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I am beavering away on before encore 5 – which should be ready for exhibition in Spring 2013 – but first we have BIRDS. It’s an exhibition of 20 large canvases, 33 small ones, and 100 medical sculptures. It’s been a labour of love; with an emphasis on LABOUR…and the Love part fizzled out in the form of utter destruction – that’s the story behind the work so come see for yourselves at the exhibition…ALL will be told!
As usual with the state of arts funding in England, ie there’s none, some damn sporty shit-fest that is ruining the capital has eaten away any funds for artists so we’re left to rot and fend for ourselves…but luckily some friends pointed me towards SPONSUME, a way of funding projects by selling merchandise in advance (or at least that’s how I’m using it).
So…I’ve been busy making a load of special handmade merchandise to accompany some of the products I want to make for the show. Pictures and info here:
I’ve made 50 unique pieces of art for the first 50 people to pre-order stuff. It’s a little way of saying thank you, but everyone who orders gets a signed postcard and an invite to the exclusive private view on Thursday 11th October: This will be a gala event with live music from some of my favourite musical friends, some will be performing music especially written for the exhibition.
My open heart is pounding with excitement! (and worry!).
xx john xx
EMERGENCY!…and a special chance for YOU to be NORMAL!:
January 13th at gallery CueB: Bird exhibits the final 30 NORMAL works and NEEDS YOUR HELP TO GET THEM FRAMED!
The deal, buy 2 NORMALS = NORMAL.88 + NORMAL.89 (at the special price of £150 each) and receive a special commissioned-by-YOU NORMAL too. All Bird needs is the £300 and 2 photos (send 2 jpegs or you/your beau/your pet!!!??? and Bird will splice them together and NORMALise them). All 3 works will be delivered to you framed.
Each work measures 16inches by 20inches and come in black gallery frames.
You can be NORMAL too.
Money must be donated (via the DONATE link at the top of this blog) by Jan 3rd…which is also Bird’s Birthday!!!
It’s coming up to Christ-MESS and Bird has made some special bits in order to raise funds for canvases for the new BEFORE ENCORE portraits he wants to start in the new year.
This Saturday 10th December he’s opening the doors of his house and studio and flogging his wares. There’s a whole load of paintings for sale, some special art prints, the last 20 before encore merchandise bundles (4 signed prints,tote bag,tea-towel,keyring…all for just £30), plus a load of other stuff. Get over to East Ham to pick up a bargain. (email email@example.com for address).
The midday to midnight sale is called WINTER WONDERSHAM (- it’s rivalling the Winter Wonderland nonsense that’s going on in Hyde Park)…We’ll be serving mulled wine, feel free to bring beers and spirits or buy a special coctail from Lazy Susan’s cocktail bar and she’ll terrorise you as she gives you a complimentary Glory Hole nail bar job!?!
Plus SLapPerS offshoot band Les Katins will perform when darkness comes…and throughout the day there’ll be odd performances from Lazy Susan and friends…and a special performance by Zeborah & Grim (we’ll find out the official name for their act soon).
Exclusive KIMONO KAT toys have been hand made by Bird for the occasion. £12 each and each one comes with a bag of Kat Poo (chocolate raisins possibly??) and comes with a little luggage/name tag with a Kat portrait sketched on it…You have to fill in the blanks to name the kats yourself!
You can order these through this site now if you click on the KIMONO KATS tab at the top. Click on the DONATE button and the easy to fill out Paypal form will come up…..£12 + £2.50 P&P and we’ll throw in a before encore catalogue & lanyard FOR FREE!
-remember : all money raised goes towards new canvases for the next before encore exhibition….Your ‘donation’ will be much appreciated!
Happy Christ-MESS from the Bird nest
Now, technically this isn’t a before encore post…But it is my blog so I’m gonna blog like a blogger should.
