Exhibition News – Small World

Delighted to announce that I have a piece of work selected to be part of PS Mirabel’s 2017 Open Call for their ‘Small World’ exhibition.

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My piece, ‘Untitled 3’, forms part of an early exploration into the properties of expanding foam and its qualities when combined with other materials.

‘Small World’ showcases the best of tiny artwork with no piece exceeding 20cm in any direction.

Exhibition preview is on the 7th July 6pm to 9pm and open every Saturday 11am to 5pm until 13th August and will be part of the MANIFEST programme which coincides with the 2017 Manchester International Festival.

Mirabel Studios, 14/20 Mirabel Street
Manchester. M3 1PJ

Exhibition News – Engage in Colour

Thrilled to announce that my piece ‘Mekewāp’ has been selected for exhibition as part of ‘Engage in Colour‘ at Mirfield Arts Hub.

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“ENGAGE IN COLOUR’ IS AN ABSTRACT COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITION, IN WHICH WE INVITE EMERGING ARTISTS TO SHOWCASE ALONGSIDE OUR MEMBERS AT CREATIVE ARTS HUB IN MIRFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE”

‘Mekewāp’ dates back to 2011 and is a recent return to old work, rediscovered whilst clearing out a childhood home, and stumbling across several works each with the ‘wigwam’ motif the artists questions the purpose of the dwelling and the home. Can the home be spiritual? Do we carry our ideals of the home and the dwelling like snails carry a shell?

Exhibition dates Fri 7 Jul – Sat 12 Aug 2017

Opening Times Weds – Fri  10am–5pm | Sat 10am–3pm

Opening night Fri 7 Jul, 6pm – 8pm

Address Creative Arts Hub CIC, 1st floor, 51-53 Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield, WF14 8AB

Hope to see you there.

 

Exhibition News – Middlesbrough Art Weekender

Today marks two weeks to go until the opening of Middlesbrough Art weekender and my return to exhibiting in Middlesbrough. From the 19th – 21st May work of International and Regional Artists will be shown across forty locations alongside public events and workshops.

Alongside work in pop-up galleries there will also be shows opening in Mima, House of Blah Blah, Felix the Gallery, Platform A and Teesside University’s Degree Show.

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Linking all of these shows is an art trail along Albert Road, which is where my work will be shown.

You may recognise this piece from an earlier installation piece (as shown in Manchester and Swansea). Due to space constraints the whole piece cannot be shown.

I am thrilled to be showing work in my old stomping ground after a four year absence alongside some incredible artists.


“JOIN US FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE MIDDLESBROUGH ART WEEKENDER @ MIMA FROM 6PM TILL 8PM , FOLLOWED BY FOOD AND DRINKS CATERED BY THE SMELTRY.

OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCES FROM HAROLD OFFEH AND OMSK SOCIAL CLUB.

PICK UP ONE OF THE 300 LIMITED EDITION CATALOUGES FOR THE WEEKEND AND CELEBRATE WITH US THE FIRST OF AN ANNUAL ART WEEKEND IN MIDDLESBROUGH.

THE MAIN EXHIBITION INCLUDING WORKS BY: AMANDA BEECH, SHIRIN FAHIMI, BENJAMIN BUSCH, MILOS TRAKILOVIC, ORAN OREILLY, AINE ODWYER, WOLFGANG BITTNER, ADAM GIBNEY, RICHARD FORREST AND FIONA KELLY

ART TRAIL ACROSS 30 LOCATIONS

THREE POP-UP GALLERIES

AS WELL AS SUPPORTING PARTNERS PROGRAMME INCLUDING TESSIDE UNIVERSITIES DEGREE SHOW ‘SUBLIME’ AND EXHIBTIONS AT PLATOFRM A, HOUSE OF BLAH BLAH AND MIMA.

MIDDLESBROUGH ART WEEKENDER 2017 IS HAPPENING 19TH – 21ST MAY. SHOWCASING INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL ARTISTS ACROSS FORTY LOCATIONS, AS WELL AS HOSTING PUBLIC EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS

WE WELCOME EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR PROGRAMME AND THE WEEKEND.”


 

Armageddon Stereo – Rise Again EP

A while ago I was asked to document the video making process for Armageddon Stereo‘s new music video, ‘Hunt the Wolves‘. Filming took place in an infinity room, hidden away in a corner of Salford an elusive part of the Unit26 studio.

Behind the camera was Rob of Natusro Video, who filmed and edited the video and has a rather enviable collection of equipment!

Considering that I was there to document the video making process I am thrilled that one of my images made it onto the cover reverse for their new EP (pictured below right). Rob also is responsible for the awesome EP front cover.

Rise Again is available for digital download via Bandcamp at: https://armageddonstereo.bandcamp.com/album/rise-again

Limited physical copies of the EP are available direct from the band. For Gig dates and more info check out https://www.facebook.com/Armageddonstereo

 

Exhibition News – 100 Years of OUI

Thrilled to announce that my work will be appearing at Kimberly Clark Gallery as part of ‘100 Years of OUI’.

