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Who are you.
I look behind the mask you wear.
Your fake smile and your well cut hair.

I look into your eyes. And yet.. you stare. Blankly.

At me.

Who are you? I wonder.

Can I trust you? You in the trackie bottoms
And the scruffy hair.

And I think…
Are we really going to be defined by what we wear?

Prada, ADIDAS, Primark, CARHARTT
Stupid big names that have made their mark.
On you. On me.. on all of us here.

We wear these dumb labels with pride. And…

Yet I ponder. Who am I?

Stripped naked I see you stand and shiver.

Too masked in the pressure,
To stand up and stand tall.
Until one day.

The tears bleed out.. rolling down your cheeks like a waterfall.

I look.
And I see you.
Because it’s just like a mirror.

What was it all for?
Your eyes request an answer.
An answer.
An answer I do not have.
And so I shrug back.
‘Life is pain’ and that’s a fact.
Just don’t be afraid.
This too shall pass.

And he removes the mask.
‘Do you like what you see?’ he asks.

It really. It really doesn’t matter to me.

Smiling gently…the mirrored image
Disappears back into the glass.

And there I am.
Left with me.

 

Dedicated to all those I have met on my journey. To all those I haven’t met yet. And to those simply passing by. I wish you all well.. 

Written by Becki Burrows

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“Love is just a language we could never speak..” 

“We were trying to connect with those who often turn to a stranger’s bed to alleviate all the pressures of the contemporary world. People are often waking up next to someone they’ve just met, and almost living out a condensed relationship in a matter of hours. We wanted the listener to be in that room, with that feeling, in the song.”

I first saw this band last year at Wildfire Festival last year.. a small and fun festival in the woods just outside of London. A slightly drunk and friendly Jonny Taylor ambled passed my table with a smile beaming after his set, in the only music tent there. An add on Facebook and a year on (blink and you’ll miss it..) and out of the blue..(I’ve been posting a lot on Facebook about certain current topics) a bit of support of solidarity fell into my inbox. Gratefully received and much more pleasant than the porn I was receiving from strangers…(after my post about the tragic Grenfell Tower tragedy – I had a lot of adds coming from many different countries).

On the tail end of that Jonny mentioned what he was up to currently. His band; Montrell, consist of Jonny P Taylor, Danny Monk, Dave Persiva and Sam Delves and they came onto the London music scene with a sold out show at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston in March (2016?). Their first EP has been released..(above) named ‘Morning’, a song which gets to grips with the idea of ‘disposable relationships’ (more on that later..)..

Influenced by artists ranging from George Harrison and Paul Simon to Foxygen, Cigarettes After Sex and Mac De Marco…the four-piece have been working on their sound in an underground Baker St studio…

Jonny P Taylor’s smooth yet vulnerable vocal sits on top of chorus-dowsed and brittle electric guitars, sitting somewhere in between Indie Pop and Psych Rock.

I love this song. I found it really beautiful to listen to. The mesh of both dark and light.. the loneliness of disconnection, the urge to connect paired with the beauty of story telling.. the self reflection of a sad story but a beautiful way to tell the story.

“The only one I know is in the mirror” .. I wonder how many people feel that.. and do we ever truly know anyone but ourselves…

Montrell play the main stage at ‘Smoked & Uncut’ festival in July.

To book them or for interviews please contact: talktomontrell@gmail.com

Have a great Monday y’all! This week I am going to educate myself on Tennis.. Andy Murray playing today..

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Best, BeckiBXx

@ohDearyme

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“Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”  Kafka

From: Europe

Current location: Australia

Current happiness levels out of 10: Can be anywhere from 1 to 10 depending on the day.

Favourite film: The Seventh Seal (among many others)

Favourite musician: Don’t have just one

Favourite artist: Can never have just one

Favourite book: How To Grow Herbs (among many others especially including the works of Franz Kafka)

Favourite colour: Black and White

Brief synopsis: I am a full time artist living in Queensland Australia with my partner (Fee) and daughter (Jazz). I draw most of the day in a modest studio I have on my property.

INTERVIEW

Is Loui Jover your real name..? Or your artist name. Sorry to ask.  

A -That’s fine for you to ask. Yes it is my real name, it is of Hungarian heritage.

You most enjoy working with ink and paper – why is that and what led you down that path? Do you choose relevant books as a platform?

A – Many years ago I used to make colorful oil paintings on stretched canvas to begin with however I grew frustrated with the progression of my drawing abilities so I deconstructed my creative method back to ink and paper and have enjoyed the journey so much that it has stuck. I choose books based on their quality and not their subject, I like the fact that the words are not obvious and that it is about the drawing this would be to much of a cliché for me, I rather enjoy the fact that the words and image may not unite giving the work a little edge and abstracted meaning.

Who are the women in the pictures?

A- they are women I find or make up or copy or know or meet.

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And… why are they crying?

