Leonard Street Gallery re-opens its door after the very successful Blek Le Rat exhibition with a new show "ELEVEN" opening on the 9th March. The show will bring together eleven of the most exciting contemporary artists from across the world, many of whom will be exhibiting in the UK for the first time, in order to question the nature of the street art/fine art divide.
Over the past 5 years Swoon has emerged as one of the most influential figures in the street art movement. Swoon has been pasting her technically brilliant and beautiful woodcuts on the streets of New York for a number of years and is one of only a handful of artists who has gained enormous respect in both street art circles and in the mainstream art world. Swoon's work can still be seen on the streets but is now also found in many Museums including MOMA.
Matt trained at the Royal College of Art and whilst there is no denying the painterly quality of the work, his work shares something of the street art ethos. Matt paints his portraits, often of the socially excluded or misunderstood, onto found pieces of metal.
Blek Le Rat
Considered by many to be the originator of stencil graffiti, Blek has been adorning the streets of Paris with his hugely original and intelligent artwork since the early eighties. A massive influence on today's graffiti and gorilla art movements, Blek's arresting images have a timeless, universal appeal that go beyond underground street art.
The man who launched the sticker revolution with a simple image of Andre the Giant, yet well known for his Obey propaganda art project campaign (aka. Andre the Giant has a Posse), Shepard Fairey has had renowned exhibitions worldwide for the past decade and now runs a small design empire out of Los Angeles. Fairey creates works that detail the explosion of commercialism in our society, including the references to how our we put celebrities, politicians, etc. onto pedestals.
Other exhibiting artists include the French urban artist based in NYC WK Interact, London’s own Eine and Dface, New York’s Judith Supine and Elbowtoe, Faile Collective’s Aiko, and Philadelphia-based Jim Houser.
The Exhibition will run from 9 March – 18 April 2007
Gallery Hours: Open to the public from 11:00 am until 19:00 Monday to Saturday or by private appointment
LEONARD STREET GALLERY, 73 A Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS.
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