Take a bit of gum, make a nice friendly face. Bob’s you mother’s….
Just a lil visual update, a few photos taken in Mehringdam on a Sunday afternoon in one corner of a flea market. So much cuteness in one corner
SF has previously avoided Walthamstow because there is little chance of catching a glimpse of the legendary pop foursome that was East17 as they have sadly passed on. There is another reason to visit, that is God’s Own Junkyard. And even more reason as the current sire it under threat from the scurge of the Eastend….. gentrification and redevelopment.
Following a visit to see Chris Bracey’s work in Scream London, SF wanted to do a little more digging. Following a request to the man himself, SF made the journey to deepest East London to find a not so hidden gem, a beacon of light next to a dreary railway line.
First a little history. The business has been going for over six decades, handed down through generations, starting as a lightyard servicing fairgrounds through to creating some of the wonderfully sleazy signs that adorned the shopfronts of gentleman’s clubs in Soho during the Raymond Revue era, through to today as Hollywood backdrops and expensive ob je dar in the homes across the world for the likes of La Moss and Elton. There was even a shop in Soho until that was consigned to the history books
Chris Bracey has created pieces for Alexander McQueen featured in David LaChapelle photoshoots, done parties for Agent Provocatuer and provided signage for movies such as Tombraider. Stanley Kubrick paid him a visit to commission the light work for Eyes Wide Shut. It is however threatened with closure as ‘regeneration’ is about to take place, meaning that a load of new-to-the-area-pram-pushers can move in. Every Friday & Saturday until the end of September you can visit for yourself and sign the petition to stop the brightest light in the Eastend from being moved on. The artist and his band of shining comrades are happy to talk you through any piece….. prepare to put by a few hours though.
And something for the religious
Visit… sign the petition and save God’s Own Junkyard
SF likes a little bit of oddity, some flesh, some controversy and hell…. Some cocks.
The soon to finish ‘Keep Your Timber Limber’ exhibition at the ICA covers all of the above.
Regardless of your persuasion, gay, straight or indifferent, the visage of a unfathomably large member is always going to raise a smile.
Just a few pictures to share, and the focus of the exhibition was gender, sexuality, politics, war and censorship with artist ranging from Tom of Finland to Mike Kuchar, Beverley Knowles and Judith Bernstein.
The images are startling and powerful but also often playful and fun, but other times dark and quite disturbing.