Remove the Set Square and it spells God. Take away the G and it reads Old. Remove the D and it spells Log backwards.

 



Axe (left) DiG! (right)

 



Gold Billboard

 



iSPY for the FBi (2016) Kinder, Bilde, Bloc


 



Food Stamp (Artist/Ellwood)

 



Trainers: Model's Own (Hooper/Johnson/Artist)

Leisure/Complex

Equally at home on the dancefloor as in the boardroom these pin stripe hoodies are ideal for anyone forced to conform during the week but who likes to cut loose a little at the weekend.

Do YOU see yourself as a rebel - perhaps at heart you're a Tory fundraiser but your friends think YOU vote Green. But - wait!! - it's dress down Friday at the bank and you're on counter duty! What to do when your default setting is smart casual but YOU see yourself as a Trendy Wendy! Laurie Hooper's Hoodigans (from an idea by V.A) could be the answer - slipping into one will enable YOU to let the man YOU call 'The Man' to kiss your ass! - these jackets are so YOU it hurts....

Made from 100% recycled materials and coming in all sizes from Office Mouse Intern to Corporate Fat Cat Flat Track Bully, our hoodigans are ideal for the part of YOU that finds it impossible to compromise....

 

 



In early April 1786 John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both future presidents of the United States of America, visited Fort Royal Hill at the battlefield at Worcester. Adams wrote Edgehill and Worcester were curious and interesting to us, as scenes where freemen had fought for their rights. The people in the neighborhood appeared so ignorant and careless at Worcester, that I was provoked, and asked. And do Englishmen so soon forget the ground where liberty was fought for? Tell your neighbors and your children that this is holy ground; much holier than that on which your churches stand. All England should come in pilgrimage to this hill once a year. Phonetic Phlaag by VA & Laurie Hooper, Image courtesy of Nathaniel Pitt

 



Depot

Mankind is currently bludgeoning his way through a second Middle Ages crisis. We cope by posting petit bourgeois selfies in verite dissaray whilst a tomcat called Tyson coughs up fur balls for fun.

Some will sip on fireside malts and await direction: empathic enlightenment rather than a second industrial strength Renaissance. Another Bernini might be nice but we've yet to catalogue the one we have.

Maybe it will happen on the streets: itís always the streets isnít it Ė those comfortable, kettle friendly cul de sacs that carry us home on a water cannon wave of cabernet cabaret and spine tingling nerve gas. As you read this, someone in a grey hoodie with Athletic stencilled on the front is reclaiming them by tagging your polytunnel in large fluorescent bubble letters. He is a vegan called Jim or James. Or Beth.

Or Both

 

 



37 Copies of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, Steel Rod, Tree

 



Adam Flying (film still)

 



Angel Clare (film still)

 



Foothold (video still)

 



Live from the Foreign Legion (2013) Still from a film of Stefan Natynczuk reciting in Russian a list of East Eurpean place names (to an empty club) was referencing the rising numbers of migrant workers employed in East Worcestershire. Along with each place Stefan asked 'Is there anyone in the house tonight from' followed by the place name.
This was shown as part of The Shed Project's 2013 residence on Bristol's Creative Common, curated by Sam Francis.

 



'theirs is a tale as old as the hills, of one manís right to dream, to see not only the big pixel but also all the little pixies that hold it all together. It is about one manís struggle to be not only an oily painter but also a man. It is about a friendship between that man and another man, a larger, better built, more purposeful man but a man none the less, and how a mutual respect allows them to toilet together without fear of petty reprisals. It is these men, two shiny-headed baldy giants amongst men, in ill-fitting suits and their moustaches, one economy and one business class, each poised on the cusp, between a weak chin and a tentatively dripping nose, and their struggle to simply...Ďbeí...'*

*Taken from Rothko Paints a Flower, Cheek by Joel's debut graphic novella available through Bare Hill Publishing.

2014 Book launch, Malvern

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