7th - 21st April 2017 // ALEX SENNA // THE NADA // DEBUT UK SOLO EXHIBITION
Opening Night 6th of April 2017.
Unit 5 Gallery is proud to announce The Nada, Brazilian street artist Alex Senna’s ﬁrst ever UK solo exhibiton, presenting 18 impressive new canvases of the artists’ languid, beguiling and dramatic black and white works!
An active street artist since 2008, and accomplished illustrator since 2000, Senna’s bold and ﬁgurative illustrations tell interesting tragicomic stories, the stylishly absurd woven
seamlessly into each one. His fragile human moments have been stretched, dreamlike
across brickwork arches, shopfronts, walled up windows and urban concrete intersections
across the world, and his work is steadily growing in recognition. Be the ﬁrst to see his brand new works unveiled at Unit 5 Gallery in East London on the 6th of April 2017!
Senna’s work inspires a romantic, melancholic dialogue with it’s viewer and surroundings - revealing everyday social and personal narratives with
grace and humour. This exciting, yet humble artist has many years experience of working in international galleries and urban spaces across Toronto, Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo, Miami, Korea, Denmark and the UK.
After exhibiting Solo shows in Sao Paulo, Korea and The Bienniale of Street Art 2016, Senna looks towards a new subject matter with The Nada -
which is broken down into 3 parts: The Vacuum, The Void and The Nothingness. The works in this show playfully engage with darker subtexts where
the absurd is gently tangled with reality, as Senna’s graphic monochrome palette allows powerful stories to emerge in simple ways.
The Nada will provide the chance to encounter 15 fresh new canvas pieces from the internationally acclaimed Brazilian street artist, exploring
powerful narratives such as immigration, solitude, family values, social isolation and anxiety. Senna gracefully navigates these tough landscapes with trademark charm - never dodging the subject matter, but giving us the chance to quietly observe these moments usually in the darkness,
hidden from view
IN DEPTH: A COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION OF STREET ART SCULPTURE
Featuring works from: Axel Void (ES), Ben Eine (UK), Biancoshock (IT), Cityzen Kane (UK), Dont Fret (US), Edwin (AU), Herakut (DE), Hin (HK), Isaac Cordal (ES), Jimmy C (AU), Jo Peel (UK), Jonesy (UK), Lily Mixe (FR), Mark McClure (UK), Mobstr (UK), Peeta Ead (IT), Pixel Pancho (IT), Push Crew (DE), Ronzo (DE), Slinkachu (UK), Will Coles (AU) and more…
10th - 26th February 2017
The first London group show of its kind, ‘In Depth’ shone the spotlight on the often clandestine yet ever expanding world of street art sculpture. The show featured works from over 20 highly acclaimed artists; from those known primarily for their sculptural work on the streets, to those who are renowned for their large-scale murals and sought after canvases.
In the lead-up to the show, local and visiting artists engaged in a series of organised and unsanctioned street projects across London, continuing into the opening event where every wall, floor, and ceiling of the huge 1600 square foot warehouse space was adorned with works of all shapes and sizes.
An astonishing array of technique, styles and ideas will be on display, from miniscule characters to bold classical busts; from an immersion into a computer game to delicate bronze statuettes. Purpose built 3D master pieces will span whole walls and the show’s centre piece - a reconstructed, reimagined felled tree - will combine to create a unique and captivating experience for the viewer to explore.
NOV 2016 EDWIN & DONT FRET // THE DISTINCT SOUND OF LAUGHTER IN THE DISTANCE
Edwin and Dont Fret prove that distance is no barrier for two young artists with a penchant for social activism and late nights with buckets of paint. Over the course of 2016, the pair embarked on a dialogue spanning 4000 miles, exchanging words and ideas via social media between their home towns of Chicago and London. These messages were then sprayed onto walls in the other artist's city. What began as a "graffiti pen pal project" expanded with the events of 2016. The UK's Brexit vote, the turmoil of the US Presidential Election, the Refugee Crisis, each served to influence a project about a world that is so capable of being connected, yet so diconnected. ‘The Distinct Sound of Laughter in the Distance’ culmunated in an exhibition of works by both artists from 11th November - 3rd December 2016. The exhibition coincided with a book release: a special documention of the work and process the two artists created for this special project over the year. The book is available to order from the gallery store.
OCT 2016 BAULT // TAR: UK DEBUT SOLO SHOW
The highly imaginative surrealist French painter and street artist has become a cult icon over the past few years for his playful, insanely colourful yet highly technically characters which have been produced on all manner of surfaces, both legally and illegally, across the world. A resident of Paris, Bault started painting graffiti in 1997 and entered the École des Beaux-Arts d’Avignon before moving to the school of Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. From graffiti artworks, the artist evolved to experiment with video art, graphic design and illustration. Exploring different techniques and materials, Bault creates his own mythology, transforming and recomposing places, objects, animals, people, styles. Bault plays with the absurd and invites us to question our preconceived sense of reality. In October 2016, Bault's first UK solo show saw him transform the galleryy space with a huge variety of fanatastic works created with a plethora of traditional and non-traditional materials.