Designers and artists will be present to exhibit and sell their work to the public in a vibrant club atmosphere with exciting music and drinks. The talented designers and artists as follow will amaze you: Dee Izmail, Lis Cate, Mali,Rolf Gnewuch, Genevieve Tester, Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick, Graham Tunnadine, Hercules Fisherman who will be exhibiting some of his paintings featured at Sky Art Landscape artist of the year 2017 and will live sumi portrait painting at the club.
Please register for attendance as space is limited
Hercules is also painter of UK and European Royals, he has painted live
This group is set up to help the homeless from the Grenfell Tower fire, we are calling upon artists to donate works for the auction; for now, you could pledge a work and register your interests in helping. The plan is to have an art auction with the proceeds to go to the Homeless from the Grenfell Tower fire.
We will be discussing plans for the auction, which we would like to hold as soon as possible – so getting galleries and auction houses interested would be good.
Do please make suggestions and how you could help either as a volunteer or donating works for the auction or both. It is likely that we would work through one of the charities heavily involved already.
so far the list of contributing artist that have pledged works, listed works or already have sent works as follows
Gilbert and George
Stay tuned for more details
Bowie ‘Gold Flash Aladdin’ life mask sculpture by Mark Wardel 2017
hand signed and dated on interior
(complete with certificate of authenticity)
medium, acrylic and spray paint on plaster cast
dimensions, 216 x 125 x 74 millimetres
reserve price £500
specially created for the Grenfell Tower charity Art Auction.
at the penthouse view overlooking London most iconic landmarks such as Canary Wharf and London 02
Workshop for Chinese calligraphy
And Sumi Cityscape painting
Tutored by native Chinese artist and calligrapher Sun Yi
& Hercules Fisherman professional painter and artist that has worked in the far east, Japan, China, Vietnam, and Thailand learning Traditional Sumi painting and techniques.
This first class is free, donations welcome
Paper and drawing material brushes available or bring your own
Class will run from 1-5 pm
the place has stunning views over the Thames river and overlooking the London cityscape, photographers are also welcome.
Hercules will be exhibiting his work and will be painting live by appointment — in his distinct and special pop-up atelier style drawing traditional Sumi Painting — using his much-loved Ironing Board support which he has chosen and pioneered as an ideal adjustable worktop surface on which to create artwork. This will be booked by appointment in Square Gallery London.
Hercules will also be doing popup live paintings across the festival at different indoor and outdoor venues.
Hercules Fisherman is a multimedia visual artist, exhibition and event originator and presenter, publisher and technologist. All-around and adventurous creator and entrepreneur.
Upon entering the White Cube, visitors are filed into the show, where security hands them a warning letter; a disclaimer that they enter at their own risk. It is a gateway to another dimension; everything is in a solid state — even the air, the void is thick with lead. Anselm Kiefer’s prophetic vision of the cataclysmic future, the Trumpian mentality triumphing over reason, with its futile exertion to accumulate stockpiles of golden nuggets; in this place, such concepts becomes meaningless as is life and death or good and evil.
a warning letter; a disclaimer that they enter at their own risk. It is a gateway to another dimension;
In some nooks and crannies, the gold may shine, interspersed amongst debris leftovers from the apocalypse. There is no one to value it or mine it for any purpose. The family is in a room, with the couples on the “Kingsize bed” congealed into a big molten blob, their soul frozen in mid-flight, there is no heaven to escape to, the angels’ wings are feeble. Their children and pets turned into cute little boulders. Here, is devoid of time-dimension, all eerily stand still.
the couples on the “Kingsize bed” congealed into a big molten blob, their soul frozen in mid-flight there is no heaven
In the archival vault, a dense atmosphere is entombed. The total sum of knowledge, science, history, and art; pulverised to smithereens.
Maybe noticeable is the protruding barrel of a machine gun made from some exotic material spared destruction; it stands out looking shiny and new. An ineffectual instrument of death, that has lost its purpose, with no one left to operate it, kill or train upon. Its archivist aptly labelled it “Nothing”, so thus only a whimsical relic.
The crafty serpent (The Devil) – is no more In this universe
Here, the “Garden of Eden” has been turned on its head, the “Apple Tree” phosphorised to ashen white, with all its branches dry, no fruits or leaves, barren to its roots. The crafty serpent, (The Devil), is no more. In this universe, there is no place for playful Biblical interactions. The dark angel drained of all its cunningness turned into a rusty mush suspended in a state of eternal boxed nothingness.
World-class art framer and fabricator Mark Darbyshire and product designer Steve Cooke ended up in discussion and working with each other towards quality-improvement and problem-solving to technology for artwork authentication, provenance history and property protection.