A – I am not sure why they are crying?….there may be a million reasons I leave this up to the viewer to decide, I do not draw stories…i just want to add an emotive aspect to the work however do not define the reason for the emotion.

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I would describe your art – as quite romantic – would you agree? Or how would you describe it….

A – I do think many of my works are ‘romantic’ in notion (you are right to say so) I think deep down I have a romanticized view of life, reality is far to stark and frightening for me. Wherever you look humans are causing some kind of mischief, so I rather draw humanity in my own way or in a way that people who want a respite from the world may like to look at, to escape for a moment to a world where romance and introspection live large.

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Would you describe yourself as a romantic?

A – too much so. Not a romantic so much as in the Jane Austen sense but one whose inner being yearns at times for the freedom of the Gypsy (as a romantic would see it) or a life of a time when the artisan thrived, when things were not so mass produced, so much the slave to money or to war, a different romance that I think many actually yearn for but deny for the sake of reality and survival…….I like to stop and listen to the rain not just rush through it.

Is the ink stenciled on?

A – no all the drawing is hand done with brush and sumi-e ink

You are a full time self representing artist – have you found that a rough road – or did the path open naturally for you?

A – I do represent myself, I did have work in some galleries but found it hard going, the internet has made it easier to represent yourself, but in the end it is the work that speaks to people if they don’t want to buy it then nothing I can do will make them, if they do then am lucky and can make a living. I like representing myself it works for me.

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You say you draw everyday – where do you find your inspiration?

A – It is a little bit of a youthism… there are some days I don’t get to draw but not too often, inspiration is never a problem really, just look around and there is a multitude of things that can effect ones creative juices, the secret I think is to not just look around but to ‘see’ then it is up to your ‘inner interest’ to process what you ‘see’ and make your personal need to express and create… ignite. In saying this I should clarify that I…  like everyone else on the planet do have flat days where I would rather lay around then make work, thankfully for my creativity these days are rare.

What is your daily regime – are you strict with yourself or does the self discipline of being an artist come naturally?

A – I do have the impulse to draw so working comes quite naturally to me, I am above all a dreamer (the romantics way of saying lazy) so I would just lay about reading poetry or watching films if I did not have this natural compulsion to draw, hopefully it lasts as it has all my life already.

Have you experienced a creative block/or black hole? If so.. how did you get yourself out of it?

A – I have but thankfully only in very short periods, there are times when the external world can overwhelm and creativity takes a back seat or suffers this void which, in turn can sap the creative inspiration and thought…you have to be somewhat selfish and insular to be an artist at times, you need to be able to ignore a lot around you and be greedy with your time. People who are not creative can at times see what you do as flippant and time wasting, it is hard to show ones worth when art is seen just as a fiscal issue which in truth is arts worst enemy.

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Your favourite current artists?

A – I recently went to an Ai Weiwie exhibition combined with Andy Warhol and enjoyed it. Overall I like a lot of work around that is very different form my approach, but overall I have no one favorite and I have little to do with the art world in general.

Your favourite writer is Kafka. What is it about Kafka that holds your attention? Would you describe yourself as a bit of a deep thinker?

A – I don’t think I am a deep thinker?…even though I try to think a lot (usually lying on the floor or lounge) and hope I am doing so deeply, yet I am not so sure what thinking deeply is in the first place and that’s why perhaps I do not think deeply, I feel my thoughts wander too easily so I skip over things I should be going in deeper about, so I will try and think deeply on this part of your question at a later date 🙂

I like to read Kafka for a number of reasons, (these may have nothing to do with deep thinking) I like his use of language (even though they are translated, I only read english). I think with writing of this calibre the magic of the writers language can cross barriers like original phraseology. I also like the ‘feeling’ his stories offer, a forboding, a deep emotional aspect that gels with me, there is a depth to his writing that takes work and effort to enter and can be engaging on many levels, I also like the fact that he himself was so fatalistic, in reality we are not meant to read anything he wrote, he specifically asked for it all to be destroyed on his death, yet it survived…there is a romantic notion there that is very enticing for me, a tragic element and one that defines the real artistic journey perfectly.Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 16.51.07

What is the most important thing in life?

A – understanding the reality and inevitability of death and making a kind of peace with this notion – otherwise you are just always frightened and turn to silly things like religion for a shallow solace.

What is the most beautiful thing about art for you?

A – influencing a young mind. I remember when I was young and first saw the work of Picasso, this magical world opened up for me, I still hold this feeling in check for I am yet to find that exact elation again so in turn it feeds my need to create…art is a deep pool so beautiful to swim in, one needs to tread water well and not sink into the abyss where the magic of art has drowned and has become an everyday thing…you need to keep art as dreaming otherwise it becomes just graphic art or craft or even worse pointless commercialism.

Were you not a fan of Damien Hirst’s diamond skull then?

