I first heard about Sam and Shaka, the founders of the ACF Gallery, about a month ago when a friend of mine invited me to join her at a party being thrown by these guys to officially launch their spot to the West London massive. I was impressed – not only does the little venue double-up as their home (minus the kitchen – apparently they live on take-aways), but I was so inspired by their photography work and the people they roll with (pure creative types, no pretense – just good people with great fashion sense lol. Even The Noisettes’ Shoniwa Shingai was in the house!).
On Saturday night, they held a small shindig to celebrate the work of their friend Marcus Morrison-Pemberton, a Central Saint Martins graduate who produced a series of mixed media pieces on the theme of consumerism as well as social and political issues. Each piece of work was ridiculously dope. I can’t wait to hook up with these guys in the future because I’ve got a brand new portfolio in the works and you might just see my work here one day too!
On a side note, I made a tiny complaint about the tunes being played (cheeky, I know!) and when I insisted on some hip-hop and even pointed out I had my i-Pod with me, they let me do my thang LOL. I’ve never whipped together a playlist so fast in my life but I managed to do a nice mix of Miguel, Timbaland, Talib and Mos Def – I would, however, recommend to never go from Chase & Status’s Heavy to Ty’s Heart is Breaking – POOR MIX, SMH…
To find out more about the ACF gallery, visit www.artcomesfirst.blogspot.com