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.

Head, Thorax, Abdomen

“HEAD, THORAX, ABDOMEN”
Paintings & Prints by Danny Pockets

3rd – 17th February 2018

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 Multi disciplinary artist, curator and pamphleteer Danny Pockets has worked from and
on the streets of London for twenty five years. He has exhibited internationally,
including at the 54th, 55th and 56th Biennale Di Venezia, and extensively at home in
the UK, having had work shown in both Tate Britain and Tate Modern in addition to
many other galleries. His Universal Racket Press has been bringing printed work to the
public since the 80’s.

His aesthetic is driven by the spirit of Punk and Rave DIY culture,Marvel, DC and the Grand
Masters. Sometime around 1995 from his  Curtain Road studio in Shoreditch, he recognised
the change about to happen and commenced a series of paintings: “Congregation”, the
shopfronts and icons of a transitional city. Out of this came the “Houses Of The Holy” series
of paintings – music venues, dancehalls and clubs: the cathedrals of our Rock’n’Roll heritage.

Tomorrows World

TOMORROW’S WORLD
Group Exhibition
8th December 2017 – 27th January 2018

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Featuring new and recent work from:

Julieta H Adame, Caitlin Alexandra, Sam Baldwin, Steve Bee, Andrew Berry, Beyond Thrilled,
Leo Boyd, 
Louis Craig Carpenter, Mark Charlton, Darren Cullen, Dissent, John Doe, Susan Eyre,
Luke Fairhead, Harishazka Fauzan, Fernando Feijoo, 57 Design, Oli Fowler, Stanislaw Gajewski, Le Bear,
Matteo Galesi, 
Helen Grundy, Scott Hawkins, Daniel Hosego, Heath Kane, Stephanie Kilgast, Ian Kirkpatrick,
Jaime Kiss, The Krah, Matt Littler, Ryota Matsumoto, Steve McCarthy, Anil Mistry, Barbara Nati, Ray Noland,
Otto, Sian Pattenden, Mark Perronet, Vickie Perry, Steven Quinn, Attia Rashid, Ben Rider, 
Mary Rouncefield,
Mark Scammell, Serigrafica 7585, Spizz Energi, Carl Stimpson, 
Theo Tagholm, Zoe Toolan, David Vassie,
Frederic Voisin, Walden Press and 
more.

Time Off

YUKAI DU – TIME OFF
11th NOVEMBER – 2nd DECEMBER 2017
Curated by Elisa de Martini

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Survival Techniques

“Survival Techniques” – Naomi Edmondson
7th October – 5th November 2017

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Designer Naomi Edmondson began legal street art project ‘Survival Techniques’ in 2015 after a
period of feeling low. The paintings aim to promote hope and optimism. “It started as a list I made for myself
to remind me what to do when I was feeling really low: things that always made me feel a bit better” says Naomi,
“They were always super simple things like ‘Talk to someone, anyone, about anything’ which came from me chatting
to the guy in my local shop for a few minutes. I realised that I would leave the shop feeling much more a part of
the world again”.

After finding that friends found similar ‘Survival Techniques’ worked for them, Naomi began to think about ways of
sharing the list, and after seeing a local street artist at work in East London, she decided that the street would be the
best, most democratic place to share them.

The first wall she painted was “Hide Less Chat More” – words from a friend with whom she first shared her
Survival Techniques list. She now has many paintings spread across London.

The exhibition, which ran for three weeks (and was extended by a further week), was Naomi’s first solo exhibition
and showed both original paintings and limited edition screenprints of her work.  The exhibition coincided with
World Mental Health Day on Tuesday October 10th, and 10% of all money raised by the exhibition was donated
to the Rethink Mental Illness charity.

Ladies First

“Ladies First” – Ian Hoskin
15th-30th September (Tue-Sat 11-6pm)
Opening party – Friday 15th September 6-9pm

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Hip Hop Heads

“Hip Hop Heads” – Dale Edwin Murray
8th-29th July (Wed-Sat 11-6pm)
Opening party – Friday 7th July 6-9pm

Graphic artist Dale Edwin Murray began the ‘Hip Hop Heads’ portrait series as a way to practice his caricature skills during downtime from his work as a successful illustrator, with international clients including Nike, Toyota, Facebook, The Observer (London) and The New York Times.

The ‘Hip Hop Heads’ collection has grown steadily over time, and now features over 50 hip hop and rap legends, but each print is titled with a number rather than a name, turning the collection into a fascinating game of hip hop Guess Who? This exhibition was the first time the collection was shown together.

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