Exhibit #1 – Graphic Bar, London

On Sunday 13th November we took over Graphic Bar in Soho, London, with our first ever urban art showcase!

After months of late night planning at our “headquarters”, frequent meetings in London with various artists and companies – often followed with several celebratory drinks – the highly anticipated Exhibit #1 event arrived and to say we were overwhelmed with the attendance is an understatement!

Over 160 people attended (give or take ten, once Megan found a clicker to record numbers!) to look at the work, have a few drinks, chat to the artists, us and other spectators – the community vibe was alive! Clearly it was buzzing enough for the legendary DJ Tim Westwood to even drop in and have a look, as he was passing on his way back from the gym!

But the biggest names we have to thank for Exhibit #1 are our UAM artists: Bruce Parker, Carl Cashman and International Nobody. They were there early to set up with us at Graphic Bar, putting the finishing touches to their work, chatting to everyone who came – we couldn’t have asked to work with better artists for our first show! For those who weren’t able to attend, you can check out their “On the Wall” interviews on the previous blog entries.

Positioned in the centre of the gallery, Bruce put his black and white spin on our competition, creating an exclusive one off graphic live at the event. His work sparked a huge interest, with just under half of those attending Exhibit #1 entering the competition! Look out for the winner announcement this Sunday.

So what’s next… for those who have been asking yes we are planning for Exhibit #2 more details will follow in the new year, but if you’re interested in being part of the next big showcase then email us! As some of you may have seen we had several film crews at the event so keep your eyes peeled as we’ll be releasing a few of these over the next week or so, along with our promo video!

Lastly, a big thanks to all those that attended or supported us with the launch of Exhibit #1. Remember you make the movement, so lets keep it growing.

On the Wall: Carl Cashman

Carl Cashman, is a Devon based contemporary artist. His work is influenced by industrial landscapes and optical illusions. We recently sat down with Carl to talk about his work ‘geometric based optical illusions’….

How would you describe your work?
My work is geometric based optical illusions. I sometimes called it ‘Neometry’ when made with UV paints, but I’m sure that sounds kinda cheesy.

What is your favourite medium to work in?
My favourite medium is acrylics painted directly onto ply… but im about to start some lessons in making fused glass, so it will be interesting to see how that goes.

How did you develop/find your own style?
I think I’m beginning to find my own style. I’ve only been painting again since last November, but in that period I’ve made 60-70 paintings which has helped me move away from the Barry Mcgee vibe that I started with. I used to make stencils, but one of my pieces was reported as a ‘Banksy’, as most stencils are.

When did you realise that art was your future?
My best mate Scott beat me to win Artist of the year when we were kids at school. It was from that point that I realized how much being creative meant to me.

What/who are your biggest influences?
My work is mainly influenced by a well spent youth, dancing in disused warehouses and playing pixelated computer games. Artistically I would say MC Escher, Bridget Riley and the Beautiful Losers are my main inspirations. I was lucky enough to meet and watch Steve Powers paint last year, it was that experience that reignited my desire to paint.

How has the internet and social media sites such as Facebook helped you as an artist?
Social media sites have been a massive help for me. A guy called James Derwin who was involved with Damien Hirst and Anthony Gormley shows down here in Devon, contacted me last January for my first show. This UAM event will be my 5th this year and I probably have him to thank for showing some faith in me and helping me gain some momentum over the last 12 months.

Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?
In 5 years time I’d love to be making a living from my art. Its currently my main source of income, but it would be nice to move on from living off of baked beans at some point.. although upgrading from 12p value cans would be a start. It would be a dream come true being able to travel the world and taking my work with me, being invited to exhibit with artists that I’ve looked up to and admired.

What advice would you give to artists looking to break into the scene and develop a name for themselves?
I’m still trying to make a name for myself as I’ve only been back painting for a year. The only thing I can advise is to make art that you like or would purchase yourself, because at least that way you can hang it on your own walls if nobody else is interested. Plus it’s much easier to ‘sell’ an idea if you are interested in it yourself.

One worders…

Pen or can? Ruler
Wall or wood? Wood
Computer or pad? Pad

You can see Carl’s work and have a chat with him at our show on Sunday 13th November at Graphic bar London.

See Carl’s website here
See Carl’s flikr page here of work and developments