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Eric Thorp

JOURNALIST + FILMMAKER

Location icon United Kingdom

Portfolio

FILMS

Vimeo
06/17/2019
MUCK SPREADER

MUCK SPREADER is an intimate video portrait of South London musician and artist Luke Brennan exploring his experiences with grief and creativity.

Eric Thorp + Abi Ford
PETRO 43 3/4

The film is an insight, in to the artistic practice of one of Graffiti’s true innovators whose need to create can often become a comically bizarre place.

PODCASTS

SoundCloud
10/25/2019
EPISODE 5: RICHIE CULVER by Art Proof Podcast

This time round we're joined by artists Richie Culver. We visited Richie in his studio in West London earlier this year and had a really interesting, fun and at times intimate chat about his life and practice and how he got to where he is today.

SoundCloud
08/09/2019
EPISODE 4: RUSSELL MAURICE (GASIUS) by Art Proof Podcast

Maurice is an artist that has been described as the chief catalyst of comic abstraction and has been the pioneering force behind this wonky, off kilter style of painting and sculpture for the last 20 years or so.

FAD Magazine
02/25/2019
ART PROOF podcast episode 2: Mike Ballard

The Art Proof podcast is back with its second episode. Art Proof is a podcast focusing on individuals who've often taken an unorthodox path into art, such as recent RA shortlisted performance artist John Costi, who has navigated the worlds of graffiti and even prison to get to where he is today.

WRITING

Huck Magazine
10/31/2019
How hip hop magazines shaped UK rap as we know it

This year marks 10 years since Hip Hop Connection published its final issue. The UK magazine ran from 1988 to 2009, and in that time it became a major player in the rap world. It was the longest-running monthly periodical devoted entirely to hip hop culture, earning universal recognition and going toe to toe with larger...

Huck Magazine
06/26/2019
The unsung musical history of Elephant and Castle

DJ and curator Shannen SP has been the host of Hyperdub's monthly club night for the past two and a half years. Since forming in 2004, the London-based electronic label has grown into a celebrated lynchpin of the British underground scene, with Shannen's events - titled Zerø, and based out of Elephant and Castle's Corsica Studios - developing into one of the city's most prominent nights in tandem.

FAD Magazine
04/16/2019
The Art of Rave: why contemporary art loves rave - FAD Magazine

The UK is on the verge of Brexit, in political deadlock, and public spending cuts continue to bite - things have definitely been better. Saying that, it was under a Thatcher government and in a similar climate of austerity, anxiety and tribulation that an important youth movement was spawned.

Huck Magazine
04/25/2019
The history of art and rave culture in '90s Poland

Post-Soviet Poland was an explosion of liberty, art and music - and nowhere were these changes more innovative and free than in the country's rapidly developing rave scene. After emerging from behind the Iron Curtain in the early '90s, Poland - which already had a strong reputation for its visual arts and graphic design -...

Clash Magazine
7 Of The Best: The Prodigy

The Prodigy were a formative experience for millions of teenagers across the globe. Whether it was catching 'Charly' on pirate radio or watching them perform 'Firestarter' on Top Of The Pops, catching those incendiary rave shows or watching them at a festival in the 21st century, the band were - literally, in some cases - a gateway drug.

FAD Magazine
01/16/2019
Nothing to joke about: why cartoons are still vital to contemporary art - FAD Magazine

Over the last century cartoons and their cultural iconography have been used as a means of relaying important messages in art. Whether the intention is to give these messages a veneer of childishness - making them easily digested by their audience, an attempt to subvert popular culture, or simply to represent some form of nostalgia or aesthetic; the cartoon in art has endured through the years to become an increasingly relevant medium.

Medium
11/02/2018
Form Peckham to Peru: Lali Houghton is Doing Stories Justice

My Skype window pings open to reveal a sun drenched room inhabited by a smiling, bearded man in his late 30s, being scaled by two adolescent cats. Journalist and documentarian Lali Houghton - who has just been nominated for the prestigious Rory Peck Award - is in his small, two-bedroomed house in an area called Chorrilos in Lima, Peru.

Medium
11/27/2018
STRANGE DAYS ON THE STRAND - Eric Thorp - Medium

Blinding, eight foot, fluorescent orange letters spell out the words Strange Days against the jet black hoardings wrapped around 180 The Strand. The intimidating, brutalist building has become one of London's most interesting arts venues in recent years and the latest project it's playing host to proves to be one of the most compelling yet.

FAD Magazine
11/25/2018
Rammellzee: A Roll of Dice - FAD Magazine

There are very few artists that could claim to be truly original and even fewer that could prove it, but no truer a word could be said than when referring to Rammellzee. A revolutionary innovator and polymath lightyears ahead of his time Rammellzee was a pioneering figure in early hip-hop and graffiti culture.

