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Tripping in London

  • East London
September 30, 2014

Last week we had the chance to visit London for two days. Not much time, that’s true, but enough time to visit StolenSpace Gallery at 17 Osborn Street and look at the artwork from fellow Berlin resident Reka and the exhibits of Japanese urban artist TwoOne. We intended to have a quick look at the gallery space, talk with some people, examine the art and then hurry on to the next stop. Well, we decided to skip the next stop and spent quite some time at StolenSpace. The artwork on display wouldn’t let us go.

London
StolenSpace Gallery

StolenSpace – TwoOne

In the front space of StolenSpace TwoOne presented a collection of marvelous graphically painted and neon colored canvases that depict hunted animals. In addition to these main works for “Hunted Hunter’s Head” Hiroyasu Tsuri aka TwoOne also presents small sculptures and several color studies that allow viewers insight into the creative process of the artist.  TwoOne creates his paintings with bright abstract colored blocks that form the shape of the main image. This is complemented with aerosol sprays in more subtle colors on a sand colored canvas. In some cases TwoOne created multiple layers by gluing scraps of canvas to the main background. The imagery is figurative and surreal. The paintings can show a lion’s head in neon red and yellow or an owl painted in earth tones over the lower part of a human skull, which again contains neon colored elements. The effect that the paintings achieve is sophisticated and strong with a straightforward aesthetic that impresses.

TwoOne - Hunted Hunter's Head
TwoOne – Hunted Hunter’s Head
TwoOne - Hunted Hunter's Head
TwoOne – Hunted Hunter’s Head
TwoOne - Hunted Hunter's Head
TwoOne – Hunted Hunter’s Head
TwoOne - Hunted Hunters Head
TwoOne – Hunted Hunter’s Head

StolenSpace – Reka

Gallery 2 in the back part of StolenSpace presented the work of the Australian artist Reka. His contemporary surrealist paintings series for “Trip The Light” display females in motion. More precisely they show them dancing in the various electronic clubs that Reka’s chosen hometown Berlin has to offer. While one work is titled Berghain others carry the name Sisyphos or Kater Holzig. The artworks are segmented into geometric forms that vary in color, size and shape. Rounded brush strokes and aerosol sprays break the straight shapes. With his dynamic painting style Reka explores the excitement of music, light and the female body on a series of 10 canvases. Accompanying these large-scale artworks, is a number of small urban art pieces painted on found objects. Reka painted classical female objects like a hairbrush on old sprays cans or other miscellaneous objects from the streets of the German capital. “Trip The Light” is not only an appraisal of women but also homage to Berlin and the extraordinary life within.

StolenSpace
Reka – Trip The Light
StolenSpace
Reka – Trip The Light
StolenSpace
Reka – Trip The Light
StolenSpace
Reka – Trip The Light

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