Meanwhile Back In The Wick: Prompt Gallery

Meanwhile…………..Back In the Wick!

“Having resurrected what was Hackney Wick’s first exhibition space in Queens yard, Prompt Gallery presents it’s debut show “Meanwhile Back In The Wick” which previews on the 14th November, on the 5th floor of Mother Studios.

To reinforce the locations reputation of being one of the most exciting and creative artist communities in the whole of Europe, we are delighted to feature the work of three Wick based artists, Aida, John Atherton and OKO.

Aida and John Atherton left the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane in 2008 in search of a more affordable and less saturated solace, to live and work.  Since then, they have progressed individually, with Aida growing as a seminal printmaker and Atherton establishing his business in the area as well as developing his creative practice.

OKO uses the world as her canvas; she has been a permanent fixture in the street art revolution since 2005, traveling extensively, skating or painting her intricately drawn work. Dubbed a “National Treasure” in Croatia and working with clients such as Adidas, we are delighted that she has decided to call Hackney Wick new home.”

So, Meanwhile Back In The Wick opened to a roaring success on the 14th November.Thanks to everyone who made our night so fabulous, including those who made it to the deepest and darkest of Hackney Wick all the way from Oxford & Birmingham.

A special thanks goes to Guillaume Boudray for setting the party mood with his music and to Caine Crawford from Prompt Gallery for hosting our show.

Below are some pre show pics of the work developing, as well as some show shots of me kicking back with some of my favourite people at the show.

The exhibition continues till the end of December- Open Fridays 5-10pm- Saturday & Sunday 12-8

Prompt- 5th Floor Mother Studios. Queens Yard- London-E9 5EN

For more info and the work please contact hello@prompt.london or visit the website Prompt.London

Aida : Meanwhile Back In the Wick

For Meanwhile Back In The Wick, Aida has chosen to create an installation ARCHIPELAGO / A DISSECTION which comprises of individual key artworks produced whilst working in Hackney Wick, resulting in a biographical visual diary of her work over past five years. Aida’s iconic animal series revamped will coincide with sexy 3D Acrylic pieces inspired by her past designs for Brag, as well as cutout and paste up works referencing her artwork from the street. The wide array of processes, materials and specialist screen-printing techniques demonstrate Aida’s tenacity as an artist.

Alongside this, the artist & printmaker has chosen to make tongue and cheek references to the recent gentrification/”regeneration” of the area with quirky hand designed commemorative ceramics comprising of plates and ashtrays, as well as various postcards & other paraphernalia parodying the obviously tacky tourist souvenirs with titles like Hackney Wick Signs and Hackney Wick by Night.

Born in Iran, Aida arrived in the UK in the mid 80’s as a political refugee; she now lives and works in London.

Aida’s artistic career has been a diverse one. She has been a professional screen printer for the last fifteen years, building a hand printed clothing company “Brag” and setting up a boutique and print studio in the heart of Brick Lane until 2009.

She is also an associate lecturer (and alumni) on the Surface Design Program at the London College of Communication for the past 14 years.

Her unique style expresses her ongoing battle to bring two alternative elements together, the graphic and the classical, whether this is through colour or through image.

For the last six years, Aida has been focusing on producing a range of fine art Screen Prints of her artwork, as well as various slogans and iconography “pop” themed artwork that she uses in her outdoor/indoor instillation work.

She has exhibited extensively and her debut solo show HABROS earlier this year demonstrated her exceptional talents as a screen print artist.

Her Credit Crunch Poster is currently on a touring exhibition with the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of the A World To Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution.

Working under the umbrella brand of “The Glorious House of Brag” which includes aidaprints, where she showcases her artwork, clothing and screen print editions as well as her print based workshop project titled “Print Is Power”.