NATIVE NEW YORKER – COLLAGE AND FASHION

I have been making graffiti fashion collage for some time now… I love cutting up some of the world’s most celebrated models and fashion brands to create something a lot more dystopic and otherworldly, using collage, spray paint and oil paint. With House of Hyena’s Xerox Art project, we took the image that Norrie Harman had…

A TYPICAL EDINBURGH DAY…

“It was a typical December day in Edinburgh; cold, damp melancholia had began to settle over the city as the day fell into darkness. Stanton grimaced against the chill, as he stepped off the bus at Wauchope Avenue, and headed to the Rex Launderette. In the dank dusk, the bright lights of the Rex Launderette…

XEROX ART, COLLAGE AND THE POWER OF DISRUPTION

Through online art gallery, House of Hyena, artists Norrie Harman and Anna Louise Simpson are not only revisiting xerox art as an art form; they are re-inventing it. They are using it to create interesting pieces of art but a knock-on effect is disruption of the international art market. Artist Norrie Harman is a well…

California Dreaming…

“Lost in neon Californian dreams, she looked down at the grey ground and sighed. Dazzling sunlight bounced off the multi-coloured graffiti all around her, but she didn’t see it. Sparkling light lit up the worn door of the Rex Launderette, behind her, with psychedelic ferocity. She turned from it and looked out towards the bus-stop. Fluorescent…

Beautiful Butterfly Escape

Give me the butterflies, please, gorgeous lady…give me the butterflies… With a click of her heels, she was on her way. She had managed to bypass the Rex Launderette all day, avoiding it and avoiding him. But she had dressed up now and she felt she could finally face him. A loud swell of music…

Nursing a Foul Mood…

The Leith Loot of 1976 didn’t start like most inner city riots; with simmering violence and disenfranchised youth. No, the Leith Loot was kicked off when a can of hairspray was accidentally sprayed into the face of one of the Pilrig Sisters during the “Miss Leith” Beauty Contest one warm Saturday. This was a very…

SAN LEITHFRISCO

Three Piece had spent a week in San Francisco in the summer of 1975 and had returned to Leith a changed man. Although he still wore his velvet three piece suit, Tracey thought he seemed a wee bit more exotic somehow. She had bumped into him and his mate outside The Leither Hotel and he…

Xerox Art – from retro to innovation

Xerox Art is synonymous with revolution. When the first photocopiers appeared, they seemed like magic and of course, it was the artists who saw this as an amazing tool for art. From the hippy photocopy art of San Francisco in the 1960s, to Warhal and Basquiat in NY in the 1970’s, artists saw the advantage…

The Leither Hotel

The Leither Hotel was an urban legend in 1976. A run-down shack, halfway down Leith Walk, it was a complete dump but had a certain reputation. It was said that if you could survive a night at The Leither Hotel, you were a real Leither. Stanton didn’t know about that, it seemed to him that…

Protest Art

This weekend, House of Hyena launches at #friezeNY with Norrie Harman’s “Blade Portraits”. Harman has created a body of work which features a host of celebrity and political portraits. These Blade Portraits challenge and disconcert but most of all, protest. Whether it is frustration at a political party or at a nepotistic art world, Harman’s protest…