Monday, December 14, 2009

Brockley Mess

Some kind of aliens/snow people/monsters have taken over the garden at Brockley Mess for the festive period. Well, whatever they are it's the cutest Christmas installation spotted so far this year.
Inside there's an exhibition of paintings by Brixton-based artist Martin Grover. There's a picture of Brockwell Park ponds, but I was particularly taken by the large scale paintings of 7" singles.
What lifts them above straightforward reproductions of record sleeves off the production line is that they are actually paintings of specific individual objects with their own histories. So one record has the handwritten name of the girl it used to belong to on the label, while this copy of Thin Lizzy's Whisky in the Jar has a stamp from the record shop on the sleeve: 'Whymants Records, 1050 London Road, Thornton Heath'.

Oh and the coffee and cake was very nice too!

4 comments:

Ian said...

I like the look of those record sleeve paintings - neat idea and they look nicely done!

Transpontine said...

They are really well executed, wouldn't mind one on my wall, but sadly nobody I know is likely to buy me a £2,500 Xmas present.

Ian said...

£2,500!! And they put them on the walls with all those kids running about in there!

Transpontine said...

It's £2,800 with the extra chocolate handprint.