When: On until 28th October 2017
Where: Lawrence Alkin Gallery, 42 New Compton Street, London WC2H 8DA
£: Free admission
What is it?
This month, visitors to London’s Lawrence Alkin Gallery will be able to see a brand new body of work by popular stencil artist Eelus. Seeking to evoke familiar discomfort within all of us, Dance Boldly Through The Storm explores the beautiful and often caustic realities of the world.
Eelus mixes humour with the macabre, light with dark, and bright bursts of colour against grey skies. The regular juxta-positioning in his work highlights the paradox of day-to-day life and carries subtle political and social messages.
While retaining his favoured monochromatic palette ignited with pops of vivid colour, Eelus expands his methodology in this latest body of work. The show will feature spray paint on canvas, multi-layered wood and paper and his first-ever 3D sculptural pieces.
Dance Boldly Through the Storm will feature a set of bonded bronze skulls that have been cast from a mold made from a real 12 month old human skull. The craniums are filled with tangled balls of beautifully dyed Peruvian wool, each strand dipped in clear resin before being shaped and sculpted and knotted into a complex scrambled mess of colour.
Also in the series of sculptures is A History Of Nonsense, a specially sculpted bust of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts. Cast in bonded bronze and aged to look like an authentic bronze Roman bust, her head has been cracked open to reveal a tangled mess of wool. The playful Dada-esque piece suggests the story of human history is, to a large degree, fabricated.
The show title emulates the importance of pausing to reflect on the turbulent nature of modern times. Eelus explains: “It’s impossible not to get caught up in the madness of technology and insane decisions of the people at the top as they try and pull the wool over our eyes, making us lose site of what’s really important. What else can we do but keep our heads up, our eyes open and dance boldly through the storm.”
Eelus (Lee Pennington) is currently based in Brighton. He has exhibited and painted extensively around the globe alongside the top names in the contemporary street and urban art scene. He combines his background in graphic design and illustration with images of science fiction, housing estates, female figures and the bizarre.