5th – 15th June
The Brick Lane Gallery is proud to present Six Degrees of Separation – A collection of prints and originals by legendary street artists,Banksy,Faile,Jamie Hewlett,Gee Vaucher ,Paul Insect ,Mode 2 ,B-Toy
RUN ,Antonio Cabrera and many more …
Street art giant Banksy has managed to put the spotlight on street art, bringing it to the forefront of popular culture through his controversial stencil work. From the streets of Bristol to the West Bank Barrier between Israel and Gaza, Banksy’s work has both provoked outrage as well breed abiding adoration. Banksy started rousing attention when his trademark guerilla stencil works cropped up all over East London. His notorious imagery often sends out an anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment message that is always accompanied by a clever wit.
Recently there has been much controversy stirring in the media around the identity of this street art enigma. Up until now Banksy had managed to maintain his anonymity; however his mounting fame and popularity has caused much mystery and intrigue and the sheer infatuation with finding the man behind the spray can is a clear indication of the level of fame and success Banksy has elevated to.
New York based art collective Faile will also be featured in this unmissable show. Faile formed in 1999 and have since become pioneers of street art. Their name emerged from a common philosophy of learning, growing and creating from failure – A constant theme in the undercurrent of all their work. Faile juxtaposes a variation of visual influences mostly taken from popular culture; from comic books to the yellow pages in order to address ideas such as dualism – love/hate, peace/war, and violence/beauty. There is a strong sense of collaboration in their work, something that is very important to Faile; not only in the act of working together but also in bringing a mixture of different styles and influences to single pieces. The group has often described themselves as “DJs synthesizing images to create visually visceral experiences.”
Faile started out wheat pasting flyposters to city walls where they still find much of their inspiration and later moved on to stencil work. They have since branched into sculpture and bookmaking but still remain based predominantly in screen-printing and stencil.
Frequent visitors to the streets of London, Faile’s success has afforded them an exhibition at the Tate Modern and they have sold out in shows all around the world.