More than a month has passed since the before encore 4 show came down. We had a splendid time – even if I can no longer eat or pay my rent…But that’s what an artist’s life is supposed to be like I guess!?! Luckily I had some old stretcher frames and some canvas loitering in my studio, so instead of crying over my desperate situation I turned to work: after immersing myself in my friend Jonathan Kemp‘s amazing book London Tryptich which I strongly suggest you order NOW ( .http://www.amazon.co.uk/London-Triptych-Jonathan-Kemp/dp/0956251536/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1279023556&sr=1-1 )..and here’s the first sneak peak of one of the new paintings ( in the form of a teaser ad – so ignore the text at the bottom if you wish) :
So, I’m on the hunt for a venue. Any suggestions/offers email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . So far there are 4 paintings complete, each about 140cm square…with some slightly bigger ones to follow.
As usual the show is likely to be self funded (unless the offers come flooding in) so any help/donations or purchases of paintings will be greatly appreciated….AND WE’LL SOON BE ADDING THE PORTRAITS FROM BEFORE ENCORE 4 TO THE ART SALE SECTION so get your offers in quick!
The before encore 4 merchandise will soon be up for sale at www.johnleebird.com but until then you can purchase by sending a paypal payment (through the BUY/DONATE section along the header of this blog) for the correct amount stating which of the options below you require:
before encore 4 signed print (A2) = £10
Tshirt (S= red, M = grey, L= blue) = £8 each
Tea-Towel = £5
RED before encore BAG = £6
before encore TRAVELCARD wallet = £3
(pictures of items are all up in previous posts so I won’t bore you by slapping them up again…and maybe you fancy a trawl through what’s been posted up before)
birds, Birds, BIRDS!
before encore 5 in production soon.
So, where to start after the month that’s been?
A huge lump in the throat.
Clipped wings attempt to flap through a tired sigh,
…but really it’s all rosy.
Like a kid kissed cheek blushing with warmth: I’ve loved and loved you all for sailing the soppy soggy ship that has been before encore 4.
The big come down approaching but I know I have you…and after some time in therapy and a few half hearted attempts at getting my liver back in shape we’ll be back to do it all again.
For now all I can do is say a Brobdingagian and heartfelt THANKYOU to all that came and joined in our month of shenanigans. You all played your parts perfectly and hopefully we saw to your parts just as you wished.
This group of people you’ve seen cavorting…on stage, on the walls, plugging in electrical equipment and twiddling knobs, meddling with ipods, serving you drinks, begging for donation money at the door, running around like headless chickens…We’re a family; made up of new and old friends…and we’ve done it all together and will endeavour to continue to do so. It’s what we do because we have to. It’s a selfless love we have, and a selfless love we share, and we all THANK YOU for coming and making it special and sharing your smiles and warmth with us.
It’s all been done without a scrap of funding, with the pennies we’ve plundered from our own pockets and the money you paid at the door, and with a shedload of begging and favours…and some serious debts to the bank and friends who’ve been kind enough to bung out a loan. It’s been hard work, but we’re truly thankful.
…And as we’re now all family, this bird wants to share some names of the soldiers that have fought in the battle:
I THANK YOU ENORMOUSLY…
Firstly to JJ and Ernesto at 10 Gales for the friendship and trust, for giving us the space cheaply and for letting us trash the floor time and time again – and for getting us trashed at the bar too:-which lends out another set of thank yous to Pat, Mikko, Heini and Luis who’ve helped serve, mop, tidy and try to clunk bottles quietly while the shows have been going on.
To the people who posed for portraits for the portraits that have been the backdrop…This year and in all the previous years. I love you and you can see it in the results (hopefully, otherwise I really should give up the day job!).
To Ethan, Steevo, Niki, Phil Honey Jones, Dave Ferret and The Brute Chorus, The Dash, the people at The Haggerston, Tristan and everyone who’s done us amazing deals on sound equipment that’s allowed stars to shine.
