday, monday , tuesday and wednesday too
ok x. but you cant work all the time x
Art Zombies was an excellent show ... I think the first show that I saw in Catalyst
Thanks! We pulled out everything for that one!
ben when you get a minute we would love to see photosB