London Framing Workshop presents:
You Are Here
You Are here is the second in the installment of the summer exhibitions brought to you by London Print Workshop.
Hackney Wick has been home for the swarm of young creatives descending into its raw industrial makeshift studios in the last decade or so. And has quickly become one of the biggest artist communities in London.
You Are Here celebrates this flourishing talent and diversity by showcasing five artists who practice/live in the “Wick” and explores their very individual and personal development within this close nit community. The various disciplines and subject matters are very personal in technique and style and range from the medium of painting, illustration, printmaking and street art.
A political refugee from the Middle East in the early 80′s, Aida describes herself foremost as a designer maker, a full time screen printer and a “some time educator.”
Having taken some time out from dressing Brick Lane’s Fashionistas with her label Brag, she’s set to concentrate on her fine art printing and independent production house “Aida Prints”
Since then, Aida has exhibited in various exhibitions with more major ones including Mutate Britain(One Foot in The Grove) in West London (2009). In 2011 completed a street art inspired print project with Safewalls, an art project set up by Cirque du Soleil. More recently she has showcased two major screen print releases at Pick Me Up (Contemporary Graphic Design) 2012, and just completed the Banger Art project alongside major international street artists with Nelly Duff which involved transforming an old car in to a piece of art.
South African born artist Mantis has been a steady contributor to the urban and contemporary art scene for the last ten years.
He has exhibited internationally, showing numerous times in group shows with some of the worlds leading galleries from Los Angeles, Miami, Australia, Bangkok, Berlin, Italy and his current base in London. His First solo show “Altered State” in 2010 was in Hackney Wick’s very own derelict Lord Napier pub.
Mantis’s work reflects mostly on the social issues that confront us in our daily city grind and although full of hope it rides and questions on the darker edge of the social conscience. With his work, he asks that we enter into a new way of thinking and that we play the game of life with heart, pushing forward collectively in a positive and constructive new direction.
John Atherton attended Glasgow School of Art where he studied Graphic Design. He has worked in many design fields but more recently his work has a fine art direction. In his latest series of ‘unusual portraits’ his working process dictates the narrative of each piece, the subsequent gallery of historical, aristocratic freaks uses various techniques that include painting, screen-printing and collage.
Luke received a diploma in Architecture from the University of Westminster in 2007. Having previously studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw and the Central School of Speech and Drama.
He currently works as a Robotics Engineer for the Shadow Robot Company.He has been exhibiting artwork in group shows for the last fifteen years under the pseudonym ‘Dybbuk’ and as part of the creative sound system ‘Hekate,’ in and around Europe including; Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.
With a focus on the anthropomorphic interpretation of machines and objects, Luke’s painting could be described as narrative-driven Synthetic-Surrealism.
His drawing and design work stretches across numerous records, canvases, human skin and walls.
You can’t miss Sweet Toofs recognizable pink fleshy gums and skull heads which are plastered onto almost every rooftop building as you enter and leave Hackney Wick, these iconic images have almost become the identity of the area.
Sweet Toof’s painting starts with and evolves out of his street art; whether as a solo graffiti artist or in collaboration with the esteemed Burning Candy crew.
Like the streets of 1980’s New York, an ever-increasing army of street artists of which Sweet Toof is one of the most prolific and artful today is reclaiming London’s streets.
Equally disciplined in traditional painting and printmaking techniques, Sweet Toof masterfully blends urban detritus with bygone decadence. Fusing ancient methods with modern materials, Sweet Toof’s imagery combines layers of historical and current cultural references to create unconventional, iconoclastic art that is at once both traditional and contemporary.