Maverick Expo – 2016
AMUSE (i-D) – “Maverick Expo 2016” PRESS
5 Exhibitions You Need to Check Out RN
If you are all Friezed out after attending the international Fairs in New York and Hong Kong, or if the ‘art supermarket’ of art fairs just isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Still get on that plane to London (or if you’re already here, load up your Oyster card) because the city becomes a feast of art and design around Frieze time.
The fair functions as a creative magnet, with all the galleries in town putting out their biggest and best installations and exhibitions. From Mayfair to Marylebone, Whitechapel to Peckham, Bankside to Bermondsey, key dealer galleries, private collections, museums, schools and foundations are all putting on a show. A quick glance at this map of every gallery in London collated by Art Monthly shows that your cultural delights can be had basically anywhere in the the most diverse city on earth.
Here are some of the events worth getting out of Regent’s Park for:
The Maverick Expo is a group show taking place at the Noho Gallery in Great Titchfield Street over the 6th – 9th October. In its 3rd edition, the space is an alternative offering to the usual Art Fair suspects, presenting a street-led series of works by diverse artists from New York, Paris and Japan. Sascha Bailey (son of London photo legend David Bailey) will exhibit works from his ‘Quite Useless’ collective of talented friends and co-thinkers such as sculptor Connor Hirst (son of Damien). Also on show will be paintings by late British artist John Luce Lockett. It’s super easy to stop by after Friezing – there’s a regular shuttle bus on hand from Frieze directly to Great Titchfield Street.
- Location: London, UK
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EVENING STANDARD ONLINE – Maverick Expo 2016 – PRESS
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WONDERLAND ONLINE – Maverick Expo 2016 – PRESS
MAVERICK EXPO: FENTON AND SASCHA BAILEY
OCTOBER 4TH, 2016
We talk to Fenton and Sascha Bailey about their new exhibition looking at the female body at Maverick Expo.
- Location: LONDON, UK
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SEEN LONDON – Maverick Expo 2016 – PRESS
the maverick expo: a breath of fresh air for london art lovers
The list of activities and events in London’s autumn are endless, and SEEN LONDON loves to look for alternative places with a dynamic atmosphere. This time, we are delighted to announce the celebration of the third edition of The Maverick Expo, taking place at the Noho Studios from the 6th to the 9th October.
- Location: LONDON, UK
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HOUSE OF COCO – Maverick Expo 2016 – PRESS
Here at House of Coco we love a day out that involves the arts and so we were pleased to hear about the return of this expo. Launched in December 2015 at London’s OXO Tower, The Maverick Expo is the latest venture of Joseph Latimore, gallery owner, curator, collector, artist and filmmaker. Latimore’s past projects include Passerby, Panda and Gallery Sensei in New York and these spaces have become vibrant late night hangouts for New York’s community of artists.
Now in its 3rd edition, The Maverick Expo London welcomes a fresh and dynamic line up of emerging talent and is a true celebration across all disciplines of the Arts.
Held at Noho Studios, 46 Great Titchfield Street from 6th – 9th October, this great Central London location allows easy access for the wider audience and is a simple 10 minute walk from the coinciding London Frieze Fair with a complimentary shuttle service also connecting the two events.
- Location: LONDON, UK
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Vogue – “Human Relations”PRESS
DAVID BAILEY’s sons, Fenton and Sascha Bailey, have teamed up to create their debut photography exhibition, entitled Human Relations. The display, curated by Sascha Bailey, features work by Fenton Bailey and family friend Mairi-Luise Tabbakh and explores human relationships and interaction.
“The whole thing was Sascha’s idea,” Fenton Bailey told us. “He came up with the title and I had a lot of work that depicted that theme. It just felt like the right time.”
Fenton has always been involved in photography. He started his career as a runner for his father’s company, although at the time wasn’t interested in taking pictures. Eventually, he couldn’t resist the urge to “share the magic” and got behind the camera. He still works for Bailey as a photography assistant, working on his own commissions in the evenings and during holidays.
“I grew up on the job,” he said. “Dad was always very involved in the learning process. You have to pick things up pretty fast when you’re around him, because if you don’t you’re out. He never treated me differently because I was his son. If anything he’s a little harsher than he is with others. He’s firm, but fair.”
Fenton’s own work is characterised by his ability to capture emotion in an aesthetically-pleasing way. His sensual photographs complement Tabbakh’s more risqué portraits of women.
“Mine are a little tamer,” he said. “Mairi’s are more like erotica. It’s nice for a woman to be creating that sort of female portrait and it not being the other way round. There’s so much said about how my dad didn’t like women and this might do something to dispel that. These pictures are sexy, not risky, and that’s how it should be.”
He hopes that this will be the first of many photography exhibitions, but he admits that he has “a lot to live up to” with such a famous photographer father.
“He’s done so much in terms of quantity and quality,” he said. “You just can’t compare. What he’s done isn’t easily achievable. I’m pretty nervous about the opening – it’s a big show and there are a lot of eyes on us. All you can do is hope for a positive reaction.”
