October the 10th, 2008 sees the opening of ‘CAUTIONARY TALES’, the debut solo show by South West stencil artist SPQR. The event, produced by Steal From Work will be held at Trash Express, another lost and forgotten building in the great city of Bristol.
SPQR uses a mix of stencils and freehand spray-can work to montage and subvert popular contemporary imagery from the pop art world through to images harvested from the continual media onslaught.
Highly collected and hugely popular, he quickly sold out at his last two shows and is famed for such iconic pieces as The Fifth Man, Paint Bomber and Patty Hirst.
We invite you to come and enjoy the unveiling of all new works and take note of these cautionary tales…
SHOW NAME: Cautionary Tales
VENUE: Trash Express
8-10 Bond Street, Broadmead
(Situated between Rikaxxe Music and Debenhams)
CITY: Bristol, BS1 3LU, UK
OPENING NIGHT: Friday the 10th October, 2008
7.30pm – 10pm
OPENING TIMES: Saturday 11th – Sunday the 19th October, 2008
Daily 12pm – 7pm
FFI CONTACT: Jono –07527 140 323 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Today Art-el are pleased to unleash K-Guy’s new Lovehate prints. The originals were recently exhibited at the ‘Expression’ exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery.
Each print has a hand finished background, then screen printed by the artist, followed by more embellishment making each unique and giving them a distressed, textural feel.
They are not your Ikea, mass produced, machine engineered, lifeless, bosh ‘em out prints – and the results are stunning. In the words of the artist he wanted to produce a print edition with “some soul, with some life and with a little punk rock thrown in for good measure”! Available in 4 different variations, two editions of 50, one in silver and one in gold, plus ‘Jacked Up’ limited edition of 12 on slate card so thick these will have to be sent out flat and an edition of 10 artist proofs.
The image highlights our governments obsession with self harm The bullshit we have been fed by Politicians via the media means that we live in fear, it’s an easy way of keeping the nation under control. The LOVEHATE wording stems from the classic love & hate knuckle tattoo but K’s take on it was to join the 2 words together to form one word i.e. there is no space between love and hate. Creating a new word in the English language meaning loving hate.
Over the past couple of years K-Guy has emerged & decorated the streets with his hard edged graphic style, often using discarded trash and found objects as the basis or medium of his work. He has brought a poignant, relevant and thought provoking slant to the street art scene tackling challenging and sometimes controversial subjects which manifest themselves into visual rants. Sticking two fingers firmly up at the culturally elite he likes nothing more than to expose society’s dysfunction and the things people automatically SWEEP UNDER THE GREY MATTER.
“We are all Prostitutes and Junkies! Remember that when you’re trudging through the rain to work supping your skinny latte”.
Tomorrow evening sees the opening of Eelus first solo show, ‘Electrik Eel’ at Newcastle’s Electrik Sheep gallery.
Should be lots of new goodies on offer plus the release of his new print, ’Raven Haired’, so get there if you can. For those of you who can’t make it the work available will also be going up on-line at www.electriksheep.co.uk at 6pm tomorrow.
All the very best Mr E.