Saturday, 18 January 2020

L&L 59





                       


Back in the studio today after the long xmas break from creative activity, 
I remembered that during my recent show at Hart Club I had printed 
Liver & Lights no. 59 using  a brand new hand carved rubber stamp alphabet,
 letter by painstaking letter, with nearly 300 individual stampings in 
each of  the twenty copies I managed to make…  
A new text celebrating  a small moment in the life of Mutton Jeff, 
a real person who lives in my street, it is  decorative, brightly coloured 
and difficult to read, requiring time,  earplugs and slow solitude to explore.

How will I distribute these? 
Who will want them in our hectic electronic world? 

Some of you might know that, with a few arts council funded exceptions, 
most of the previous  50-odd Liver & Lights publications have been 
funded by pre-publication subscription. This is an ancient method of funding 
things  that became popular  in the  19th Century, utilised to finance the creation 
almost everything, from voyages of exploration to opera companies, 
from railway stations  to parliament buildings. I gleefully borrowed the idea 
and  for 30 years have successfully funded my books  (
and records), accruing over 100 regular subscribers at one stage, 
although sadly, you, my subscribers, have dwindled in the last few years 
to a mere handful, what with so much competition out there 
and reading being somewhat out of fashion……



So few are you and so painstaking was the process of making that 
I’ve only made twenty of these new books, so if you want one you 
had better get on the case fast, although just in case anyone new out there 
might be interested, I’ve made a further twenty inkjet printed copies, 
identically bound and difficult to tell apart from the hand printed ones 
except that they are half the price!



Liver & Lights No 59  Mutton Jeff By OSM. 
Hand printed hand bound in an  edition of 20 copies signed. 
An A5-ish paperback with genuine 19th Century vintage marbled paper 
dustjacket 
£30.00 (inc postage)

Liver & Lights No 59  Mutton Jeff By OSM Hand printed hand bound 
2nd edition of 20 copies, signed. An A5-ish paperback with 
genuine 19th Century vintage marbled paper dustjacket 
£20.00 (inc postage)

Please send me an old fashioned cheque payable to 
Liver & lights scriptorium, 229 Railton Rd London SE240LX
                      







Thursday, 19 December 2019

2019: A Momentous Year





Phew what a year for
bonesandtheaft
and 
Liver & Lights

Starting off with 
a new pair of shoes
for Copper,
 meeting the world
in March at the 
Star of Kings.....


 In June
we  finally played a long awaited gig at  Tate Britain!

A New Backdrop and  a new suit specially sewed for
the occasion... 
Sold out and bouncers turning people away!
We wish it were always thus!
I think most people who came thought 
it was a great gig tho...Big Thank You for
all you who turned out  and especially those who
brought cash and bought our
Brand New Album:
Mickey



The New Album is available still, should you be short of Xmas gifts...
from


as are all our four albums in Vinyl, CD and download
and lots of other stuff...books tshirts badges and more books...


In fact, FOUR new  books made this year too!!
Including one one paperback 
containing the story of Mickey and all his
beautiful Glove paintings
...only a tenner, stuffed with colour


over 100 paintings illustrating the
One Shoe Mickey Project,- here is 
one I sold...sad to se any of them go really, 
but I feel the Mickey project is
complete now...so on to new things in the New Year



and Three hand made books I printed.
This one below, The Burger of Truth totally carved from
rubber stamps and given away free at the Totally Brilliant
One Shoe Mickey exhibition at Hart Club Gallery   
in Westminster Bridge Rd
 where we 
also played  a fantastic and very memorable gig....






Here is the Amazing  Hart Club Gallery window
with the Mickey costume, 
made of 200 dropped London Gloves

  

 fianlly...here is Liver & Lights No 59  in production during my 
Hart Club Residency...more details about this next year


Whats going to happen next year?

Lots!!!

We have plans for vinyl singles,
new songs, new books...
maybe even another house tour?
We will be hopefully be doing House gigs over 
a few weekends late spring early summer..
if you want us to come and play in your house, garden,
studio, shed or cellar...let us know and we
will try to fit you in!

Happy Xmas and New Year to all who have come to gigs, 
bought albums and generally supported us over a momentous year
lots of love,

OS Mickey
Hurricane Mike
Wingco Mullean
Admiral lord Biscuit
Prince Nawros
Bird Radio
and Arthur Bently

xxxxxxx




Thursday, 10 October 2019

bonesandtheaft / Glove Paintings at Hart Club


Hart Club
&
Liver & Lights
presents
the Legendary 
Glove Paintings 
of
One Shoe Mickey,
and other works
by him,
collectively  comprising

Liver & Lights No 56 - 58

Hart Club 
95 Westminster Bridge Rd
London
SE1 7HR

Thursday 14th - Sunday 24th November 2019

Opening Hours
Thursday - Sunday from 11am - 7pm

Private View
Thursday 14th November 6 - 9 pm
(A free copy of Liver & Lights No 58 for the first
30 visitors on the night…)

with live performance by 
bonesandtheaft?
Friday 22nd November 2019 at 7 pm

contact: hanksoake@gmail.com




Liver and Lights is the collective name for the many interelated projects 
of the artist John Bently,
including, paintings, mischief, poetry, props, 
stage sets, costumes and legendary musical performances 
with the band bonesandtheaft, also incorporating 
the Liver & Lights series of artists publications, 
being 58 volumes in 38 years so far.