That’s what led to Tagsmart coming about.
Tagsmart for artwork authentication, provenance history and property protection.
Then, came the addition to this venture of CEO Lawrence Merritt (former PhotoBox, Yahoo!, etc) and support from a dedicated board, so Darbyshire-Cooke branched out and grew, involving leaders from the worlds of security, art conservation, software and materials science.
Tagsmart at London Art Fair 17
Before too much later, the Tagsmart equation got entered by none other than Hercules Fisherman. For those unfamiliar, Hercules Fisherman is a veteran (but never “established” or “formula” — always progressing and innovatory!) independent renaissance polymath of many parts. Multimedia visual artist, exhibition and event originator and presenter, publisher and technologist. All-around and adventurous creator and entrepreneur. While also advisor and consultant in these and other fields. As well as being active and diversifying, Fisherman’s track record has been and still is well covered and documented. Yet another facet is being Tagsmart official brand ambassador.
After promotion, launch event appearances and much positive exposure at London Art Fair in Islington’s Business Design Centre — as one of the sponsors of the art fair attended by over 20,000 visitors — Tagsmart’s next manifestation is during the Chinese New Year of 2017,
The map of China has been said to resemble a chicken. We are about to enter the Year of the Rooster.
Chinese Open this time is named Le Coq, 2017 (Year Of The Rooster), with over 100 artists invited from various practices in art, painting, sculpture, performance and music installations. And curated by Montague Armstrong, in association with The Geoff Leong Foundation, taking place Q-Park, Whitcomb Street, in Central London’s Chinatown District.
With the opening private view this Sunday and a closing party next Sunday, It is open daily from Jan 29th Till 5th of Feb.
Hercules will be live painting — in his distinct and special pop-up atelier style drawing traditional Sumi Painting — using his much-loved Ironing Board support — which he has chosen and pioneered as an ideal adjustable worktop surface on which to create artwork.
Each portraiture made shall have a Rooster-themed 3D Scan — and will be 3d printed on site with scanner and printer courtesy of and sponsored by
3DScanbot — who have already 3d scanned more than 5,000 figures and portraits at many local and international events.
There will be a feedback terminal supplied by DrVoxx a startup originated in Australia who has been collecting voice of customers at public places and international destinations for a few of years. One such location at Brisbane Airports where DrVoxx system gathers and gauge customer satisfactions in real-time with actionable insights on the data collected, it is a first time being applied for collecting visitors feedback in an exhibition context.
Roosters are persuasive, wile and vigilant. Strutting and crowing, they wake up the world.
Installation/light/sound/art/movement/robots/roosters and anti-roosters. Science, construction, art and creation taking place in the deepest floors of an undercity car park beneath Leicester Square.
Roosters are energetic and loud, calling the world to attention. What have we missed? Are we still asleep, dreaming the planet into another dimension?
The 4th Chinese Open is a multimedia arts event which takes place on two levels of this modern multi-storey underground car park
Established by Vanya Balogh and supported by arts patron Geoffrey Leong, it will feature over 100 international creatives and new works in all media including performative live acts and site-specific video and sound installations.
This year’s event is curated by artists Montague Armstrong.
Opening party will take place on Sunday from 12 until 6 pm. Soho will be closed to traffic and we highly recommend a brisk walk from Chinatown to view this exquisite show presented in a unique setting.
Blog post article
by Douglas Park, U.K based and internationally active visual artist, author of literary prose and critical essays, also exhibition curator, as well as all practices combined firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Chinese open contact Geoffleongpr@gmail.com
CHINESE OPEN 2017
Year of the Rooster
LE COQ ARTISTES
Over a hundred underground artists.
Q PARK, 39-41 Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DT
Exhibition Levels 1 & 2
Private View Sunday 29 January 12 noon until 6pm
Exhibition runs 29 Jan – 5 Feb
Closing party Sun 5 Feb 2pm-6pm
sponsored by Tagsmart, DrVoxx, Artlyst, QPark, ResonanceFM and 3DScanbot
It started to get out of hand with so much to say on my trip to the Far East, with all the anecdotes to tell, I had to leave a lot out in order to make it digestible. It is now broken up into sections to make it an easier read.
I dragged myself back to London from a roller coaster expedition to the Far East where I was consulting on a 3d printing business that was aiming to expand in the Asiana region by planning offices in Korea, Thailand and Japan. As usual, I do my push to get as many invites to attend Tech and Art events and the after parties for networking and most important to meeting people.
