03.03.11 - 2.04.11
Andipa Contemporary is delighted to announce a new solo exhibition Concrete Ocean by renowned urban artist Slinkachu.
Slinkachu, the arch miniaturist, has placed his 1:87 scale installations in a city that is, from the perspective of the Little People, a Concrete Ocean. Or is it also a concrete ocean from our perspective? We city-dwellers often feel that sense of being overwhelmed by the urban environment, we empathise with the vulnerability of the Little People - not least as they are abandoned by their maker either to be trodden underfoot by a careless passer-by or to startle a less careless one.
We laugh at their barely significant perspective on life, their diminutive world view and sharply reflect that perhaps ours is equally narrow and our lives are just as insignificant. Teetering on the edge of the metaphysical abyss, the dry, ironic wit draws us back to laughter. After all, a proud podgy man on a tennis ball in a puddle as big as a lake, who really thinks he is a god as he surveys the view and his pretty wife does not know that he has been entitled The Last Resort.
Looking at these photographically recorded installations one has the impression of zooming in and zooming out. One feels close to the situation and distanced from it.
Concrete Ocean follows the artist's internationally acclaimed Little People Project started in 2006, and the publication of Little People in the City: The street art of Slinkachu, published by Boxtree (Pan MacMillan), with a foreword by author Will Self (2008), The Old Vic and Punchdrunk's collaboration, Tunnel 228 in 2009 and in 2010 the highly successful exhibition Extraordinary Measures at Belsay Hall, Northumberland, alongside Ron Mueck, Matt Collishaw and Mariele Neudecker,which saw 55,000 visitors, along with the Amsterdam launch of BIG BAD CITY by Lebowski Publishers.
Concrete Ocean is the second exhibition of Slinkachu's work to be shown at Andipa Gallery and follows Whatever Happened to the Men of Tomorrow (2009) which focused on the relationship between an old, bald, Superman rejected by the city that once lauded him.
To view the artist's blog please click here