Posts Tagged ‘exhibition’

Mr Jago – ʻPiltdown Tacticsʼ 18:10:13 – 16:11:13

October 10, 2013

Art-el Gallery has had the honour of working closely with Bristol based artist, Mr Jago for a number of years.  His art is unique and collected and recognized all around the world and it is great to see that one of the UK’s most prominent gallerists has realised the potential within the artist and his work.

The Outsiders Gallery, part of the Lazarides group will be hosting ‘Piltdown Tactics’ an exhibition of new works by Mr Jago, please see below for the official press release.

EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE – The Outsiders Newcastle

Mr Jago - ʻPiltdown Tacticsʼ

18th October – 16th November 2013

Private View – 6-9pm – Thursday 17th October 2013

Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday 12 – 6pm, admission free.

The Outsiders Newcastle is honoured to welcome UK urban art star Duncan Jago for his first solo exhibition with the Lazarides group of galleries, Piltdown Tactics. The show features Jagoʼs trademark large format canvases in acrylic and spray paint, the largest measuring six feet high by ten feet wide, and a number of works on paper.

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Mr Jago, to address him by his street handle, has honed his own form of graffiti-influenced abstract expressionist art over the past decade and a half. His lavish canvases, seemingly effortless synchronisations of a loose painting style and coherent composition, are things of beauty that can be marvelled at on a purely aesthetic level.

“In terms of form, I absorb everything I admire,” explains the artist, “from Japanese woodcut prints, to early Manga comics, and concept artwork for science fiction movies. I was ten years old when graffiti began coming over from the States, growing up in rural Suffolk, so I donʼt want to claim that it all comes from that.”

However, behind the opulent strokes and deftly assembled colour palettes a voracious mind and an avid imagination work in tandem to portray a complex vision. Like the finest instrumental electronic music, the canvases and their dramatic titles slam human perception into overdrive – bridging the gulf of comprehension between the average Western metropolitan experience and the all-too- threatening issues we as a generation are only just beginning to confront.

“Violence is perhaps the most regular theme in my work,” says Jago, “not just physical violence alone, but that which seems to thread through modern society.” To the viewer, the hulking futuristic forms looming out of Jagoʼs compositions could represent rampant emotional aggression, the overlooked cruelties of a hypocritical social democracy, or indeed the enforced scarcity that provides the ichorous fuel to keep our modern world turning. “My paintings are imagined futures,” continues Jago, “I suppose Iʼm processing a fear of the days to come. Itʼs difficult to be optimistic when wars of resources are still going on. Moreover, I canʼt see any way out either.”

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The heralds of Jagoʼs brutal new age are cybernetic kraken, champions of entropy and ushers of catastrophe. Their forms are often visible in the artistʼs portrait-format character studies, to anyone with an over-active imagination or a doyenne of dystopian science fiction. His Human Fossils series is inspired by the thought of epic conflict between these brutes, each on its own side as a metaphor for individualismʼs unseemly scramble, where sharp elbows become plasma cannons and a thick skin is represented by an ablative exoskeleton. There truly are no friends in this game, and for what? “All that crap weʼve harvested, will we be buried with it like the tribal chiefs of old were buried with their treasures?” says the artist, “archaeologists in eons to come would find it very confusing.” In this way Jagoʼs ambitious works depict the Piltdown Tactics of the exhibitionʼs name, as we all scrap in this florid muck for the sake of a legacy like that of the hoaxed millennia-old human remains unearthed in Piltdown, southern England.

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What delineates Jago though is his use of aesthetic beauty, however transcendent, to represent this sobering vision. This may be a shocking melodrama, but it grips the imagination with the ingenuity of the master storyteller, the wit of the court jester, and the bombast of the prodigal composer.

Notes to Editors About The Artist

Duncan Jago studied art in Bristol and became a staple of the cityʼs Scrawl Collective. In recent years he has exhibited at Parisʼ Galerie Le Feuvre, New Yorkʼs Opera Gallery and the Thinkspace gallery in Los Angeles. He is considered both a pioneer and an exemplary ambassador of the abstract graffiti movement. His immensely popular murals can be seen at the See No Evil event in his native Bristol and the Pow Wow mural festival in Hawaii. He was born in 1972.

