Friday, 5 June 2009


Pure Evil and Gallery Nosco team up to present this storming show of new works from five emerging French artists whose sometimes cynical sometimes comical treatment of mixed media – from taxidermy, to painting, sculpture and illustration- all have their roots in France’s vibrant street art scene.

Opening tonight this quintet of artists; Dran, Bom.K, Remy Uno, Jaw and Heng, create works that flirt with political satire, juxtapose the intricate with the disturbingly graphic, and succeed in roughly seducing the viewer with their vision of a darkly humorous reality.

Dran’s sculptural installation Free Party - a congregation of taxidermy chick-lets captured frozen in time, in an eternal dance in the midst of a rave, positioned next to a huge sound system and booming speakers, captivated by the music played to them by the DJ – a taxidermy weasel, on the decks. Empty beer cans surround them, along with cigarette butts and crushed half consumed disco biscuits.

Bom.K’s intricate delicate pencil drawings are a stark contrast to the sometimes pornographic and often-brutal subject matter he chooses.

Heng‘s fanatical and near religious obsession with perspectives, lines, construction, structure and space translate onto the canvas and street in a depiction of cityscapes around the world. His recent work includes painting industrial machinery, the vital elements contributing to the creation of the cities.

Marseille's Remy Uno's slashes and layered portraits on canvas are an emotive depiction of aggressive poetry, the textured faces revealing themselves subtly as the viewer acquaints himself with the layered and torn canvas.

Jaw's illustration book La France D’en Bas was a storming success and led to a rapid increase in demand for commercial work with big name brands and the foundation of a design studio. His paintings have developed a unique poetic and eclectic photorealist style.

The exhibition will be open daily from 10-6 at Pure Evil Gallery.

By Millie Ross

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