Visiting the oracle at a temple in Tokyo, reading my fortune
Japan has the biggest private cash reserve in the world: $1.3 Tril. locked up by corporates safes is enough to increase the global GDP by about 3% in one go
A typical night out having a toast with top Japanese business man, including PA’s and my friend an FT editor on assignment with Nikkei in Tokyo joined us at
a top restaurants in Ginza
As a self-respecting CPO*, I get my hand dirty by visiting all the parties, night clubs and karaoke bars, and stay up all hours for the cause. I did improve my karaoke skills a few nudges while in Tokyo.
there were occasional casualties along the way, possibly induced by intoxicating substance abuse
I enjoyed two very contrasting cultures: Thailand, laid-back and idyllic, and Japan, fast paced and manic. In this process of having fun and networking, there were occasional casualties along the way, possibly induced by intoxicating substance abuse, thankfully in my case, it was only limited to a legal high, but I can’t vouch for others around me with the antics that went on. One of the key players ended up sectioned in a psychiatric ward.
Hercules Fisherman representing London from A selection of portraits taken at The Big Smoke mass portraiture event at Vout O’Reenee’s in London 2016.
More details here: http://olipix.com/the-big-smoke-event/
taxi ride sets you back 50 bucks. I did manage to burn a few wallets while in Tokyo.
Both countries are yearning to catch up with the global startup culture as best as they can.Thailand is naturally hungry for progress and recognises the massive potential that awaits them. After all, no one wants to miss the global digital revolution that is unfolding fast.
A night out with a group of DJ’s at a music club in Tokyo suburbs
Thailand is an affordable place to setup base, with a low cost of living compared to Japan where a short taxi ride sets you back 50 bucks. I did manage to burn a few wallets while in Tokyo.
At MLOVE stand where I was exhibiting at Mobile World Congress -4YFN
Like everywhere in the world, the investors usually are very cautious, which translates to mostly only being ready to invest in real estate. But to succeed in this age, investment in tech startups is a must, or you are roast. In Japan, the conservative approach to investment and the gender inequality is detrimental to innovation progress, and government strategists are busy trying to find ways to address that.
The track there turned out like
a Pokemon-go hunt, even though it was a few months before Pokemon-go release
Working at Mozilla Japan, tinkering with CHIRIMEN an opensource hardware and development platform for web interfaced IoT devices —————————————————————————————
For every city that I set foot in, I make it my priority to visit the nearest hackspaces I can find. For those of you who wonder what it is. A Hackspace is “where people share their interest in tinkering with technology, meet and work on their projects, and learn from each other.”
the Shin Star Gallery – Ginza- Tokyo looking through the window with works by Darren Coffield on display
I see these places as the barometer for innovation and tech in the society. For example, London, boasts having the biggest hackspace in the world with 1000+ members. With that in mind, and knowing that Tokyo’s population is nearly twice that of the UK’s capital, my expectation ran high and maybe was a little premature. Excitedly, I sought out the first available “Tokyo Hackspace” meetup. The track there turned out like a Pokemon-go hunt, even though it was a few months before Pokemon-go released and I was yet to know what it was nor had the pleasure of playing.
It is the Fengshui black art of “where to park your butt” that symbolises importance and enforces hierarchy in Japanese culture.
So to get to the legendary “Tokyo Hackspace”! I had to change trains three times the location was deep in the suburbs and needed lots of crisscrossing of the back streets to get there. I arrived outside a nondescript rather large lockup garage with the shutters down and it was all dark inside. By then, I was late by at least 15 min. I was starting to pull my hair out, and worrying if I had entered the postcode on my phone. I noticed another lost soul. Like me, he was about to turn back; we decided to wait for a little longer while talking and trying to contact the organisers.
Visitors to my show at the Shin Star Gallery – Ginza – Tokyo
Finally, the organiser messaged us back apologising and explaining he was delayed due to a mechanical reason, and that another person was on their way too. Eventually, the meeting started about an hour and a half late. It turned out to be a Gaijin fest, of a sort. A gang of four Gaijins (‘non-Japanese’ in Japanese) getting together and having a few drinks. It was a pleasure to meet them and make new friends, but soon we had to rush to get the last train back. Strangely, the tubes and trains in Tokyo stop by midnight. I didn’t want to splash the equivalent of the cost of a one-way flight home just to get to my apartment.
Startups is not looked at favourably, not seen as having a proper job, and not going to win brownies point with the in-laws of the one you may want to propose a hand in marriage.
Traditional wedding ceremony at a Shinto Shrine
Like all hackspaces, it had an honesty box for the drinks, theirs was a smart one in which you could even donate Bitcoins. I learnt it was concieved by the organiser of the meetup, who is very bright, it is so cool.