FAD Magazine
06/15/2018
INTERVIEW: Lucas Dupuy - Incunable - FAD Magazine

Lucas Dupuy is a painter whose work bucks the current trends in abstract painting to create something strikingly original. His stark, brutalist-style paintings stand in contrast against the brightly coloured, ambiguously blobby, comic abstraction favoured by many painters of his generation.

FAD Magazine
08/30/2016
Talking Shop With JAKE CHAPMAN - FAD Magazine

The somewhat shallow endeavour of spotting something shiny whilst drunkenly flicking through Instagram, in the early hours of the morning, and taking steps to try and blag said shiny thing through the means of sending a slightly deluded email is not always the best foundation for writing a good piece of journalism; but can sometimes result in something far more interesting than first expected.

FAD Magazine
07/06/2017
Mark Leckey - Affect Bridge Age Regression - FAD Magazine

There is a ghostly nostalgia to Mark Leckey's current show at Cubitt gallery. His latest self analytical exploits arrive in the wake of an extensive survey exhibition, at MoMA PS1 late last year, and revert back to a smaller scale extension in to his exploration of memory and skewed reality.

FAD Magazine
01/02/2016
The passing of Chris Burden #ArtThing2015 - FAD Magazine

Chris Burden, who had shocked the art world since the early 70s with his particular brand of cerebral, artistic brutality, died on Sunday the 10th of May at the age of 69 - 18 months after being diagnosed with melanoma.

Clash Magazine
03/20/2013
The Beast Within - Joey Bada$$

It's a cold, grey, November afternoon in Old Street and Clash is waiting for New York's latest, biggest and perhaps youngest, offering to the gods of underground hip-hop, Joey.

FAD Magazine
06/30/2015
Review: Ivar Wigan - The Gods - FAD Magazine

In 1995 a group of Atlanta rappers called Goodie Mobb imortalised the phrase 'DIRTY SOUTH' - a term used to describe an evolution in Southern American 'street culture' that would captivate a young America and become one of the most significant and lucrative movements in the history of American popular culture.

FAD Magazine
09/29/2016
Interview: Sean Rennison Phillips - FAD Magazine

It's rare for an artist to develop a meaningful autodidact practice; especially when such large emphasis is placed on education and the following of the correct channels to establish oneself as a legitimately received artist. Although it's rare this kind of development can forge some of the most interesting results giving the work created and the artist creating it an unflinching authenticity and captivating rebelliousness.

FAD Magazine
02/04/2015
Review: Christian Marclay @_WhiteCube, Bermondsey - FAD Magazine

As you enter the gallery you are faced with an alleyway of sight and sound, a percussive journey through the morning after the night before. 'Pub Crawl' maps the artist walking through the streets of the East End, early, on a weekend morning; tapping and stamping out rhythms on the evidence of heavy drinking strewn through the city.

FAD Magazine
11/04/2015
REVIEW: Mark Leckey - Dream English Kid 1964 - 1999 AD - FAD Magazine

Nostalgia now, more than ever, plays an integral role in popular culture. The constant reinvention, or emulation, of past trends and subcultures can be seen throughout every creative platform, but perhaps most notably in fashion, music and contemporary art.

FAD Magazine
02/09/2015
REVIEW: Recognition and Revolution @lisson_gallery - FAD Magazine

Lisson Gallery present two very interesting and contrasting shows, both dealing with identity and human expression. The first show is Tony Oursler's 'template/variant/friend/stranger' which sees the artist using facial recognition technology to comment on the omnipresence of these technologies and the effect they have on modern life.

FAD Magazine
07/26/2015
REVIEW : David Blandy - Hercules : Rough Cut - FAD Magazine

David Blandy is a man obsessed with popular culture. His work explores the ability that his interests and chosen aspects of counter culture have had to develop, shape and influence his existence as a human being. The idea that ones passions and fascination can completely define a person no matter how alien they are to that persons origins.

FAD Magazine
07/03/2015
Exclusive Interview : Emma Hart & Jonathan Baldock - SUCKERZ - FAD Magazine

London based artists Emma Hart and Jonathan Baldock's first collaboration 'SUCKERZ' is a beautifully grotesque analysis of the absurdly ritualistic world of the dinner party. Their monstrously fantastical creations are displayed, throughout the gallery, in a nauseatingly gastronomic explosion of flesh and excess that explores the physical and mental processes associated with one of the most favorite of middle class pass times.

FAD Magazine
01/24/2015
@BruceAsbestos, A/B Testing at Concrete - FAD Magazine

The work in the show is web based and the artist is using Youtube,in particular, as the medium. The title A/B testing is a method used for internet marketing for companies to test which videos, e-flyers, adverts etc are most popular.

