Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Playtime in London with Street Artists Donk

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A regular fixture on the streets of London, the street artist and photographer known as Donk has been making photographic & zerox based paste-up poster art since 2008. His large scale pasteups often featuring his own photography can be seen right across London and later this month Donk will be staging his very first solo show titled 'Playtime'. Curated by Dalton based Print Club, the Playtime exhibition will be presented in their Millers Avenue gallery space and will see Donk showing a series of original artworks along with the release of some new print editions.

On the title of the forthcoming show Donk says, "I called the show playtime. Firstly, because the ideas for these images have been ignited, directly or indirectly, by the many happy hours of play time I have spent with my son. 

Over these 12 years together, we have actually managed to rove space and time. We battled with many villainous foe and forged enduring friendships with the most unlikely selection of surreal characters. We have been been slain and lost, then reborn and saved on countless occasions."

The show’s title also embraces the importance of a similar sense of playtime within the adult creative process, and the idea that we are not necessarily so far removed from our former childhood selves. He continues "playtime serves as a reminder of the slightly glib truism that; no matter how tricky things get we’re not here for a long time, so we may as well try and have a good time!"

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Donk and Printclub will also be taking part in the worldwide #freeartfriday this Friday, 15th May where the artist will be leaving a limited edition piece of artwork somewhere on the streets of Dalston for one lucky passer by to claim! The location of the artwork will be revealed via Instagram with a posted photo of the location from both @printclublondon and @donklondon accounts.

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Donk_HOOKEDBLOG_6083_PHOTO_©2015_MARK_RIGNEY The PLAYTIME exhibition opens with a private view, Thursday 21st May from 6pm until 9pm and will then continue at the space until Thursday 28th May. To attend the private view, please RSVP on Print Club's eventbrite page here.
Print Club Gallery, Millers Avenue. Dalston E8 2DS

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