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Grande Dame Presents Electric Crazyland 2!

Friends & Comrades! The show at The St Leonard Pub is going so swimmingly, I decided to go ahead and let the buyers collect their pieces. And beginning of Oct I will do a lil switch around and replace the ones that sold with some other works!

Including my very first light – the piece were it all began – THE ELECTRIC CRAZYLAND LIGHT! Designed by myself and made by legendary lords of light, the world famous – GOD’s OWN JUNKYARD!!! WOW!!! Only 3 of these babies were ever made. And only 1 available! Come & bask in her magical glowy illuminations!
Seeing that there will be a rearrange with new pieces, it’s a perfect excuse for a party! Myself and Jo Perfect will be playing groovy sounds from way out! And there will also be a draw with a chance to win a signed print! Woo! So if you are in the area Thurs Oct 5th – COME DOWN AND PARTY! oxo gd

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Tonight is the night! I can’t believe it! Nearly got it all together! Just going down in a bit to fix a couple of things and hang the flat screen telly. I was just going to have a projector on the night showing visuals, but then it hit me – no – get a flat screen tv and have all the animations on a USB stick and play it throughout the duration of the show. The animation thing is so integral to my working process. In fact you will see many of the works I have in frames moving in the videos – it’s how I roll!

Here’s a few sneak peak pix. Big thanx to Oliver Crowther, Allen Clarke, & Jo Perfect for the hanging help!

How bout them lightboxes eh? Rad! So so so pleased! They really work in that space so well! Yay! Anyhoo, the other day I thought I would make a little ad for my iphone app to play in between the videos. Of course my app is the same name as the show – I kinda name every thing Electric Crazyland, it just kinda fits my lifestyle ya know? Ha! Anyhoo, it was just meant to be a lil visual addition for my show, but then I thought “why not upload it to Facebook? But then realised – it’s a minute long – I gotta have a sound track! I dug around my folders looking for old jam/ riffs – and then I found my old Soho Radio Theme Song of the same name – Electric Crazyland! I threw it in at the last minute – and it just happened to be the same length and the images change on the beat! Total accident – meant to be OBVS! So turn it up & enjoy! And if you are free tonight & in the East Sussex area – pop in and experience my colourful Electric Crazyland vibes! Ok ciao for now! Toodles oxo GD

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Dalston Illuminations!!!

My lights arrived today!! And all I can say is WOW! WOW! WOW!!!! They are incredible! It’s a life long ambition ticked off my list & hopefully the beginning of more! I just took these on my iphone, so not the best camera work, but I will be getting a professional in to help with my exhibition!

Hand forged, brushed steel case, duratrans printed plexiglass, with fluorescent bulbs. They even look cool not lit!

This one reminds me of a psychedelic Empire State Building!

The mad thing is, when you take a picture of them lit in the dark, they look EXACTLY like my digital drawings! You can’t even tell they’re lights in photos. But in real life, the colors are AMAZING!! Plus they give off such an awesome glow!

Makes me a little sad, cos I know I won’t be keeping them… But hopefully the show is a success and one day I can get one made for myself! Fingers & toes crossed! oxo gd

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Then there was LIGHT!!


My lights are done!! The light man – Chris Bracey aka Mr Neon, just sent me these images from his phone… Better pix on the way! OMG!! I’m getting closer to my pinball fantasy! Yay! Thank you Goddess! More soon! oxo gd

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There are no words!

Well, I can think of one – Perfection!! Click the pic to see more mega awesomeness… Pinball take me away! oxo gd

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Living in a Pinball Fantasy

I’ve been looking at A LOT of pinball art lately. Getting inspiration for my art show in March. OMG! I’m having an Art Show! Still can’t believe it! Yay! Did you know pinball was invented in the 1700’s?? Crazy! This pic made me laugh. It’s off a game commissioned by Sky Channel for a 1990 top 40 music show by artist Stephen May. Mad, Bad & Totally Rad! more soon!

oxo gd

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Next Stop – Pinball Designer!!!

It’s a part of my rock & roll fantasy! It’s a part of my rock & roll dream! Pinball! The beautiful game!! Last night I stayed in and watched ‘Special When Lit’ , a doc about Pinball… The Guide said it was depressing with old guys reminiscing about  THE PAST… And there were some old guys with exposed bellies and bad comb overs who really took their love for the game to a whole new level, but show me some pinball graphics and – zoom – i am hypnotized!!

When I was little, I was obsessed with the film Tommy. My dad had a blues bar with a Bally’s Captain Fantastic Machine. It was near my school, and on special days I could go after school and drink shirley temples and play pinball!! I was about 8 years old & totally in love with Roger Daltrey. To me it was the height of living, hanging out in a blues bar, pretending to drink cocktails, playing pinball! Ha Ha Ha!

There is something about the game that is so tantalizing and sexual. You have the back screen with the hyper colorful, comic book type cover. Usually decorated with super voluptuous women. Then the game track that the ball follows is a mixture of art deco and art nouveau, but presented in a psychedelic way. So ME!!! And you can really feel it, and hear it, it’s so tactile…Bells, Buzzers, Music, lights flashing on & off! Oh yeah baby!!

I even like the outside of the machine, always with like 2 to 3 colors, in some bold graphic pattern, it screams “Come Touch Me, Play With Me, You know you want to!!!”

I always get asked what other artists influence your work… I always have a hard time answering, but after watching the doc last night I realized, the 2 biggest influences in my work are – Bally’s & Williams – the 2 main Pinball companies during the 60’s – 90’s, sadly they are no more.

Anyhoo, I enjoyed the doc, and was surprised to learn that there is a company in America called Stern who still make Pinball Machines!! How cool is that?? Ok Pinball Gods & Goddess’s I need to make this happen! I need to design my own Pinball Machine!!!

Here’s the trailer from ‘Special When Lit’..

oxo GD


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