Kristian Bell & Mark Christopher at Gallery 40
I went along to Gallery 40 last night to check out Dial Up’s exhibition, featuring Mark Christopher, Ewan McCafferty Watson, Alexander Middleton and Samuel Gull. It was a beautiful evening in the laines, and to supplement the exhibition the guys had put on an acoustic night, as well as providing a generous supply of beer.
You can check out all of the artists there, at Gallery 40, until the 24th, but failing that they’re all online. Sam’s colourful, surreal work also features on the Wytches’ tshirts and album cover, and you can wear Mark’s freakish illustrations too, by heading to his wicked clothing company, Hoodbats. I wasn’t familiar with Ewan’s work until last night, but his detailed, dark pencil drawings are beautiful, and a sheer feat of persistence. Alexander’s art is pretty varied, my favourite stuff of his was definitely his disturbing toothpick and ink drawings, but he also does amazing trippy canvases, (and his photos are excellent).
I only caught the tale end of the first set by Ewan - resplendent in velvet and enormous hat – but after him was Otis Elliott, who played three tracks of subtle, delicate sad-folk, and for whom the gallery setting was ideal. Following was Broadbay’s James Willet, who translated his band’s tracks onto acoustic, very catchy stripped back in their simplicity. Finally Mark and Kristian from the Wytches took to the floor, and played a short, amusing set (looking comically alike), complimented with whistling from the audience, and culminating with a cover of Honey Pie.
I’d recommend checking out all of the above, buy their stuff, go to their shows, it’ll be worth it.
I read that you preferred listening to music without many vocals when drawing so I was just wondering if you like Carlton Melton?
I’ve never listened but I’ll check it out.
Are you going to have another exhibition anytime soon? I really wanted to go to dial up but I was away.
I’m really not sure. I’d personally love to but a few of my friends are moving away, so I’m not sure if it’s plausible.
Dial up exhibition in Brighton. If your around come down
At Gallery 40. Come down now if you’re in Brighton.
Opening night was bustling.
Reminder. Those who live in Brighton, come down to gallery 40 at 6pm for the exhibition.
I wonder how many more people will name their cats after something satanic…
From now onwards Hoodbats will be closed until the 24th of August for the Brighton Exhibition. You can still purchase from the store but your order will not be sent until the end of August.