A – Lol….I like something about Damien Hirst but I am not sure it is his artistic nature…I think I admire his business acumen and ability to fuck the philistine quarter of the art world…..he ended up representing himself and left the udder of the “art establishment”…I can’t but admire such audacity and self worth…bravo to him and his silly expensive skull… I always wonder who the poor sod was?…this skull he used is real so I wonder if the poor owner could ever fathom that he would end up being so rich…..eh eh

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If I should ever visit Australia – where should I go…?

A – I really like the alleyways of Melbourne and the street art they offer so free, so vibrant, so urine smelly but always inspiring. I also really think Tasmania (Hobart) is brilliant quality…estranged, a little cold, fresh and quite close to the end of the earth.

I see you’re also a fan of Charles Bukowski.. have you seen Tales of An Ordinary Madness.. that is one messed up film…

A – Lol…so is Barfly with Mickey Rouke …I like that this mess of a man could write like an angel at times…again in essence he was a romantic..deep under the armour and layers of everyday filth he could express his inner being this… is the sign of the real artist….. no matter what the circumstance they can still make beauty…..

Bluebird

There’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.
There’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the ****s and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

There’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

 

That was so interesting. Thank you Loui!

From across the seas.. wishing you and your family a fruitful and full life.. *off to watch Barfly*..

Best, Becki Bx

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If you’re looking for something to do this cold and blustery Feb.. for two weeks from the 11th February – 28th February EndoftheLine will take over the entire LondonNewcastle Project Space on Redchurch Street in the heart of Shoreditch providing a snapshot of the last ten years of East London’s graffiti, street art and hip hop community.

Obviously you won’t be seeing my piece of art featured (below) which was my (first!!!) attempt at stencilling. A good artist makes it appear easy huh. “Hmmm.. I can do that..”… (yeah right).. Well… I’m quite proud of it. Ahem. You can do a Graffiti workshop at Graffik Gallery and you should because… it’s fun.

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EndoftheLine Productions is proud to present NEVERENDED, a retrospective exhibition showcasing a curated collection of over 200 pieces by internationally acclaimed graffiti and street artists from the Rockwell House private collection.

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Featuring:

– 200+ pieces by internationally acclaimed graffiti and street artists
from the Rockwell House private collection
– Graffiti, street art, music and film
– A series of pop up events held in the exhibition space across 2 week run
– Including live art, life drawing classes, music showcases pop up feasts and live talks

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Exhibition Runs: 
11th February – 28th February 2016
**FREE**
A decade of Artwork from some of London and the World’s most important and influential urban artists including; Will Barras, Mr Jago, Bom.k, Sowat, Faile, Nychos, Aryz, Tizer, Xenz, Sheone, Roid, Dan Chase, Ed Hicks, Rabodiga, 45RPM, Candy Lo, Imaone, Suiko, Zoer, Does LoveLetters, Odisy, Dr Zadok, Dotmasters, Steff Plaetz and Jim Vision.

Jim Vision, Creative Director of EndoftheLine and one of London’s internationally acclaimed graffiti artists said Neverended; A Retrospective is a culmination of ten years riding on the wave of gentrification, constantly seeking out new places, spaces and walls to challenge accepted norms of traditional art making.

“This retrospective takes the pulse of East London’s urban art scene in 2016,” Jim said. “This is our personal collection which reveals the transformation of the streets of Shoreditch and the tensions between urban development and artistic freedom, and represents what will be lost when everything is glass towers.”

A small pop-up shop will also be running for the duration of the show featuring limited edition prints by many of the featured artists, collectibles and a selection of customized street furniture.

// Opening days and hours //


Wednesday 10 Feb til Sunday 28 February 2016
Wednesday 10 Feb 6.30pm – 9.00pm
General Opening : Tuesday through Sunday 11 – 8pm
Mondays – closed for private viewings

Sounds good.

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Graffik Gallery is the go to place in West London for acknowledging and tipping its hat to the edgy urban artist.

Their latest collab is with French painter/sculptor called Clet, who sources antique road signs and creates on site in the Graffik studio. Clet has even gone so far as to work with figures of authority. The Mayor of Paris loved the wit of the artist so much he ended up collaborating with the artist.. (Boris Johnson take heed). 

Road signs: symbol of undisputed authority, signifying obligations, duty and limitations, are modified in order to contradict the strict conception of legality as an absolute religion.


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All of Clet’s works can be found on the streets of many European cities (Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Barcelona, etc.) and some non-European cities (Hong Kong, New York..).

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The artist’s main purpose is to actively claw back public spaces.

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BELOW: As Clet mounted his “smile” installation on Palazzo Pubblico the artist declared, “with one little line, there is a transformation from a historic palazzo to a communication of modernity.”

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For more information on Clet’s work you can contact jay@graffikgallery.co.uk, 284 Portobello Rd, London, T. +44 (0)20 8354 3592

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