Dia de los Muertos

This series originally titled 3rd Mexican killed (in reference to third trumpeter killed) was inspired by the news of a violent weekend of gang related slayings, where Mexico’s top musicians were slaughtered for having their ballads associated with rival gang members.

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A trumpet player was found dead with his hands and feet bound and a nylon bag over his head in southern Mexico, the third murder of a musician in Mexico in less than aweek.  Jose Luis Aquino, 33, played for 14 years with Los Conde, which was founded in Tututepec, Oaxaca, and later moved to the resort town of Puerto Escondido.
Aquino was found in southern Mexico, unlike two earlier victims discovered last weekend — Sergio Gomez, a singer with K-Paz de la Sierra, and singer Zayda Pena — who were found in a northern province of the country.
ProtectorsShameWEBValentin Elizalde was killed in November 2006, after his song To My Enemies became a drug lord’s anthem.  However the recent murders have targeted artists who sing mainly about love and loss, leading to fears in Mexico that mainstream singers will be at risk if their music becomes associated with rival gangs.

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Jonathan Martinez, 22, and Gustavo Alejandro, 35, from the local band La Excelencia were    murdered in a bar Vida Divina in the capitol of the Mexican state of Jalisco by four suspected gang members.
When their set drew to a close La Excelencia were angrily goaded into playing two more songs before the propertier of the bar called time at 4am. The crowd proved tough when one of the four suspects threw a grenade onto the stage, injuring one and causing a panic stricken audience to stampede towards the exit. As customers and the musicians ran for the door, the four men opened fire.

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I took inspiration from the style of Mexican ‘miracle’ or ‘votive’ paintings to depict these  contemporary scenes.  Mexican ‘votives’ (aka miracle paintings) are normally small paintings, created on roof tiles or small plaques that show a moment of miracle or humility where a person asks for help from a saint and is delivered from disaster or death.

These works alongside others will be on display at Mexicasa in Stratford, (377 High St, London, E15 4QZ) until December 22nd 2018.  (www.mexicasa.co.uk). Mexicasa is a big beautiful space located in the other side of Stratford, just below my studio.  They do authentic, well priced and delicious food and I must say their Margaritas are life affirming.  There will be a closing party Thursday December 20th, where art work will be available for purchase as well as a fine selection of prints, both framed and unframed. Come and join me.

 

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http://islingtontribune.com/article/artists-inside-story-of-prison-closure

Bod Jamen curated the Holloway show, which put a formidable group of people together.  The big cats were on display. A good 150 turned up on a Tuesday. The highlight for me was meeting the two front line folk that ran the Ringcross center. True to the bone of what caring and help in the community should be about. Delores, a lovely 3 decades in the trenches of social care ran the entries and had invited a group of young people from the local teen homeless center. I had the privileged of showing them around, talking art and hopefully allowing them to feel welcome.

Susan Merrick, a proper artist and front line fighter was there in full force.

Politics aside, a good night with a good heart.

I do need to learn to look less spooky and weird in front of the camera…

 

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Holloway

‘Holloway’ is an exhibition exploring the past, present and future significance of Holloway Women’s Prison, which for 150 years stood as a symbol both of acts of resistance by women and their continued marginalisation.
 
Join me and other artists and agitators Tuesday February 6th at the Ringcross Community Centre, Lough Road, N7 8RH 6-9pm for the PV.
Show runs until Feb 23rd.
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In the early 1900s, several Suffragettes were imprisoned at Holloway, and force-fed after they embarked on hunger strikes in protest of their treatment. In 1918, Constance Markievicz, a fighter in the Easter Rising of 1916, arrived at Holloway, and during her time incarcerated she won election to the Second Dáil in the elections of 1921. In 1955, Ruth Ellis was the last women in the United Kingdom to be executed. Only last year, in January 2016, Sarah Reed committed suicide in her cell, where she was kept waiting for nine weeks for a mental health evaluation.

Now, just three decades after the prison was rebuilt from scratch, the site is set to be completely repurposed and developed into housing. This exhibition seeks to ask questions of this transformation: What does it mean to turn a place of incarceration into a place of probable luxury? How can a new housing development go ahead, while remaining conscious of the history of the site?

