Head, Thorax, Abdomen

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

3rd – 17th February 2018

Head Thorax Abdomen - Danny Pockets

 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.

Hip Hop Heads - Dale Edwin Murray

MultiMe

“MultiMe” – Pawel Krol
24th June – 2nd July (Mon-Sun 11-6pm)
Opening party – Saturday 24th June from 6-9pm

A collection of paintings, drawings, posters, sculptures and music-boxes by Polish-born artist and illustrator Pawel Krol.
With special guests: Fabio Rizzoli – Music and Marek Abramowicz – Photo art (Music Boxes Project)

MultiMe by Pawel Krol

Pictarama

Elisa de Martini presents PICTARAMA by Sara Gilbert.

Elisa de Martini curates Pictarama by Sara Gilbert

PICTARAMA is a collection of witty, unique and often surreal dioramas, constructed using LEGO bricks – often vintage, collectable or custom-printed pieces – representing a variety of scenes from history, London life, film and popular culture.

The exhibition ran from Saturday 29th April – Saturday 13th May 2016.

Reconnaissance

Reconnaissance, a solo exhibition of silkscreen prints by Alexander Johnson ran from Saturday 1st April until Saturday 22nd April 2017. The Private View was on Friday 31st March from 6-9pm.

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These silkscreen prints were inspired by the aerial intelligence photographs the artist’s father took as a Spitfire pilot between 1942 and the end of WW2.

Towards the end of his life Alexander’s father began to talk more about his RAF years and together they looked at a scrapbook of monochrome photographs; collaged fragments and offcuts that his father had painstakingly reassembled jigsaw-like after the war. The photos were top secret at the time, but the woman who developed the films in the dark-room noticed his father sneaking off-cuts from the floor and agreed he could take two pieces for every roll of film he brought her, so the collection began to get more structured. The photos were taken over Germany, Holland, the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa to provide intelligence for the allied forces. They are mainly photos of dockland areas, industrial centres and city street-plans. Alexander remembers seeing them for the first time by candle-light during the power cuts in 1973 when he was nine or ten. They made a big impression on him – he had never seen photos of the earth taken from the air before then. He never forgot them.

Seeing them again forty years later Alexander realised they were a gift to him as an artist which he needed to make use of. He began working from small sections of the photos and enlarged them, adding colour and reworking the patterns into abstract images. He picked out runways, ports, street patterns, railway tracks and coastlines, which you can see in the finished work. The titles reflect the purpose of the original photograph, where it was taken or what it was taken of. This work is an attempt to prevent the photos from being forgotten, continue the narrative about the lessons we need to learn from WW2 and to try and make something beautiful and lasting from a situation that was ugly and transient. Alexander has always felt his job as an artist is to tell the story of his own experiences and this is part of that process.

The silkscreens are hand-made in Alexander’s studio in small editions of 8 or less. Once an edition has sold out there can be no reprints as the stencils are washed away after printing – the editions are strictly limited.

Excited State

“Excited State” was the successful inaugural show in Atom’s new Stoke Newington gallery, and showed contemporary screenprinting, block prints and letterpress work from 23 diverse artists.

The exhibition ran from 2nd December 2016 – January 27th 2017.

“Excited State” featured new and recent work from David Armes, Ian Bailey, Lynne Blackburn, Yann Brien, Gerry Buxton, Graham Carter, Tinsel Edwards, Clare Halifax, BC Hamlin, Sadie Hennessy, Julieta H Adame, James Jessiman, Clare Johnson, Heath Kane, Tony Lee, New North Press, Richard Pendry, Mark Perronet, Ben Rider, Richard Roberts, Natalie Ryde, David Shand and David Vassie.

Much of the work from this exhibition is now available to buy from our online shop.

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Excited State