Japan is highest male-dominated culture in the developed world. The traditional protocols and ceremonies are still central to daily life. Corporate bosses employ “Sitting Planners”; an expert who oversees the seating arrangements wherever you go, not only at the boardroom and meetings but also when out for business lunches and at bars. Heck, even which room is assigned at the hotel on business trips and next to which secretary. It is the Fengshui black art of “where to park your butt” that symbolises importance and enforces hierarchy in Japanese culture.
For every city I set foot in,
I make it my priority to visit
the nearest hackspace
for innovation and tech …
Corporates by nature are intrinsically conservative and more so there everyone reveling in traditions and ceremonies. You will also find out that working in the Startups is not looked at favourably, not seen as having a proper job, and not going to win brownies point with the in-laws of the one you may want to propose a hand in marriage.
Jacko at his exhibition with scenes from Fukushima disaster ———————————————————————————————
It is clear that Japan is a few years behind the UK; their Startups ecosystem still developing and has some catching up to do. There are European and US startup incubator firms already on the ground, and those who are see this as a golden opportunity.
Brexit discount effect, which has seen GBP nose dive to its 30 year low, thereby making investment cost 10% to 15% less
In Japan, as an advanced technological hub, you would think that there would be plenty of cash available to throw at startups. After all it has the biggest private cash reserve in the world: $1.3 Tril. The cash locked up in corporates safes is enough to increase the global GDP by about 3% in one go. To invigorate investment, the government has imposed negative interest rates, but the hoard is so high that it does not seem to make much of a dent, and it has continued to grow year-on-year regardless.
Street performance measuring the cost of a Taxi ride around Roppongi ——————————————————————————————
The good news for the UK meanwhile is that we have seen a rush of inbound investment all of a sudden: foreign firms taking advantage of the Brexit discount effect, which has seen GBP nose dive to its 30 year low, thereby making investment cost 10% to 15% less than just a few weeks ago. That is plausibly why Japan’s SoftBank was in such a hurry to buy the Semiconductor Arm for $32 bn. Never in a million years would financial advisor “experts” (me included) have been able to pull off the $5bn reduction they got from Brexit. Lets face it, it is so unfair on the Brexit leaders, they are getting undue flak instead of a pat in the back. Companies like SoftBank are the happy beneficiaries from the mammoth stunt that was pull off, and yes maybe the leaders had to tell a few white lies, like the plan to give the £350m savings from leaving the EU to the NHS.
Who cares so long as it worked for some. The key leaders such as Farage and Johnson should be applauded, packed for a luxury retirement vacation they deserve. After all we are talking billions no chicken feeds. Our wonderful British taxpayers, so congenial and conscientious, always ready to pick up the tab.
boy it is going to be another long night ———————————————————————————————
With Yoko Kosins at Garter Gallery,Tokyo Japan ———————————————————————————————
I am offering freebies; there will be more rewards listed at the end please regularly check for updates, like and share certainly a great help, I will love you to bits for as it will promote the project “Herx Chronicle”. The plan is for a crowdfunding drive to publish a set of limited edition prints, a Pictorial Chronicle of photographs of the journey, which took place in various cities and locations from Europe to Asia. This trip started in London from the Groucho Club, then all the way to Uffizi in Florence. Followed by MWC in Barcelona, to my old art school friends’ gallery in Kirk Strasse Amsterdam, before setting off all the way Bangkok across to the Laguna in Phuket and before ending at Roppongi Karaoke bars in Tokyo. It is a jam-packed story with photographs, films and drawings few of which previously shared with my friends on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter only.
I have started a drive to fundraise for the next Chronicle
There are few ways you can help to make it easier
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See me in action at the Art Car Boot Fair as on ITV
Joined the Art Car Boot Fair which proved to be another memorable day again after our earlier appearance at the Brick Lane edition in the spring. Art Car Boot Fair is a unique experience; It is much in Joshua Compston tradition of “A Fete Worth Than Death”. Away from the stuffy showrooms environment. Intent to bring the arts out into the open and one mixed with lots of fun for the family.
Paul Sakoilsky and Herx were there making high speed life portraits, punting some kunst-clown prints, including Manko by Herx one in the series of his hugely popular prints which sold in record numbers at the Stash Gallery this month.
Below you can see my beautiful muse Manko making me a surprise visit
@CarArtBootFair – Margate
Art Car Boot Fair is a unique experience; It is much in Joshua Compston tradition of “A Fete Worth Than Death”. Away from the stuffy showrooms environment.
There was Paul’s ‘Kunst Clown: Tied to the Mast’ lecture-performance at this Sunday’s Art Car Boot Fair Margate! Kunsty delivered a short lecture on Turner and his Mast, whilst being pied by the audience.