Broken Fingaz are launching their first US show, Journey Galactiko, in a huge 1000 cubic metre moving temple installation, complete with lightboxes and tonnes of small works and details in the space, at Howard Griffin Gallery in Downtown LA, alongside 16 brand new large scale paintings…
Italian street artist RUN, is opening a unique exhibition and sculptural installation on 27th November 2014 @ Howard Griffin Gallery in London. Exhibiting for the first time under his real name, Giacomo Bufarini introduces “Parabola Di G”, a semi-autobiographical story told through a unique series of highly detailed pen and ink drawings that collectively make up a book.
The book follows the life journey of semi-fictional character, G, and explores ideas of imagination and creativity by showing important metaphorical moments from his life. The surreal story line is fully applicable to modern life, and it’s inspired by Giacomo’s personal experiences from his early days of creating street art on the streets of Bologna and Florence in the 90s, through meeting other cultures during world wide travels, to his current life and studio work in London. This landmark exhibition for the artist is a unique opportunity to see the original drawings of the book presented in a complex and site specific installation, as well as a first major show of the renewed artist.
If you occasionally stroll the streets of East London or at least flicked through issue 17 of VNA magazine chances are you might be well familiar with minuscule world that Pablo Delgado is the master of.
And so, this Thursday, at Howard Griffin Gallery the Mexican artist presents his latest show entitled EVEN LESS. Delgado is known for abstracting existing images and rearranging them into new surreal scenes and compositions.
The title of the exhibition reflects Delgado’s obsessive focus in minimising and reducing his work to its smallest expression. The constant need to be less reflects the world’s unsustainable requirement for resources and necessities. As a counterpoint to this, minimalism and an emphasis upon negative space become a paramount means of expression.
The upper level of the gallery is delineated into two distinct areas, one containing the other. In both, Delgado investigates the corresponding qualities of negative and positive space present in his work with an installation that gives attention to absence in order to give meaning to presence.
Howard Griffin Gallery
189 Shoreditch High Street
London, E1 6HU
16 May 2014 to 08 Jun 2014
Private view: 6:30PM 15 May
For one week commencing 19th September, Howard Griffin Gallery presents a unique exhibition of works by artist John Dolan. You may not think you know John Dolan, but he is East London’s most notorious artist. For the past three years Dolan has sat every day with his dog George on Shoreditch High Street documenting the surrounding architecture, elevating the old, decrepit buildings that are so often ignored and under-appreciated.
John Dolan has lived in London his whole life and has been drawing on Shoreditch High Street for the past three years. In the past, he has been in and out of prison and often found himself homeless. These days, Dolan is greeted by the likes of Gilbert and George as they walk past.
Dolan’s raw portrayals of the street lead a viewer to reconsider something that to them is merely a backdrop to their day. At the same time, he highlights how too often people living on the street are invisible to those walking past them. Dolan’s work asks us to open our eyes and see this city for what it really is. Dolan’s emphasis on repetition allows a unique insight into the changing face of what is now a highly fashionable, gentrified area. He represents the old Shoreditch, the unseen side that lies just below the surface.
An interesting facet of Dolan’s work is the way in which he documents the street art and graffiti that came to make Shoreditch the cultural capital it is today. For this exhibition, he has worked with some of the world’s best street artists including ROA (BE), Steve ESPO Powers (US), Sever (US), Gaia (US), David Walker (UK), Stik (UK), Nomers (RU), Maser (IE), Thierry Noir (FR), RUN (IT), Zomby (UK), Christiaan Nagel (ZA), Ian Stevenson (UK), Martin Ron (AR), Liqen (ES), Ben Wilson (UK), Dscreet (AU), Pablo Delgado (MX), MadC (DE), CEPT (UK), C215 (FR), BRK (ES), Michael De Feo (US), Ronzo (DE), Malarky (UK), 2Kold (UK), DALeast (CN), SNOE (UK), Faith47 (ZA), Agostino Iacurci (IT), Broken Fingaz Crew (IL), Hitnes (IT), Cityzen Kane (UK), Flying Fortress (DE), INTI (CL), Pelucas (ES), Rowdy (UK), SWET (SW) and others.
John collaborating with ROA
A street artist in the traditional sense of the word, Dolan identifies with this new generation of street artists and them with him. These artists have collaborated with Dolan by working directly onto the walls of his drawn cityscapes, creating unique pieces. Ostensibly a solo show for Dolan, George the Dog, John the Artist will also in effect be the biggest street art group show of recent memory, bringing a unique group of artists together to document both the constant and the ephemeral in a city that is ever changing.
In Stik’s studio
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