Street art and sweets. And jilted love. And Zeus Juice. And… Do you need another? Is that not enough? You’re insatiable! Well, ok then, for you, in the run up to St Valentine’s Day, Graffik Gallery on Portobello Road are turning over their venue to said Zeus. To make sweets. Well not just sweets, slush puppies too. And slush puppy machines. And art. And broken hearts. Hang on? Broken hearts? Yes, and it even takes in a charity auction on the jour d’amour itself, February 14th.
So to give this all a bit of context, it’s a shop installation created by Zeus – the London artist who started his art career a teen graffiti artist before he ended up at the Chelsea College of Arts for a dose of more formal training. Zeus has created the Zeus shop and it very much continues the artist’s drive to create his work in evermore unusual settings. In the past he has melded urban architecture with children’s pop-up books and here, the thread of sweet youth gathers apace. In this show, elements of graffiti are paired with classical art impulses, sculpture with confectionery and slush puppies with broken hearts.
What this all means for you is a saccharine soaked sojourn back to an era where procuring a quarter of kola kubes was a major achievement. And you get to do this surrounded by the mad creations of an artist drawing on a quite considerably varied oeuvre.
It all kicks off with a private view on February 7th and after that it’s a mad scramble to be the first to know what constitutes the promised liquor, Zeus Juice. What you waiting for Hansel and Gretl? (Words: Ed Spencer)
Love Hurts runs from February 7th – 19th. For more info, visit: www.facebook.com/events/115359098640018