Saturday 30 May 2009

'Trespassers of the World Unite' private view- 28th May

Earlier in the week I was lucky enough to be invited to the private view of the new Toaster’s exhibition hosted by Nelly Duff Gallery in a disused space on Kingsland road. Suffice to say that the Toasters are an elusive collective of street artists who have joined forces with several other influential artists from across Europe to produce a collaborative exhibition titled ‘Trespassers of the World Unite’.

I have long been a fan of the Toasters artwork and street art, and even included their iconic Toaster symbol in a photography book I wrote called ‘Street Style; the culture, social significance, and politics of graffiti and street art’ (pictured below). Therefore as you can imagine it was a great honour for me to be invited to preview this exhibition and I was far from disappointed.
For all those unfamiliar with the Toaster’s work let me fill you in. The Toaster project started on New Year’s Eve 1998 up in Wolverhampton where a group of artistic friends came up with the idea to make a mundane everyday household object famous by subverting the image through graphic rendering. Having taken their Toaster art to the streets since 1999 they have created stickers, posters, and murals which have decorated cities around the world such as Berlin, Stockholm, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Sydney, New York, Paris and of course London town.

‘Trespassers of the World Unite’ celebrates the Toasters work over the past decade and pays tribute to their fellow artists and graffiti writers who they befriended many years ago. Exhibitors aside from the Toasters themselves include Will Baras, Bomb kid, Butch, Crackrock, Dicy, Eco, Erosie, Inflenza, Mr Jago, Late, Paris, Phet, Rabodiga, Space3 and Zime.
Amazing exhibition which made me want to run hope and get the old silk screen out so watch this space. ‘Trespassers of the World Unite’ is showing at 9 Kingsland Road, E1 until 14th June.
Invitation courtesy of the Toasters.

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