Human Relations goes on display from May 1 until May 31 at the Imitate Modern, 27A Devonshire St Marylebone, London W1G 6PN.
- Location: LONDON UK
- Website: Link
Fault Magazine – “Human Relations”PRESS
Having recently wrapped up their successful exhibition ‘Human Relations‘, curator Sascha Bailey and artist Mairi-Luise Tabbakh spoke to FAULT about their work, the show itself and their plans for the future…
FAULT: Sascha, could you tell us a bit about the process of curating the show?
S: I picked the images from Mairi and Fenton [Bailey, Sascha’s older brother] that I felt would work well together, then it came down to working out the logistics of getting the work printed, framed and mounted.
Mairi, did you have much of a say in which images of yours were used in the show?
M: I just sent Sascha a bunch of my images and let him make the selection as the curator. Honestly, I quite liked the fact that I didn’t have to make those decisions, as I am very indecisive!
Did you have a favourite piece in the show?
S: Funnily enough I have a favourite from each artist; ‘Leyton‘ and ‘Id‘!
M: My favourite piece was Fenton’s ‘Bathtub‘. I wish I had taken that one!
Do you feel that your personal relationship with Mairi and Fenton was an advantage in curating the show, or did it make it more of a challenge for you?
S: It did make it a bit more of a challenge. If you don’t know someone it’s easier to be more straightforward and business conscious, but when you have a personal relationship with the people you are working with, they might try and use that connection to get more involved in certain aspects of the process that normally they wouldn’t have much access to.
Sascha, did your being from a very artistic family add pressure on you?
S: It did add pressure, but most of that just came from wanting to put on a good and successful show. I didn’t really tell my dad [iconic photographer David Bailey] about the exhibition until about a month before the opening. We wanted to work independently and only consulted him when we really needed to.
And what kind of advice did he give you?
S: He didn’t so much give us advice as he told us that we were doing good and that we should carry on doing what we were doing.
What have you gained from this experience?
S: It’s given me more confidence, and it reaffirmed that I am doing the right thing for myself at this point in my life.
M: Having my work put out there and all the attention ‘Human Relations’ has brought with it, I feel I’ve gained a lot more confidence in sharing my work to the public! Also, it’s great that I now have Damien Hirst and Dereck Chisora (good luck to Dereck with the Malik Scott bout in July!) to add to Lord Bath and Marco Pierre White on the list of people who own my work!
So is curating something you would like to continue with?
S: For the foreseeable future yes, but who knows? I kind of want to do everything!
If you could choose anyone to curate a show for, who would it be?
S: I would love to work with Damien Hirst!
Mairi, there is a distinct feeling of intimacy in your work, how would you say you achieve that?
M: Well I’m very friendly and open and people tend to feel comfortable with me. In turn I always try to make my subjects as comfortable as possible! It’s always a laugh and relaxed on my shoots!
What can we expect to see from you next?
M: I want to do more erotica shoots, definitely. Carry on in that genre. There are a couple of other things up ahead as well, but I’m keeping that under wraps for now. I don’t want to jinx it!
S: I have a couple of shows that I am planning to do in the near future. One is with an oil and acrylic based illustrator named Taline Temizian, whose work is quite fashion based. The hope is to open it in February 2014. Later on I want to do a show with my sister Paloma, featuring her paintings.
INTERVIEW BY VERONICA SKOGLUND
- Location: LONDON UK
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Russell Young Wild At Heart Press…
Wall street mag – “Russell Young Wild At Heart”PRESS
Sascha Bailey and Imitate Modern present ‘Wild at Heart’ by Russell Young. The exhibition, launching 27th March, features iconic figures from Marilyn Monroe to Marlon Brando to Muhammad Ali. Alongside these Hollywood heavyweights, we see British musicians Mick Jagger and Sid Vicious completing a collection that celebrates the golden years of celebrity culture.
‘Wild at Heart’ reflects the glamour of celebrity showcasing a selection of the dazzling diamond-dusted screen-prints that Young has become well known for.
These ‘diamond dusted’ screen prints are produced by pressing crystals into the enamel of the black and white paintings, creating an opulence as light catches the stones, flickering and momentarily distorting the image.
‘Then light falls on the diamonds and the choir sings’ – Russell Young, Artist
The colourful collection of Young’s ‘Pig Portraits’ subtly question the nature of photography, portraiture and the doubled-edged sword of celebrity itself. Juxtaposed against his earlier portraits, these images are sometimes considered ‘anti-celebrity’, when in fact, they create a bold tribute, demonstrating a youth and rebellion that we can all relate to and appreciate.
Russell Young is a highly sought-after artist whose work can be found in the collections of many notable names including Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and David Bowie.
From the football terraces of Northern England, all the way to Hollywood, Young made a name for himself through photography, painting and directing music videos for MTV. He has long featured icons in his work, having photographed musicians including Morrissey and Bob Dylan; and referencing images of American stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.
