Post by daggersmiles on Jan 20, 2012 18:45:12 GMT 1
Preview of Andrew James Jones work, I have shared a quote at the bottom of this posting I hope everyone reads, love this madman's work.
“Andrew James Jones is a scary idiot criminal madman. The pictures he makes make me feel frightened and ill. I am unused to seeing such bizarre and revolting things. The world is a much worse place for having this kind of thing in it. The fact that this work is very amusing makes it even worse. It is terrible to laugh at something that you know is so deeply wrong and evil. Andrew James Jones should be put in jail.” – David Shrigley
Post by agent provocateur on Feb 5, 2012 15:00:28 GMT 1
Opening on Thursday, anyone braving the depths of Hackney Wick? Now the snow has landed it should be a scenic stroll from the station to the gallery with various street pieces to keep you amused on the way...
The Smokehouse Gallery is a huge space a few 100 metres away from the Olympic stadium with a great view over the canal.
We be interested to see Matt Small's finished sculpture!
Phantasmagoria exhibition By Garrick Webster on January 27, 2012 Head to the Smokehouse Gallery in East London in February for an art show featuring illustrators Jon Burgerman, Shin Tanaka and Boicut.
If you've ever questioned how multinational soft drink, sports goods and car companies have assimilated counter culture art such as grafitti into their advertising, put Thursday 9 February in your diary. That's when the Forman's Smokehouse Gallery in East London is opening the group show Phantasmagoria, which looks at this very topic. It features the work of Jon Burgerman, Boicut and Shin Tanaka - illustrators and custom designers whose very unique work is often mass produced on consumer items yet feels handmade and authentic.
David Marchant and Sara Kwiecinski are curating the event. "The concern with this is that in order for capitalism to work, people have to keep buying new things, so commodities have to be disposable things, but at the same time appeal to a society that demands meaningful objects," points out Marchant. "When consumers discover their items to be void of authenticity they will seek something new. Art that is a counter reaction to consumer culture is too often used by the same culture it is challenging, and usually distorted."
While the show will bring together a melange of different artwork in various media - from the colourful to the grotesque - yet as the name Phantasmagoria suggests there's also a hint of darkness to it. Jon Burgerman's contribution is a series of skulls in his doodled style, while one of Boicut's works is a hideous bunny-skull-monster.
Other artists have also been treading the road of the reaper. "James Unsworth's Most Beautiful Suicide depicts dead 23-year-old Evelyn McHale," says Marchant. "She jumped to her death from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in 1947. The picture deceives viewers by appearing to be something it is not. Andrew James Jones' Crying is typical of his usual work. It is disturbing, weird and also very funny."
The curators hope that designers and illustrators visiting the show will come away not just inspired, but thinking about some of the contradictions between art and consumerism. Marchant continues: "Creatives working in consumer advertising, in my opinion, should consider what they are referencing more, research the cultures they are drawing from more appropriately, and not distort or abuse meaningful visual information that owes itself to history and social cultures. Hopefully the exhibition concept and the artist's work will inspire some interesting debate amongst creatives."
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