Thursday, February 24, 2011

Burning Candy Crew: last show at the gallery Sartorial Contemporary Art London



The notorious Burning Candy crew: last show at the gallery
Rotating Exhibition from Feb 3 - Mar 25 2011. Open Wed - Fri 13:00 -18:30 and by appointment.

Sartorial’s very own Greta Sarfaty will be revisiting her fascination with a gang of street artists that first made themselves known to the world as the Burning Candy crew. Celebrated for their raw style and disturbing aesthetic, the once marginal Burning Candy paved their way right into the hearts of private collectors and to prestigious auction sales. The likes of Sweet Toof and Cyclops are now bona fide participants of the art scene.

 It’s Time to Go I Have No More Breast... is in a way a retrospect of the glory days of their work that subverted both the streets and art and the last chance to see it in the context of the gallery space where it was first discovered and showcased.
Sartorial Contemporary Art is equally delighted to offer lovers of street art an opportunity to own a piece of this controversial work.

CYCLOPSA consummate street professional, Cyclops is ever-enigmatic. His statement accompanying Artistic Vandals merely read "Cyclops
has no friendly bacteria. He is gutless. Cyclops is developing eyeglasses radiation proof. Cyclops is a teenage surgeon or a diamond smashing into the sun blah blah blah".His works can be seen throughout London; Cyclopic skulls and other one-eyed manifestations,
the artist's calling cards. 

His work borrows heavily from outlandish B-movie imagery and the '60s covers of pulp fiction, this eclectic and eccentric concoction bound with Bronx style tagging. Jessop's work featured in Saatchi's New Blood exhibition. While representing the artist, Sartorial arranged two International solo shows at Thomas Cohn, Sao Paulo and Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen,
as well as a collaborative show James Jessop vs Harry Pye - It Takes Two, at a newly opened Fishmarket Gallery,Northampton, launched with the assistance of Gretta Sarfaty,

The artist cut his teeth as a graffiti writer in the late '80s. His huge, ghoulish skulls with their salmon-pink gums adorn the sides of many an unsuspecting end-of-terrace house. His works on canvas have been likened to Edward Hopper. But where Hopper employed hints of solitude, Sweet Toof whips out the macabre; masked raiders and chain gangs. Thanks to Sartorial, Sweet Toof is one of an esteemed few Street artists featured in the V&A permanent collection in London.

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