The Coningsby Gallery presents H.Y.T. Studio: ‘Business or pleasure’‏

The Coningsby Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of H.Y.T. studio entitled ‘Business or Pleasure’.

H.Y.T. studio will present a new body of work produced over the past months. Featuring a series of bold, colourful paintings. The exhibition addresses the tensions between a commercially focused style and a personal uninhibited approach.

The artist has used unwanted elements from commercial projects to create bold, semi-abstract paintings. “Most of the graphics and illustrations I make are unused. This is not to say they are ‘not good enough’ rather they have been deemed inappropriate for a specific task”. The rejected elements have been repurposed, organised and overlaid subtly with established corporate motifs. The result is a series of paintings that are visually busy but simple, displaying techniques that are between illustration and design. Stylistic illustration and corporate iconography are objectified to exist in a gallery context, challenging our perceptions of function and purpose, existing in the space between ‘Business or Pleasure’.

H.Y.T. is the illustration and graphic design studio of artist John Slade and operates between London and Ireland. He graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2000. He has participated in exhibitions and been published in a wide variety of publications.

Exhibition Opens: Monday 9th May to Saturday 22nd May 2016
Private View: Thursday 12th May, 6.00pm - 8.30pm

Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London. W1T 4RJ

Fifth Wall TV EP006 - Copyright & Street Art

Having heard about a series of recent cases of copyright infringement from public art Doug over at Fifth Wall TV wanted to scratch the surface of how uncomissioned public art and artistic ownership work.

As with most of these videos this is an invitation for you to make up your own mind on this and hopefully this will encourage you to go keep an eye out for such cases in the future.

Filmed, Edited and Hosted by Doug Gillen for Fifth Wall TV. To check out some of the previous episodes subscribe to his Fifth Wall TV Youtube Channel.

Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress Book

The long-awaited monograph of Alan Kitching, world-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner, is finally here, available exclusively at Spanning over fifty years, this lavish volume leads us from Kitching's first typographical experiments under the auspices of mentor Anthony Froshaug to his most iconic creations at The Typography Workshop.

'With a wizard's mix of inks and fonts, Alan has produced unique posters and broadsheets... he has created a new language of vision: 'Magick' – with a 'K''Derek Birdsall, Graphic Designer.

The collector’s edition has a limited run of 200 copies. Each one comes in a box and includes a hand-printed letterpress signed print, which is numbered and wrapped around the book to form the jacket. Check out the short film below.

Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress (in his own words) from Laurence King Publishing on Vimeo.

New Mural in Downtown Madrid by Dourone

Border Line is the new artwork of Dourone inspired by the current world situation. The location chosen to paint this mural is the wall of the famous Madrid Ya’sta club in downtown Madrid, Spain. This is for Dourone the almost eighth consecutive year painting this wall on his hometown.Check out the details of the work in the images below.

KAWS first UK museum show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

KAWS, one of street art’s favourite artists, who has previously collaborated with Pharrell, Kate Moss and Kanye West, is about to open his first-ever UK museum exhibition.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) will present the exhibition by KAWS, the renowned American artist, whose practice includes painting, sculpture, printmaking and design. The exhibition, in the expansive Longside Gallery and open air, features over 20 works: commanding sculptures in bronze, fibreglass, aluminium and wood alongside large, bright canvases immaculately rendered in acrylic paint – some created especially for the exhibition. The Park’s historically designed landscape becomes home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures, including a new six-metre-tall work, which take KAWS’s idiosyncratic form of almost-recognisable characters in the process of growing up.

Brooklyn-based KAWS is considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation. His influential work engages people across the generations with contemporary art and especially opens popular culture to young and diverse audiences.

A dynamic cultural force across art, music and fashion, KAWS’s work possesses a wry humour with a singular vernacular marked by bold gestures and fastidious production. KAWS absorbs popular imagery to produce works that are semi-familiar, with layers of contradictions and subtleties. Outdoors, with their outsize and monumental proportions, KAWS’s sculptures bring to mind dystopian cartoon characters; recognisable personalities from childhood who appear to have lost their innocence. Against the Park’s tree line, the group of six works in natural and black-stained wood, measuring between six and 10 metres in height, are simultaneously spectacular and plaintive. Once bright, iconic characters are rendered in disheartened, world-weary poses; imposing yet full of pathos, they point to an array of psychological narratives, suggesting compassion, surprise and despair.  

 The artist has also made a series of five paintings especially for the exhibition. Each measuring 112 x 92 inches, they will span the largest wall of the spacious gallery, creating a swathe of brilliant colour and complex energy. Constructed with painstaking attention to detail, the abstracted forms overlay and interweave, forming shadows and deepening space to reveal a slinking, enigmatic figure.

6 February–12 June 2016 Longside Gallery and open air
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG.
Visit the YSP website for more info and directions.

All images courtesy the artist and YSP.  Photos — R Jonty Wilde