Well if you can remember San Francisco, you haven’t been there, or so the saying should go. Had an amazing week in San Fran, it’s a hell of a town, Thanks to John, Kristen, Julio, Ben & Carrie and Megan.
Can’t really say why i was there, thought i’d be doing some stuff on the streets, having some meetings about projects to come…. but ended up painting large walls with Eine. However i did make a load of work thanks to the generous studio of EineSigns. It was a crazy week and there’s little to say in words but apparently pictures speak louder so…
We have an East end Treasure hunt winner! Whats happening to you West end uys and gals? just checked with the last location and the 2nd prize for the West end searchers is still sitting there! If your still on route to either location, don’t worry if you arrive to late for the main prize, leave your email address and you get a chance at the prize draw for a consolation prize. so come on there’s still everything to play for!
Well it looks from reports that we have at least one winner. still waiting for confirmation, so if you are still out there following the trail, don’t be dismayed there is still a chance to win. If you get to the end of the trail simply leave your email address with the final destination and there will be a prize draw for a consolation prize, Probably a work on paper. So there is a point to finishing the trail, so carry on regardless. Thanks to all who braved the windy weather to take part. more updates as to whos one what to follow.
So to recap you have to visit four locations in west london pick up the codes in each palce that will give you a map coordinate For example 51.524232 -0.073299 (its only a bloody example, don’t go here the only toy there will be you). Put the numbers in Google maps and voila you have the location go in ask for Steve or Jen and say “I’m a TOY can i have my TOY please” and you will be given your prize.
So the places you have to visit in this order are:
Graffik gallery, Portobello road W10 5TE
clues in the back garden
The old paddington Sorting office (punch drunks venue for ”The drowned man”)
Clues on the side fire escape door in Winsland Street,
1 Bramber Road W14 9PA
Clues on the the green telecoms box between North end road and No1 Bramber road
So code got here before me but hey it is his manor. So take a trip to Latimer road and venture under the westway, past the horses and into a nether world of mechanics yards and static caravans, the fourth and final clue is on the wall at the entrance of Joe rush’s old yard (mutoid waste department) . Also the head quarters of Smash who do all our production for Glastonbury. A home away from home. So once you have visited all four of the west London clues you will have all the 16 digits that will give you the final resting place of the TOY your seeking.
Ok so i have no clever clues for this one, and no real excuse as to why this is here, other than a good friend lives here. So get yourself over to Bramber road W14 9PB the clues on the green telecoms box at the north end rd of the street. Only one more clue to go and you’ll have all the digits to enter into google maps and that will take you to the Toy shop at the end of the hunt.
So if your playing this in the west you’ll be wanting your second clue. I’m going to droping clues fast an furious this morning to give you the weekend to hunt them down. Clue 2 is where you would go to see The Drowned Man. It’s a big building so you’ll be needing a picture to give you a guide.
Here’s the stencil you’ll be looking for (below), the blank space at the bottom has the four numbers you have to take note of at each location, collect all 16 and then enter them in the order you collected them into google maps and hey presto you have final resting place of the Mr potato Head Toy
So…it’s taken some time and thought but i have come up with an idea for a treasure hunt. You will have to bear with me as it’s ended up a bit complicated but….the process is easy! There are two Mr potato head TOYZ to give away, so there will be two sets of clues. An east side set of clues and a West side set of clues.
The East side set of clues will be given here on www.dotmasters.co.uk and the west side will be given on www.facebook.com/dotmasters. Each clue will be bolstered with an instagram image to give you a clue.
At each place there is a clue there will be a DM Toyz logo and a 4 letter number that when in combination with the rest of the 4 clues numbers will produce a 16 number that can be entered into Google
I know sounds painful..but there is a prize.
So if your West side…. here is your first clue :
The first clue is in the back garden of the first gallery that hosted a solo Dotmasters Show. more clues to follow.
Ask for Ollie, he’ll show you.
If your East then https://www.facebook.com/Dotmasters
DM Toyz present the first in a series of Toyz ‘Mr Potato Head’. Standing at 14″ (that’s over a foot of Spud). A limited edition of 12 that comes box fresh these will be available at the End of the lines and Supreme beings ‘White canvas project’ this Thursday the 17th and soon to be available online from this site. Next week two of the edition will be hidden somewhere in London, in order to find them you will have to follow the clues that will start here, happy hunting.
There is obviously a lot going on this week, the art world goes nuts in London, piggybacking on the fact that they’ve put up a large tent in regents park… (Before you get too excited it’s not a funfair…but a totally different kind of circus.) So to mark the occasion i’m doing a couple of shows on the same night. Of course this is Art we are talking about so i’m going to have to use that dreaded word ‘Juxtaposition’. There is one East and one West, each the antithesis of the areas they inhabit. “In the West corner weighing in at 655 pounds Lamberty’s Urban & Pop. A suave evening guaranteed, Champagne cocktails, elegant swag and some of the finest Dotmasters High Class Trash, 6pm-9pm Thursday 17th of October. And in the East corner weighing in at £4.50 The White Canvas project, a rooftop celebration of all things aerosol. A great line up, live painting, bar, Dj’s a proper old shindig where you will be able to buy my Mr Potato head Toy edition (unless you want to wait to see if you can find the ones i will street drop in my treasure hunt the week after). So if your Classy check out trash in the West or if your trashy check the show in the East and if your schizophrenic catch them both. Looks like it will be a busy night!