“Russell Young’s work reminds me of a time of real film stars and rock and roll, before the dawn of ‘celebrity’. A time when being famous was more about what you did, not who you know” – Sascha Bailey, Curator
“We are proud to present ‘Wild at Heart’, a showcase of Russell Young’s iconic artworks. With this exhibition we host our very own Hollywood Hall of Fame with a touch of British rock and roll, to bring both the glamorous and the gritty side of celebrity culture to Marylebone.” – Riia Carnegie, Gallery Manager
- Location: LONDON UK
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Maryleboneonline – “Russell Young Wild At Heart”PRESS
Described as Marylebone’s very own ‘hall of fame’, Imitate Modern’s latest exhibit ‘Wild At Heart’ transforms an intimate space into a larger than life spectacle, with floor-to-ceiling prints that glorify the golden years of several perpetual icons.
Russell Young, artist, adopts a pop-art style in his production of colour-washed acrylic screen prints of celebrated images from popular culture that, quite literally, dazzle any onlookers with their coatings of ‘diamond dust’ – no doubt inspired by the likes of Andy Warhol. Son of prestigious photographer and contemporary of Warhol’s, David Bailey, it is no surprise that Sascha Bailey, who has curated ‘Wild At Heart’, is an enthusiast of this style. Fittingly, the launch of the exhibit was just as glitzy and glamorous as the faces that looked down upon it, complete with a red carpet. Whoever thought ‘sparkling cocktails’ referred to merely champagne when providers Beat Bar London season theirs with glitter too?
Despite each of the artworks displaying household names such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Mick Jagger, it is striking how Russell’s varied experimentation with tone and colouring affects how each icon is represented. Particularly notable is the gray-scaled landscape shot of Marilyn Monroe entertaining troops at the Korean War. The smoky colour scheme evokes the bleak backdrop of war, brightened only by a recognisable blonde bombshell of hair, and is juxtaposed with Russell’s signature diamond dusting which arguably represents the bright, more common portrayals of Monroe we are all familiar with. A brief timeline at the entrance signposts various key dates of such events to accompany the works.
A feast for every pop-art fan, ‘Wild At Heart’ encapsulates the decadence of the mid 20th century through its medium, but all the while providing poignant reminders of key snippets of the photographs’ historical and political context. Samples of prints can be seen on the Imitate Modern website.
Exhibition runs 29th March – 26th April
- Location: LONDON UK
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Candid magazine – “Russell Young Wild At Heart”PRESS
Imitate Modern, based in affluent W1, have turned their space into a shrine to the golden age of celebrity. Working with iconic images, spanning the 1950s through to 1989, artist Russell Young creates a contemporary take on the Warhol screen print as he makes artwork based on well-known faces.
All of the two-colour prints are covered in ‘diamond dust’ and it is the large scale of the work that brings them their power. Russell Young, an artist known for painting, photography and even music videos for MTV, is best known for his work examining the nature of fame. Ultimately a Pop Artist, his scrutinising of and participation in celebrity culture (he shot the cover for George Michael’s album Faith) makes his work on icons all the more interesting. A show filled with primary colours (reds and yellows) against black, these pieces will have an impact on your wall as well as in the gallery.
Riia Carnegie, the Gallery’s Manager, claims that this show demonstrates the “glamorous and gritty side of celebrity culture”. However looking around, it can sometimes be difficult to see the real glamour. The choice of celebrities brings very distinct depressing overtones to the works. Seeing an image of Sharon Tate alongside one of Monroe and one of Elvis, it is impossible to not think of their sad demises. Even pictures of those still living and producing work are not incredibly joyful: an image of a young Jodie Foster by the entrance holds the taint of harmful fan obsession and by no stretch are The Who in their heyday anymore. These images immortalize the past, with all of the darkness that goes with it.
Even the ‘diamond dust’ covering the works seems like a sad commentary on celebrity culture. Made by pressing crystals into the paint, the name is a misnomer suggesting more worth than is actually contained. Never has the saying “All that glitters is not gold” felt more appropriate. ‘Diamond dust’ adds a false opulence and distorts the image with shine. It is incredibly aesthetically pleasing, but means very little.
However, this show is engaging and quirky. Perfectly timed to sit alongside The National Portrait Gallery’s American Cool, it is definitely worth seeing. There is a glow to the artworks beyond the ‘diamond dust’ as the iconic faces still hold the aura that made them famous. Perhaps the best image is Elvis’ shot-out television, the humour and personality of its owner making any negativity to the show dissipate. There is a reason why we as a culture hold onto these images and to view them together is edifying in an inexplicable but highly enjoyable way.
Words by Ellen Stone
The show runs until April 26th at Imitate Modern, for more information go to – imitatemodern.com/exhibitions/wild-heart or email the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them at @imitatemodern .
