Art in East London

April 11th 2010

It seems to be a busy time of year for excellent art exhibitions in my neck of the woods. Despite them all being within walking distance of work I hadn’t visited any yet, so this gloriously sunny weekend we took ourselves off on a touristy tour of the East. We ended up wandering from Angel to Shoreditch, down Brick Lane then up Bethnal Green Road via Casa Mexico to pick up some supplies – then home via Broadway Market. Quite a walk, I have sore feet now!

First stop (after a delicious lunch at Saf), the Noma Bar show at KK outlet. Noma creates brilliant editorial illustrations with clever illusions or double meanings. The show at KK Outlet is small but I liked the 3D sculptural pieces. See more of his work here.

Next up, the Lyrics & Type screenprint show at East gallery, Brick Lane. All the artists had to create a 3-colour screenprint inspired by song lyrics, and there were some really gorgeous ones – especially liked I Love Dust and Steph Says Hello.

The show is put on by Melbourne-based Timba Smits of Wooden Toy Publishing Co, who also produces a beautiful quarterly magazine of the same name. We had a chat to him and turns out he’s recently landed in London and is hoping to raise a name for his publishing house over here. I don’t think he’ll have a problem doing so – we leafed through back issues of the magazine (really a small book) and it’s gorgeous.

We also wanted to check out the Usugrow show at Stolenspace but it was closed when we got there, and totally forgot to go to Kemistry gallery to see the Polish cultural poster exhibition, so I’ll have to pop in at lunch.

Here are a few more snaps of street art around the area.

A Roa piece on Curtain Road, cleverly painted on a corrugated wall so it changed depending on your point of view (you saw the rabbit’s circulatory system from the other side). Roa has a show on at Pure Evil Gallery at the moment, too.

David Bray pieces at Brick Lane

Stopped for a flat white and cherry cake at Taste of Bitter Love, a quirky little coffee house on Hackney Road.

Can’t beat a bit of old signage..

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Comments (5)

  • Michelle

    April 11th 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Great photos! I love old signage!

  • Claire

    April 11th 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Lovely photos!

  • lyra

    April 11th 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Oh, that rabbit is amazing!! Wow!
    The old signage reminds me of the old areas in Manchester too. I'm working near the northern quarter at the moment and there's so much that I'd never noticed before.

  • London Lisbonite

    April 15th 2010 at 10:36 am

    Katie, so good to see someone else madly in love with East London! nothing better than wandering around Brick Lane on a Sunday looking for new inspiration!

  • Anonymous

    April 29th 2010 at 8:42 am

    I just love the typeface explosion. Which is easily ignited by the first 007 with faces implied painting.

    Parting Shot:
    Ri is “I May Be Seymour Glass” on Flickr, makes bisaya short films and is partial to Calgary flowers .

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