Exhibition:LAX/LHR’ Brought to You by Thinkspace LA and StolenSpace Gallery

LAX/LHR Stolenspace Gallery London

StolenSpace Gallery just off Brick Lane in Shoreditch is one of my favourite galleries for contemporary and urban art. Their industrial space is the perfect venue for exhibiting ‘underground’ art. Featured artists include established urban artists such as Shepard Fairey, D*Face, RONE and ROA.

For their current show, the gallery teamed up with Thinkspace Gallery in LA and put on a group show with artworks from over 100 artists. The exhibition LAX/LHR showcases anything from spray painted canvases to collages and metal sculptures.

Here’s a photo report of this vast and entertaining exhibition which is spread between the two gallery spaces. You can go see the artworks in real life till 4 October 2015 at StolenSpace Gallery in London.

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An overview of the gallery space in the back.

A closer look at Straight to Your Heart by Derek Gores, a collage on canvas.

Straight to Your Heart by Derek Gores
Straight to Your Heart by Derek Gores

On the following wall you see a mix of different media including vintage stamps and a ceramic plate.

LAX/LHR Stolenspace Gallery London

Here’s a detail of one of my favourite artworks in the exhibition: Fragment – Milla 72 by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, made of charcoal and acrylic on a 150-year old fragment of wall surface.

Detail of Fragment - Milla - 72 by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada
Detail of Fragment – Milla 72 by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

Regular readers of this blog might recognise the style of the following artworks of Bart Simpson and Bambi painted on vintage German stamps. These are made by Australian artist Ben Frost who had a big solo show at StolenSpace Gallery two months ago. You can read my review of that show here.

Bart Reich Bambi Reich by Ben Frost
Bart Reich & Bambi Reich by Ben Frost

Charlie Krafft made this one off ceramic transfer of HM Prison Brixton. This former prison in South London was originally built in 1820 and was known as one of the worst prisons in London. According to Wikipedia ‘in 1853, the British government converted Brixton into a women’s correctional facility for women who preferred imprisonment rather than penal transportation to Australia’.

Penitentiary Plate (HMP Brixton) by Charles Krafft
Penitentiary Plate (HMP Brixton) by Charles Krafft

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Artist duo Snik have created stunning artworks on walls and canvases during their 10-year long career. In this gallery show you can see their work Falling Out of Consciousness, a 17 layer hand-cut stencil and spray painted on card.

Falling out of consciousness by snik
Falling Out of Consciousness by Snik

A Loud Guffaw by David Cooley, acrylic and resin on wood panel.

A Loud Guffaw by David Cooley
Detail of David Cooley’s A Loud Guffaw

On the far left two artworks by Shepard Fairey, the famous American artist who popularised wrestler André the Giant’s portrait for his OBEY stencil art and stickers. Fairey is also the artist behind the Barack Obama’s campaign poster Hope.

LAX/LHR Stolenspace Gallery London

It wasn’t till I got home and saw this photo below on the computer that I actually noticed the woman’s portrait made out of a comic collage (second artwork in the first row).

LAX/LHR Stolenspace Gallery London

Burn It Clean by worldwide renowned English urban artist D*Face.

Burn It Clean by D*Face

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Detail of this wall: Hip Hop Legends by Ryan Callanan featuring deceased hip hop artists Biggie Smalls, 2Pac and Easy-E.

Hip Hop Legends by Ryan Callanan
Hip Hop Legends by Ryan Callanan

LAX/LHR Stolenspace Gallery London

This women’s portrait is typical for RONE, one of the best street artists around.

Midnight in the Garden by RONE
Midnight in the Garden by RONE

In the photo below you can see the 3-dimensional work Daily Disruption by Erik Siador and Beau Stanton’s work with stained glass Ornamented Head.

LAX/LHR Stolenspace Gallery London

Next to Erik Siador’s work you can see this comic collage in ‘Hitler theme’ (a perfect match with Ben Frost’s Bart Reich and Bambi Reich above) by Ben Turnull.

Bad Language by Ben Turnull
Bad Language by Ben Turnull

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This colourful collage by Sebastian Wahl is also one of my favourites in the exhibition.

Mandalic Soup by Sebastian Wahl
Mandalic Soup by Sebastian Wahl

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In the photo above you can see a number of works by established urban and graffiti artists, including Reka, Stinkfish and London-based artist Ben Eine who specialises in typography art as you can see in the work below.

Other artists featured on this wall are:
Row 1: Pam Glew – Mickey; Mike Egan – My Shit List; Low Bros – French Kiss; Will Barras – Patience, Reka – Astral Travelling
Row 2: Ki Sung Koh – On the Way to See Charlie; Nychos – Broken but Sliced; EINE – Incurable
Row 3: Craig Barker – A Leap of Faith; Nosego – Bum Rush; Mari Inukai – Sotsugyou Omedetou; Stinkfish – Tegel Girl; Stinkfish – Sheremetyevo Girl

Incurable by EINE
Incurable by EINE

LAX/LHR Stolenspace Gallery London

LAX/LHR Stolenspace Gallery London

El Hajj Malix El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) by Mat Small
El Hajj Malix El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) by Mat Small

LAX/LHR is on till 4 October 2015 at StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn Street, London, E1 6TD (Tuesday – Sunday).
You can see all the artworks and even buy original artworks from the show via this link.

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