- Location: LONDON UK
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The Route Less Traveled…
About Time Magazine – “The Route Less Traveled” PRESS
I had arranged to meet Sascha Bailey, the curator and founder of The Something Else Collective, a few days before their first show’s launch as part of our interview series Time Spent With. It was wet (the weather, not the interview…) and I was delighted to find the East London bar didn’t open for 20 minutes. I smoked in the rain and mulled over the lack of light. Sascha, along with the collective’s creative directors Lily and Conor, joined me at my flower adorned table I eventually found myself at, and we got to it. All I had was the information that the invitation to the launch gave me, and being an artist myself, I was intrigued.
SW: How long has The Something Else Collective been going on for?
Sascha: Conor and I came up with the idea last year. It started as one idea to throw a show together then we moved into wanting to start up a company, and now that’s what we’re doing.
SW: I didn’t do uni, I moved to Liverpool to afford the space to paint and gain some real experience as a photographer and an artist. I know your collective is based upon the idea of supporting artists without a formal education, and I’m (obviously) right behind it. In short, what’s it all about?
Sascha: You can’t be taught things as well as you can learn them for yourself. I’m sure for some people university works fantastically, but for the majority of creative people they end up dropping out or they can get discouraged from art at an early age by the way that their art teachers teach it.
SW: Why should I go to the exhibition?
Sascha: Firstly, there are four artists who have all been displayed before and are known for being fantastic artists. There are three new faces, Damien Hirst’s son being one of them – which isn’t a reason on its own to see his work. He works sculpturally.
SW: Is the art work for sale?
Sascha: Yes, and we’ll be donating 10% of all profit to the Prince’s Trust Foundation. We’re also having the artists doing live painting whilst the show runs up until the 19th, and when those paintings are finished, we’re donating 100% of that to the Prince’s Trust, too.
SW: Would you ever use the term ‘outsider art’ to describe your collective?
Sascha: I don’t feel it should be termed as outsider…
Lily: If you’re an artist, you’re an artist.
SW: What do you think is wrong with the art world?
Sascha: People look at artists on paper without actually looking at their work. It’s becoming more of a business, more like a stock exchange.
SW: How important is a knowledge, or talent, of business and finance in becoming a successful artist?
Sascha: It’s important, definitely. You can be the best artist in the world but if you’re not talking to the right people or showing them your work nobody is ever going to discover you. You have to put yourself out there and it’s a lot of hard work.
SW: Your dad David Bailey changed the face of fashion photography, do you plan to change the face of the art world?
Sascha: Well I wouldn’t go as far as that, that’s a little too cocksure right now…
Conor: We aim to make a dent.
SW: Well everything starts with a dent, right…
I can’t help but mention the recent record-breaking sale of Barnett Newman’s ‘Onement VI‘, essentially a painted blue square with a thin white line down the middle. What are your thoughts on, what could be described as, grotesque sale prices of something as subjective as art?
Sascha: Well, remember that you’re talking about the stuff they sell at auction. That’s all the reported stuff, it’s the private sales we don’t know about that could be up to six hundred million a piece in private hands… I think if it was something by Michelangelo then there’s justification for it.
SW: How do you feel about entirely conceptual art?
Sascha: I think conceptual art is interesting, I but I prefer to stick to stuff that’s more tangible.
SW: Yeah, it get’s a little wanky.
Sascha: (laughs) I don’t want to start offending anyone… It has to have a really good meaning. A message, something that’s going to change someone’s mind or perception of things. Not just “the line on the canvas represents minimalism”.
SW: A necessary message to do necessary good – draw the line at that. No pun intended… Ok, so, remove concept. Beauty can often draw enough attention to the work itself for the viewer to salvage a message from it themselves. Is raw beauty without a built in concept enough?
Sascha: I think that that’s fantastic that you brought that up. Oscar Wilde said that all art is quite useless, much like a flower. It serves no use to anyone other than it makes people happy.
SW: I see it as a reflection of our responsive existence, something I think is hugely important. All the way back to the time of the cavemen’s finger paintings; it’s the most honest portrayal of our history as human beings.
Sascha: It’s something we’ve always felt the need to do, for whatever reason. The whole notion of its pointlessness is kind of beautiful in a way. There is no real use for it, but we create beauty anyway. It’s a human thing. No other animal looks at art with the same appreciation. It’s a visual output of the perception of our own universe that makes us enjoy it.
SW: Would you apply that same notion to photography?
Sascha: Yes. I think photography should be considered just as much of an art form as any other. Not so much Instagram apps, however. Photography can be documentation and it can be art, it’s painting a picture with light.
SW: Nice. Is photography going to be a part of your collective?
Sascha: Of course. My first show was a photographic one.
SW: How much does it all depend on luck?
Sascha: The thing is, most things in life are about luck. But the harder you work, the luckier you get. By not doing the education route, you gain 3 extra years and no debt. It’s maddening to me, really. I understand a free foundation course, however.
