How I Learned To Stop Worrying

by John Marc Allen in Blackpool, England, United Kingdom

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On 5th May 2021 we successfully raised £275 with 11 supporters in 56 days

Help to fund an ambitious and thought provoking art exhibition by a contemporary Pop artist from Blackpool.

by John Marc Allen in Blackpool, England, United Kingdom

The Artist

I am a contemporary Pop artist and my work reflects the influence of films, music, television, comic books, street art, pin ups and more, on the way we look at and are inspired by the things created to keep us entertained, as well as tapping into themes of nostalgia and elements of humour. My work covers a range of techniques including painting, screen print, digital work, and photography. I have been working as The Tangerine Art Company in Blackpool since 2012.

I have been involved in a number of solo and group exhibitions over recent years and I am looking for help to fund a new project which I have had planned for over 12 months, which includes the creation of a new body of work and an exhibition to be held in an alternative gallery space in my home town of Blackpool. This project is my most ambitious to date, containing large works, installations, and the use of a large gallery space, and I need help to fund these plans. The funding would assist with acquiring the materials required for the production of the work for such an undertaking, and the venue hire for the gallery space for one month.

My work over the last few years has tended towards a superficial version of Pop Art, based on popular films, video games, comic books etc. However, some pieces have moved towards having more meaningful undertones, for example a portrait I painted of troubled Hollywood actress Frances Farmer, and this is a direction I would like to explore further in my work. Along with the seemingly surface sheen of consumerism depicted in Pop Art, particularly in the current climate where it is easy for people to share their latest work wherever and whenever they want, Pop has always had a political element, be it making direct comment or having a more subversive edge. This is where I see this project diverting away from the majority of my work and will be a milestone in my career as an artist.


The Project

The idea for project I am looking to get funding for comes from, as is often the case with my work, a film. In this case Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb, directed by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick has long been an influence on my work, visually and thematically. The nuclear bomb has been an ever present shadow over the world for over 70 years and is always relevant in the sphere of politics and war, whether consciously or sub-consciously. It has pervaded popular culture in all its forms, be it satirical black comedy like Dr. Strangelove, hard hitting drama like the BBC film Threads, Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s 80’s hit Two Tribes and it’s use of the government information broadcast Protect and Survive, or the hugely popular Fallout series of video games set in a post-nuclear war ravaged America.  

The exhibition will include paintings based on images taken from nuclear test explosions and iconic images from some of the representations of the atomic age in popular culture. I also intend to create a form of 3D installation work very different from my usual work, with the aim to create a body of work which will be visually stimulating and also thought provoking and informative.

The exhibition was being planned, subject to funding, for completion and display during the summer/autumn of 2020 in the alternative gallery space above the Hive café in Blackpool. Due to the restrictions around Covid-19, the project was put aside until such a time it was feasible to start work on it. Due to the uncertainties around ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in place no firm exhibition date is set, the venue’s exhibition calendar is still a work in progress, although towards the end of 2021 is the aim for having the exhibition in place, after around 3 or 4 months of work creating the pieces for the exhibition.

The aim of this project is to expand my own horizons in terms of my own working practices and reinforce myself as an artist, and to focus on a subject which has always interested me but is also of huge consequence on a global scale. The exhibition will inform through the presentation of the work and show a very different side to my work, which has been present occasionally but not on a scale such as this.


The Crowdfunder

The money raised from this Crowdfunder will go towards the substantial costs of the materials needed to create the work for the exhibition, the running costs of printing promotional materials, and the hire costs for the exhibition space.

Rewards will be sent out when the images for the project have been finalised, approximately 4 months after the closing date of this fundraiser.

To keep updated and for more information, follow the Tangerine Art Facebook page (link below the video at the top of the page), and for more about my work.

Thank you in advance for your support.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£2 or more


A simple donation to the cause and my thanks for helping out

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Acknowledgement of thanks on a poster at the exhibition venue. (No physical reward but I will need your name if you wish for it to be included on the poster)

£10 or more

1 of 50 claimed

£10 Reward

Acknowledgement of thanks on a poster at the exhibition venue and in the exhibition programme. An A6 print of an image from the exhibition.

£20 or more

3 of 25 claimed

£20 Reward

Acknowledgement of thanks on a poster at the exhibition venue and in the exhibition programme. An A6 and A5 print of images from the exhibition. 2 badges

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

Acknowledgement of thanks on a poster at the exhibition venue and in the exhibition programme. An A6, A5 and A4 print of images from the exhibition. 2 badges

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