Kevin Morosky: on Notorious BIG, #MYNAMEIS, photography and his London

Kevin Morosky Billboard #mynameis

Kevin Morosky‘s work is part of the current arts project #MYNAMEIS brought to you by Anni Arts, taking place on billboards across London from June 21st-July 7th.

Tell us about the #MYNAMEIS project currently showing around London and why you’re involved?

#MYNAMEIS is a group exhibition involving 4 other artists and looking at the meaning of names. Having a billboard to exhibit your work on was a opportunity that I couldn’t miss, plus tackling this subject in the current political climate was a great challenge to take on.

What is it about London that gets you inspired?

I can’t say that I am inspired by London to be honest, I am comforted by London and feel understood by London. Loved and needed. I love that I know when entering Tottenham Court Road tube station the quickest way to the platform is taking the stairs to your right. London is my home, my side of the bed.. It’s an old friend that sits happily in comfortable silence with me.

What is your favourite thing to do in London? (it can be anything not just art based)

Dinner at Bob Bob Ricard, Deptford Junk Market on a Saturday, Shoreditch House roof on any sunny day. Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday. Driving to Wandsworth drive through McDonald‘s at early hours of the morning ordering food and catching jokes, I used to do that all the time with my best friend before she moved to L.A, still one of my favourite things though. I’m a creature of habit. Anything personal and gentle.

Why is photography your chosen medium?

I started taking picture because I wanted to imitate the images brought to mind by Biggies smalls raps. Regards to mediums I have a few but I never wanted to be one of these slasher kids as in “I’m a DJ / artist / skater / brain surgeon” I think that shit’s wack, I just figured I’d get my receipts for one medium, while privately practising the others. Then bit by bit I’d drop new projects not necessarily related to photography. So for instance I deigned a print and collaborated with London brand Oh My love.

What advice would you have to aspiring artists/photographers out there?

Nobody owes you anything. Nobody has to believe in you. Creatives deserve holidays too. Practice, don’t just wait for jobs, practice your craft. I know what my schedule is for work and goals are for up until Aug 2015, setting goals is important. It doesn’t matter if you don’t always hit them. Mistakes are awesome, do not be afraid of them. People were gossiping before your mum and dad made sweet love, and they’ll be doing it when you’re dead and gone. Pay them no mind. Do not hold grudges in business, by doing so you are burning bridges you didn’t even know you wanted to cross let alone had to. You can not make a pound without a 100 pennies, by that I mean, everything you do adds up. Everything.

What projects / ideas have you got in the pipe line? Where are you going next?

Working on a new collection with OML, finishing off my documentary. Given : A sharing . Another collaboration that’s about empowering women, as well as a whole new exhibition dedicated to women. Art direction on a few musical projects. As well as a musical project.

Describe your photography in ten words

Love. Thoughtful. Moment. Magic. Easy. Real. Memory. Roshak. Frank. Good. Mgmt. : /

Please remember the Notorious BIG was the best rapper


#MYNAMEIS billboard locations are as follows:

Gillian Wearing by Gillian Wearing – London Bridge Station, SE1 9SL – Billboard no 1331
Lateefa Smith / Chang Jian Wen by Kevin Morosky – 178 Westbourne Grove, W11 2AD – Billboard no 1458
Annie Mac by Annie Mackin- Camden Town, Camden Road Station, NW1 9LS – Billboard no 1105
London Bridge Arizona Arizona London Bridge’ by Duval Timothy – London Bridge Station, Duke Street Hill, SE1 2SW – Billboard no 8171
Karley Sciortino by Nastasia Alberti – 129/127 Hackney Road, E2 7QS – Billboard no 0237



‘Sticks and Drones’ Eric Yahnker at Paradise Row

Speed Bumps Eric Yahnker Paradise Row

Speed Bumps 2014,  coloured pencil on paper

Fingering Crisco Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Fingering Crisco 2014, coloured pencil on paper

Full Bloomberg, Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Full Bloomberg 2014, coloured pencil on paper

Six-Stings Succulent, 2014 artificial cactus, guitar, scarf

Wrecking Ball, Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Wrecking Ball, 2014, coloured pencil on paper

Crimean River, 2014, charcoal and graphite on paper

 Soon-Yi, Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Soon-Yi, 2014, graphite on paper

Sittin’ on a Rainbow, 2014, 10 Mariah Carey LP’s

Short Shorts Shorty, 2014, plaster, shorts.


Sticks and Drones is a witty and concise exhibition covering a well-trod topic; the sickly sweet American dream. How a nation sells itself through sex, Budweiser and pop. Half a century on from Warhol, Hamilton and the rest, Eric Yahnker brings a refreshingly suggestive and cynical edge to the Pop Art genre. In fact ‘Fingering Crisco’ 2014, could be seen as direct comment on Pop Art and how we look at those artworks through our cynical 21st century eyes.