Conor: My friends doing a degree at St. Martins tell me it’s really strict. It’s all technical skill, technical production skill… It’s like, you’re in one of the most creative hubs in the world…
SB: It works fantastically if you want to be a teacher. That is what it guarantees you. Everything else is just as much work as before. You finish after three years and you work from scratch.
Conor: Talking about the money side of things as well, when I had my interview at Central St. Martins (before I changed my mind) I was in an interview with a woman. She said to me that the most creative students they had were the ones with the least amount of money. So when the prices go up in London and people can’t afford to live, you’re killing off that creativity. You used to not be able to afford to go out for a drink with your friends, but now it’s that you can’t afford your basic supplies to create your work.
SW: That applies to everything though, right? If you haven’t got the money to make something happen easily, you’ve got to come up with a creative solution to make it happen. Money cuts corners, which in turn numbs a person’s need to be creative. Saying that, will it make those in an art education angry that you’re trying to make it easier for those that haven’t invested their time and money in a degree?
Lily: No, people aren’t angry at us.
Conor: They were angry in the first place for thinking they had to do it…
Sascha: Basically when it comes down to it I think that’ it’s a complete scam. Except to maybe be a lawyer, doctor, architect, it makes sense. But on a creative level, it’s a scam.
SW: Did you attempt university?
Sascha: I dropped out of school at 16, I knew it was what I was going to do as my dad dropped out at 15, my brother at 16 and my sister attempted A level but dropped out. I realised that there wasn’t any point, I’d rather get the experience instead. The way I put it to my mum was this: if I left school now at 16 and got a job an M&S, by the time my mates left school I’d be managing M&S and they’ll just be starting out.
SW: I’m aware that you must get asked a lot about your father, and it must get irritating.
Sascha: Yes, I’m so glad that you’ve focused on something else. It gets very annoying and comes as a relief.
SW: I can imagine.
Sascha: He’s a fantastic dad. In the UK it’s kind of frowned upon to have a famous parent, where as in the US it’s almost celebrated.
SW: I guess it is, a kind of congratulations for being birthed from a particular vagina you had no say in whatsoever. You can tell I’m a republican.
Sascha: (laughs) Yeah, where as in England you’re condemned for the vagina you fell out of.
SW: Ok, so, what would you say to someone if they said to you: “Well it’s easy for you to say that you don’t need an education and it’s all based on hard work and experience when your Dad’s David Bailey?”
Sascha: I would say that the evidence is there that not all children of famous people do very well. I would also say that it can open the door for you, but it’s up to you to walk through it.
SW: I would argue, also, that the complacency that comes with having a famous parent could act as a hindrance to initiative. “I have it so easy, why on earth would I work any harder?” Kind of attitude.
Sascha: My parents always raised me not to believe that. They always put me on a level with everyone else, which I’m very thankful for. They wanted for me to do it for myself, rather than just providing what I need.
SW: They’ve obviously done an awesome job, and I bet they’re seriously looking forward to seeing it all fall into place. I know I am.
The Route Less Travelled launched last night, the 30th April, and will run until the 19th May at Covent Garden’s Pop-up concept, Floral Street Goes Pop! located at 17 Floral Street. I attended the launch, and will be writing the review of that, too. The trio are most certainly ones to watch, and I look forward to their “dent” evolving into a chasm of much needed change in the art world.
- Location: LONDON UK
- Website: Link
Suitcase Mag – “The Route Less Traveled” PRESS
When we first heard about The Something Else Collective here at SUITCASE, we thought it sounded a little too good to be true. It’s an artists’ collective, formed by Sascha Bailey, son of British photographer David Bailey, curating its first show featuring Sascha’s brother, Fenton, as well as Connor Hirst, son of Damien. Impressive.
The show, titled “The Route Less Travelled” opened Thursday 1st May and features the work of eight artists, none of whom have received a formal education. We spoke to Sascha as well as co-curators and partners in The Something Else Collective, Lily Bloom and Connor Fitzgerald-Bond, about the exhibit and were astonished to discover that all are under the age of 21, making it all even more fascinating. Learn more:
SUITCASE Magazine: Tell us about The Something Else Collective. How did it come about?
THE SOMETHING ELSE COLLECTIVE: It was a natural progression as we were friends prior to launching The Something Else Collective.
SM: What artists have inspired you in this exhibition and in your everyday work?
SEC: Artists from all different fields have always surrounded us and we noticed a pattern in the struggles they faced in art education. We’ve been constantly inspired by each artist’s passion for their work and that’s pushed us forward.
SM: Do you think that unlike an academic subject, creative talent doesn’t necessarily need to be taught in an institution and can in-fact be self-created and developed?
SEC: There’s always an element in the production of art that can be taught, but talent cannot. Art schools do have their place but it’s difficult to explore your creativity in a constrained environment.
SM: Aside from the fact the seven artists featured in “The Route Less Travelled” have not received a formal education, what are the other reasons they were chosen to showcase their work?
SEC: Their pure passion and love for their work.
