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New Ways of Seeing

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It’s official, artrepublic Soho have teamed up with the dynamic art duo Static from 28th May for three weeks to proudly present their debut art exhibition ‘New Ways of Seeing’ to the public at our London gallery in New Compton Street..

‘New Ways of Seeing’, is the eagerly awaited first solo exhibition from Static and features an entirely new body of work from the artists.

Static became artists in residence for a week whilst they completely customised and transformed every square inch of the two-floor gallery space, creating not only the perfect backdrop in which to show the work, but also offering a completely unique experience that will transport the viewer into the world in which the work is set.

The title of the show is taken from the highly regarded book and TV series 'Ways of Seeing' by John Berger circa 1972. Its aim is to demystify the art world and unveil the tricks used by advertisers to encourage us to buy their products. The series and book looks to criticise traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images.

Static’s work has always been in response to current affairs and this show will be no different as it responds to and reworks themes that were explored through the original text, inviting us all to re-evaluate our perception of the society we are part of and the hypocrisy that surrounds us on day-to-day basis.

One of Static’s most recognizable images to date is of the Chinook Chandelier, created in response to the Ministry of Defence’s £500 million purchase of 8 MK3 Chinook helicopters that were not fit for purpose and described by an official auditor as "one of the most incompetent procurements of all time".

Static utilisation of the gallery space will essentially be split into two main themes:

- The 'Fight for the Right' series which will uphold their satirical approach to history by focusing on the eternal struggle of society to be seen and heard when confronted with social, political and economic injustice; raising a laugh as well as a few question marks.

- 'The Luxury Vandals' collection explores the idea of street art’s desirability and commercialisation within the consumer market context. Including beautifully crafted leather cased aerosol cans and glass caskets containing Static's personal collection of hand painted spent cans. The mix of fine art and street style has never looked so good.

 

 

Static’s prowess on the art world was amplified this year with the ‘Luxury Vandals (Anarchy)’ original more than doubling its expected sales price at the recent Dreweatts Urban Contemporary Art Auction causing frenzy amongst London’s elite buyers.

 

 

If you are interested in this article and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com

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