Yahnker questions the state of the nation. Obama looks out of the White House and what does he see?  Miley Cyrus on the wrecking ball. The Woody Allen step-daughter scandal is alluded to shrewdly through the semiotics of Yoon Yi’s name written with Woody Allen’s face replacing the OO’s.

Not only does sex sell, it keeps the economy afloat; the OO’s in Bloomberg are replaced by two huge breasts. Fish net underwear straddles wooden cut-outs of the US map which have been made into a hanging mobile.

Yahnker’s work is well executed, fresh and amusing. You can see why he has worked on projects such as South Park and Seinfeld. His sense of humour is on point and tuned in. Paradise Row is on to a winner of a show.

Brett Amory: Twenty-Four in London,brett-amory-twenty-four-in-london Brett Amory 1

Twenty-Four In London Brett Armory 2

Brett Amory has picked London for his third ‘Twenty-Four’ project where he produces 24 artworks from a study of 24 places around a city; firstly filming a particular spot in each location then producing an artwork out of his study.

The culmination of this is a collection of incredibly insightful works. They are only a snapshot – homing in on one piece of the street – but in that moment he captures people going about their daily lives, the architecture and the atmosphere.  He grasps London’s multifaceted personality so well you would think he was a local.

His artworks are inclusive of any media he has at his disposal from the location. The paintings are surrounded by found printed matter – rubbish, old tickets and trinkets. He has also built audio tapes into some of the displays, and some paintings contain collage and surrounding wooden awnings to simulate shop fronts. They are not really necessary additions; you get a strong sense of London life just from the paintings alone without the peripheral media, but they are mementos – like something a tourist would collect for a scrap book. With these additions his studies become almost nostalgic.

In the far corner of the exhibition you’ll find 24 televisions showing the films of each of the locations. These show how Amory has pulled out a contemplative setting, composition and palette from the seemingly mundane and mismatched.

Amory sees poetry in a kebab shop and once you have seen through his eyes you do too.

Showing at Lazerides, Rathbone Place till the 3rd of April.

Jasper Joffe: on Books and East London Hipsters

Woof Haall, Jasper Joffe Publishing

Image courtesy

What will he do next? The ‘rebel’ artist, novelist, writer, art fair organiser and tutor, Jasper Joffe – labelled the ‘anti-hero of the British art world’ and famous for his enterprising arty ways – has now turned his hand to publishing. We asked him about his new venture and life in trendy East London…

Joffe Books includes parody novels such as ‘Woof Hall’. His aim with his friend Erik Empson is to produce books ‘which they are passionate about and which might otherwise be homeless in the slums created by mainstream commercial publishing’.

So tell us about ‘Joffe Books’ your new publishing house you’ve set up. What is the unique selling point, which titles are you excited about, anything new in the midst?

Joffe Books is an imprint of Not So Noble Books which I set up with my friend Erik Empson. Joffe Books is a chance for me to publish books which I really have a passion for. The age of Kindle means that I can bring great fiction out fast and with everything from cover, to blurb, to social marketing done in-house. I’ve applied some of the knowledge I gained as a successful artist to the publishing world. It’s a really exciting moment to be doing this, as for the first time in history, a writer can send me a book and within a month, if everything goes well, be selling their book and having thousands of people all over the world reading it! We’ve got some great books coming out over christmas.

Are you deviating entirely from Art, just taking a break or will these two interests run parallel. Do have any art works/projects on the go at the moment?

The two interests run parallel, although the publishing has really taken off and absorbed me. I’ve always read, and my novel was published a few years ago by a more traditional publisher, so I’ve had the reading/painting thing going most of my life.

You’ve moved to Shoreditch from Dalston, you seem to be a real Easty. What do you enjoy about the area? Give us some secret places/top tips when visiting the area.

I’ve moved everything to Shoreditch now, which is obviously an intersection between the art, digital, and city worlds. I love East London, and feel somewhat disoriented if I go west or south! When visiting the area go for a drink early week if you want to avoid the massive drunken hordes. And of course two of the best restaurants for Pakistani and Turkish  are Mangal on Arcola Street and Tayyabs in Whitechapel.

Having lived or worked in East London for over a decade you have lived through the dramatic changes to the area. How do you rate the changes, what do you think of what it is like now?

I like the constant flux, Dalston has become bewilderingly super hipster, it’s OK, that’s the joy of living in a city for a long time you have the layers of places you’ve been when they were different, or you felt differently about them.

East London vs Central London galleries – does an area make a difference to the type of art shown in a gallery?

Oops I prefer central London galleries because they have more great art in them because they have more money passing through them. You can cruise round the free commercial galleries in Mayfair and see some genuine masterpieces. I am also a massive fan of the National Gallery on a weekday where you can stroll around in relative peace in beautiful rooms.

