The billboard art project

Some will tell you how ugly all these road signs, billboards and others are and how much they give our cities an ugly look. This is when The Billboard Art Project comes in with a awesome idea which surely will enhance the city landscape.

They acquire digital LED billboards normally used for advertising and repurpose them as roadside galleries. .Projects are currently held in various US cities only.

What makes this project even better is that it is open to anyone who is interested in contributing. The type of artwork consists of images specifically created for the medium or art turned into the required format. And you should never get bored since artwork rotates every 6-10 seconds.

Watch the time lapse video below and check out The Billboard Art Project website for more information

Jayoon Choi at Jealous gallery – new drawings

Following a fantastic reaction to her line drawn “People” series we have been working with Jayoon Choi to curate a beautiful solo exhibition focusing on her latest body of work.

We are very excited about the show, which will feature both familiar figure studies and new drawings alongside displays of Jay’s sketchbooks and diaries and new prints. In all the work line is exquisitely assured, describing form with Jay’s characteristic accuracy and delicacy.

Words from Jealous gallery

When – 3 till 27 March 2011 (private view on Saturday 5th March from 2 – 4 pm)
Where – Jealous Gallery | 27 Park Road | N8 8TE | London | info@jealousgallery.com

Related link
> Jayoon Choi website: www.aoooi.co.uk/

Missum (Miss Bugs) at Ink_d gallery

Missum, one half of street art sensation Miss Bugs is to exhibit her first ever solo work at Ink_d Gallery, Brighton.

Breaking onto the UK street art scene in 2007, the artistic partnership of Miss Bugs, Missum, has gained international acclaim, culminating in the recent sell-out Parlour show at the Brooklynite Gallery, New York.

For this solo show, 20 new works will be revealed where Missum’s unique approach using watercolours, collograph and drypoint etching techniques will be seen. Dark palette is often use but Missum’s style manage to give the works a softer touch, a Missum’s touch.

While we are excited about this show, Missum’s recent street art installations are as truly remarkable and again carry a certain softness. You can see two of them below.

‘PLACE – WORKS ON PAPER’ by Missum
Private view 20/10, 6 – 8.30
Show from 21/10 till 20/11/11
INK_D GALLERY | 96 NORTH ROAD | BRIGHTON |BN1 6YE

The Factory: Warhol and His Circle

Warhol, just the name conjures up an instant catalogue of artworks/images that transcend generations – the Campbell’s Soup tins, the Jackie Kennedy prints – and define the pop art movement.

This exhibition gives viewers a glimpse into something other than the primary colours and consumerism images of Andy Warhol. Proud Chelsea is exhibiting a photographic memoir of a year at the Factory – Warhols working world of creativity and notoriety. The images were taken by David McCabe who was a rising star on the New York photography scene during the 60s, he was contacted by Warhol and asked to collaborate with him in documenting life at the Factory between 1964 and 1965.

David McCabe Philip Johnson's Glasshouse 1965McCabe was asked to conform to two conditions by Warhol: that he didn’t use a flash and that he was someone who would fit in; David became part of the Factory’s entourage and took over 2,500 photographs at the Factory and other locations around New York.

This is McCabe’s first UK exhibition and highlights this world that Warhol created the exhibition features snap shots of other artists Warhol knew, such as Salvador Dali.  In one image Dali is seen to be explaining one of his paintings to Warhol, almost in a teacher/professor like manor.

This small display at Proud Chelsea of McCabe’s photographs are a peek into Warhol’s world and the stars of the Factory,  one of these was Edie Sedgwick, for whom this display is for; commemorating the 40th anniversary of her death. She features across many of the images and her contemporary look could be straight out of a bar in Chelsea today.

One striking image for me is Philip Johnson’s Glasshouse1964/5  something about the angle, the glass and space that perhaps say a lot about Warhol and the world he was cultivating, his look of almost a surveying nature. It also reminded me of a clothing advert – the slick, clean cut look and serniness of the image –  it could almost be for Burberry.

The  images still feel modern and some are more candid than others, such as one featuring Edie, Chuck Wein and Warhol at a party at the Empire State building in1965, which could almost be a Facebook picture, the three of them are huddled in close, looking up at the camera.DavidMcCabe Spring nyc 1965

The display  features images that Warhol decided did not portray him in a light he was keen to cultivate and they were put away by McCabe and left. Some of these unique photographs have been untouched or unprinted, for nearly 40 years so its well worth a look.

Downstairs are some of Proud’s other images by terry ONiel and others. My favoruites is a shot of the Rolling Stones with paige boy hair cuts from 1963, an open shirted Mick Jagger striking a pose for an image entitled ‘Mick’s Lips’ and the sultry Marianne Faithfull in knee high socks and Mary Janes. All of the images no matter what the year still look modern, with looks straight out of today’s catwalks.

The exhibition opens today at Proud Chelsea and runs till the 4th December Mon, Tue, Thu – Sun 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Wed 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

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