Behind the scenes of UK’s Travelling Art Gallery with Street Artist My Dog Sighs

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When Portsmouth (UK) based street artist My Dog Sighs said he was working on  The Rusty Alexander , an old double-decker bus that’s being converted into a traveling art gallery by Sculptor Hayley Kendal (Rust Bucket Workshop)  – I had to hear more.

My Dog Sighs sent us some cool photos of him in action while telling us how the transformation is coming along.

“Rust Bucket Workshop is doing an amazing job with it. Internally it has an aging ship like quality with paint peeling floorboard walls and old iron monger setting the scene for a stunning collection of work curated by Rust Bucket.

I, alongside outsider artists Funns, and Kazland were asked to come paint the external part of the bus after she saw us painting together at last years UPFest paint festival. It’s nearing completion and ready for its inaugural outing at an arts festival in Blackpool in May. The line up of artists who will be showing is incredibly impressive. and well, it can’t fail to raise a smile wherever it goes!”

My Dog Sighs champions for the arts himself being the founder of Portsmouth’s Free Art Friday Project where artists leave original works on the street for the public to stumble upon, enjoy and claim. Since its inception hundreds of pieces have been given away.  “Art is so often tied to a need by the artist to ‘make a living’ and constrained by gallery and dealer issues. It focuses the artist on the act itself, giving complete artistic freedom as opposed to considering financial and commercial limits.”

I love the idea of a travelling curiosity closet…there’s this common misconception that art is difficult to understand or not easy consumed by the masses. Intimidating first experiences with art feed this perception. Yet here’s a novel and simple idea – converting an iconic piece of London into a space where art comes to the people, eliminating the intimidation some feel visiting  gallery or museums spaces. Something tells me the The Rusty Alexander will be the site of many stress free and rewarding affordable 1st art purchases that hopefully provide a gateway into future artistic adventures.

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*photos courtesy of MyDogSighs

ART BREAKDOWN: JENNY MORGAN’S HOW TO FIND A GHOST

What You Need to Know: Jenny Morgan is a New York based artist whose new solo show How To Find A Ghost explores the “invisible lives within and around us”.

The Skinny: Morgan wants you to see not only the physical part of her subjects but the spiritual. She’s exploring this further within the shows large scale paintings that allow for that eerie illusion at portraying both of those underlying entities. Captured in this stillness there seem like truth trying to scream out . It’s what makes them so unsettling, that she can both obscure and reveal the physical self and the spiritual merely by blurring their features. Those things occupying the same space at the same time in her paintings give the impression that neither Morgan nor her subjects have it all figured out in a morose, yet beautifully poetic way.

Jenny Morgan: How To Find A Ghost/ Driscoll Babcock Galleries/525 West 25th Street/New York, NY 10001 Show is open now until November 23, 2013

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Cosmic Giggle

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Oh My Love, What A Mirror Image We Are

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Great Divide

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Kings and Queens

*photos courtesy of Driscoll Babcock Gallery