Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Foundation Rocks an exhibition by Shucks One

Foundation Rocks by Shucks One


 Wednesday 30th Nov – 8th Jan
Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street E8 2PB

Shucks One
Artist, Radio DJ, Youthworker, Experienced freelance journalist specialising in hiphop music and culture.

UK artist Shucks One presents a unique visual art exhibition celebrating the themes of consciousness, positive attributes and important figures in Classic UK and US Hiphop culture, discussing its wider implications on modern culture.

Through painted pieces Shucks One has developed a way of expressing and contextualising the history of modern day street music and art.
Using a variety of objects as canvasses, such as furniture, clothing, masks and found wood, Shucks One creates a sketchbook, a mix tape way of exhibiting work, going back to the core ethics of street music and art. Using bold colours, pattern reminiscent of tribal fabric prints and ancient symbols Shucks One discusses themes of cultural heritage.
“The term ‘old school’ is often banded around without any real understanding of the underlying themes. With this series of works I intend to explore messages and concepts, not just from hip-hop, but human history as well. It is part history lesson, part hip hop project.”

Foundation Rocks combines a series of portraits, illustrations and sculpture, capturing the original hip hop mantras of ‘peace, love, and unity; knowledge, wisdom and understanding’, presenting a challenge to the dominating themes of violence, negativity and corporatism which resonate throughout hip-hop today. The project is the artists’ search to rediscover these foundation principles by retracing the history of UK hip hop music and the individuals making it. It is an attempt to cement the originators of UK hip hop as icons for British music fans, who are often more familiar with the originators in the US.
The exhibition is a visual interpretation of interviews Shucks One conducted with hip hop pioneers of the 1980s, whose music influenced a whole generation of young men and women in the UK. The works addresses issues of history, identity and religion.
Shucks One will be donating a percentage of any sales made from the exhibition and will also be holding a raffle on the night of the private view to raise money for the charity WAYout.
WAYout Charity provides arts and media training to disadvantaged and street youth in Sierra Leone. In 2010 we worked with over 600 young people who explored subjects as diverse as street life, HIV and teenage
pregnancy, using music, comedy, soap opera and documentary. Their films have reached audiences in excess of 35,000 people. Users now tell us they want a base. A place where they can write, rehearse,
learn, edit, shoot, show their work or just exchange ideas and support each other. The Hub/ arts centre is the natural next step and is what we are currently fundraising for.

 Print graduate of the Royal College of Art, Jonas Ranson is an East London based artist originally from Essex. His work falls into two main categories which encompass the twin strands of both Fine Art Practice and Illustration. Recent activities have included projects as diverse as printed backdrops for ID Magazine fashion shoots, wallpapers for TENT London, Design Week, Christies ‘Multiplied’ Editions fair, Screen print workshops for Sommerset House Pick Me Up Graphics Art Fair, and design collaborations with head of menswear at Versace, designer Martyn Bal. He has also produced fashion illustration for ELLE Magazine, and has worked on various print projects with Berlin based print Gallery RISE BERLIN.  Jonas is also co-curator of LINEAR B, an international group exhibition currently showing at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich.
Jonas’s work is diverse, drawn equally to abstraction, to the world of fashion as well as it is to the ideas and symbolism of the occult and its association with the more disreputable forms of popular entertainment. Prints are achieved through treatment in both digital conversion and photographic silkscreen processes. Both detailed and abstract, the design strategy is one that combines traditional drawing and digital technique. Both his print and Illustration work is an attempt to retain and freely pursue his own conceptual ambitions artistically, but that the conceptual goals target the intended consequence of the client’s ambition.


Thursday, 24 November 2011

ALINE 117 an exhibition by ANNA BRUDER

ALine 117 by Anna Bruder
From Dalston Superstore:
Anna Bruder’s ALine 117 exhibition will take you back to a childlike state of mind by transforming the original interior into
a solely black and white illustrated world.
Thick black marker pen out lines, set against a white backdrop, illustrates Anna’s world of na├»ve yet humorous and clever representation of domesticity and every day life.
A playful environment is created reminiscent of simplistic youth.

A contemporary pop artist, with touches of the graffiti and graphic image likened to Keith Haring and Jean Paul Basquiat, Bruder utilises her experience and great skill in set design and prop-making to create an enchanting and charismatic world.

ALine 117 is the first exhibition of this series of works from Bruder, her intent is to develop her ‘world’ in any given context, whether it be a gallery, an old bus or a school in Zambia. The 2D monochromatic adventure begins!

About Anna Bruder
Anna Bruder is an artist, Theatre Designer and prop maker who graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2004.  For over 8 years Anna has worked in the world of theatre, not only practicing as a highly skilled prop maker for London's leading musicals, but also designing and building awe inspiring sets and installations for productions at The Young Vic, travelling productions with the ETO and many more theatre based institutions. This has seen her work alongside some of the best-known directors and designers in the country.
Community and rehabilitation projects have had a large presence in her career so far, working with children, youths with learning disabilities and criminal offenders young and adult. To bring theatre design and opportunities to schools, prisons, and youth groups across the country. Throughout the last ten years Bruder has been building a strong reputation based on her own work, filling spaces large and small with unique installations and other creations that have been exhibited not only in a theatrical context but in both traditional gallery settings and unconventional spaces.


MMU presents Kingdom, a collective of artists
Artists: Noel Basualdo, Anna Bruder, Daveen Chi, Joanna Johnson, Tomas Lewis, Jolene
Lin, Alex Noble, Pinky, Moses Powers, Anna Trevelyan, Rai Royal, Scott Webster,
Cordelia Weston, Saskia Wickins, Martin Wollerstam, Emma Gibson

“Welcome to our Kingdom; sit on the throne of my dreams and be my King''.

''I will show you our territory, walk you through our empire and expose our possessions.
This is our kingdom: our realm of action and control. Our beliefs, our obsessions, our
thoughts, our way...”
MMU signifies a higher consciousness of love and enlightenment, adverse to status and
materialistic values. Stay true to yourself, embrace your passions, don't judge and don't
question yourself. Learn from tragedies, accept torment and embrace enchantment. We
open our minds to all new experiences, and to generate our dreams into existence.

MMU stands for an awareness and understanding of bringing artists together with the
vision to amalgamate our passions and fantasies. We believe in alchemy, we believe in
altruism and we believe in making art to teach and to cultivate freedom of expression.
We represent our childhood dreams; finding yourself with open hearts and minds through
new unworldly magical experiences. We are MMU.
Our mission is to bring people together, to nourish their potential and to set themselves

‘Note from the Dalston Superstore curatorial team’
‘Kingdom’ is the debut exhibition from MMU, a collective of artists from many different
backgrounds, ranging from illustration, installation, fashion, photography, sculpture,
painting and styling, collating to produce works under the concept that is Kingdom.

Keeping close to passion, spirituality and optimism, MMU are introducing another way
of looking creatively at the world, raising awareness for an alternative path to future
utopian hopes.

'Kings and Queens'




'Portal To The Unseen'

"A Voyage Beyond Our Kingdom'

'Flying Castles'

'Trust In Me'


'Something Surviving"