I normally am not this much of an ass, but this was too good to pass up and not post. I have heard about this show at Opera Gallery for awhile now, as I am sure most of you have as well. I may have been able to overlook the ridiculous name of the show, The Street Art Show, because of the incredible line-up: Keith Haring, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Banksy, Blek Le Rat, Seen, Ron English, Logan Hicks, Crash, The London Police, Nick Walker, How & Nosm, Saber, ROA, D*Face, Sweet Toof, Mr. Jago, b., Swoon, Kid Zoom, ALEXONE, Anthony Lister, Alexandrous Vasmoulakis and Rich Simmons, but then I remembered that this is still a show put on by Opera Gallery, the home of the beloved Mr. Brainwash. They do put on good show as well as some really shit ones, and I really do want this to be good, but that association still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Plus I cannot help, but feel a bit suspicious since the show is launching on the heels of Art in the Streets.
The Street Art Show seems to be more for the collectors’ benefit who are still salivating over the interest in the LAMOCA show and want to buy more/start buying some pieces for their own collections. Well, at least Mr. Brainwash isn’t an option this time around, although i am sure he will be again soon enough.
The show opens June 17th at Opera Gallery in London.
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is proud to present a showcase of new
work by Paris-based artist Alëxone. An opening reception will be held on
Thursday, May 7th, 2009 from 7.00pm – 10.00pm, at which a new series of
acrylic, ink and mixed media works on paper will be on display. The
exhibition will be open for viewing through Thursday, May 28th 2009 from
Born in 1976, Alëxone lives and works in Paris. With a background in
graffiti, he rose to fame in the early 90s with striking letter-based tags
of the moniker Oedipus on the streets of Paris. He became Alëxone in 2000,
when his artwork took a figurative turn. Since then, his distinctive work
has won him a reputation far beyond France with exhibitions all over Europe,
including Paris, Hamburg, Milan, Berlin, London, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Alëxone’s universe is filled with eccentric, playful characters. Masked
penguins, contorted horses, and hairy men with long noses engage and
entertain in wild, colorful scenes, while wordplay and metaphor create a
dynamic dialogue between the work and the viewer.
Alëxone regularly collaborates with other street artists, including members
of the GM and 9e Concept groups. Their exhibition at the Pompidou Centre
last January was the first time street artists have been featured in a
significant French museum.