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Acerone (Luke Palmer) solo show – Where Is Iron John?

September 25, 2012

Art-el Gallery is delighted to announce the first solo London exhibition from one of Bristol’s most exciting young visual artists to have emerged from the street art scene, Acerone (Luke Palmer).

Entitled ‘Where is Iron John?‘, Palmer’s new body of work depicts images from his exploration of masculinity and the transition into manhood, inspired, informed and twisted from the iconic Grimm BrothersDer Eisenhans’ fairy tale and it’s unique review through folklore and mythology by Robert Bly.

From innovative photo-shoots Palmer reveals some of London’s most classical statues and sculptures that evoke personal representations of the fragility, serenity and the complexity of modern masculinity and its links to the male of yesteryear.  Blended with images depicting the pace and expectation of inner-city modernity, double exposure images are replayed in paint and print creating works that are anchored in history whilst emphasising the pressure on the modern male.

“Art-el Gallery is proud to represent Luke’s work in his principal London exhibition. His shows in Bristol have attracted a diverse range of admirers and collectors and we are delighted to have the pleasure to bring this work to the capital”. 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

The Scottish writer and activist Alistair McIntosh once told me ‘It’s tough to be a young man in this world’ and he was right.

Images of adult manhood given to us by popular culture and mass media appear worn out. The right man, the tough man, the true man, all of which have been force fed to us since birth and are neither accurate nor relevant to the real life of a modern male.

When I recently became a father, my preconceptions of what it meant to be a man were flipped upside down. I found that the irreversible transition between boyhood and manhood had begun and with guidance from a long forgotten fairy tale, my most recent work explores key moments from what is perhaps the most challenging and turbulent time in any man’s life.

The collection of work comprises paintings that juxtapose imagery of London streets and statues of immortalised heroes, double exposure photography and installations that use images of light and death as an allegory for change.  ‘Where is Iron John?’ is a visual representation of a young man dissecting masculinity whilst negotiating the complexities of modern life in the inner city.

BIOGRAPHY

Acerone’s (Luke Palmer) paintings have been exhibited in a number of group and solo shows in his hometown of Bristol, as well as on streets and abandoned buildings in the UK and beyond since the mid 90’s. His recent gallery works are an accumulation of 17 years’ operating as a graffiti artist with the internationally recognised TCF Crew, whilst working as a freelance photographer and lecturer at the City of Bristol College. Blending together experimental photographic techniques, bursts of light and paint, Palmer’s innovative paintings capture the energy and vibrancy of his street based murals directly onto canvas.

Palmer’s mural work can be seen adorning walls in and around the streets of Bristol as well as in many esteemed public institutions and private collections such as the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, the Tobacco Factory Theatre and the new M-Shed Museum in the regenerated docks area of Bristol.

He has exhibited in two solo shows; ‘Call to Adventure’ at the Colston Hall, Bristol (2010) and ‘Photographiti’ at Friend & Co Gallery (2009) as well as numerous group shows including ‘See no Evil’ the ‘Weapon of Choice’ pop-up gallery (2011), ‘Crimes of Passion’ at the Royal West of England Academy (2009), and he also co-curated ‘Distance Travelled’ & ‘Triple Drop’ at the Centrespace Gallery in 2010 and 2009 respectively.

In 2009 Palmer was the recipient of the first prize award in the ‘Bristol: A Second Look’ photography competition for his unique take on portraying the atmosphere of the city in a single image.

Palmer’s 2011 joint commission with illustrator Andy Council, for the City of Bristol’s flagship ‘People’s Museum’ M-Shed, was critically acclaimed by James Lachno in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, who commented:

‘If a centerpiece exists then it is ‘Window on Bristol’, a huge graffiti-esque picture of Bristol’s buildings as a looming, luminous dinosaur arching over the M-Shed itself, by artists Andy Council and Luke Palmer.

With thanks to Bristol Beer Factory who will be providing the opening night refreshments.

Pedro Paste Up In Brick Lane

December 7, 2010

Pedro Matos has just been on a trip to the UK and has made himself known in Brick Lane.

Thanks to Pedro and unurth for the pics.

K-Guys Lovehate print release – Today

October 1, 2008

 

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”.

 

 

STREET WORK