Many of your work and projects (from your own version of Tate Modern with Harry Pye in a drycleaners, to where you showed painting in a pound shop in Dalson to your Free Art Fair) involve real places in London. How does London inform/inspire your work?

I love London because just getting on a bus can be inspiring. You see something delightful or surprising all the time. And so I try to do art shows which people will discover in the same way, imagine coming across an oil painting in a pound shop, or the tate in a drycleaners!

Are there any plans for another Free Art Fair?

No! It was a great thing made possible by many generous artist giving away their art for free. But I think there are more exciting new things for me now. But never say never.

If an Alien visited you and demanded to see the finest art in London where would you take him, what particular pieces would you show him?

Good question. Would it be a male alien, and would they have the same gender system? I would take it to see the Wallace Collection, to see Fragonard, Watteau, and Boucher paintings. The National to see some old masters, andthen call in on some exciting contemporary show, but in fact there are better cities for great art such as Madrid and New York, so I’d take it on a day bus to Soho followed by a drunken night bus home for a real feel of the city.

What is your favourite London eatery, drinkery, and dancery?

Coach and Horse pub Greek Street, though they’ve introduced an incongruous vegetarian menu. I like an early evening Martini at a happy hour in B@1. And a bucket of KFC to soak it all up. Dancing is always better for me in a dingy bar rather than a nightclub.

What do you hate about London?

Nothing really. Though I am not too keen on random violence and vomit.

What is your favourite bit of London defacement/street art?

I liked the “OCCUPY” graffiti up high amongst the rooftops near me, but it got painted out.

The London Illustration Fair 2013


Mark Powell

Linocut Boy

Linocut Boy

Hooray! A new Art Fair has come to town. Focusing on illustration, it showcases the artwork of 20 up-and-coming artists selected by judging panel as the next big thing on the scene.

This is the first London Illustration Fair starting 29th of November and will run over the entire weekend. Get down for the private view on Thursday. It’s at the Hoxton Arches.

Mark Powell, who does incredible portraits drawn from biro on newspaper, is one of the judges and will also create a new work for the exhibition.

The Puck Collective will also be exhibiting work from their studio and is working live on a revolving drawing installation. The Jealous Gallery, publishers and print house will be printing works from artists, and Linocut Boy will be holding an interactive workshop where you can create your own Christmas cards.

Tickets: £5.00. Private view: Thursday 28th November 6 – 9pm. Open: Friday 29th & Saturday 30th November: 12 – 8pm, Sunday 1st December: 12-6pm.

Atomica Gallery

Underground art, open studios and group exhibitions this summer 2013 and beyond….

And finally summer is here; the time for Artists’ open studios, balmy summer opening nights and a chance to delve into London’s underground art scene in the sun! Here are some of the best exhibitions and fairs the mainstream will miss…..

 Atomica Pop Up exhibition – 5th – 12th June
Atomica Gallery

Atomica a gallery in Hackney supporting up and coming artists and illustrators will be holding a pop-up exhibition showing a collective of works in Camden, after winning a competition offering rent free use of a space on the High St. Launch party is Tuesday 4th, 6-9pm, everyone is welcome and there will be complimentary rum cocktails courtesy of Sailor Jerry.

Atomica Gallery Pop-Up @ Collective, 69 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JL

Wednesday 5th – Wednesday 12th June, 10am – 7pm daily

Opening Party: Tuesday 4th June 6 – 9pm


Open Studios at Make Space Studios – 6 – 9th of June

The coolest artists’ studios in London, converted from the temporary sheds used to house station staff within Waterloo Station railway tracks is having its annual open studio event. With live music, film screenings and a private auction as well as a chance to see and buy art in 70 studios, and meet the artists in their natural habitats.

Make Space Studios, Newnham Terrace, London, SE1 7DR


Oxford House BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) event – 13th June

Oxford House are hosting a BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) event. Artists are invited to bring their own projector and beam their moving image work across the walls of their intimate 19th century chapel. The event aims to create a situation in which artists lose control over their work through the layering of numerous continuous feeds of visual information to create unexpected visual and conceptual results. Oxford House are really excited to provide an opportunity for students, graduates and established practitioners to share the same space.

If you are an artist, registration for the event is now open.


Open Studios at SE1 and Southwark Studios 24th – 26th June

To celebrate Bermondseys burgeoning creative scene, some of SE London’s leading arts organisations are joining forces to present an open weekend showcasing up and coming artists. SE1 Studios and Southwark Studios home to over 100 innovative young artists.

Exhibitions take place at Southwark Studios, 4th Floor Rich House, Crimscott Street, SE1 5TE
Friday 6pm to 10pm , Sat & Sun  1pm – 5pm

(Southwark Studios is also putting on an Open Arts Fair in July see website for more info)


‘Raw Talent@Neverland’ Exhibition and Fashion Show – 28th – 29th June

An exhibition brought to life by the students of University of the Arts London with 8 different creative University’s co-hosting and supporting the event and over 100 applicants so far…. It looks like a superb venue for such an exhibition….watch this space (excuse the pun).

