Fivefour‘s latest project has been all over Shoreditch recently. These “Department of Urban Censorship” paste-ups are pretty cool. I’d love to know what pub owners and whatnot think when they see these on their buildings.
CHEER UP YOU ROTTERS 5th – 16th February 2009 Private View Thursday 5th February, 6-9pm
Artists BORTUSK LEER and FIVE FOUR are united for the first time by Brick Lane Gallery to fill the space with the cheeky day-glo madness of their street-art inspired works and chaotic colourful lifestyles for what promises to be a lively antidote to a particularly monotonous gloomy February.
The fruit of forbidden love between a Lion Tamer and a Candy floss seller BORTUSK LEER was forced to find his own way in the Socialist Republic of Slovenia. Though his early years are shrouded in mystery (some say circus some say tractor barn) by his teens, Leer could be found joyfully daubing the walls of his homeland with fantastical-childlike characters, psychedelic
vermin and inhuman collage… Art comedy was born and Leer never looked back, particularly when being chased by the secret police with big-headed pictures of Lenin streaming out behind him …always sporting the trademark Top Hat and Cane he had won wrestling a Turk on the quay of Messina.
As part of Vandalog’s “Great in ’08” series, which will be running every day for the rest of the month. Check out previous posts here. Street artists from across the world have been given one post to give away to one artist who they feel has been doing great work recently. Today it’s Bortusk Leer‘s turn.
Who is one artist doing really great work right now?
Bortusk Leer: I think Five Four is the artist doing the most original, funny and interesting work right now.