YOU WIN SOME YOU LOSE SOME /
Malarko Hernandez and David Shillinglaw
Thursday, November 20 - December 21, 2014
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better”
On November the 20th Gallery@Sarri12 presents a duo show by Malarko Hernandez and David Shillinglaw. The exhibition brings together the work of two London based artists both working in the streets and galleries throughout the world. Having worked together on and off the streets for the past year this exhibition presents a series of site specific installations and artworks made during their stay in Athens. With a focus on found objects and art made from junk and discarded materials, attempting to turn the ordinary into the extra ordinary.
You Win Some You Lose Some illustrates the importance of play and failure. Using the friendly competition of collaboration and the challenge to work together to create a new body of work. Occupying the middle ground between a serious head-to-head and the locking-horns dynamic of a chess game or boxing match. The exhibition takes the works into an arena of collaboration rather than presenting solo works by singular artists.
The exhibition is a play fight in pictures, highlighting the process of making, and celebrating the importance of failure in order to get to a better state or condition.
You cant win ‘em all… and why would you want to?
David Shillinglaw’s art explores themes of identity and the human condition, whether a complex anatomical diagram or simple stick man. Drawing on ideas from ancient mythology as well as popular culture, the artist creates a dialogue between the historic and the contemporary. Shillinglaw often paints directly onto found objects, forging a candid relationship between himself and his shifting environment.
Shillinglaw was born in the Middle East, which may explain his thirst for travel. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2002 he has exhibited in galleries in Japan, China, and throughout Europe, making his mark in key cities such as New York, Paris, Istanbul and Cape Town. Shillinglaw’s work moves between street and studio, from small hand made books, to paintings on canvas and large-scale wall murals.
Born and raised in South London and with no formal artistic training, Malarko has developed a recognisable style that spans muralism, design, illustration, print work, and ceramics. Excited by the absurd and motivated by the preposterous, Malarkos work is comprised of an ever growing menagerie of symbology and semiotics. Morrissey and Wu-Tang lyrics punctuate this wacky landscape of long nosed dogs and leg less strong men, and the colourful nonsensical result manages to both confuse and delight.
After returning from a two-year period painting in Barcelona in 2008, Malarko adapted their sun-kissed, summer-loving, sangria-drinking, colour-bursting style and took over the walls and shutters of London bringing a splash of fun to an city known for it’s grey, concrete metropolis. Despite both exhibiting and painting across the globe from Peru to Porto, Malarko has never stopped painting in his home city and has become one of London’s most recognisable painters, few visitors to the capital city will have missed his array of colourful friends unleashing chaos.
Duration: 20 November - 21 December 2014
Opening: Thursday 20 November 2014, 20:00
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 - 17:00
Sarri 12, Psirri, Athens 10553
curated by Antonakis Christodoulou