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Above is yesterday’s Chatham Dockyard video diary, Episode 20. Two videos below is just the time lapse. For the full video playlist click here. All my art is now untitled. The same goes for my Heckel’s Horse Jr. work. As for Heckel’s Horse, I’m happy to not be involved in the titling. Billy title’s those.
Ten years working in Chatham Dockyard and only yesterday do I think to time lapse record a painting. Instantly dispelling the myth I learned of during a Q&A we did years ago, at Sun Pier House in Chatham. Video below:
The first inevitable confusion of the show is the name Heckel’s Horse. Back then, Heckel’s Horse was the name of a group of five or so artists working at Billy’s studio, that included Billy and me. The collaboration paintings Billy and I do together, at the time, we did under the name Childish Edgeworth. Nice and simple, you’d think. However, it was later suggested we change the name Childish Edgeworth to Heckel’s Horse. Why change to a name already used for something else? I don’t know, but if it works it works.
The Q&A necessitates time lapse recording because of a question premised on the understanding that the exhibition’s painters paint to please Billy. The show was pitched as Billy Childish and artists he mentors, but look at my work. Isn’t the extent to which my working methods are the complete opposite of Billy’s obvious?
Unbelievably still, the question was asked by someone I recognised as having visited the studio multiple times before. Someone I’d spoken to at length, at least twice. If only for his benefit, please note my solitary and idiosyncratic self-indulgent working method of self-directed self-satisfaction:
My next exhibition:
Exhibition Title: Heckel’s Horse Jr.
Venue: Highgate Gallery at Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
11 South Grove
London N6 6BS
8th March 2024, 6 – 8.30pm
Exhibition runs until
21st March 2024
Heckel’s Horse Jr. is not to be confused with Heckel’s Horse.
Heckel’s Horse Jr. is an alias used by Edgeworth Johnstone. Under this alias, Johnstone paints works based on Heckel’s Horse paintings in his home studio in Muswell Hill, London.
Heckel’s Horse is a painting collaboration between Billy Childish and Edgeworth Johnstone. Since 2013, Childish and Johnstone have made roughly 200 paintings together, at Childish’s studio in Chatham Dockyard.
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