SM: Do you find working on projects such as “The Route Less Travelled” with like-minded artists and creatives helps develop your ideas and work as opposed to working alone on individual projects?
SEC: Definitely, the opportunity to learn from each other is always there, and we all have something unique to bring to the table so our ideas evolve together.
SM: What makes education feel insignificant to you and your needs? And what do you plan to do or recommend that others plan to do for development if education is not an option?
SEC: We don’t feel it’s insignificant. It’s definitely important to know what you are doing and have a plan. The artists we’re working with decided to put everything they could into their art; some have worked part-time jobs to support themselves on this journey. This works for them as individuals and it shows in their art. We would never recommend either path as they both have their benefits.
SM: Is it questionable to state that education can often be a hindrance in the art and design industry?
SEC: No, it can be a hindrance. It’s a complex issue as some can flourish in education, whilst others diminish.
SM: What are your thoughts on work experience and interning to get to where you need to be in the art world?
SEC: We feel that all experience is good experience; but when you’re working for corporate giants for six months in return for a travel card and a line on your CV, it’s a bit excessive.
SM: How would you describe your work aesthetic? What are you currently working on?
SEC: Fun, firm, and fair. Our heads are in “The Route Less Travelled” at the moment.
SM: You are all under the age of 21 and it’s truly remarkable that you’re working on a project of this scale. Do you think being ‘young ambassadors’ to the art world is important? Is it important for you to stay ‘in the loop’ with the new and upcoming in the art world?
SEC: Yes, definitely. There are still many people our age who believe that the Mona Lisa is the only painting in the world. The worldview of ‘youths’ is changing but it needs to progress faster in order to recognise all the talent that’s out there. As young people, a project of this scale excites us, we’ve got so much to look forward to, and this is only the beginning. We’re at the centre of the loop and have our ears to the ground.
SM: You all come from such different aspects of the industry. Do you think this helps when you’re all developing ideas and bringing attributes to the table?
SEC: We have three unique minds that are constantly on the go so there’s always someone to bounce off of and to question our ideas.
SM: How does it feel to be a part of the development of a new generation of artists?
SEC: There’s so much excitement surrounding what we’re doing from both sides. We’re hoping to capture people’s imaginations and make them question what they know about art.
SM: Growing up with art in your blood, was it a natural progression to develop your career within the industry?
Sascha Bailey: For me personally, the penny dropped when I was 11 years-old. I went along to theFrieze Art Fair with my dad who was taking pictures of the notable people there. At the time, I was obsessed with drawing manga so I decided to price my drawings and put them on the wall. I made £100 that day and realised this is what I had to do.
SM: Do you find it inspiring to work with family (like your brother, Fenton Bailey, who is featured in the exhibition) and friends?
SB: Yes, I love it. A lot of the time, I get asked if it’s difficult but to me, anything worth doing isn’t easy.
SM: Are you inspired by your father’s work?
SB: Yes, most definitely. His success is a constant inspiration.
Intro by Robin Reetz, @reetzrobin
Interview by Kelly Robinson
- Location: LONDON UK
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1883 Magazine – “The Route Less Traveled”PRESS
Education- we spend around 13 years of our lives in it only to discover it’s likely, to succeed in our choice of career, we’ll need to keep going for another three. But do we really need it? From the 1st of May- 19th of May, Convent Garden’s “pop-up concept” Floral Street Goes Pop, will be opening the public’s eyes to seven artists who are not educated to degree level. Feeling that “there is no one right way of doing things creatively”, The Something Else Collective (Sascha Bailey, Lily Bloom and Conor Fitzgerald-Bond) presents The Route Less Travelled.
Amongst the artists exhibiting is Fenton Bailey who, after leaving school upon finishing his GCSE’s, previously debuted at the Imitate Modern with his show ‘Human Relations’. Following in his Father’s artistic footsteps, Fenton’s photography beautifully captures the human body in a flawlessly lit manner. Other artists include Connor Hirst (Damien Hirst’s son), who will be showcasing his objectified sculptures for the first time.
Overall, upon viewing, it’s pretty safe to say that Pink Floyd had it right- we don’t need no education. Understanding this, 1883 caught up with Sascha Bailey and just some of the artists exhibiting.
Sascha Bailey – Curator
Leaving school at 16, Sascha successfully paved his career through working at art galleries. Curating his first exhibition at 18, Sascha’s love for art has enabled him to develop opportunities for young people who seek platforms to display their creativity.
Why did you choose to create an exhibition that looks towards not needing a qualification to succeed?
I think it comes from me leaving school at 16. I always considered school to be more of a hindrance. In reality, you gain 3 years in the working world by not going to school and to me it’s all about time.
The selection of artists offer variety, how did you choose which artists to exhibit?
I fortunately have a large amount of people to source from. It came down to how many artists fit the idea for the show. .the rest went from there!
Why is Convent Garden’s pop-up concept the setting for this exhibition?
