Words by MPDClick’s Future Trends Researcher Editor.
On May 12th 2012, MPDClick’s Future Trends Researcher had the pleasure of joining co-founder and managing director Penelope Sacorafou and Art guide and curator Natasha Hoare on Fox & Squirrel’s East End Art Walk. Discover part three of this four part series in this exclusive blog post.
This month’s art walk took advantage of East London’s creative art scene, focusing on four gallery spaces in particular – Hoxton Art Gallery, Calvert 22, Project Space and Hayles Gallery.
At Hayes Gallery, we discovered artist Kennard Phillips’ ‘Occupy Everything’ exhibition. Kennard Phillips is an artist collaboration forged between Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips during the build up to the US/UK invasion of Iraq in 2002. The two artists work together to create pieces that confront political and corporate power in solidarity with the social movements that form in resistance against state and commercial oppression. Occupy everything centres on their work relating to the global protests and occupations which were widespread in 2011, with a large proportion of it having been already used on the street by Kennard and Phillips. Most of the materials used to make the work are newspaper based, with a lot of the work being printed, drawn and painted on the pink pages of the Financial Times.
The ‘make do and ready’ aesthetic connects the individual work into an overall installation that is a low tech laboratory of insurrection and spreads through the gallery, both on the walls and into three dimensions. It is a space of protest, not an illustration of what’s been happening in the form of reportage but an integral part of that protest.
We were also show the collector’s room, where a number of emerging artists were shown.
For more information on Fox & Squirrel’s Art Walks, please click here.
Image source: MPDClick Content from Hayes Gallery press release