The Outsiders Galleries, Newcastle and London

The Outsiders galleries sell affordable original works of art and limited edition prints from the Lazarides stable of artists. Emerging talents are also showcased alongside experimental and boutique projects from established names. The exhibition schedule focuses on work produced by artists who thrive “outside” of the orthodox gallery system. The Outsiders project was launched in 2008, with a group show in New York that attracted more visitors than a corresponding Gilbert and George retrospective at MOMA NY.

The two spaces in London and Newcastle upon Tyne occupy the sites of Lazaridesʼ original galleries. Having hosted some of the earliest gallery showcases by the likes of Banksy and Jonathan Yeo, and the first European exhibitions by American artists including David Choe, they boast a proud heritage on the contemporary urban art circuit. Artists exhibiting recently include Antony Micallef, Conor Harrington and Invader.

The book Outsiders is out now published by Thames & Hudson and the organisation is featured in Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. A dedicated print studio, Execution Dock in east London creates all the galleryʼs editioned works. Incorporating the thriving online art store http://www.theoutsiders.net, The Outsiders welcomes over ten thousand visitors annually.

www.theoutsiders.net

Lazarides

Lazarides is one of the worldʼs most influential galleries, with three permanent spaces and extensive high profile off-site activity. The group is dedicated to emerging international artists who defy categorisation, often existing outside of conventional artistic career structures. This vision has resonated with the general public and major collectors alike.

Founded in 2006 by Steve Lazarides, the gallery represents some of the most exciting and innovative artists working today including Antony Micallef, David Choe, JR, Vhils, Faile, Jonathan Yeo, Charlie Isoe, Conor Harrington, Ian Francis, Stanley Donwood, 3D, Invader, Zevs, Mode 2, Todd James /Reas, Blu, Paul Insect and BÄST.

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The Outsiders | 77 Quayside | Newcastle upon Tyne | NE1 3DE | UK | + 44 (0) 191 2212560 | http://www.theoutsiders.net

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Erms & Eko at Recoat Gallery, Glasgow

November 1, 2012
Recoat Gallery presents “Bricks & Sticks & Mortar”, the first duo exhibition from international artists Erms and Eko.

 

Title: Bricks & Sticks & Mortar

 

Opens: Friday 2nd November 2012 7-10pm

Runs: Saturday 3rd November till Sunday 2nd December 2012

Open from Tuesday to Sunday 12pm- 6pm

 

Contact Information: Amy Whiten or Alistair Wyllie  Tel: 0141 341 00 69
Email: info@recoatdesign.com

 

Address: Recoat Gallery • 323 North Woodside Road • Glasgow • G20 6ND

 

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW:

 

“Bricks & Sticks & Mortar” opens at Recoat on the 2nd of November, a joint show from internationally exhibited artists, Eko and Erms. With more than 20 years’ experience within the UK graffiti scene, this exhibition will be their first show together. Their shared history, respect for each other’s work and the similar themes that run through their pieces, brings them together for this important exhibition.

 

With deep roots in classical graffiti tradition, the pair explore new graphical possibilities beyond the constraints of lettering alone. Drawing inspiration from their environments, their pieces have a dream-like feel, each exploring a unique graphic universe, with fairytale landscapes and unfamiliar constructions that hint at their internal worlds.

 

The show is a collection of brand new originals. The pair will be creating murals at Recoat, aswell as producing a collaborative limited edition risograph print and a limited edition zine that will be available for sale throughout the show.

 

Exhibition runs till the 2nd of Dec open 12-6pm Tues to Sun.

MARK LYKEN – PATTERN INTERRUPT – SOLO SHOW OPENS TONIGHT

May 4, 2012

It’s been a surprisingly calm couple of days at Art-el Gallery this week (although in general gallery tradition there will be something that crops up at 5.50pm that sends us all into melt down with 10 minutes to go!)

The show is coming along nicely and is shaping up to be a pretty good one.