Covent Garden is a creative hub for the arts, so it just made sense to have it here.
Were there any challenging aspects to curating this exhibition?
Yes absolutely, but working with my team in The Something Else Collective has made it a fantastic experience. We can’t wait for the next show.
Johann Lester – Photorealistic Illustrator
An illustrator who defies the need for a degree through the use of a biro and a piece of paper, Johann captures what most couldn’t in “the dead of night on my lap, on my bed with headphones in.” His pieces lovingly explore the art of illusion, inviting the eye to travel.
Why have you chosen to work with pen and paper?
I love the intense deep dark tones that you can get with a biro and only wish for that with a pencil! It is not widely known or thought of as an artist’s medium but it has an amazing range of subtle strokes which are barely visible and that can be built up on top of each other. I also like the permanence of it; each stroke of the pen is stuck there.
Are there any other materials you would like to experiment with?
I have tried experimenting before with other types, but I always veer back towards my trusty biro. I will never- say- never, but it seems that I have found what works for me!
Do you create your pieces from your imagination or do you work from imagery?
All of my work is created from photos that I have taken. Some are spur of the moment snapshots that I fall in love with and others are created from an idea for a drawing with hundreds of doodles.
Rich Simmons – Street Artist
Finding fame in 2011 through his piece entitled ‘Future ***King’, which imagined Prince William and Kate Middleton as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen from the iconic band the Sex Pistols, Rich Simmons is a British street Artist. With an appetite to deconstruct personal relationships he also plays with subcultures which pay homage to his artistic history. Clearly an artist not to shy away from displaying humour, he has previously exhibited at The Opera Gallery, London Fashion Week and in 2008, founded Art is the Cure.
Do you feel that wit can be important in art?
I think the best art is work that evokes an emotional response and wit and humour is a huge part of that. If you can make artwork that tells a story without words and can still make people laugh, smile, even feel shocked, confused, in awe and inspired, then you’ve been successful. Banksy is the expert at using wit and humour in a lot of his work and that’s what has made him so successful. He can evoke an emotion with a simple stencil because the message is so powerful. That is a big inspiration to me and something I try and do in my own style. I want my shows to be an emotional experience on a lot of different levels and wit is just one of those layers.
With this in mind, do you believe that you can sometimes have more freedom of speech in your work as a street artist?
Street art definitely allows a lot more freedom to express yourself as an artist. There aren’t any concerns over what buyers might think, what the gallery might think; you don’t have to varnish or resin or frame the work and it can be very liberating to not have those worries when producing a piece of art.
That’s the beauty of street art, it strips away all the extra concerns and thoughts that come with selling art and just allows you to produce a piece that can’t be sold and can’t be precious because it could be painted over any time.
Street art can be a very liberating experience and it’s something I miss doing. I’d love to have a break from gallery shows for a little while and go back to my roots as a street artist. I would experiment and be less precious about it as I think that way I will learn a lot of new tricks and gain a better perspective before I start thinking about my next gallery shows in 2015.
Tom Hunt – Graphic Designer
A Graphic Designer who at 16 knew that “education doesn’t end at the school gates”, Tom Hunt believes in not taking the world too seriously. Offering us art which happily depicts his view of the world, Tom demonstrates no bounds for his imagination. He is known to have been inspired from a young age from things people view on a daily basis such as cult movies and Japanese anime.
When did you start to look towards cult movies and anime for inspiration?
Animation was the focal point of my childhood, it’s always inspired me. Troma are an independent movie production company, I was always into their films.
What cult movie do you think everyone should watch?
Terror Firma – It’s about the creation of independent movies, although dramatised and very over the top, the concepts are real.
Charlie Hamey – Painter/Illustrator
Painting his way through many a canvas using mainly acrylic, this artist approaches the art world with a subject which inspiration is rarely taken from- the gaming culture. During any free time that he can grasp, Charllie paints and illustrates his pieces which are said to instigate the secrets to our being through such. His art is often related to the cubism period.
Why do you focus on mainly using acrylic paint on canvas?
I find it dries faster so I then I can work quickly and produce more work.
You’ve chosen to focus on geometry for this exhibition, what was your reason for this and where did you gather your inspiration from?
I love Picasso’s style and find his work really draws people in, so I aim to do the same. London is also a massive inspiration to me and the shapes I see throughout the city helped to inspire my work in this particular exhibition.
It is said that you find Picasso inspiring, why?
His direction was always changing but his style stayed the same and that inspires me.
Ollie Sylvester – Painter
An internationally recognised painter since 2012, Ollie Slyvester is an urban artist. With no more than an art foundation behind him, Ollie pushes the boundaries of our comfort zones presenting sharp, straight lines where curved ones would normally lie. Ollie’s work appears to stare into the soul, demonstrating the reality of his craftsmanship.
You choose to present straight lines where curves would normally be, why is this?
In 1994 I had an accident where I almost severed my right arm off which has left me with restricted movement in my right hand due to nerve damage; I then had to teach myself to paint with my left hand, and this is when my straight lined cross-hatch style started to evolve.
