Nearest stations – Hoxton and Liverpool Street Gallery opening hours 11am – 6pm
Come and see the work of London’s finest East End dentist, a certain Mr Sweet Toof, in a fantastic new gallery setting alongside Shan Hur.
All are welcome to attend on the opening night and rumour has it there may be a print release too!
And don’t you New Yorker’s worry; I have heard on the grape vine that Mr Toof’s bubble gums and pearly whites are set to travel across the pond crash landing at Factory Fresh in April! Keep your eyes pealed for more information in the near future!
"Of all the parts of our body, teeth, crammed into the mouth cave, are a constant reminder that we are merely flesh hanging out to dry on an elaborate chain of bone linkages. The pulpy ripped swollen scarlet and pink flesh that we call the gums, barely tolerate their border-line function as a visual testament to life and death. The mouth itself is in constant crisis. It is the place where stuttering words come forth, where words are taken back, where ‘sweet’ foods begin their rot. Francis Bacon understood that the mouth is at once entrance and exodus. When we scream we also breathe. In order to exhale we must inhale. For Sweet Toof this sway between horror and acceptance is an important part of his work.
Sweet Toof’s painting starts with and evolves out of his street art; whether as a solo graffiti artist or in collaboration. Typical tags, throw-ups, and more elaborate pieces become a whole language which informs his studio works as it does his colleagues. Like the streets of 1980’s New York, London’s streets today are being reclaimed by an ever increasing army of street artists of which Sweet Toof is one of the most prolific and artful. Out there, under the swirl of lamplights, billboards and urban detritus, ‘bubble-Gums’ and pearly-Teeth’ push themselves up through the pavement cracks and concrete facades like anarchic plants refusing the flimsy, rootless, cheap order of modern life.
If the sixteenth century Northern European tradition of painting Vanitas was there to remind us of the transience and the hopeless vanity of life, then Sweet Toof’s skulls and teeth continue that tradition but add in a more Mexican viewpoint where if one accepts death then one can also honour and celebrate it and use it as part of the life blood trip. Or in Sweet Toof’s words: ‘To get ones teeth into things, before it’s too late.'"
Shan Hur The work challenges our perception about the laws of physics.
The seemingly unsafe structures create an atmosphere of "shock and awe" and conceal intriguing archaeological objects inspired by their mythological stories.
"Recently, I have focused on the usual space people pass by indifferently. When I see closed shops or construction sites in the city I look at them carefully. They are vague and attractive because the space used to be different - it is being changed into something new. Walking through the debris I have feelings that are neither positive nor negative because certain things have already happened and are progressing in a certain direction."
There will also be some rather nice woodcuts available for around the £250 mark. Get down there tomorrow to check them out!
Hey Shower, any idea how one gets an invite to the private view tonight ?
I know I left it to the last minute to find out, so need to work quickly now to make sure myself and the GF can get in, seen as Arch402 is only open weekdays, so tonight will be the only chance we get to see this show
ha, sounds good...i'll be there with my lithuanian flatmate who will undoubtedly draw more attention than me. if you see a good looking blonde with a dude that doesn't look like he should be with her come say hello!
Today, 11th January, the infamous street artist Sweet Toof is customising and undisclosed number of 'Metro' newspapers in London and redistributing them to the public on the very same day, Today! Metro is the free newspaper given out at underground tube stations, so get riding the trains and go hunting for your free Sweet Toof issue. Attached to this email is a picture of one of the customised newspapers. The front and back pages and the centrefold have all been given the Sweet Toof treatment.
This media intervention has been done to coincide with the launch night (Tonight, 11th January) of Sweet Toof's new gallery exhibition in London to which the whole world is invited. The exhibition is at Arch 402 Gallery, Cremer Street, London E2 and runs from 12th January to 3rd February.
agent provocateur: Any pub/bar owners on here who'd be interested in something to hang in their fine establishment I might have something of interest, pm or email me anytime for more info. AP
Jun 5, 2013 13:52:51 GMT 1
monkeyface: Art Republic recieved some in stock today.
Jun 4, 2013 18:44:42 GMT 1