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So far Atom Gallery has created 10 blog entries.

Forget You Ever Saw Me

“FORGET YOU EVER SAW ME”
Benjamin Irritant

18th May – 8th June 2019
Opening party: Friday 17th May 6-9pm

Benjamin Irritant has gained a reputation as of one of London’s most original, hard-working and prolific street artists. His images of politicised rabbits holding placards with messages and slogans have earned him recognition not just on his home turf of East London, but internationally too, with his work appearing on streets from NYC to Kathmandu.

Ben’s work often originates from hand cut collages using found images from old books and magazines. He began putting them on the street with a budget of £1, photocopying the rabbits and cutting them out before sticking them up all over London with traditional wheat paste (flour and water) which he cooks up himself. He sees his work as a part of the historical tradition of protest in this country. The rabbits have grown in scale (now standing at 6’6″ / 2m tall) but their message remains the same.

Click here to download the “Forget_You_Ever_Saw_Me”_press_release (PDF)

Fantabuloso!

“FANTABULOSO!”
Villain

30th March – 20th April 2019
Opening party: Friday 29th March 6-9pm

Villain’s stunning graphic and print work celebrates Polari, (the lost gay language) whilst playfully subverting Pop Art and the comic book and superhero genre, and asks us to imagine a past where homosexuality was never criminalised.

This exhibition will feature a previously unseen series of archival giclée prints, along with several limited edition screenprints, all of which will be available to buy.

Villain has worked as an Art and Graphics director in the Fashion Industry for over 20 years. He’s now bringing his mischievous perspective to the art world via Atom.

Click here to download the “Fantabuloso” press release (PDF file)

Everything is really bad…

“EVERYTHING IS REALLY BAD…”
Babak Ganjei

2nd – 23rd March 2019
Opening party: Friday 1st March 6-9pm

Babak Ganjei graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins in 2001. Since then he has been working independently as an artist, playing in bands (Absentee, Wet Paint), writing comic books (Hilarious Consequences, Early Learnings, Twit) and hosting regular radio show “Hot Mess” on NTS radio.

In 2014 Babak sold a set of twigs from his neighbourhood on eBay for £62. He has turned books by Jeremy Clarkson, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump into works of blackout poetry, and tried to sell a painting of his credit card back to Barclays for the value of the debt. It didn’t work but he made a “friend”.

Last year a selection of the 180 and counting “Film Ideas” that Babak pitched via Instagram were printed into a zine by Rough Trade Books.

This exhibition will be of Babak’s recent text-based works and tropical paintings, in addition to new limited edition screenprints printed and published by Atom.

Press Release PDF – Everything is really bad and it’s only going to get worse and now is the most perfect time

Instant Mash

“INSTANT MASH”
Carl Stimpson

2nd – 23rd February 2019
Opening party: Friday 1st February 6-9pm

I’d like to be / picture this / a gallery / trapped in a world /
through the mirror / but I still / see / a vision of you / right
before my eyes / there is something that I visualize / through /
all the tears / all the love / a distorted reality / to dream / you
took the blue out of the sky / instead of breaking up / instead of
/ a doorway / I realize it’s just a picture in a frame / seems like
everything I see / I still / love / like a portrait in flesh / I picture
all the things / you need / you have to borrow / rock steady /
again / again / so deep / listen Lord / all the things / I / paint /
the city / the tears / I / put you all inside my show / but / now,
babe, stop / ‘cause / there ain’t nothing like the real thing / my
world has turned to dust / just a handful of / reflections / I play
the game of fantasy / but / your paintings are all your own / love
/ right before my eyes / that’s the only thing / a total portrait
with no omissions / I got your picture hangin’ on my wall / ain’t
that poster love? /can’t tell them apart at all / be a gallery /
scanning life through the picture / to / think about paint / about
paint / your paintings / can’t tell them apart at all / so let me get
the real thing / ain’t nothing like the real thing / a vision of you

Carl Stimpson’s work mixes carefully painted portraits of icons from the worlds of music and film with cartoon imagery and techniques, and classic but obscure advertising logos. So far, so pop-art, but where his work diverges is in his treatment of this classic material – his use of the ‘ligne-claire’ technique, the imposition and projection of his mashups onto suburban and urban walls as fictional murals, a slight twist in some of the lovingly painted portraits.

Having trained initially as a painter – he studied Fine Art at The Arts Institute of Bournemouth (now Arts University College Bournemouth) –  the recent addition of screenprinting to his painting techniques has allowed Carl to introduce an element of mass-production to his work, producing beautifully varied editions where the flatness of a screenprinted black ink layer contrasts with the softer hand-painted elements.

Carl currently lives and works in Hackney.

Carta

“CARTA”
Linda Toigo
Curated by Elisa de Martini

20th October – 2nd November 2018
Opening party: Friday 19th October 6-9pm

Taking inspiration from childhood memories, traditional storytelling and observations of reality, papercut artist Linda Toigo creates three-dimensional scenes from assembled sheets of paper, drawing the viewer into a fun, surreal and ironic world full of hidden details.

