Friday, 28 February 2020

Mars and Beyond (closes 15th March)

The opening night (although, technically speaking it was opening nights, as we had a rehearsal opening, a press opening and then the official opening) of our new show, 'Mars and Beyond' was so much fun.  As you can see from the video, it's an immersive event packed with art, talks, film screenings, music, VR and so much more.

The event, which runs till 15th March 2020, is the brainchild of the artist, Oskar OK Krajewski; founder of Art-Recyclism the platform for artists and everyone who cares about our planet.

The whole event takes place in 13 spaces, over 5 floors (each floor having a unique focus and theme) at the iconic Bargehouse building, located behind the OXO Tower, on the London's Southbank (very close to Tate Modern).

On the first floor there is a shop where visitors can purchase items by some of the contributing artists. The shop is selling a range of cotton tote bags featuring two of my screen printed designs, along with a selection of original paintings and drawings from my Taster Menu series (at a reduced price, just for the duration of the show), but I'll provide more info on that in a later post.
Sculpture installation by artist, Wayne Chisnall, for 'Mars and Beyond' exhibition, The Bargehouse, London, 2020

Mars & Beyond merges two crucial and critical themes of the 21st century. Firstly, the catastrophic rise in global warming, deforestation, animal species extinction and plastic pollution in our oceans. Secondly, the revival of the space race and space ventures increasingly funded by the private sector.  

Mars & Beyond explores the human race now and in the future. It examines the science of our planet (lower floors) and imaginatively creates alternative futures (top floors). Mars & Beyond aims to educate, warn, entertain and inspire audiences. 

'Tattooed Tumour Box' by UK artist, Wayne Chisnall, at 'Mars and Beyond', The Bargehouse, London, 2020

The five sculptures that I have in the show are Orifice Tower, Pharos Cyclops 1 & 2, Planetoid 210, and Tattooed Tumour Box, which are installed in the Apocalyptic section of the show.

Event:  ‘Mars & Beyond’
Venue:  Bargehouse’, OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
Dates:  20th February-15th March 2020

Monday, 10 February 2020

1000 Paintings in a Year Challenge - 1st Update.

Here's a little update on the painting challenge that I set myself. 

Untitled, 2020, oil on book cover by British artist, Wayne Chisnall

I was wondering if it would be possible to produce a thousand paintings, albeit small, rather sketchy ones, in a year - which would be almost three paintings a day. So on the 20th January this year I thought I'd give it a go. I'm only a few weeks into the project and already I'm a little behind schedule but I'm putting much of that down to the time I had to spend on renovating my kitchen (it took me two weeks just to get the old tile flooring up).

Sad Bear, 2020, oil on plywood by British artist, Wayne Chisnall

Here are a few of the mini oil paintings/oil sketches that I've produced so far. They are mostly painted on small pieces of plywood or chipboard (recycled form  Victoria and Albert Museum packing crates), or on old book covers. To see the full range of paintings check out my Instagram page, where I'll be posting them at hopefully regular intervals.

Sad Cartoon Boy, 2020, oil on plywood by British artist, Wayne Chisnall