British artist duo, Miss Bugs, will present 15 new large scale mixed media portraits and figurative works for their solo exhibition, Echo Chamber, which will feature abstracted portraits of iconic faces from pop culture including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Lady Gaga, among others.
Miss Bugs: detail Radiant Child Printed paper cuts and mirrored foil cast in resin on wood and aluminium
Miss Bugs – the contemporary mixed media artists based in London and originally from Bristol – appropriate imagery from a combination of low and high cultural references employing a range of techniques including resin casting and silkscreen printing to create vibrant ‘pop art’ imagery and sculptural works.
Miss Bugs Radiant Child Printed paper cuts and mirrored foil cast in resin on wood and aluminium
For this exhibition, each piece is made up of every day and low-fi objects including small plastic Japanese charms, superhero toys and surgical blades alongside lego figures and old toy cars. The collaged pieces are suspended within polished cast resin creating a reflective surface that evokes TV and mobile phone screens ubiquitous in modern life. The arrangement of the works are representations of patterns found throughout nature and society, recreated by the artists to reflect modern day ‘echo chambers’ found throughout
man-made social networks, and mass media. This body of work explores how, with our beliefs encased inside a closed system, repeated back to us ad infinitum, leads to the amplification and reinforcement of these ideas.
Miss Bugs Login Dogs Life Acrylic paint, paper cuts, surgical blades, Japanese charms – cast in resin on wood and aluminium
Miss Bugs Echo Chamber 10 Hanover Street Gallery in Mayfair next week 9th-14th November. missbugs.com
Miss Bugs Don’t Make Me Angry Printed paper cuts, surgical blades, Japanese charms, bullets with 24ct gold-leaf – cast in resin on wood and aluminium
About The Artist
Miss Bugs, a collaboration between two artists, began to work together in 2007. Miss Bugs’ work takes iconic imagery from pop culture and art history and reforms it using collage and other mixed media methods. Often their work sees the appropriation of modern and contemporary artists such as Mondrian, Hirst and Koons, along with referencing many other contemporary artists and outsider art, which are recomposed in their collages and silk screens to make new reconstructed pieces. Historically their work, with their multi-layered references, have called into question the nature and structure of the art establishment itself. With two sell-out shows, they have exhibited in New York, LA, San Francisco, Paris and London. Their artwork is in a number of significant private collections around the world.
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Mixing bucket of Polyurethane Resin… It can be nasty stuff and it makes one of us break out in hives, hence the over the top chemical suit… Stops the allergic reaction and the rest of us having to listen to a blow by blow account of the the symptoms – Man Flu springs to mind! Thanks to @peterrodendesign for the photo… #missbugs #resin
Echo Chamber is presented by PMM Art Projects. PMM Art Projects was founded by long time music industry veterans, Pat Magnarella and Roger Klein. Drawing on their wealth of experience in the music industry managing musicians, Magnarella and Klein have applied this same management style to visual artists-offering an alternative to the traditional gallery or dealer models usually found within the art world.