Old Truman Brewery
Nearest Tube: Aldgate East
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 7pm
StolenSpace is proud to present a new body of work from renowned UK
street artist Kid Acne. Featuring paintings on board and canvas,
installation work and also the release of a limited edition fanzine
This exhibition explores the relationship between graffiti and smoking
by way of introducing us to a new set of characters known as ‘Art
Fags’ – a play on words neatly personifying packs of cigarettes. Both
pastimes are seen as rebellious and
cool, which makes them particularly appealing to teenagers. Though
through repetition they become a compulsion, cause serious problems in
our adult life and are “filthy habits” hard to quit.
We can all see the similarities between graffiti and advertising – the
notion of occupying space to promote an idea, brand or individual.
Nowadays however, cigarette advertising is just as outlawed as
graffiti, though at their height of fashion
both were simply seen as the thing to do. Since the smoking ban,
smokers, like graffiti writers have been forced into the streets,
whereas Street Artists are embraced by the galleries and auction houses.
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