Kimberly Clark is a dispenser gallery situated in an undisclosed UK public toilet. Distributing high art on low quality paper hand towels to unexpected users, KC attempts to dismantle the institutional framework, forcing art into our everyday lives.

‘100 years of OUI’ invites artists to reflect and create innovative, original pieces that celebrate Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ 1917. Situated in a gent’s public toilet, Kimberly Clark provides a platform for dialogical exchanges, aiming to create unique viewer experiences.

The gallery setting, I feel, is perfect for my work, partly because of the subject matter of my work but also the effectiveness of its delivery in this gallery environment. Forcing art into our everyday lives through the unsuspecting use of a paper towel dispenser prevents the viewer from escaping the message behind my art. Through my work I aim to highlight the immense pressure put upon social media users to drop their morals, standards and their pants with little regard for their own sexual health – accepting that unsolicited requests to send nudes is part of normal use of social media sites and apps. Users who do this may be able to sit behind screens, protected by their blank profiles and anonymity but through 100 Years of OUI I am able to hit back at users of that mindset and let them know their actions and attitudes are being brought into question.

Included in the show are examples of my sculpture work (pictured top of page); two hearts, one representing a traditional love heart whilst the other is more accurate to the human heart  – a metaphor for head vs heart. Picture Message 1&2, abstracted body sculpture work in response to unsolicited photo messages sent daily by strangers to strangers

Pictured below are examples of digital painting, recreations of screenshots taken on social media sites and messaging apps that I found alarming and feel need further questioning in our over sexualised and vacuous society.

Exhibition News – Hand In

*EXHIBITION NEWS*

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My  has been chosen to be included as part of “Hand In” this coming weekend at 36 Lime Street in Newcastle upon Tyne.

‘Hand In’ is a show curating a compilation of 191 submissions of artist documentation received through an open call. Exploring how to overcome limitations of collaboration across space, the exhibition attempts to develop and implement methods for a cross-pollination of practices.

Preview: 6-8pm – 24th March
Open 11am-5pm – 25th and 26th March

Exhibition News – Constellations

I’m thrilled to announce that my first exhibition of 2017 has been confirmed.

‘Constellations – An MA Collective’ showcases the current work of University of Salford MA students and runs Jan 16th – 20th at Art Work Atelier in Salford.

Rather than having an opening night, this show will feature a closing party on Friday 20th Jan, 6pm-9pm – I’d love to see you there.

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Big News – Eclectically Grimm

In early November I submitted four illustrations to a call out by Reading Room Projects to illustrate a Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tale. The brief called for 2-4 illustrations per story and required a lot of thought as to which story to enter as the well known ones would likely attract a lot of entries.

After sitting with my copy of the complete Grimm collection I stumbled upon ‘The Fisherman and his Wife” and noted that a lot of that story takes place by the sea. This, I felt, would play into my advantage due to my previous work with seascapes (as seen in my Shipwreck Series of 2012).

I set about making my illustrations, the first depicts the fisherman catching the fish in the first instance. As per the book, I made the sea as clear as possible. The gorgeous deep blue was made with brusho and the sky with ink and bleach.

The second depicts the Fisherman’s first return to the sea, on request of his wife, to have the freed Fish Prince grant her a wish. As per the book the colour of the sea has changed and become green.

Illustration three depicts the shock felt by the Fisherman on return from yet another wish-granting trip to the Fish and his discovery that his wife is now Pope.

The final image shows the Fisherman’s final encounter with the fish. As per the book, the sky has darkened and the sea has turned black.

I chose the keep the figure of the Fisherman as a silhouette throughout my illustrations as a reminder that it is not his identity that we should be focusing on but rather his actions and how we can learn from them.

Click on an image for a full version of the illustrations.

I was recently notified that my illustrations had been selected for inclusion in the book. As one would expect, I am thrilled and delighted to have been chosen.

The book, Eclectically Grimm, is a 96 page collection of Grimm Fairy tales with 45 illustrations by several artists. Stories included are (with illustrations by):

The King of the Golden Mountain- Carys Fletcher
Jorinda and Jorindel -Anna Tromop
Briar Rose -Lucy Hirst and James Falciano
The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage -Rose Wilkinson
The Valiant Little Tailor -Dennis Markuss and Jon Williams
The Fisherman and his Wife -Larry Walker-Tonks and Emily Morey
The Wolf and The Seven Little Kids -Yael Maimon
Lily and the Lion -Sage Cotignola and Elizabeth Blades
Snowdrop -Emily Hallett and Paul Taplin
The Seven Ravens -Anastasia Bolinder
Old Sultan -Nora Yanagisawa-Ilcsik
The Willow-wren and the Bear -Else van den Hooven
The Queen Bee -Petya Tomova
Little Red-Cap -Ruth Grace Estipona (R-GIE)

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Book cover for Eclectically Grimm. 

If you look carefully at the cover you may notice that the background is taken from my final illustration.

The book is priced at £10.99 and should be available by the end of November through Emma’s Attic Publishing.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/491296757/eclectically-grimm-a-collection-of-fairy?ref=listing-shop-header-2

I’m certainly looking forward to getting my copy!

Larry