I got a flyer telling me about that exhibition – ‘Flying Eyeball presents Exhibition & Pop Up Shop’ when I went to the Lock Up exhibition last week (will post about it soon). I looked again at the flyer and after reading the artists line-up, Goldie, Ben Allen, Shok 1, etc. I could not wait but to be there.
On my way now with a friend to the Gallery 27, based in Mayfair. As I was trying to find my way (I lost the map I had printed earlier) I looked around to see only shops selling very expensive things or people in impeccable suits. I then thought, why Mayfair? An old looking and smelly warehouse in Dalston would surely suit a lot more that sort of exhibition (Dalston, Shoreditch – trendy spots, everyone knows that and agree) but I quickly realised that no actually Mayfair is spot on and is a sign of whatÂ Street Art has become and where it stands today in the vast contemporary art world: it is everywhere and appreciate by more and more people everyday.
I am actually pretty sure some of these people if not at least one (in impeccable suits) I stumbled across tonight may actually have thought or event bought a reproduction of a Banksy’s piece which is now hung in their study or in the loo. We need to give a bit more time though to see that piece hung on the living room next to a Rembrandt or a Monet, let’s be realistic.
I am now in the gallery and my first thought is asking whether I can take pictures (to post on this blog!) as I glance at that piece from Goldie right to the left when you come in. The girl I asked was having her takeaway and had to ask the manager who was downstairs who also got a takeaway but had to… anyway to make it short, I was allowed.
A couple of steps backwards and I am back to the Goldie piece I first saw when I got in. I can’t help but quickly glance at the whole room to see a multitude of artwork calling for me to come and see them. Moving on to the next piece and onto that piece from SHOK 1 (see below) made of VHS tapes with their film stripped out and lying on the floor, neat illustrations on those tapes, just superb and refreshing. ART-PIE believes that using random supports is a very interesting and exciting approach to art.
Moving on and on, eyes everywhere and snapping away. Going back one to look again at that piece from George Morton: woooa it does look good spray paint on coated aluminiun, snapped up – see picture below.
Almost at the end of my methodical tour of the gallery and I feel like going back to the start and do it all over again when I spot the stairs where the manager came from when asked about whether I could take pictures – doesn’t matter, I’ll give you that. It could actually matter as I thought those stairs lead to the loo or any non-public room but I asked: “Is there anyting downstairs?”. “Yes, of course loads of other artwork” the manager replied. Nice. Rushed downstairs and stumbled upon other very cool pieces like these two below from Ben Allen.
This exhibition is worth going if you like street art, stencils, acrylics and Mayfair. Hurry up it only runs until this Friday the 12th!
Other pictures taken today –