Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Friday, 10 December 2010
Mural will welcome visitors to city's newest museum
The colourful artwork will depict many of the city's familiar and quirky landmarks in a unique way.
Better known in the street art and graffiti world as Acerone, Luke Palmer's latest work mixes monochrome with vibrant colours.
Dinosaurs and buildings are a common feature of Andy Council's work, so the mural will depict a mixture of these elements when it is finished.
The pair have been working on the mural all week.
"We are delighted to have two local artists working in M Shed," said Julie Finch, head of Bristol's museums, galleries and archives.
"Their styles are very different, which makes this collaboration extra special.
"Window on Bristol is a celebration of the city, its past, the present and what could lie ahead.
"Its bold, striking images will animate the Living Bristol Gallery, draw people in, spark debate and will encourage visitors to explore and discover the fascinating histories and stories behind the objects and artefacts on display."
M-Shed, which is to open two years late in spring 2011, aims to tell the story of Bristol, from prehistoric times to the present day, all under one roof.
Three galleries – Living Bristol, People and Place – will feature stories from residents of the city across hundreds of years.
Window to Bristol will greet visitors in the Living Bristol Gallery.
There will be a number of the most popular exhibits from the Industrial Museum on display, and visitors can take steam train and boat rides around the dock from the site.
There will also be areas for school children on educational visits.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
It was very cold (just below freezing) and windy. The cold was inhibiting the setting of he spray adhesive, so the image sections were taking time to stick. Fingers were numbing, and we had only two image sections (of six) in place, when Dan said "Perhaps we should do this some other time".
"We could", I replied, "but we've posted a third of the image now, and we lose it if we stop. What do you suppose Luke would do?"
"Hmmm..." he decided "...let's get it done."
Monday, 8 November 2010
Friday, 5 November 2010
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Bristol visual artist Acerone brings work based on circular walk around the city to Colston Hall’s Glass Room
Bristol based visual artist Acerone has developed a body of artwork based on a circular walk around the city and his work is being displayed at Colston Hall’s Glass Room exhibition space this November.
‘Call to Adventure’ is a series of 4 paintings derived from 12 photographs captured whilst on a circular walk around Bristol’s city centre over a 12-hour period.
Acerone devised a circular route around Bristol, taking a central point from a map reference and drawing a 1 kilometre circumference around the city. He then divided his route into 12 equal segments, numbered like a clock face, with the relating hour identifying the time the photo was taken from that position.
Taking insight from the Situationist’s practice of the Dérive, the photographs were used as starting points for the paintings, exploring our emotional and behavioral reactions to the urban landscape. The collection can be viewed as a 12 hour visual journey through the city, using visual references to Bristolian architecture as key metaphors that reflect Acerone’s lifework.
Acerone is a visual artist from Bristol with a background of 15 years of creating street art murals. With photography remaining a keystone in the development of his works, current projects have seen him using the camera as a tool to capture intense images of urban life, which are then remixed and replayed as paintings on canvas.
His installation work from the Royal West of England Academy street art exhibition ‘Crimes of Passion’ is part of the RWA permanent collection and in late 2009 he won the first prize award in the ‘Bristol: A Second Look’ competition at Photographique.
Both the series of photographs and the 4 canvases make up the body of work that is Call to Adventure and will be displayed at The Glass Room gallery at Colston Hall, Bristol from Friday 5 until Sun 28 November 2010.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Monday, 11 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
The piece i made for the 'Distance Travelled' exhibition explained in a little more detail...
Using the cemetery as a background for four paintings depicting the words Work, Beloved, Self and Home, ‘All Things are Changing; Nothing Dies’ is an installation that responds to Joseph Cambell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and the methods of gestalt therapy developed by the late Paul Rebillot in the Hero’s Journey process.
This piece uses the environment of the cemetery as a metaphor for change; steering away from the notion of ‘the end’ and instead focusing on new beginnings. Light trails flash through the scene, spelling out the words Work, Beloved, Self and Home; core aspects of each individual’s lives that will be affected by change.
How do we embrace these changes? Should we spend our lives grieving for what once was, or accept the call to adventure and become the Hero in our own journey…?
The giclee print for the above image measuring 88cm x 30cm, is a high quality print on 310gm fine art acid free archive stock paper, and is an edition of 8.
6 of these prints sold at the show; If you would like one of the final 2 prints available for £95, please click here. Many thanks to all who have supported me by buying a print.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Monday, 27 September 2010
Work Beloved Self Home, (2010) Acerone
Things are hotting up in preparation for the 'Distance Travelled' show im putting together with fellow TCF brothers, Dicy and Ziml. We have had months to think about and prepare for this, but as all true artists will know, the best work is made in a mad rush in the few days before the hanging and opening...
We have some pretty big ideas ready to roll so be sure to come down and see the Centrespace Gallery transformed in a way you will not have done before. To get your name on the preview guest-list email us at:
The above photo is a hint at the direction im going in with this body of work - inspired by the writing of Joseph Cambell and the Gestalt Therapeutic processes developed by the late Paul Rebillot...
Time to get deep!
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
In September 2009, I worked alongside fellow TCF artists Dicy and Ziml on producing the Triple Drop show at the Centrespace gallery here in Bristol. Almost exactly one year one and we're are back again with a brand new body of work that is going to dominate the Centrespace in a way you have never seen before...
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Friday, 20 August 2010
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Through gates of grey I made my way
no bail on this redemption day.
And so I’m made to stand in line
and then to sit, and then to sign.
And reluctantly they invite me to dine
on a microwave meal with no appeal
more reluctantly I break the seal.
But before I’ve had the chance to eat
a faceless voice barks “on your feet”.
And bottom inspectors
like funeral directors
probe naked behinds with their metal detectors.
And as they sing and clichés swing
I’m dispatched as a package to the wing.
And at the top of the end of the stairs
I’m reunited with my dodgy chairs
My second bunk, my ancient isles
those funny little faces, those ancient smiles.
So thanks for the tea, the chips, the peas
the bravest jangling of your bloody keys.
And while you work I’ll take my ears
and ponder on life’s many ironies.
The most profound of all of these
being imprisoned by chimpanzees.
Alan 'Bear' Smith
I received the most touching compliment from a passer-by today who stopped me to tell me that seeing Bear "back on the Croft, where he belongs..." gave him goose-bumps - He used to share a room with Bear back at Jamaica Street hostel. Im unaware that any of my paintings have had that affect on anyone before...
So this one is for Bear and anyone who knew him. Thanks for the time you gave me Bear, your words live on.