The ever expanding creative initiative Art Below, is taking over the London Underground one step at a time. You will already likely be familiar with the quirky art works often displayed in regular advertising spaces across tube platforms, but now commuters at Kennington Tube Station will be greeted with a bounty art work created by up 16 MA students at the City & Guilds of London Art School. Twenty A1 sized panels inside the 2 passenger lifts (normally taken up by advertising) are currently dominated by a varied selection of works.
June 2010, see’s the launch of Art Below‘s third Berlin Pillar of Art project, an initiative first set up by Ben Moore whereby 14 foot high Pillars in the districts of Berlin Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg are adorned with works by selected artists. The year the project will be run in collaboration with Art Barter, a public art exchange platform set up by Lauren Jones and Alix Janta.
Britain’s most notorious street artist Banksy stands accused of disrespecting a graffiti legend by modernising a 24-year-old work by “King Robbo” in Camden, North London. In old fahioned street war style Robbo responded by obliterating the artist’s work with 3ft high silver letters spelling out his own name. Banksy has apparantly been on an extensive spraying spree of late having painted a series of images last week on walls under Camden Street Bridge, directly behind the British Transport Police building in Camden Town. Robbo however; apparently took exception to the manipulation of his mural, accessible only by water, that had been in place since 1985.
The Central Illustration Agency have recently signed up creatvie talent, the Pirates who they claim are set to ‘turn the world of graffiti and street art on its head’. The team’s ambition is to create the largest most breathtaking creations ever seen and rather than lurking in the shadows and staying anonymous, the Pirates want to be seen everywhere and by everyone. The Pirates have collaborated with some of the greatest brands on the cards and are all set to reclaim the streets, one wall at a time. Working across all mediums and breaking all boundaries, you wont have to look too hard before you see a PIRATES creation. Check out the wall mural film HERE.
I recently came across the Lazaride’s Gallery Shop in Soho. It’s a great space selling some really nice prints and pieces, all on display for a browse with no pressure to buy anything.
The shop hosts a changing programme of edgy urban and ‘outsider’ art from the likes of Jamie Hewlett, Antony Micallef, Faile, Stanley Donwood, Mode 2, Paul Insect and Space Invader.
The best work is on the lower floor known as ‘The Dungeon’. There’s currently an interesting Space Invader animation playing and this rather bizarre sculpture of a man with his head in the wall…?
Lazaride’s Gallery on Lazaride’s Gallery: “Committed to creating an unconventional atmosphere in which to witness unconventional artworks as far out as taxidermy renderings, Lazarides focuses on pushing the boundaries of ‘street art’, promoting artists who create without formal training, but rather by their own inspirations, imaginations and relationship to popular culture.”
Lazaride’s Shop, 8 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DG