9 Kingsland Road ,London E2 8AA


Gutter – Halfway between the Gallery and the Street – From 4th July

A week-long exhibition of graffiti, street art and fine art. Opening with a spectacular of graffiti, art and hip hop culture including beat boxers, break dancers, clown dancing, MC’s, DJ’s, LIVE screen printing and spray painting and FREE giveaways. During the course of the exhibition there will be professional workshops in graffiti, screen printing and break-dancing for kids and adults alike.

Somewhere in Hackney TBC..keep an eye on the facebook page


Hackney WickED Weekend – Usually August Bank Holiday Weekend

We salute Hackney WickED in the ever lasting fight for free artistic space, since Hackney has been redeveloped they relocated to the Red Gallery. No specific details yet of this event but we’ll leave this listing open in the hope some details will be released soon!


And into the Autumn….

FloatArt London – 13th – 15th September

An art exhibition on the Dixie Queen, a replica of a Mississippi paddle boat moored to Tower Bridge. This will showcase graduating art students as part of The Mayor’s Thames Festival.

Artists’ submissions still open…(at time of writing – 28th  May)


Bad Behavior Presents: chArt – 13 – 30th of October

An Open Submission Exhibition for Artist’s living in South London, ‘chArt’ is an exhibition that aims to explore the relationship that music has with visual arts.

Artists are asked to submit work in response to a piece of music from any genre of popular music that inspires them to make work. The music should be the starting point for artists and be used as a platform to conceptualize images to help them to visualise and execute a piece of work in a style and medium of their choosing.

The selected pieces will be shown at Brixton East Gallery, 100 Barrington Road, London SW9 7JF on the 13-30th of October.

Still open for submissions (at time of writing – 28th  May)


Art 13, the new London art fair

Last night we attended the opening of the newest international art fair in town, Art 13, to great fanfare and free wine no less (sadly no canapes!). A notable element to the fair was the strong presence of Chinese art and galleries. The quality of the works shown was of a high standard, in fact, we can report that finally the Frieze Art Fair has got some healthy competition. Judging from the works on display Painting is still in the ascendancy within the contemporary art scene.

Lu Song, The City It Wakes For Me, 2011, Oil On Canvas, 140 x 200 cm – Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin.

Lu Song, The City It Wakes For Me, 2011, Oil On Canvas

Yin Xiuzhen, Portable City: Madrid, 2012, suitcase, word clothing, sound – installation, 100 x 151 x 87 – Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin.

Yin Xiuzhen, Portable City: Madrid, 2012

Eric Chan, Hitchcock’s Love Affair with Abstract Expressionism, 2013, Taxidermy crows and cast metal.

Eric Chan, Hitchcock's Love Affair with Abstract Expressionism, 2013

Xue Feng, Background 21, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 160 x 200 cm – Boers- Li Gallery, China.

Xue Feng, Background 21, 2012

Detail from Background 21

Background 21,

Ony of the most innovative art projects at the fair, Federic Solmi has created a Fifteen-panel video installation. He has created over half an hour running time of a hand-drawn animated video game called ‘Douche Bag City’, which says a lot for the video game industry in general. It follows the adventures of a Wall Street Broker, Dick Richman, who ends up being killed in each mission by some sort of monster or giant insect. ‘A satire of the capitalist world immersed in economic crisis’. – Jerome Zodo Gallery

Federico Solmi, Douche Bag City 2010

Federic Solmi, Douche Bag City

There was a Performance Booth, where participartors where winding copper threads around objects….

Performance Booth, Art 13

The printing arm of Lazarides Gallery – The Outsiders – was giving away free prints:

TheOutsiders, Lazerides, Free Art

Lazarides itself had the most impressive space at the fair complete with grimey brick walls, a fire place, empty pizza boxes and general, intentional? mess.

Lazarides Stand at Art 13 Lazarides Stand at Art 13

Conor Harrington, Lazarides

Ednor Harrington, Lazeride

Installations are situated around the fair. Roelof Louw‘s Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges) consists of 6000 oranges. Visitors are encouraged to take the oranges thus constantly redefining the shape of the sculpture. – Inspiration was from fruit markets.

oul City (Pyramid of Oranges)

Paul Davies, Bridges and Palms, 2012, Acrylic on linen – The Fine Art Society

Paul Davies, Bridges and Palms, 2012

Zhu Jinshi, Boat, 2012. Installation at Art 13.

Zhu Jinshi, Boat

Lee Jaeyho, Untitled, Wood (chestnut) – Albermarle Gallery.

Lee Jaeyho, Albermarle Gallery