Hop Louie & Hello Banana
8 July – 1 September 2016
Wednesday to Sunday 12-7 pm
or by appointment : +30 699 936 2780
Sarri 12 Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition of the street artists Hop Louie & Hello Banana in Athens, “Caged City” curated by Dora Vasilakou. The exhibition is jointly organized by Sarri 12 Gallery, Momagen Gallery and Holobiont Project. Urban architecture, industrial zones, modern housing development and landscape gardening are an integral part of the structural reality of a metropolis.
A flickering reality with rapid changes and apocalypses. Living creatures cohabit in this cityscape, in a paradoxical way. The metropolitan environment and the everyday confrontational characteristics of a modern city are at the core of the exhibition theme of the street art duo Hop Louie & Hello Banana. Fusions of wild animals and buildings, cages and birds, dealing with the notion of personal and collective freedom, unfold as vibrant visual stories of special creatures that flirt with the impossible.
A new interpretation of life is presented through constant coexistence and conflict, with contradictory imagery of industrial technology merged with life-forms and emancipation contrasted with restriction. Yet, the world of Hop Louie & Hello Banana is not a dystopian one. It rather combines contradictions and as Camus developed in his philosophical theories of change, “the Paradox of Absurd”. Human beings are caught in a constant attempt to derive meaning from a meaningless world. This is the floating point where the two artists critically stand their voice.
Using mixed media techniques and working playfully on several surfaces (wall, wood, cardboard) the two Swedish artists produce a roster of stencils, collages and wall paintings, a blend of urban and industrial landscapes with organic life-forms into continuous transformations that draw inspiration from nature, human manufacturing and alternative ecological dynamics.
The exhibition title concentrates on the paradox itself, life trapped in the capitalist urban milieu, the city as a cage full of life. Black and white contrasted with solid colors and detailed textures are used to explore the attraction of today’s consumerism, along with the madness of a more and more non-viable world.
The exhibition will be followed by a presentation and discussion about street art and different urban contexts (Saturday 9th July, 8 pm at Sarri12 Gallery) and screenings of a documentary about Sweden street art scene and two short films about graffiti artists and the emerging political street art in Athens (Sunday 10th July, 7pm).