Suburban Beginnings

One weekend down and Suburban English Magick is taking shape. I can’t stand artspeak, but when I say my painting is entirely ‘responding to the space’, it’s true. I’m painting inside a shed, or, to be precise, Bob and Roberta Smith’s old back garden shed, which became the ‘Centre of Contemporary Art’. It started life in Leytonstone, went on tour, spent some time at the Serpentine, now resided in Fargo Village, Coventry, with The Pod as its new custodians.

The photos, above, show how I started, the marks made. It was an unsure, constrained start. The more I painted, and subsequently painted over, the more loosened up and in tune with the space I felt. It’s sort of painting itself. See the videos below to have an idea of where I’m at, now.

There’s a piece of sound art that I made, which accompanies the live painting. As it’s only 5 minutes and 13 seconds in length, and I play it for hours on a loop, I’ve had to take respite with the assistance of Gravenhurst and John Renbourne.

If you watch the film and you can’t hear me telling stories over sheep noises and other insanity, then you are listening to either Gravenhurst or Renbourne. I would encourage you to buy all their albums.

I’ll be back at the CCCA tomorrow (Thursday, 11am-6pm), Saturday (10am-12pm, 4-7pm) and Sunday (11am-4pm), painting live.

Big thanks to Curating Coventry and Alan Van Wijgerden for film and photography, also to The Pod for their continuing support.

VIDEOS

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Friday - Sunday outcome. PAINT: ME MUSIC: GRAVENHURST, 'ANIMALS' . Read the lyrics, Nick Talbot understood Suburban English Magick... . "They descend upon the city like flies Spraying their eggs into a dead dog's eyes It's England on a Saturday night I wish I could be like them and I try But I find it more rewarding to walk along the river Picturing my body discarded in the water I wonder who will do it and I wonder what they're doing right now They opened up the sewers tonight Animals caged in their appetites Let loose upon the passer-by And people like me are just parasites Take me to the river I want to feel the water Closing in and helpless as you're pushing my head under I wonder if you'll do it and I wonder what you're doing right now At four am you're lying right there With urine and wine dried in your hair I take you to the river I want to show you something I'm making a map from all the flowers I'm collecting I wonder if I'll do it and I wonder what I'm doing right now" . #coventry #cityofculture2021 #backthebidcoventry #fargovillagecoventry #painting #livepainting #installation #soundart #illustration #mural #people #bodies #suburbanenglishmagick #collectivepod #cccashed #ccca

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Suburban English Magick

MENTAL SPAGHETTI & COLLECTIVE//POD PRESENT

MARIE-LOUISE PLUM: ‘SUBURBAN ENGLISH MAGICK’

02.09 – 16.09 2017


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Behind every brutal scene/there is beauty/in Suburban English Magick: Peer in to the world of semi-rural village life in the Shires. Modern day folklore, witchcraft and the uncanny, dressed in sportswear, driven in souped-up race cars, depicted in paint and recited in tongue.”

From 2-16 September, a picture of Suburban English Magick will be built up, in paint and tongue, in Bob and Roberta Smith’s CCCA Shed, Coventry.

Custodians of the CCCA, Collective//Pod, have programmed this live painting exhibition as the run-up to the Scratch the Surface Festival, 2017, co-curated and programmed with various partners, including Mental Spaghetti.

Marie-Louise Plum is painting the entire interior of the shed, improvising contemporary folkloric vignettes inspired by a spoken word and cut-up sound composition.

Please note that live painting and audio installation will only take place between 10am-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays, and, 10am – 4pm, Sundays, from 2-16 September.

The installation is visible at all times during Fargo Village opening hours.

VENUE CCCA Shed, FARGO Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5ED

DATES Exhibition runs 2-16 September, 2017

OPENING HOURS Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 18:00, Sunday 11:00- 16:00

GETTING THERE 20 minutes walk from Coventry train station MAP

FREE ENTRY

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Suburban English Magick A3 Poster for print

Raw Vision

I recently took part in the Mental Spaghetti group exhibition, ‘Mind Machine’, at Menier Gallery.

A few of us were mentioned as highlights of the exhibition. Here’s the word on me, by Judith McNicol, in good company with Yvonne Mabs Francis, Terence Wilde and Jan Arden.

“Having spent most of her early life around her Italian artist grandmother, a woman immersed in myths, superstition and legend, Marie-Louise Plum has become a painter of magical realism. Within her bold paintings of heaving, tortured, intertwining bodies and nightmare scenarios imposed on fairy tale images, are Marie’s ‘secret messages’ that remind us ‘not is all as it seems’.

That’s a nice thing to say. Thank you.

Scottish Mental Health Art & Film Festival

I am massively excited to announce that I will be working in Edinburgh this weekend for the Scottish Mental Health Art & Film Festival. If you’re about and you fancy it, and especially so if you are a mental health service user, I will be conducting a cartooning (in the loosest possible sense) workshop at North Edinburgh Arts (details below).

The workshop is free but places are going fast so if you do want to book, book now! All artists will have to option to display their work in the Festival exhibition and included in a large illustrated book produced by my arts in mental health organisation, Mental Spaghetti.

The workshop will focus on drawing a comic strip of ‘A day in your life’. Artists (no artistic experience necessary) will have the opportunity to work with lots of different pens, inks, paints and styles of drawing. The comic strip does not have to be a literal day in your life, it can be a feeling, an expression of a particular time, or maybe even no time in particular. You can always do a stickman cartoon too. Anything goes. The important thing is you get to have fun, create, and learn something new.

If you would like to take part please book now by clicking this link.


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A DAY IN THE LIFE: CARTOONING WORKSHOP
Edinburgh & Lothian
Workshop

Working with artist Marie-Louise Plum, you will create your own cartoon strip of a day in your life featuring what you think matters. All cartooners will have the opportunity for their strip to be exhibited in the exhibition and/or included in a book. No artistic experience required.
Venue Information
North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh, EH4 4TZ
Event Information
Sat 8th
Free
Booking required – Telephone Kirsten at CAPS on 0131 538 7177 or kirsten@capsadvocacy.org
11am – 2pm

North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh, EH4 4TZ