DRAN Closes “Public Execution” in London, Finally Complete

Either it will have proved to be a master class or an exhibition in hubris, says Pictures on Walls in their framing of the empty-framed show in progress by Dran in London’s Soho. Public Execution is on display and in development before you as the artist continues to work on new illustrations directly on the walls, a gradual culmination of a show that began on February 5 as a reception with cheese and wine and a primarily empty white box gallery, save the hand-painted frames on walls and ceiling serving as place-holders. Even so, the frames are only suggested locations for his cartooning, as he proceeds to paint inside and outside their confines, eventually covering every surface.

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Dran (Photo © Butterfly)

While the concept is new to the gallery setting, it is analogous to the work of street artists creating outside the gallery doors, where any passerby can observe and frequently offer an opinion or pose a question. Here the artist has helpfully painted a suitably sour gallery assistant to stare you down if her eyes happen to divert from her Macbook for a second.

“Ideally located in Soho between a sex shop, a pub and a primary school, the show is evolving on a daily basis,” says photographer and street art culture observer Sandra AKA Butterfly, who brings these exclusive images of the humorous scenes that continue to spout from Dran’s imagination. By the time the show closes today, Public Execution will be complete and the gallery will be filled with new art works. “It’s actually a ‘reversed’ show,” says Butterfly. Along with her images today, we have great shots of the developing show by photographer Julie A.

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Dran (Photo © Butterfly)

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Dran (Photo © Butterfly)

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Dran (Photo © Butterfly)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Butterfly)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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A potential knockout from Dran (Photo © Butterfly)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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The piercing power of words. Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Butterfly)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Okay, are there any questions here? Dran (Photo © Butterfly)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Turn that frown upside down. Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

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Dran (Photo © Julie A)

 

We wish to thank Julie A and Butterfly for sharing their exclusive images and observations with BSA readers.

Read more about this show at Butterfly’s site HERE.

 

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