3 new collages + news (hi)

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.

  1. 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 ~walney 2
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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)
  5. 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

 

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holy smoke

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always on my mind #4

Hello, Fig Submissions Now Open

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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 stainton9@gmail.com

LOVE! and happy 2015, Ben

Hello, Fig in ‘The New Portrait’

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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 😀

thanks to 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

BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

‘Edibles’ Launch in West London

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HELLOOOOOOO!!!

i am in London Town this coming Saturday (Sept 6th) eating large, celebratory mouthfuls of lemon meringue pie + reading POEMS to launch my pamphlet EDIBLES

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)

COME!!!

hello fig on twitter

the opposite of glamping

hi 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 😀 😀 😀

‘Edibles’

here are a few small poems from my new chapbook / pamphlet Edibles ~ ~ ~

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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 😉

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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 ~ stainton9@gmail.com)

promoting myself seems hard! thank you for reading

— Ben 😀

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Hello, Fig Store!

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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!!

Hello, Fig in The Newer York

5 of my collages have recently appeared here, here, here, here and here, in LA-based online / print experimental Lit-Mag The Newer York

apart from 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’

enjoy the rest of their stuff YES-YES!!!

in the big rock candy mountains

Dear World and Everyone In It

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
 
Hooray!
 
Dear World

A Review of my Pamphlet in Blackbox Manifold

 
A review of my ‘experimental’ pamphlet of poems,
 
The Backlists
 
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.
 
The Backlists