Abstract Graffiti

Abstract Graffiti

Pitch Lake by SOMA.  The first time I heard of Tony’s work was two years ago stumbling on his work online.  We worked together on a small one day show as part of Uncontained @ Boxpark with Shellsuite Zombie and 55DSL.  The whole abstract graffiti was starting to boom and become more widely noticed.  The beginnings of exhibitions solely dedicated to that style of graffiti in exhibitions by Futurism 2.0 with exhibitors like Augustine Kofie, Phil Ashcroft and notably Morten Anderson.  This came in tandem with the Saatchi Street Art competition which was won by Tony Driver aka SOMA.  As all graffiti artists generally work under a pseudonym to mask their identity can also be taken as a comment on the fallacy of romanticizing the conscious individuality or subjectivity of the artist.  But its interesting to see when graffiti artists move closer to the gallery scene that they move closer to assimilating their original name.  KAWS did the same and even now I consider removing the Donshi name into my real name which is rarely even used in my family.  But why do we choose to go from one to the other or vice verca?   I’m not saying that I am in the same of league of those two artists but it brings to light the same question of legitimacy and the acceptance of one into the art world mainstream.

A New Metropolitan By Martin Tang

A New Metropolitan By Martin Tang

The 3 colour silkscreen print on 300gsm Somerset Satin White. Printed at Print Club London in 2013.  I’m looking forward to the continuation of this series by Martin Tang in the new year.

Time & Motion..Redifining Working Life Exhibition FACT Liverpool

Time & Motion Exhibition FACT Liverpool

75 Watt: Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen
Viewed at FACT Liverpool as part of the Time & Motion…Redefining Working Life Exhibit.Supported by FACT and the Royal College of Art.
I was lucky enough to remember to see this exhibit at FACT cinema while I was visiting home for the Christmas period.  The ever changing working environment pushed by the radically disrupting digital technologies.  During the Industrial Revolution, workers fought for the right to a work-life balance in which we perform our 8 hrs of labour and then leave the factory.  That doesn’t feel like the case in today’s society, especially in London where for example the office is open 24hrs, 7 days a week.  I would say that I spend almost half my life in the office clicking away at my mouse which had notable signs of wear on the left click button.  This million clicks only came about as a friend had asked me to record my office environment for periods of the day.  I would have never thought about it if she hadn’t asked.  The exhibition is formed by several artists work that redefine the idea of time & motion in the form of essays, expos, installations and videos which seek to critique this changing paradigm.  The most notable piece was by Cohen and Van Balen due to the use of the word ‘drift’ to describe the camera movement as the viewer in 75 watt.  This conjures up all thoughts of the 60’s avant-garde art movements back to the ‘situationists’ and their critique of advanced capitalism.  Further interesting thoughts come to mind as similar to an exhibition I saw at the Barbican of works by Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns and Rauschenberg, except I was unfortunate enough not to see the performance while on my visit.  If you get the chance the exhibition runs till the 9th March 2014 @ FACT Liverpool.