Friday, May 30, 2008

Screen Print available now!

Horrah, I signed the Crime Scene prints this week & they now have them ready to send out:

Here it is in all its loveliness, I'm particularly into the frayed edge...

Its a big one 70 x 1 metre on really thick 300 gsm acid free paper, a very limited edition of only 45, and is £245.

Its available through my site in US dollars (although I am based in Brighton, UK, so it will come from me):

and also available through the Fairtrade Gallery Website (who housed my Video Nasty Show, which is extended to be open for the next few Saturdays until 14 June:

Also its on 'The State of Art', a new online gallery that I have just joined, they also sell work by Emin, Hirst & Micallef, so its nice to be in such great company:

There are only 45 in the edition & some were reserved from the solo show

If you reserved one on the opening of the show- THANKS for your patience, you can now collect your print from Tim!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Kate - British Made

Just finished the new Kate commission today. I think I kinda like the scratchiness of her, I didnt want to make a drawing that was without personality - so its a bit scribbly and has a lot of dashes and dots..

This is on my very messy studio wall, my boyf calls my studio 'the dirty room' ....

I still like to use my lounge at home to sew flags. I live in a top floor flat and have a nice plane tree that at the mo is in full leaf bushiness and its something to look at when im bored from sewing, so I just really use my studio space (which is 2 roads away & a nice little walk past some coffee shops, grocers a gallery & a couple of delis) for messy inky and bleach work

Anyway, so Kate is done i reckon- I need to up the ante a bit and get some new work made for Graffle 2 (to donate & for their exhibition in London which is in July), also a show in Liberty Gallery in Kent, some new stuff needed for Art-el and also I'm soon to be on a few sites (Hip Art, The State of Art & also Beautful Crime), so screen prints are needed me thinks,

have a nice evening all x

Monday, May 19, 2008

Tom Brosseau Gig Photos

I am feeling a little fluffy around the edges today after the gig last night
it was yet another great atmospheric and warming gig at fair trade gallery, this time I had a chance to take lots of photos (last time at the private view i was either too busy chatting or a bit squiffy later on)

so i arrived to find Dan Shears playing his melodic loveliness to a packed crowd, they listened in a captivated silence,

The stage looked beautiful as ever, Dans voice is really sublime: check out

and then Tim went on stage and presented the legend that is Tom Brosseau

His songs were interspersed with stories of being on the road

spell binding stuff

he had to travel all the way to brighton to play infront of an american flag

a satisfied crowd

the man was ok that bashed into the wall, but the window wasn't

and so to the pub,,,,, went to Hand and Hand a great little pub in Kemptown and listened to some incredible jazz very late on a sunday night

they were a treat

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tom Brosseau gig @ Fairtrade Gallery

Tom Brosseau is over from America for a tour & is playing a very special gig in Fairtrade Gallery::

"I fell in love with a video nasty" exhibition is still up, so Tom will be performing in front of the massive American 'Conquer' flag & between Tippi Hedren & the Crime Scene screen prints. America comes to Brighton......

Fairtrade Gallery
26 Montague Place

Click here to see map

Interview for Bankrupt culture

Bankrupt culture (the urban art protagonists blog) very nicely asked me to do an interview about my work & how it relates to street art & the urban art scene......

Check out:

Theres some great images & urban art on the site that I haven't seen anywhere else on the blog- they really are ahead of the game (I'm loving the Eine work).......

Anyway, heres a transcript of the interview :

Interview with Pam Glew

We are always interested in up and coming artists, particularly so when they have both great work and something important to say. Today we bring you an interview with Pam Glew, a Brighton based urban artist. Working with flags, metals, spraypaint and more, her work questions everything from the personal to global issues like US foreign policy.

When, and how, did you start, and what is your artistic background?

I remember doodling on everything I could get my hands on when I was a kid, I was always drawing, scribbling and making stuff. Art was always what I wanted to do, so I did the art school thing & ending up studying theatre design .... After uni I randomly went to a scrap yard, picked up some metal and started making artwork on copper, I was heavily into experimenting with materials, particularly decaying and ageing metal... I showed some work in local pubs and restaurants in Brighton, and harrassed galleries until they gave in and showed my work. My work then did a sea change and I started working on paper and doing more stencils, and then last year I got angry about the war in Iraq and about certain country’s dubious foreign policy, so I started using flags.

Who influences and inspires you and your work today?

I’m inspired by the news, current affairs, politics, horror films and books. Also other artists inspired me like Miss Van, Micallef, Ian Francis, street art & pop art. I’m pretty engaged with what other artists are doing, particularly into street art & urban art and like to see other peoples work as often as I can, whether its on street walls, garages or galleries.

How does street work and style influence your work for interior walls?

Stencil has been a focus in my work for a few years now, I think living in Brighton and seeing a lot on Banksy’s around the place must have had an impact. I first of all made stencils to use silver leaf, and then started using spray paint. Now I still make stencils for my little red ‘fear’ stencils, as I like the way you can make editions of work as it’s a bit like screen printing. I also think the urban decay thing has influenced me, especially in the way I use old metal, old books and recently vintage flags & fabric.

