In August, we had the pleasure of being in the presence of talented individuals in a secret warehouse location courtesy of the folk at Supremebeing. Real artists are not confined to a ‘canvas’ in the literal sense. Creative freedom and interaction with other inspiring individuals is what the white canvas project is all about. A dozen artists, 3 days and lots of paint. Have a gander at the photo story after the cut
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“The WCP is our forum to experiment with the surroundings and environment as a ready-made and often ignored canvas. We are putting on events and paint jams around the globe with artists and like minds, then releasing limited edition runs of prints on our favourite canvas; the humble white tee shirt. T-Shirts and prints will feature artwork created for or inspired by each event”
As I rode the express train from London to our secret location, the dramatic change in scenery was the first indication that this would not be the typical live art installation I was all to familiar with in London & NYC. Speeding past the metropolitan concrete jungle I had been accustomed to the picturesque rural countryside, tractors, cottages and even a few gondolas. The white canvas project is about bringing together in one place everything Supremebeing is involved in when it comes to art and the surrounding culture (without any distraction).
When I arrived at the disused boat yard turned artist’s playground, Little Dragon was pumping through the sound system with the some artists engaged in conversation seated in paint splattered arm chairs and others equally engaged in their work. Before I had a chance to completely take in my surroundings, we were jumping into the Supremebeing mini-van. “To where” I asked, “To paint a fence…where else”
The artists had generously volunteered to adorned the fence of the local Earamus Charity building with their unique street art. The artists attacked the dull fence armed with multi coloured spray cans, just as they were getting stuck in the british weather decided to be bi-polar and we took shelter in the charity warehouse. The collection of vintage cameras & antique books kept the team occupied whilst we waited for the sun to return. One of the (very lucky) guys from Threads TV managed to get his hands on a collectors edition Dallmeyer Supersix (Ill wait while you open up a new tab).
Upon our return to the warehouse, I had the opportunity to speak to the individuals involved in the project about their inspirations & backgrounds. I was in awe of their ability to paint, draw and spray in an almost trance like state, break their concentration to interact with the others around and then effortlessly jump back into ‘the zone’.
The location provided the perfect opportunity for ‘undisturbed creativity’, surrounded by nature, wildlife and the occasional pinniped (nope, I’m not joking). Supremebeing has always had close ties to street art providing them with constant inspiration for t-shirt and graphic designs. Here are my 3 favourites from WCP T-Shirt range
I need to convince the Supremebeing team to burn me a copy of their playlist, the ambience was nang. Sitting in an abandoned warehouse in a deserted secret location surrounded by inspiring artists listening to a ‘eargasm’ inducing playlist ocassionally interrupted by the sound of thunder. The only downside to the beautiful countryside for a technology slave like myself was the lack of stable 3G *sigh*. Check out the full photo story.
True creativity is not comfortable with comfort. It needs adventure. It must explore, stretch, be restricted, anything…anything but stagnate