Your work represents emotions felt as an urban artist in London, how do you feel when you create your art?
My art reflects my current mood which can range from a hang-over etc. or be influenced by the memory of an off-key situation in my head which I have been in or witnessed. I often subtract a character or characters which then becomes my subject matter. Of course, it is a great source of escapism. It’s a buzz most of the time but very occasionally a wind-up when over cooked or not quite going to plan.
The Route Less Travelled’ curated by Sascha Bailey from The Something Else Collective will be on display until 19th May 2014 at 17 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E
Words by Hollyann Prince
Elleuk – “The Route Less Traveled”PRESS
Sascha Bailey has been involved in the art world for a number years, since leaving school at 16. His latest exhibition, The Route Less Travelled, had its private view this week.
Son to David Bailey, it comes as no surprise that Sascha’s taste in art work is cultivated and creative. The Route Less Travelled explores the idea that formal qualifications are not necessary when it comes to art and the creative process; that a valid and insightful expression can be made regardless of educational background. The seven artists Sascha selected to show – among them Sascha’s brother Fenton Bailey, and Damien Hirst‘s son Connor Hirst – have all forged their own paths.
The Something Else Collective – which consists of me, Conor Bond and Lily Bloom – have plans for many more shows. I think this is just the tip of iceberg.’
We’ll be watching this space – and, in the meantime, we suggest you giveThe Route Less Travelled a look. Situated in a pop up space in Covent garden, it features a mix of photography, sculpture, and painting.
The Route Less Travelled, curated by Sascha Bailey, is at 17 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DH from 1 May to 19 May 2014.
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IDOL Mag – “New Blood” (PRESS)
The Unit London, Soho’s artist-led gallery space, invited Sascha Bailey (son of David Bailey) and his The Something Else Collective to exhibit works alongside their own artists. Showcasing both emerging and established artists, the exhibition New Blood encapsulates the spirit of the young artistic movement in London. It is a show about the next generation of curators, announcing themselves and making a change in the art world by taking a fresh and challenging look at the art world. Both led by directors under the age of 25, this exhibition is an unique opportunity to see what the next generation of curators has to offer.
Highlights include a series of photographs by Fenton Bailey and Mairi-Luise which showcase their unique ability to objectify their subject. Bailey is displaying his maturing aesthetic with a series of photographs using his new muse Sarah, whilst Mairi-Luise’s brand new works are typical of her own very distinctive, erotic style. Also included is critically acclaimed Russian artist Ivan Alifan, who has recently had successful exhibitions in New York and Toronto with his brand new works exploring sexual subtexts. Parisian photographer Cecile Plaisance is showcasing her well-known Lens series of interactive lenticular Barbie holograms, giving the exhibition a unique, interactive edge.
There are also works from international artist Russell Young, whose work documents a troubled world in a period of turmoil, madness and beauty; and British collage artist Joe Webb, whose surrealist work explores themes of nostalgia and romance received critical acclaim at The Saatchi Gallery this year.
Sascha Bailey speaking about the exhibition: “New Blood is an encapsulation of our journey into the art world. It documents where we have been and where we are planning to go. Separated into two parts – the first a retrospective, and the second a look at what is to come from two companies still in their infancy. Art has never been as accessible as it is today, and the younger generation is starting to take more of an interest. You no longer have to be educated to work in art — and that is a big step in the right direction.”
- Location: LONDON UK
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Wall Street – “New Blood” (PRESS)
This March, The Unit London, Soho’s breakthrough artist-led gallery space, hosts for the first time The Something Else Collective. Curated by Sascha Bailey and Unit London directors Jonny Burt & Joe Kennedy, New Blood encapsulates the spirit of the young artistic movement emerging in London. Taking a fresh and challenging look at the art world, New Blood is an exhibition of contemporary visual art. Both led by directors under the age of 25, The Unit London and The Something Else Collective are creating a unique opportunity to see what the next generation of curators has to offer.
Highlights include a series of photographs by Fenton Bailey and Mairi-Luise which showcase their unique ability to objectify their subject. Bailey will be displaying his ever-maturing aesthetic with a series of photographs using his new muse Sarah, whilst Mairi-Luise’s brand new works are typical of her own very distinctive, erotic style. Also to be included is critically acclaimed Russian artist Ivan Alifan, who returns to The Unit London after successful exhibitions in New York and Toronto, with brand new works exploring sexual subtexts, alongside Parisian photographer Cecile Plaisance, who will showcase her well-known Lens series of interactive lenticular Barbie holograms, giving the exhibition a unique, interactive edge,
In addition to the above, there will be works from international artist Russell Young, whose work documents a troubled world in a period of turmoil, madness and beauty; and British collage artist Joe Webb, whose surrealist work explores themes of nostalgia and romance received critical acclaim at The Saatchi Gallery this year.
- Location: LONDON UK
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