hey, you guys
hope you’re good / hope you’re well
it’s been a while, and some things have happened. i guess we can call these things ‘news’. shall we call these things ‘news’? i don’t know.
last April i was commissioned by
Wetherspoons to make a BIG collage (1.2m x 1.2m) about the history of Blackpool (sorry for the egregious link to the Wetherspoons Wikipedia page, btw). later on, i was asked to make another piece (the same size) by a mysterious, anonymous client. i have no idea where it ended up, but i like to think at an old people’s home, somewhere up north, maybe. anyway, here’s a quite bad iPhone photo of it ~ i’m now ‘represented’ by two galleries in the UK ~
Brickwork in London and Dynamite in Brighton. my first solo show is due in April at Dynamite; more details to follow, mmmmmmmyep 7 of my collages appeared in
Empty Mirror, on the internet. i feel good about this bc Empty Mirror like the beat writers and their head lady Denise seems like a lovely head lady
my print store is now properly up and running, so far i’ve mailed prints all over the US and UK, a couple to France and one to Poland (thanks, Wojtek) my short story Apples was shortlisted for the Bridport prize + my poetry pamphlet
Edibles was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement + a poem, maybe the last one i’ll ever write IDK, showed up in Crispin Best‘s For Every Year
and THAT WAS THE ‘NEWS’!! SOME THINGS HAVE HAPPENED!!
ummmm, yep. ALSO, below are three new-ish collages (one of them has a bit from a novel i’m working on as a title) ~ hope you like them! HOPE YOU’RE GOOD! / HOPE YOU’RE WELL!
lots of love, from Ben x x x x x x x x hello x x x x x x x x x
always on my mind #4
Posted in Art, Collage, Fiction, Food, Literature, Published, Religion, The Past, Writing Tagged Adverts, Cigarettes, Fashion, TLS, Wetherspoons
after 2 years of posting my own ‘things’ on Hello, Fig i’d like to open the blog up to submissions!
i’m looking for collages, paintings, photos, GIFs, multi-media work or any other visual stuff you’ve made yourself
all selected works will also be posted on my facebook, tumblr and twitter accounts, so will potentially be shared with almost 8000 people
i’m hoping to build a really strong collection of contemporary art and need your help! if ur interested, please send a maximum of 3 JPEGS to firstname.lastname@example.org
LOVE! and happy 2015, Ben
Posted in Art, Collaboration, Collage, Fashion, Illustration, Internet, Painting, People, Photography, Published, Work Tagged 2015, Open Call, Submissions
i recently had some collages appear in a zine to accompany a
new show in Brooklyn NY, called ‘The New Portrait’
my collages were the one above +
this one, this one and this one. there is also a funny / cool portrait of me by A.E Kieren 😀
Mathea Millman for liking my sh*t hehe
you can buy the zine
here if you like, it has some truly amazing things inside it
Posted in Advertising, America, Art, Books, Collaboration, Collage, Fashion, Illustration, New York, Products, Published Tagged A.E Kieren, Mathea Millman, The New Portrait
i am in London Town this coming Saturday (Sept 6th) eating large, celebratory mouthfuls of lemon meringue pie + reading POEMS to launch my pamphlet
if you either live in London or fancy a pan-continental trek to say ‘HI!’ the launch is at
The Rugby Tavern, from 7pm GMT
there will be artisanal cocktails (not really) / nibbles (quite possibly) / actual human beings (me + at least one other)
Posted in Advertising, Art, Books, Collage, Fashion, Poetry, Products, Published, Social Tagged 'Thank you this is hard', Edibles, Eyewear Publishing, Launch!, Poetry Readings Can be Serious Fun Yo
i am on twitter now
my ‘handle’ is @likefigs because ‘hellofig’ was already taken hehe
please follow, if you like!
