Passive

 

Rod on the rod-rest

baited hooks on the bottom;

waiting for a bite.

 

by Scooj

  • Fishing in Cornwall for a couple of days.

 

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1039. Upfest 2017 (62)

Upfest always has a knack of introducing you to something just that little bit different, and for me this year, the most interesting finds were several sculptures dotted around the place by Will Coles.

Will Coles is a sculptor born in Warwickshire but who has spent time in Suffolk, as a child and in London and Glasgow, before moving to Sydney, Australia. He has now returned and is living somewhere in Europe (his own words).

Will Coles, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Will Coles, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

His street work, judging by his website, is eyecatching to say the least. He has a subversive streak and takes a long look at modern culture upon which his works offer an interesting commentry. This particular piece may make the viewer uneasy on several levels. Add together the images and messages with the tarnished brass plaque appearance of the piece and you have a classy piece, which will shock. Because of its location and ‘part of the street funrnitue’ appearance, many who came to Upfest will have totally missed the piece.

Will Coles, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Will Coles, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Luckily he did another one in Blue, just in case you missed the first one.

Serendipitously, I found another of his pieces in Bristol this afternoon, and didn’t know it was by him until I started a little research to write this post. Funny how things like that happen.

Will Coles, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Will Coles, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I definitely like his work, and will keep my eyes peeled to see what else he left behind in Bristol after Upfest.

 

 

1038. Upfest 2017 (61)

This bright piece is by Cheltenham-based K8TB or Katy Barnfield. K8TB specialises in working with carbon fibre to produce her artworks. Together with Terry Barnfield, she works on carbon fibre commissions from their website.

K8TB, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
K8TB, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
K8TB volunteers for the Stop Bullying Project in Cheltenham and she does this with artist Lee Crew. Together they raise awareness of bullying and organise hundreds of artists from all over the world to personalise standard issue school exercise books. What is not clear to me is whether this was a collaboration between the two or just K8TB alone.

1037. The Bearpit (92)

Long, long before I knew who sprayed this rabbit, I knew that I liked it and hoped to meet the artist some day. Well I still like the rabbit and all the other ones I have found since, and the artist is of course Hire, who I have encountered several times now, mostly at Dean Lane skate park.

Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016

This is a particularly nice rendition of his favourite theme, which includes some decorative wildstyle writing. I can make out an ‘H’, but am not sure what the other letter(s) is…maybe an I. Anyhow, this is a lovely piece from eighteen months ago.

 

 

1036. M32 roundabout J3 (48)

Another quite old one from the archive, this time from Soker. You can see that this was sprayed on an outing with Deamze, on the left and Voyder on the right, all using the same colour palette.

Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2016

This is nice crisp writing from Soker, and really didn’t deserve to be in my archive for so long. Well it is out there now.

Caterpillar

 

What you will become

far outweighs your current form;

a means to an end.

 

by Scooj

 

  • This is the caterpillar of the elephant hawk moth, found on my allotment. Both caterpillar and adult are beautiful in my eyes, a view not shared by everyone.