Linda’s work has previously been shown in solo exhibitions and touring group shows in Italy, UK, Spain, Taiwan and the USA, and her delicate papercut illustrations have recently been published in the Italian best selling children’s novel Olga di Carta.

“Carta” was curated by Elisa de Martini

The Gift of a Skort

“THE GIFT OF A SKORT”
Joy Miessi
15th September – 6th October 2018
Opening party: Friday 14th September 6-9pm



The Gift of a Skort was an exhibition of work by artist Joy Miessi, interpreting the theme of gender through a deeply personal lens. As with much of Miessi’s work, moments and memories are captured in abstract figures and written musings. The skort (neither wholly a skirt or pair of shorts) works as a metaphor, as the artist sensitively examines the nuances of gender through new works. These include limited edition screen prints produced by Atom Printing.

Psycho Geographic

STEWY: PSYCHO GEOGRAPHIC
2nd – 23rd June 2018
Opening party: Friday 1st May 6-9pm

Stewy’s artwork is part of an expanding library of life-size stencils of British Icons and also a series of images representing the A to Z of Indigenous British Animals. The icons are site specific placed in locations relevant to them and animals are seen in an urban setting to highlight the notion of nature reclaiming the city. Many of his stencil designs are now also available to buy as limited edition screenprints and two new prints will be released for this exhibition.

Welcome to the Simulation

“Welcome to the Simulation”, a solo show of new work by Belfast-based artist and screenprinter Leo Boyd.

5-26 May 2018

Of philosophy’s major preoccupations, trying to figure out what is real from what is a trick of the light, a shadow dancing on a cave wall, is up there with the biggies.

In 2003, Nick Bostrom wrote a paper titled ‘Are you living in a computer simulation?’ Which argued that we were much more likely to be bits of code on a future ancestor’s hard drive than not. His reasoning was hard to argue with and for a moment the world collectively lost its shit until people realised that there were only 3 obvious responses to the dilemma.

1) Go mental in order to escape a life of existential angst.
2) Spend your whole life (simulated or otherwise) trying to disprove the argument.
3) Realise that the dilemma is neither provable nor disprovable and, unless the world starts to decay like a badly pixelated jpeg, take the stance that the agnostic position is by far the most sensible.

Unsurprisingly choice No.3 won out and the world collectively got its shit together and carried on as if nothing had happened.

But what if this was not the case? What if our universe had been constructed in such a way that the simulation was obvious? What if we had known from the moment we invented clip art fire that we were an active software running on a substrate in the real? What if our universe was so obviously simulated that it was unthinkable that we would not see the pixelated wood from the bitmapped trees?

Welcome to the Simulation presents a series of cultural artefacts that span the Simulated Worlds’ history; from early tech worship etchings, mass produced sim erotica, pixelated agitprop to intimate portraits of simulated individuals. These artefacts tell the story of a world where the philosophical quest for the real is a moot point, a world where the fake and the fictional are held in the highest regard.

Presented as a collection of real artefacts from an unreal world this series of experimental screen prints aims to throw a satirical light on our own deep seated and often confused ideas of what it is to be real and asks ‘If you can’t tell the difference, what the fuck does it matter anyway?’

Portrait of Heroes

“PORTRAIT OF HEROES”
Heath Kane
24th March – 7th April 2018
Opening party: Fri 23rd March 6-9pm

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Napoleon said ‘history is written by the winners’. He might also have said ‘And painted by the rich’. The result is a gross distortion of our past.

“Portrait of Heroes” is Heath’s latest collection inspired by master painted portraits that reveals how classical art was often a means for wealthy individuals to portray their alter-ego. It playfully suggests that the classical portrait artist was the Photoshop and Instagram filter of their time.

Today we all have the ability to take selfies and live our lives through social media. But how much of what we share is real and how much are we all trying to heroise our lives?”

For this exhibition Heath released a brand new collection of 5 prints which were available to buy during the exhibition and are now also from the Atom online store.

Eat Lead – Letterpress

24th February – 17th March 2018

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This exhibition, curated by Hackney based letterpress studio Pixel Press, aims to inspire artists, designers, printers to continue
with this old tradition and bring to the fore the paramount role printers have played and continue to play in this process.

Exhibiting artists:

Alan Kitching
Andrew Areoff
Baddeley Brothers
Bunker Type
Corn Wagon Thunder
Dafi Kühne
David Vassie
Dimitri Runkkari
Double Dagger
Edwin Pickstone
Eileen Wallace / Leslie Walker Noell
Flowers & Fleurons
Julieta H. Adame
Justin Knopp / Typoretum
Luca Lattuga / Anonima Impressori
Luke Lucas
Marta Dos Santos
Mr. Smith
Mizdruk
Natalia Simal
New North Press
Novo Typo
Starshaped Press
The Print Project
Type & Press
Thomas Mayo

This exhibition was dedicated to Jim Spalding and Ken Cave, master printers and friends who occupied Atom Gallery’s site
from 1996 to 2015, under the name W.H. Jones, a printing company established in 1897 in Stoke Newington.