What new techniques are you using or experimenting with at the moment?

Experimenting is really important to my work, I always want to puch the boundaries between street art & fine art & try to combine elements so that the viewer is a bit confused on how things are made & I also like to make work that doesn’t easily fit into a category. I need to find new processes constantly to keep myself interested. I use dye, bleach & discharge paste at the moment, a disgusting sounding medium that reacts to heat by stripping fabric of its pigment. I also have been using bits of stitch (darning holey flags & also sewing subversive words) which is a bit of an odd direction for me.

When you are working on a new piece do you prefer planning or experimenting?

experimenting, I’m always playing.

What has been the steepest learning curve in your career so far?

ooo, not sure, probably making 2 massive perspex frames for flags for the Affordable Art Fair London, at the time I was working in a day job and I had a lot of really late nights in my studio with my very helpful boyfriend holding & drilling for me. Also going full time with being an artist was quite a shift I had to get to grips with tax and other money stuff....

How are you developing your work and what direction do you want to take in the future?

Now, I’m most happy with the work on dyed brocade fabric and also like the elements of spray paint, so I might be combining them in the future. I think strong contrast is something I want to more of.
I have seen a huge amount of horror films recently so I fancy seeing something less gruesome to get inspired!

If there were no limits where would you choose to leave your mark (and what would you choose to say)?

That’s a tricky one, but I’d love to do a piece on the pendagon

What are your thoughts regarding affordability of art for the average person?

All for it, art for all I say. I mostly buy art from etsy & have an amazing collection of work like gocco prints, screen prints and little drawings, I need art so I’m a great believer in making art affordable (that’s why I make the red fear stencils really, as they only cost about £20 which is a nice way of buying a piece that’s original but quite cheap.)

Which other artists are you into at the moment?

Miss Van, Antony Micallef, Tracy Emin, Annette Messenger, Yoshitomo Nara, Nan Goldin, Ron Mueck, Ghada Amer, Camille Rose Garcia, Katrina Fritz, Ian Francis, I could go on......

Which great question have we missed the opportunity to ask you?

why do you work on flags?

In a nut shell a comment on fear culture and the horrific but also seductive things we see on the TV screen. I use vintage US flags as they are really amazing things, after dyeing and bleaching a portrait of a screen still from a horror film, they have a good depth to them, I like the way the image seems to balance with the flag.

I would use other countries flags too, but American ones are really well made and there seems to be no shortage, union jacks tend to be a bit thin and don’t cope with my hardcore dyeing and bleaching too well. A lot of people get concerned about whether its against the law, and it does violate the ‘flag law’ in the states, but having said that I showed in Carmicheal gallery in LA recently and they had no complaints that I know about!

Finally, no question, just something you want to say to the readers!

I’ve got a solo show on at the mo’ in Brighton, “I fell in love with a Video Nasty” @ Fair Trade Gallery, Montague Place, Kemptown, Brighton. ( its full of my recent ‘fear’ obsession work from the last couple of months. Its part of the Brighton Festival and is open Fri, Sat & Sun until 25 May.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Gallery Shots

Ok, so the opening night pics were a bit atmopherically blurry, so heres some more slick pics of the gallery. As I am in the gallery every Sunday, I had the chance to take some pics before the open house hardcore did the rounds....

Heres the monty deep set frame with 'Darkness' on the left, & two of my favourites in the gloss ornate frames (framed by Tim in the gallery)

The long awaited Crime scene print (thats an Artist Proof up there as its still being printed, but is gonna be worth the wait...)

The Big Beautiful Nightmare (which seems to be a favourite to most), some beautifully white framed Red Stencils (all the frames are made by Tim at the gallery)

A view from the stage

Bo the cat making the place look more spooky. (flowers from my friend Tracy)

The stage with The Crime Scene print framed, behind is the huge 'Conquer' flag & Outside Threat on the left

I had a great time meeting people in the gallery, the response has been so positive so far, interestingly most people have asked why I use american flags (in a nut shell its because its a reflection of fear culture & american cinema)

Most people seem to want to know who is in what picture (sometimes its best to leave it to the imagination as everyone has their own opinion on who is the great & the good- so in future I think I'm gonna keep this one a secret!)

I'm in every sunday & the gallery is open Fri, Sat & Sun until 25 May, so if you haven't been in yet come check it out


Sunday, May 04, 2008

opening night

well.... the opening night was a blast, lots of wine was drunk, the place was packed, lots of friends old & new, and then as it hit about midnight i thought i should take some photos....

yeah i know they're a bit blurry, i think i probably was in full celebratory mood when i eventually picked up my camera

The band played a couple of sets, mesmerizing the crowd with some good, low down bluesy tunes,

They set the scene for a kinda dirty deep south chilled mood.

The Gin Club played til the wee hours, satisfying the crowd fully, the neighbours weren't best pleased though (sorry....)

the party went from civilised to hedonistic and the last peeps left about 6a.m.
just like a opening night should be.


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