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Stik's Single MumStik's Single Mum, and Parts & Labor

March 2nd 2011

More figures and live painting from street artist Stik, this time in a gallery in a West London subway under a road junction… And a download from Brooklyn band Parts And Labor’s recent album…


STIK has a new solo exhibition of his distinctive work opening in West London on 3rd March, there’s an opening night preview on March 2nd. There’s a limited edition (of 50) called Single Mum (silkscreen print 45 x 112 cm). Here come some details

Stik’s latest solo show at the Subway Gallery features a live painting event on the opening night, an installation comprised of four large light-boxes and the show also hosts the long awaited launch of the new high quality print edition “Single Mum” produced by Squarity.  As always there will be smaller, affordable pieces on sale too should you wish to buy something, The show is free in terms of entry price and alongside the live painting on the preview night, there will be live painting by Stik on Saturdays throughout the month of March.

“If you’ve visited East London in the last ten years you’ll doubtless have seen the huge mysterious stick figures lurking on the sides of buildings and billboards. Deceptively simple in form, with just six lines each and dots for eyes, they are packed with subtle form and emotion. They are the work of street artist Stik, who having spent many years homeless and working on the streets, knows the city from the inside and manages to reach seemingly superhuman locations to paint these highly stylized pieces.

These days Stik exhibits in the West-End, liaises at Central Saint Martin’s “Graffiti Dialogues” with Police and Councils and is funded to run graffiti workshops by councils and schools. The artist also works with groups as diverse as Amnesty International, Reclaim the Streets, Queeruption, Mutoid Waste Company and British Waterways and yet still regularly paints unauthorised pieces around the capital, underlining Stik's status as a key component of both underground and mainstream art scenes”.

Stealth StikSUBWAY GALLERY is open from Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm

You’ll find the gallery at Kiosk 1, Joe Strummer Subway Edgware Rd / Harrow Rd  London W2 1DX. Just head for the big road junction just off the Westway and right outside Edgware Road tube station (Bakerloo line branch). The gallery is in the subway under the road junction. (and yes, the subway really is named after Joe Strummer) 

Further reading here at Zeitgeist where you’ll find a short Stik interview - Zeitgeist blog Stik interview

Parts and Labor

for those in need of some earfood today while they admire the work of Stik, here’s a free downloadable track from always interesting Brooklyn experimentalists PARTS & LABOR, a track from their new Constant Future album:

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