This exhibition is an attempt to explore Holloway as the confluence of many issues: women’s rights, mental health, gentrification and the current upheaval of the prison system.

On Thursday 8th February Pilion will host a screening of J. Lee Thompson’s 1956 film ‘Yield to the Night,’ starring Diana Dors as Mary Hilton. The film presents Mary in the shadow of her execution, as she retells a chain of events that drove her to murder. The film bears a striking resemblance to the case of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed at Holloway in 1955.

The exhibition will run until Friday 23rd February.

Artists and Contributors:
Kate Kelly
Jess Zaydner
Charlotte W. Stubbs http://www.cwstubbs.com
Victoria Suvoroff
Susan Merrick
Paul Talling
Sisters Uncut
Kingombe Onyangunga

Special K and Sinister C, Flaxton Ptooch Opening Night June 1 2017.

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have you seen her?  Well, no, not the golden center of an MRI scan of a rocknroller buddhists brain, but the artist known as  K Griffin https://www.katherinegriffinart.com/

Katherin Griffin I’m talking. The work Katherine creates is a little bit beautiful and magical and a much needed fantastical escape for the senses. I could say with a smattering of dark undertones that ground us in the day to day sublime of existence but then that would sound like some kind of artsy word salad, and I will be having none of that. thanks.

Check out https://www.instagram.com/katherinegriffinart/

In just over a week, Kaz and I will be joining forces and bringing our world of colour and beautiful ideologies the  to Flaxton Ptooch gallery in NWS.

PV June 1st from 7pm, show runs until July 3rd.  NW5 2JT

But more than skulls and cats w be.

Cats and skulls are fine fodder for the internet, but also on display will be the recent politically inspired posters to put in your front room bed-sit.

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Like the above mentioned  cunt waffle for example.

Many of these posters (a bakers dozen)  now seem tragically out of date, made a mere less than hundred days ago.  Now I am nearly looking back fondly on the fact that the worst thing POTUSatire had done was gone on about casually raping women, seems like the good ole days now that billions have been secured to the Saudi Arabian military lets kill everyone party exchange.  Oh happy days.

Or John Peters, one of the first pilots to be paraded on Iraqi TV as a POW…

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So, get your big boots and your dancing shoes on. Join the Special K and I-Sinister C, for an opening night to support the arts, let down your hair, raise a glass to the little people.

Much love.

CW

(That’s country and western if you don’t know my name)

Don’t fall in, come on out.

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Hello good people.

Well, the time has finally come to let the cats out of the bag.
I would love to take this opportunity to invite you to come and enjoy some new work including; giant cats, skulls and MRI brain scans at the launch night of my new show at Flaxton Ptootch Gallery in Kentish Town from 7pm on Thursday June 1st
The show runs until July 3rd, so if you can’t make it down on the first night, then you’ve got all month to have a look at your leisure.
I am showing alongside the artist Katherine Griffin, a Slade alumni whose work appears like some beautiful, velvety dreams in oil on canvas. Original works will be for sale alongside limited edition prints. There will be food and music and lots of previously unseen pieces. It will be a fun night full of colour and cocktails.
Say “Sinister Pussy” sent you at the door for free entry….be great to see you there. x x x
237 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2JT London. 
The PV starts at 7pm.
Closest tube is Kentish Town.
(turn left out of station and walk down approx 200m and FP is on your right)

 Charlotte is the fourth generation of committed self taught female painters in her family and has been honing her skills since her teens.  

 CW Stubbs  enjoys bringing beauty to subjects that are often disturbing or uncomfortable. Using vibrant colour to seduce the viewer and often stark        uncompromising imagery, she challenges our perception of the narrative truth from multi media sources. www.cwstubbs.com

More than Cats & Skulls…. Two bold and colorful painters will be showing at the Ptootch this June. Katherine’s detailed acrylics and gilded prints explore and celebrate life through psychodelic landscapes, whilst Charlotte’s work is often inspired by the global political one. Mixed media canvasses prints and collages pay homage to the forest, to Mexicana and the women of the cartel killings, protestors in all their rage, and the delicacies of the human mind and body. CEW Stubbs label Sinister Pussy paintings and textiles can be found here: www.cwstubbs.com Katherines work here:https://www.katherinegriffinart.com/