I’ve been a bit quiet of late and heres the reason why, standing 14″ high this stand alone Mr potato head is an edition of 12. They will be available at The White Canvas Project next thursday on the 17th October at 6pm-9pm Rockwell House, 10-14 Hewett Street, London, EC2A 3NN, RSVP is essential. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two of the edition will be street dropped on a treasure hunt that will start the following monday 21st here on this site. Clues will be issued via twitter (www.twitter.com/dotmasters) Instagram (www.instagram.com/dotmasters) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/dotmasters). So check back on the 21st for your first clue.
So i have some new work in a group show in South Africa with those nice guys at 34 fine art in Cape Town. A good list of the great and the good from the scene in what promises to be a great show so check it out.
17 September – 9 November 2013
After the huge response generated by the previous Urban Contemporary Exhibition,OUTSIDE (2011), 34FineArt is proud to announce a follow-up exhibition of spectacular artworks by some of the world’s leading street artists, as well as several talented newcomers. OUTSIDE II will open on 17 September 2013 and will feature works by internationally acclaimed artists including Banksy, Ben Eine, Invader, Bambi, Mr. Brainwash, Osch and Jimmy.C. as well as new works by local artists Norman Catherine, Asha Zero, Jade Doreen Waller and Warren Petersen. Graffik Gallery London, will also introduce a selection of work by their most promising artists Trust.iCON, Dotmasters, T.WAT and Robin Coleman.
Second Floor Hills Building, Buchanan Square
160 Sir Lowry Road
Tuesday – Friday 10:34-16:34
Well it’s been a busy, blurry week. Finally there is little to do other than travel home tired and a bit broken. A truly amazing week with a really nice bunch of people. This years Nuart had an amazing bunch of volunteers who helped us all paint walls, drive cars, find lost phones and generally provide the momentum that created the show. They are too numerous to mention, but i will try (if i’ve forgotten you, nudge me and i’ll add your name). Thank you Vegar, Andreas, Erik, Annette, Joanna ,Crystal, GT, Ove, Mirian, Gjoa, Graham, Chris, Emma, Nina, Trym, Liz, Ruth Adele, Epiphany and Thomas. The production team rocked and occasionally rolled. While we lick our self inflicted wounds and pick over the photos here’s a few of the ones i found this morning. There will be a steady stream over the coming weeks. Can’t wait to see the backstage shots that Kay Donnelly caught (it got very messy). Photographs below by Erik Furuland
Photographs below by Ian CoxNuart was visited by the Cultural Minister for the Norwegian Government, just as you think you’re getting some sort of recognition, they have a bloody election and oust the buggers…oh well bet we will be favourites with the new right wing government….Not!
Well, thats it for another year, can’t wait to show you the silly side of the festival…coming soon!
It’s early days up at Tou for Nuart13, Roa, David Choe, Dot, Dot, Dot and myself have started popping up around town. The weathers great (for the moment) so we’re lapping it up. Loads more folk turn up at the weekend, and it looks like it’s going to be a busy week. It’s been a long time since i painted at Nuart, the last thing was the large Toy bear at the end of Pedersgate, so keeping with that theme… There’s a mean old Toy turf war going on out there, with Kewpie dolls lining out Action men, tin toy Robbie the robot having beef with Mr potato Head, there’s trouble in Toy town.
It’s often hard being an artist and head of production for Nuart, your often too busy to really make a mark and often facilitate other artists walls before turning to your own needs. So this is a call for walls, to you the people of Stavanger. Have a Dotmaster work upon your wall! I’ve been coming to the town for 8 odd years now…jeez… Half my bloody facebook is in Norwegian! So now its time to call in a few favours. I need some walls to host my own work around the town of Stavanger. I made around 5 over life size characters to dot around town (excuse the pun) and need a few walls that are 2.5m high by 1.8m-2.5m wide…Ring any bells? Perhaps the side of your house, shop or oil museum? Don’t hold back! it just needs to be flat (i know, i know, that cuts a lot of traditional houses, but…) any colour will be considered. If thats not you, then perhaps you know someone with wall, perhaps they have a boat, a business, an oil museum? If you do then mail email@example.com and ask for Super Marte
It’s taken a little time but those guys at widewalls have made a pretty sweet movie to remind us all of what happened that easter weekend in Mallorca. With so many friends both in front and behind the camera its a family affair, with Saft films shooting and editing it, Hidden sound doing the audio and of course Nick Walker, Lucy Mclaughlan, Conor Harrington, Zadok, Sickboy, Loomit, Banek,Eziquiel and myself painting any surface available.
I’ve been working on some new surfaces and sub-straights, painting bags on bags and working out some new luxury and necessity brand bags to add to my piles (now that sounds wrong). There’s a few shows coming up the first is those nice guys at the Portobello film festival, This years show features works by myself and Joe Rush, Sickboy, Code FC, Lucy Sparrow, Teddy Baden, Peter Dunne, Solo One, Alex Wreckage, Cosmo, and Red Dog. This years show’s venue is the wonderful space at the Louise T Blouin Foundation. Then its off to Nuart with a whole new set of works for the streets of Stavanger.
With some works in a group show in Cape Town in early September its a hectic August. Oh yes and i forgot, the High strikers going to Bestival so look out for it there accompanied by the gobbler and the crack heads to add a twisted unfair corner to the festival.