FAD Magazine
09/14/2016
Preview: The Performance Studio Season Launch - FAD Magazine

Tonight The Nines, in Peckham plays host to the launch of The Performance Studio's Autumn/Winter Season with Performances From Parisian artist Arianne Foks and London based artist John Costi. The Performance Studio is an independent, peripatetic production and rehearsal space, founded in 2010 by curator David Thorp.

FAD Magazine
12/05/2015
REVIEW : The Performance Studio - Talk, So I Can See You - FAD Magazine

As performance art grows in popularity, with a new generation of artists, eager to push boundaries and traverse new territory, so does the necessity for new platforms to develop and nurture artists and their practice. The Performance Studio is an independent, peripatetic production and rehearsal space, founded in 2010 by curator David Thorp.

FAD Magazine
07/21/2015
Review: Station To Station - Bo Ningen - FAD Magazine

Station To Station is the colossal project, curated by artist Doug Aitken, which has been hosted by the Barbican Centre over the last month. The 30 day project works as an ever changing tapestry of Contemporary art and culture with constantly rolling events and happenings in which no two days are the same.

FAD Magazine
03/21/2015
REVIEW: Luke Burton - Filigree Endings @ BOSSE & BAUM - FAD Magazine

There is a delicately moving atmosphere to Luke Burton's work. A warm feeling of nostalgia which he describes as a perpetual dusk, of sorts. His exploration into the relationship between abstraction and the decorative, in contemporary art, creates fascinating comparisons within his work.

FAD Magazine
05/02/2015
REVIEW: Theaster Gates - Freedom of Assembly - FAD Magazine

Floating around the the meticulously polished concrete floors of White Cube Bermondsey it is difficult to imagine anything looking bad in such a perfectly sized and finished space. The faux celestial awe created by the stretching white walls lends itself completely to Gates' work - constructing a catalyst to invoke deep emotion.

FAD Magazine
11/10/2015
REVIEW: Nástio Mosquito - The Age I Don't Remember - FAD Magazine

THE AGE I DON'T REMEMBER - TEASER from ZZZZZ on Vimeo. As performance becomes increasingly established as a mainstream discipline, within contemporary art, questions pertaining to it's marketability multiply. A practice that is usually ephemeral, by nature, has increased in popularity and in turn so has the need for galleries and dealers to document, own and market the work, in a physical form.

FAD Magazine
06/03/2015
Look At The E(s)tate We're In - FAD Magazine

The irksome predictability and accelerated growth of London's gentrification has become a disheartening and complex beast. The surprising outcome of the recent general election highlighted the fact that we are now living in an age of individualism. A generation where a majority of people would gladly shun the idea of leveling the playing field a bit in exchange for saving a few quid.

FAD Magazine
10/15/2015
REVIEW: Dennis Loesch - Merge Visible - FAD Magazine

The ever growing influence of digitised imagery in painting is beckoning in a new era of abstraction. The trend of digitally made compositions recreated by hand or the combination of digital combined with traditional methods are giving a new dimension to painting and producing a whole new pedigree of painter.

FAD Magazine
05/10/2015
REVIEW: Catlin Art Prize 2015 - FAD Magazine

Catlin Art Prize, in it's 9th year, has firmly established itself as an imperatively important platform and patron for emerging artists. This year's show of 8 young upstarts previewed last week in the Londonnewcastle space on Redchurch Street - a fitting location to showcase the dazzling maze of inter locking installations.

FAD Magazine
06/18/2015
REVIEW: Melanie Manchot - Twelve Peckham Platform - FAD Magazine

Addiction is an extremely difficult and sometimes uncomfortable subject to broach. Many of us, at some point in our lives, will deal with some form of addiction or be exposed to and effected by the addictions of others around us.

FAD Magazine
05/28/2015
REVIEW: Ryoji Ikeda - supersymmetry - FAD Magazine

Ryoji Ikeda's 'supersymmetry' blurs the lines between art, music and particle physics in a complex and disorientating installation, which may actually necessitate a PHD to fully fathom. 'supersymmetry' marks a year of site specific installations, at the top of the Brewer St.

FAD Magazine
02/20/2015
Young Peckham: Bosse & Baum - FAD Magazine

With Peckham's proximity to some of the countries leading art schools there has always been, and hopefully always will be, an active and interesting art scene. It's distance from the galleries of the West and East End meant that, until very recently, it has been unsullied by the irksomely fashionable, money driven babylon that is the London art world.

FAD Magazine
02/06/2015
SHIRT and The Art Of Rap - FAD Magazine

Nowadays when the art world takes an interest in Hip Hop the results, with exception, are usually corny as fuck. It's been a long time since the likes of Rammellzee and Basquiet proved that there was something within Hip Hop culture that could hold the interest of the Art world for more than 15 minutes.

Clash Magazine
Action Bronson - Live At Barfly, London

Hitting Camden Town on a sunny Sunday afternoon like overgrown teenage fanboys on their way to their first rap show, and the Bronson mania was already thick in the air.

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