Welcome to the blog of Spike Dennis; an artist and sometime curator. Trained in London Spike has exhibited widely, from London to Los Angeles, and has delivered projects from Cardiff to Stockholm, for organisations including the Illustration Research network and Cardiff Design Festival amongst Others.
These are photographs from the Bodies exhibition currently on show at Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, London, which features my unicorn embroideries as you can see. The exhibition runs until the 13 June 2012.
My embroideries will also be on display for another two weeks as a part of Cultivate’s next exhibition so you’ve extra time to see this work in London.
These fabulous animated embroideries are the work of Aubrey Longley-Cook, an American artist based in Atlanta. I can’t quite get my head around the amount of time it would have taken to concieve this animated work but the effect is damn impressive. Based on Aubrey’s blog posts it would appear that his animation is constructed from 12 different embroidered pieces.
Last month I took part in an interview for Mr X-Stitch’s eMbroidery column which is a series of interviews with male embroiderers. Given the relatively short space of time in which I’ve been engaging with embroidery I was rather flattered to have been asked to take part.
And so if you would like to find out a little more about my embroidery, the influences behind it, and my inspiration, pop on over to read my interview with Mr X-Stitch here: www.mrxstitch.com.
My series of seven unicorn embroideries on black are currently on display as a part of the ‘Bodies’ exhibition at Cultivate on Vyner Street, London.
Opening night: Thursday 31st May, 18:00 – 21:00 Exhibition Continues: Friday 1st June – Wednesday 13th June 2012 Opening Hours: Cultivate is open from 11.30 – 18.00, Thursday to Sunday (and outside of these days by appointment) Location: Cultivate, corner of Vyner Street and Mowlem St, London, E2 9HE
Bodies is a two week show, opening on Thursday evening 31 May and running through until the 13 June, including June’s First Thursday and all that that late night opening involves in Vyner Street. So that’s two late openings, a private view and First Thursday and open through the bank holiday period.
Virginia Black Nearerdark
This is the latest large embroidery I’ve completed in my Unicorn-Porn series. It’s hand embroidered with white and silver cotton on a black cotton-linen mix fabric; it’s approximately equivalent to A3 paper in size. It took a good 60 hours to complete but I’m more than happy with the result.
As with the previous image in this series I have had it suspended in glass (without a backing) and had it finished with a white washed wooden frame.