Monday, 28 September 2015

The Poor Door Exhibition

This Thursday 1 October, The Poor Door exhibition opens at A-side B-side Gallery, it's a group show featuring the work of 11 artists, curated from an open call out.

A collective exhibition tackling London’s housing crisis

'Yellow Curtain' by Lee Maelzer

Alison Berry, Rebecca Byrne, Tinsel Edwards, Mikey Georgeson, Mars Gomes, 
Kin, Lee Maelzer, Reena Makwana, S.P.A.R Society for the Preservation of Admirable Rubble (with Brian Guest courtesy of Calum F Kerr), Tom Rizzuto, Julia Russell.

“This Ghetto crowding is not through inclination, but compulsion.”
Jack London The People of the Abyss

It’s 2015 and we are in the midst of a major housing crisis in the capital.  In 1903, Jack London wrote ‘The People of the Abyss’, a book describing the cramped living conditions and experiences of the poor in the East End of London.  Reading the book in 2015, some of it seems strangely familiar.

The extreme poverty experienced by many people in Victorian London is another world and another time, but the soaring rents and escalating house prices that London’s residents are experiencing today are similarly disempowering.

The Poor Door exhibition is an arena for debate and discussion surrounding the housing crisis, an opportunity to challenge the status quo and to campaign for change through visual language including painting, photography, sculpture and performance. The title is inspired by the furore over the development at One Commercial Street in Aldgate, which was built with two separate entrances.  Luxury marble floors, chandeliers and concierge for the wealthy city workers, and a side-alley door for the ‘affordable’ housing tenants.  The Poor Door is a growing trend in new housing developments in London, but this divisive phenomena seems reminiscent of the Victorian era.

“In a civilization frankly materialistic and based upon property, not soul, it is inevitable that property shall be exalted over soul”
Jack London The People of the Abyss

'Help Duvet 1' by Mars Gomes

A-side B-side Gallery
Amhurst Terrace
E8 2BT

Opening night: 1.10.15 6-9pm
Show dates: 1.10.15 - 11.10.15
Gallery opening hours: 12-6pm Weds-Sun
Art Licks Weekend: 2-4 October

#ThePoorDoor exhibition is part of Art Licks Weekend, sponsored by Arts Council England.
The show has been shortlisted for the Artquest Workweek prize.
The exhibition will raise funds for the Housing and Homelessness charity: Shelter

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Some of my artwork is currently on show at Banksy's Dismaland Bemusement Park in Weston-Super-Mare.  Dismaland exists until September 27th.

My REAL Estate Agent signs are in the activist tent. I've just done an interview for online magazine Le Cool, you can read that here

Photos by Lady Ray