The cider arrived from Thatchers yesterday and the guys from the college will be firing up the cob oven to make pizza to sell.

What more could anybody want on a Friday evening?  So pop down down whether it’s for 5 minutes or for the duration to check out this show.  Doors open at 6pm and the evening goes on until 9.30pm.

And if you can’t make it tonight the show is on until the 25th May.

The College, Marksbury Road, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 5JJ.

Here’s a little taster (without giving too much away).

‘HATS OFF’ ON NOW @ THE ONE IN HONG KONG

July 27, 2011

For those living or lucky enough to be holiday in Hong Kong.

For those who aren’t  here is a taster of this extraordinary collection of hand finished baseball caps.

 HATS OFF SLIDESHOW

For more information visit http://www.evolutionholdingskk.com/

John Abell solo show – The Emporium 1st -17th February

January 26, 2011

Cardiff based artist John Abell’s work explores the human condition via drawing, print and painting. The images are charged with a sense of darkness, fear, and death, in a sense of pessimism or even nihilism.  We’re looking forward to this one.

http://johnabell.blogspot.com

Max Rippon (RIPO) show in Barcelona

January 12, 2011

Just a heads up for anyone in or around Barcelona this coming Friday, which sees the opening of a new exhibition of paintings and installations by one of our favourite writers/artists the incredibly talented Ripo.

‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ opens this Friday, January 14th at Galeria Cosmo, Barcelona and runs until February 14th.

Originating from New York but seemingly in love with Barcelona Ripo continues to tear things up around the walls of Europe and beyond with its unique textbased work and his unique and crazy fresh style. His choice of location for his outdoor work is always bang on the money and his ‘ Your Name Here’ project always had us waiting for his next piece to pop up. His recent ‘ Change in Vain’ wall was definitely one of our highlights of 2010.

www.ripovisuals.com

www.galeriacosmo.com

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Lee Ellis ‘Stare At Me’ opens 27/01/11 6pm @ The Emporium

January 11, 2011


Check out what’s in store here www.flickr.com/leeellis

2010 in review

January 4, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,600 times in 2010. That’s about 18 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 28 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 82 posts. There were 138 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 266mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 5th with 109 views. The most popular post that day was I’m sure TOX has long commenced his ’10 bombing spree but we loved this.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were art-el.co.uk, facebook.com, banksyforum.proboards.com, en.wordpress.com, and jerforceone.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mark ryden, belton, mercy centre logo, scooterman, and mr jago.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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I’m sure TOX has long commenced his ’10 bombing spree but we loved this January 2010
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Art-el wlecomes Vermin March 2010
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SCOOTERMAN June 2008

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Pam Glew – A Mirror Distorted August 2009

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Mr Jago – ‘Cloud Talk’ @ Stolenspace Gallery September 2008

Lokey Solo Show @ WOC Gallery 12/11/10

October 26, 2010

At 6pm on Friday 12th November Weapon of Choice Gallery will be throwing open their doors to the first solo show from the artist  ‘Lokey’.  Lokey was born and raised in Bristol.  His passion for graffiti started in the mid 1980’s following  a chance encounter in a local park with some break-dancing kids who had returned from their American holiday armed with hip-hop mix tapes and photographs of graffiti. 

Lokey is a product of the  Kingswood Hip Hop scene that nurtured the likes of Deed, Cheo, Kato and Soker.  The youngest of the Veterans of Bristol writers he has been painting the streets for the last twenty years during which time  he has been a member of Bad Applez, Dry Breadz, collaborated with many of the big names in graffiti (including Banksy) and is now considered one of the best 3D letter writers around.

This show is an exhibition of artworks adapted from Lokey’s black books, his inspiration for his graffiti, and an insight into his imagination.  This one’s not to be missed!

Show runs until the 5th of December 2010.

Kato & Soker, ‘The Cap Fits’ opens 18th June @ WOC Gallery

June 16, 2010

Kato & Soker – ‘The Cap Fits’

Joint show from 2 of Bristol’s oldest standing graffiti legends.

Opening preview. 18th June 6-10pm.  Show runs until the 11th July.

Expect wild style and dope characters!


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