Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives – Darren Cullen exhibits at The Other Art Show

Art by Darren Cullen

Artist Darren Cullen – the creator behind the Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives web site – is showing a large selection of his work, including a brand new sculpture (and the above slightly older one) at The Other Art Fair in London (5th – 8th October) at The Truman Brewery as part of ShangrilART, (the people behind Shangri-La at Glastonbury).

“The new, (yet unfinished) sculpture is one of my favourite things I’ve made this year” says Darren, “and I can’t wait for people to see it.”

Darren is a satirical artist, illustrator and writer, currently based in London. Cullen initially thought he would go into advertising as a career, studying it at Leeds College of Art where he learned the language and techniques of the medium but became steadily horrified at the ethical implications involved. Claiming that “manipulating the desires and aspirations of the public, and especially children, using an arsenal of sophisticated and emotionally damaging psychological techniques is an appalling way to make a living and an even worse way to sustain an economy.”

He abandoned advertising to study Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and now uses the language of advertising to make work about the empty promises of consumerism and the lies of military recruiters. Releasing his first comic, an anti-army recruitment booklet sarcastically called ‘Join the Army’ in 2013 (bethemeat.co.uk).

As well as ‘Pocket Money Loans‘, Cullen wrote a series of short films called ‘Action Man: Battlefield Casualties‘ to draw attention to the way the Ministry of Defence targets children as young as five with its official toy range, ‘HM Armed Forces’, which includes an RAF Drone Playset. Cullen says he is, “especially interested in the point where the terrible requirements of our system collide with the innocence of childhood. Children’s play, like every other aspect of human life, has been colonised by capitalism, adapted as it is into a sort of childhood training camp for the hard-working consumers and soldiers of tomorrow.”

If you’d like tickets, you can get 50% off if you use the code SHANGRILART50 on this page 

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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