Thursday, 17 January 2019

Huffington Post - Repurposing With a Passion

With the seemingly ever-growing interest in recycling, upcycling and repurposing in general, I thought I'd once again give the 'Repurposing With a Passion' article a mention. First published in Public Art and Ecology and then in the Huffington Post, it was written by the artist, writer and curator, D. Dominick Lombardi, and featured myself along with the artists James Boman, Ross Steven Caudill, Peter de Cupere, Ruth Geldard, Krzysztof Gliszczynski, Olivier Goethals, Catherine Johnston, Ismet Jonuzi, Masaki Kishimoto, Ana Krstić, Fiona Long, Nancy Gewölb Mayanz, Alex Mazzitelli, Yehudit Mizrahi, Mona Naess, Kalle Juhani Nieminen, Frank Plant, Lina Puerta, Kevin William Reed, Quim Rifà, David A. Smith, Isa Tenhaeff and Matthew George Richard Ward.

For the full article and to read about the rest of the amazing artists and their work click here. Below is the section of the article that features me and my work. Yes, I know... me, me, me.

From his studio in London, England, Wayne Chisnall creates art that references such things as structure, time and Modernism as they pass through a very contemporary mindset that focuses on humor, transience, functionality and futility. There is also the presence of popular culture in his thinking, as he addresses the differences between reality and perception, and how that affects the needs, wants and even the formation of the human psyche.

Mr. Chisnall’s responses: “Although I have used plastic toys (which I collected from regular visits to car-boot sales, long before I knew what I was going to do with them) in one of my sculptures I am normally drawn to materials that I feel have a certain ‘resonance’. These are usually organic materials that have either interacted in some way with the environment or with people. The materials vary according to the individual project but I generally use anything from wood, metal, glass, human hair, insects to bones and teeth.”

Wayne Chisnall, Magnet (1999), plastic toys, wood and casters, 44” X 18” X 18” (courtesy of the artist)

“As I prefer to use existing materials as opposed to freshly manufactured ones I tend to find my materials from all around me. This can become a slight problem however as I have a tendency to hoard more stuff than I will ever use.”

“The rusty nails and screws that I used to complete my Nail Box sculpture where mostly just picked up off the ground and collected over a four year period. Although most of the nails were found here in London, a good portion of them were also collected whilst I was travelling round Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Europe, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Mexico and the US. A couple of them even came from inside the dome of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, when I was working there on a project.”

Wayne Chisnall, Nail Box (2007), rusty metal, wood & casters, 50 x 38 x 38 cm

“One of the most abundant sources of materials for me over the last decade has been the skip where I work. I’m fortunate enough to work part-time at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and with it being the biggest, if not the oldest, design museum in the world it produces an interesting array of waste materials (old and new).”

“The work of animators such as the Brothers Quay and Jan Švankmajer inspires me. As a child I grew up in awe of their dark animated short films and was hypnotized by the way in which they imbued tatty old bits of detritus with life. I don’t know if this is where I gained my love of old things or if it just reaffirmed my passion for them, but either way, when I moved from 2D to 3D and started employing the use of found materials in my work, I felt that I was finally being true to myself as an artist.”

Friday, 14 December 2018

Watership Toned-Down

As a counter balance to criticisms aimed at the remake of Watership Down being toned-down and not dark enough (and to jump on a bandwagon) here's my 'If They Were Bunnies' print, now for sale on Artfinder for the first time.

Admittedly I've not seen the supposedly sanitised re-make but I doubt that it'll have the impact of Martin Rosen’s brutal and graphic 1978 animated adaptation. I'd probably need a TV for that. So come on TV programme commissioners, it is Christmas - mildly traumatic children's television is what it's all about.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Mini Oil Sketch Winners

For the past few months I've been working on a series of mini oil paintings (many of them merely playful sketches in oil paint). Similar to my Taster Menu series, which I originally created for a pop-up event at the A PlusA gallery during opening week of the 2015 Venice Biennale, these pieces are painted on plywood and designed to be displayed directly on the wall - with a small hole in the back to accommodate a hanging nail or screw.

During this time I've also been running a competition on social media for people to be able to win three of the pieces. The winners of the competition were drawn out of three hats by the art journalist and editor of Avenir Magazine, Holly Howe, on the final day of this year's RCA Secret exhibition (in which I was exhibiting three postcard-sized oil paintings). So without further ado I'd like to say congratulations to the three winners of my mini oil painting giveaway competition - @Onthelowlow (on Twitter), @CennerHice (on Instagram) & Sara Metcalfe (on Facebook).

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

RCA Secret 2018 Reveal

Apologies for my rather tardy approach to blogging these days. The final day of this year's RCA Secret (and hence the day that the identities of the artists behind the secret postcard-sized artworks was revealed) was almost a week ago, so I've been at liberty to reveal which of the three works in the show were mine for some time now. So here we go -

For anyone who still doesn't know what the RCA Secret is, it's a fundraising exhibition of original postcard-sized artworks by internationally acclaimed artists, illustrators and designers plus up-and-coming graduates and students from the Royal College of Art (I'm quoting from the RCA's website here).

As one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the College year, RCA Secret not only directly helps the next generation of artists and designers pursue their studies and supports students at a formative time in their careers, but also gives you a chance to get your hands on original works of art for a small donation. The Secret? Each postcard is signed only on the back, so supporters don’t know the identity of the artists until they have made their donation.

Previous contributors have included:
David Bowie, Tracey Emin, Norman Foster,Zandra Rhodes, Yinka Shonibare, Manolo Blahnik, Paul Smith, Mike Leigh, Sir James Dyson, Anish Kapoor, Yinka Shonibare, Paula Rego, Grayson Perry, John Squire and many many more well known names.

As a footnote I'd like to mention my biggest RCA Secret regret: I once won a London Time Out magazine / RCA Secret competition and was given the prize option of having an original, signed painting by David Bowie or a signed print by Marc Quinn. I chose the print (slumps over laptop keyboard with face in hands)...

Monday, 26 November 2018

Oil Painting Giveaway

Here's another reminder that at the end of Nov/Dec's RCA Secret exhibition I'll be giving away three small oil sketches from a series that I'm curently working on - one via Instagram, one via Twitter, and one via Facebook

To be in with a chance of winning one simply 'like', 'follow' me (don't worry if you're already following me - that still counts), and 'repost' any of my posts featured in the competition, with the hashtag #minioilsketches. For Instagram reposts you might have to use an app like Repost.

To ensure fairness and impartiality the names of the three winners will be drawn from a hat  by Holly Howe, the art journalist and editor of Avenir art magazine.

Here are a few of the miniature oils sketches that I've produced so far. Check out my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages to view the full range, and for a chance to win one. 

Good luck!