Known for his retro-futuristic murals, Italian artist Pixel Pancho has a show coming up at London’s StolenSpace Gallery on March 12 titled “Memories of Our Life.” DIY, steampunk-inspired robots are a common motif in Pancho’s street art, which we previously covered on the blog here. For his exhibition, he will transform one of StolenSpace’s galleries into an immersive installation that will transport viewers into the world of his surreal automatons. With his latest work, Pancho says he is exploring man’s impulse to play god. Check out some teasers below and stay tuned for an update on the installation once it’s complete.
Berlin-based artist Reka recently travelled to London for his current solo show “Trip the Light” at StolenSpace Gallery (see our preview here) and left a mural behind in the Shoreditch district. While the graceful movements of dancers’ bodies served as the inspiration for the paintings in Reka’s exhibition, the mural took on a more playful, illustrative look despite its shared Modernist aesthetic. Over a black background, Reka painted free-flowing, abstract forms. Some of them emerge as illustrations of specific objects — a fish head, a chess piece with an all-seeing eye — while others keep the viewer asking questions. Is that a spray can with the punk slogan ACAB? The whimsical piece is intended to keep us guessing.
Both based in Berlin by way of Australia, Two One and Reka (see our recent studio visit here) are exhibiting together at StolenSpace Gallery in London in two concurrent solo shows: Reka’s “Trip the Light” and Two One’s “The Hunted Hunter’s Head.” Inspired by the graceful movements of dancers from a young age, Reka (whose mother was a ballerina) presents a series of paintings that pay homage to the fluid, abstract shapes the body can make. His Cubist-inspired paintings might have one imagining a toe-tapping soundtrack of jazz or even the swell of a symphony, but Reka tempers these allusions to older, more traditional art forms with gritty paint textures that evoke his graffiti roots.
After following a photojournalist through Lebanon during the height of the Syrian civil war in 2013, Australian artist Luke Cornish created his latest body of work as a response to the violence he witnessed as well as a testament to the power of hope in a time of conflict. His new stencil paintings will debut in his solo show, “Louder Than Words,” at StolenSpace Gallery in London on August 8.
London’s StolenSpace Gallery encourages artists to indulge their vices for the “Saints & Sinners” group show, opening July 11. Featuring a wide array of international creators — from buzz-worthy names in street art to emerging oil painters — the show is an irreverent display of extravagance and excess. Broken Fingaz, a street art crew from Israel, for instance, has been making waves with their comic book-inspired murals that put morbid twists on explicit displays of sexuality. Their piece in the show superimposes an image of a supine, nude woman with that of a lively-looking skeleton in a frenetic collage that is a veritable sensory overload. Sylvia Ji’s painting falls more on the “Saints” side of the show’s spectrum, with a pious-looking woman in Dia de los Muertos-style make-up bowed in front of a stained-glass window. Other artists in “Saints & Sinners” include Beau Stanton, Word to Mother, Pixel Pancho, Cyrcle, Hueman and more. Check out our sneak peek after the jump.
Street art has been criticized for being a boy’s club, so for the few internationally-prominent female street artists out there, it has been vital to foster a sense of camaraderie across national borders. This May, StolenSpace Gallery in London brings together two prolific artists, Olek and Miss Van, for two side-by-side solo shows that are in direct dialogue with one another. The two artists are long-time friends and admirers of one another’s work, and though they have been included in many group shows and street art projects together (during Miami Art Basel last December, they created neighboring artworks in the public art nexus Wynwood Walls), this is their first joint gallery project.