Reported by Sichi
Sunday saw a glorious huddle of artists painting and spraying at 93 Feet East in London. As temperatures dropped, spirits were lifted by an assortment of artists from around the world. They and the crowd of onlookers (some confused as to what was going on) were in attendance at the latest Matsuri-UK [http://www.matsuri-uk.com] event, Defected in the House.
Blank canvases were soon turned into a fine collection of imaginative and inspired artworks. Scribbling away, between cups of tea and hand rubbing, were a great selection of artists. VA regulars will probably want to know what the names from the vinyl scene were up to; Jon Burgerman was ill, Pete Fowler couldn’t make it, and TADO were held up in traffic for about four hours and arrived after it had gotten dark. However, M&K did partake in a quick doodle for Matt Jones’ ongoing temporary art project and your roving VA reporter managed to wangle a couple of sketches from them.
Also with brush in hand was Matt ‘Lunartik’ Jones, battled his way through the chill and failing light conditions, working on a custom 8″ Qee Skullhead (with additional head attachments). Tortoy [http://www.tortoy.com] made good work, as did Pure Evil, JAKe, Adam Neate [http://www.adamneate.co.uk] and a host more talent with an appealing variety of styles.
One to watch out for is Robin Grasby, who has a distinctive style of bold line art and solid colour, with a dark humourous touch to the subject matter – his two canvases looked great (unfortunately my camera refused to cooperate and I missed the chance to photograph his work).
Inside was a chance to warm up and enjoy the solid workings of an eclectic mix of tunes by various DJs.
Highlight of the show for me was the twisted and tangled collection of smiley faces by Jellymon [http://www.jellymon.com]. Lin Lin and Sam worked like troopers until well after the sun had set to finish their piece – and the result was superb.
The organisation of the event was really good, Matsuri-UK have a great team of staff and I was happy to hear that they are planning more of the same in the near future.
In celebration of Jellymon finishing, our gang headed off for food and then on for drink to warm our cockles and toast our success. We passed around the doodle book, gossip was swapped, pledges were made and we never made it to the Melt Banana gig (blame the Playloungers).