The current Liver and Lights project is called 
One Shoe Mickey and started out three years ago as a
 collection of lost gloves found on the streets of 
London and made into a costume.

The costume, when worn by the artist, becomes 
transformed into  the character One Shoe Mickey
a  heartbroken former refugee.  
His sanity seemingly unravelled by the horrors of the Long Road, 
he  believes the gloves are his lost family.  

Renowned filmmaker Chiara Ambrosio 
filmed  of him forlornly trudging the  wealthy Bloomsbury streets attempting to reunite 
the gloves with their lost partners, which you can see here:

https://vimeo.com/268938724

Back in his cardboard home,  
he makes many paintings of the gloves which he hopes 
will help to reunite them with their lost partners. 
In doing so Mickey receives a mysterious revelation 
that there is a One True Glove somewhere out there 
in the city that will unite all the 
gloves and heal all the divisions in the world by 
melting the borders between nations, creeds, colours and religions.

The band bonesandtheaft, empathising with his plight,   r
ecently created an album of songs to tell his story, 
with Mickey’s words  set to music composed by Ian Mckean. 
They also  created  two books containing all the 
lyrics and the paintings made by Mickey, 
being Liver & Lights nos 56 and 57.

This exhibition  at Hart Club gallery contains all 
the paintings made by Mickey and a new book written by 
him being 

Liver & Lights No 58:The Burger of Truth

…which will be given out Free to the first 30 
people who come to the private view on 
Thursday 14th November 2019  6-9 pm

Bonesandtheaft will also give a special performance 
of  the One Shoe Mickey song Cycle 
and other   favourite tunes on 
Friday 22nd Nov at 7 pm


…..But the most amazing thing is how these books 
come to life through  bonesandtheaft, 
the performance wing of The Liver and Lights Scriptorium, 
in which Bently and his band play 
out the texts as songs as he enacts these characters while dressed in wonderful costumes”   S Bodman AN Mag

“John Bently declaims his compelling poetry 
while guitarist Ian Mckean and drummer David Beschizza
Fearlessly zigzag through punk anger and 
energy, progressive time shifts and classical 
guitar transcriptions of Alexander Scriabin. 
Exciting stirrings from the literary and musical DIY underground” 
Froots June 2016

“A scavenger of social archaeology”  Brixton Blog/Bugle  

“A mythical metropolis inhabited by a teeming population of sharply drawn, 
richly detailed  characters”. Aiden Dunne. The Irish Times







Hart Club is a new gallery in SE1 championing 
neurodiversity within the Arts. 
We commission original artwork that focuses 
on collaboration and celebrating 
the intersection of ideas and differences 
in artistic approaches and ways of thinking. 
Hart Club’s focus is to inclusively represent 
neurodivergent artists to make and exhibit w
ork as a means to building confidence, community 
and wellbeing. We also work to facilitate 
collaboration and forge working relationships 
between established artists and talented 
neurodivergent artists so as to explore the benefits 
of this creative exchange.


















Saturday, 4 May 2019

Brixton Bugle


We have a little review of our new album 
in this months issue of
local paper The Brixton Bugle....
which is very welcome obviously.
BUT
As is the way with all reviews about us, it seems, 
a number of key details are wholly incorrect.....
Please do not be put off by reading that
The Late at Tate Britain 
wherein we are launching our album is 
solely for 18 - 25 year olds..
It is organised by a collective of 18 - 25 year olds...
(and they do a fantastic job...) but its open to all..
Secondly, they have left Bird Radio off 
the list of members of the band...poor old Mikey!

Be assured..he is on the album and 
will be appearing with us on June 7th.

Its pretty near all tickets gone for that
so if you still want one you need to let me know quick
as I have just got back some returns from people
who now can't make it...but only a few!!

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Late at The Tate (Britain)



bonesandtheaft? 

will be performing live at

TATE BRITAIN
(as part of 
Late at the Tate)  

FRIDAY 7TH JUNE 2019

In the Library Reading Room
on the ground floor behind the toilets
(where my talk was before Xmas…)

Its a free event but limited to 100 people
so you will need a ticket to get in...

If you definitely think you want to come to the show
please  email me now  with your postal address and I will 
post you some lovingly hand printed souvinir tickets!

There will be a limited amount available on the door 
on the night……

The music starts at 8pm sharp…
Although tickets will be available at 7 pm on the door…

There's lots of other stuff happening for you to see...
Art, DJ's, poets, performances and food and drink
all over the Tate and its open till 10 pm!! 

The show will be the official launch of our new book and album:

Mickey: A London Song Cycle

Liver & Lighs No 56 is available from here:


bonesandtheaft? Mickey.Our brand album is available 
as CD or download from here:


Thursday, 18 April 2019

at the TATE again.....




As you were!
bonesandtheaft?
will be officially launching their new record
MICKEY
during a special live performance at
TATE BRITAIN
as part of the amazing
Late at the Tate 
series of events
on FRIDAY 7TH JUNE 2019

Its a free event and its in the Library Reading Room
on the ground floor behind the toilets
(where my talk was before Xmas...)

Its a free event but limited to 100 people
so you will need a ticket to get in...

If you are definitely coming email me now  
with your postal address and I
will post you some  lovingly hand printed tickets!

There will be a limited amount available on the door
on the night but I can't guarantee there'll be any left.

The music start sat 8pm sharp...tickets will be available at 7 pm
on the door....there's lots of other stuff happening for you to see...
Art, DJ's, poets, performances and food and drink
all over the Tate and its open till 10 pm!!