To Christian and Daniel who’ve sound engineered and gone way beyond the call of duty to make the equipment work correctly…(and to Angelique for letting me steal Christian every Friday).
To the performers that have made the stars implode…here’s the list of love that I strongly advise you all seek out and follow and stalk and give unending support and love to:
Kal Lavelle, Kimono Kops, Klaus Trophobik, DollyOlli, (the) Sparklemotion (show ponies), SLaPpER, The ReVeRaND, DJ Miguel Fernandez, K Anderson, Antonio Lulic, Annie Windley, MARK WALTON, Ross Hobson (IMONOMI), Oli Spleen and PINK NARCISSUS, Marc and THE DASH, The New Verb, Sadie Lee and SPINSTER, Sukie Smith and Sarah Gill and the boys of MADAM, Terry Edwards, Dr Kemp, WE HAVE BAND, Fiona Bevan, K.D.F, HOLESTAR, Kat Flint, The Quiet Choir, Martin Thompson, Beth Dariti, Alison Brumfitt, Jessica Grace, Nick Field, Princess Knickers, Salena Godden and Max Doray and Mr Moustachio of The Book Club Boutique Band, Jamie Lawson, my fellow BIRDs…It would have all amounted to nothing without you! Your time, your love, your songs, your words, your music, your ears, your shoulders, your hearts, your generosity, your warmth and your insatiable appetites for mayhem are what make this anything worth living. I LOVE and salute you all!
To Suey-Sue for digital darings and jpeg juggling and your master touch at making everything Jou-Jou, to Steve for webbage and wonders and the occasional cat noise, to Hally and Martin for helping size up the stakes, to Marc for ignoring his leg and making up keyrings (and to Ian for putting up with a house full of plastic and paper bits), to RosDog for jumping in and out of cabs and toing and froing to The Haggerston with equipment and for being bar runner and for listening to the breakdowns, to Niki for the sparkles in my eyes, to Steph for hanging in there and joujing it up and being a true pro and just that little bit annoying and typically French in a Pekham way, to Ragga and Saggers for all the support, to Andy-Angela-Parker for door doodlings and dallyings, to Dazza for sorting out the ring, to Gaz for the flowers, to Keith for fox distractions and acoustic sortings and for the month long nipple game, to Kal for endless affection and chocolates and cards and being my new babe on the block, to Mr Marc Walton for the pits – the words – the comfort, to Sam for JEWbilations, Missy and Sandra for 20th century superpowers, to Johnnycakes for aural addictions, to Helen for blinding boulders and the little extra in my top pocket, to Tiff and Marcus and Francoise who put money (and extra life) in my pocket when I needed it most, to Salena and Sukie for always stepping up to the challenge and delivering more than I could ever dream, to Thomas and Katja for making the trip and for Starlights, to Darren/Thomas and Dede for making it a perfect private party, to Hari for seduction techniques and the opportunities, to Guna for cows and colours and inspiration, to Andy and Jen for Uptonian support and great beery and gobby nights out, to Jimbob for putting up with another Bird production and for being my longest and bestest, to Holestar for turning me upside down and getting it right, to the southend Birds for seaside retreats and the family affairs…Limbo, Libido, Logarithms, Lackadaisical, Lounging, Licentious, Limp, Lothario, Lentils…
to Knicks for EVERYTHING and everything else that money can’t buy and I couldn’t afford.
From the bottom of my art,
I really do
and thank you too.
your ever longing and lowly bird
We’re nearing the end of Before Encore 4 and Friday 28th May is the final Friday night live show – which means it’s the last chance to come when there’s no work the next day (and with the generous 10 Gales measures that’s a VERY good thing)!
We’ve got new acts The New Verb and KDF plus our very, very favourite tranny with a fanny; HOLESTAR! So come and discover some new music and fawn over Holestar all for a fiver on the door.
There are still another two live shows coming next week – Acoustic Tuesday on erm…Tuesday and the huge grand finale closing party on Wednesday – full details soon.