John Slade


Hi John – how’s it going?
Pretty good today, setting up things for my first London show.

Could you imagine preparing for a big solo show and hurting your thumbs? That would suck if you were that artist. Oh yeah, you manage to cut both of them on broken glass.
It was a bit crap really, thumbs are needed for many intricate daily rituals, buttons, cutlery, and of course the zipper. Luckily I’m like Wolverine in as much as I can heal myself, just way slower than he does… A slow Wolverine.

So what’s your brand new show got in store for us?
Mostly images I made with my bloodied thumb stumps, but also drawings, printings, paintings, a shop sign, paper bag stock and some OSB board. All captured and considered from the world at large, an ‘industry of images and objects’, and reconstituted a new.

Just out of interest, why’s it called Hello? that’s correct, please wait outside?
I wanted to assemble a waiting room of images and objects.

Where can we see more of your work?
Someday a website will be done. Then the day after I’ll decide that having a digital archive of work somehow nullifies potential and highlights a blind belief in ‘progress’ and is a bad way to represent myself as an artist, and delete it. After which I’ll conclude that it’s necessary and work towards recreating it. Then the same thing will happen, ‘sunrise… sunset’, and so forth. So maybe just go to my blog where I sometimes put works. Also come to the show, it opens Friday 11th April, at Kingsgate Gallery in North West London, 6 – 9, I did a logo for a fried chicken van in exchange for a load of fancy beer.

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