i’ll probably be posting weird little ‘poems’ / new collages / stuff about animals
happy monday / tuesday / wednesday / thursday etc etc etc 😀 😀 😀
Posted in "Society", Advertising, Art, Collage, Fashion, Happy-Sad, Interludes, Internet, Poetry, Products, Published Tagged likefigs, Should I 'Do Twitter' Yes or No, Weird Twitter, Yes I am Very Late to This 'Party'
here are a few small poems from my new chapbook / pamphlet
~ ~ ~ Edibles
this book represents 5 years’ worth of work, condensed into 33 pages
feels like it may be the ‘best’ thing i’ve done so far, in terms of writing idk 😉
if you like, you can buy
Edibles directly from Eyewear Publishing, it is £5 / $8.54
(or if you’d like a signed copy for the same price, please email me here ~ email@example.com)
promoting myself seems hard! thank you for reading
— Ben 😀
Posted in Advertising, Animals, Art, Books, Food, Interludes, Minimalist, Poetry, Published, Writing Tagged Ben Stainton, Dogs / Slugs, Doo-wop, New York City, Self-Promotion
Some of the collages on Hello, Fig (including the one above) are now for sale, here
All buyers will also receive a handwritten ‘short poem’ (like
this) on the subject of your choice, plus a free copy of my ‘experimental pamphlet’, The Backlists (these are optional extras!)
Shipping is free to buyers in the UK atm; I may also make international shipping free.
Please feel free to
browse, and buy, if you like!!
Posted in Advertising, Art, Collage, Design, Internet, Money, Poetry, Products, Published, Work Tagged Maybe Something for yr Living Space idk, Online Shopping, Self-Promotion is Always Awkward, The Home Guard
5 of my collages have recently appeared
here, here, here, here and here, in LA-based online / print experimental Lit-Mag The Newer York
a couple of macros on steve roggenbuck’s live my lief blog, and a handful of lovely reblogs from my wordpress pals, this is the first time my visual work has appeared anywhere other than here
The Newer York was recently named one of Dazed Digital’s
‘essential online lit-magazines’
the work they publish is weird and strong and brave so i’m really happy to have been welcomed ‘onboard’
the rest of their stuff YES-YES!!!
Posted in Alt-Lit, America, Art, Collaboration, Collage, Internet, Poetry, Published Tagged Architecture, Breakfast, Environmental, In the Big Rock Candy Mountain, Room With a View, The Newer York
Seven of the ‘short’ poems i used to post on Hello, Fig have been published by the super-generous SJ Fowler at 3am Magazine. One of the poems is about this Fish >
Posted in Art, Books, Happy-Sad, Poetry, Published, Work Tagged Charles Darwin, Fish, Jimmy Carter, John Keats, Shakespeare, SJ Fowler, Tchaikovsky, Truman Capote
Four of my poems were recently published in this handsome dark yellow anthology, edited by Nathan Hamilton
I like a lot of the poems in this anthology
I like the poems by Sam Riviere, Marianne Morris and SJ Fowler
I particularly like Kate Kilalea’s Hennecker’s Ditch
Bringing together 60 young(ish) poets in one book seems like an important undertaking
One of my poems in the book is about Ronald Reagan
It is called ‘Reagan’
Dear World and Everyone In It is also available here and is reviewed here and here
Posted in Advertising, Books, England, Internet, Poetry, Published Tagged Bloodaxe Books, John Ashbery, Marianne Morris, Nathan Hamilton, New Poetry in the UK, Ronald Reagan, Sam Riviere, SJ Fowler
A “proper” poem of mine appears at Poems in Which
edited by Amy Key and Nia Davies
This issue includes work by Jon Stone, Peter Daniels,
Tim Wells, Mark Burnhope AND MANY MORE
Posted in Books, Food, Love, Poetry, Published Tagged Amy Key, Ariana Reines, Jon Stone, Mark Burnhope, Nia Davies, Peter Daniels, Poems in Which, Proper Poem, Tim Wells, Venice
A review of my ‘experimental’ pamphlet of poems,
appeared the other day in Blackbox Manifold
a very fine ‘e-zine’, if that’s the right word.
It’s academically formidable and I’m really proud to be involved.
Other writers in this issue include Carrie Etter, Roy Fisher and Kate Kilalea.
A couple of choice cuts from the review >
“a finely comic invitation to voyage across language surfaces and global experience”
“there is so much driving along here: this is just such juicy work…”
The Backlists is also available here.
Posted in Books, Personal, Poetry, Published, The Backlists, The Knives Forks and Spoons Press Tagged Adam Piette, Blackbox Manifold, Carrie Etter, Kate Kilalea, Review, Roy Fisher, Self-Publicity