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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.