A Foot in the Door: RUN and Dscreet at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, Shoreditch

A Foot in the Door – Street Art London’s unique collaboration between none other than street artists RUN and Dscreet, has turned the concept of ‘graffiti’ on its head. Beneath Tramshed, the underground venue of the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery brings street art indoors, showcasing a variety of drawings, sculptures and painting allowing the viewer to review the environmental conditions of art. Gone are the days of graffiti being branded vandalism, as both artists RUN and Discreet present a more conceptual and cultural outlook on street art.

RUN’s surreal metamorphosis’ of the human form has proved iconic with his interlocking hand and face murals being spotted all around the world – from China to Senegal. The London-based Italian street artist focuses on the motif of a man’s head – with each persona bearing its own cultural and personal identity. Reflecting the countries his art adorns, we are met with men reminiscent of tribal figurines, fishermen and shopkeepers. RUN challenges the stereotypes of society, with typical classifications surrounding the visual portrait of the man prompting his audience to question their own conception of different cultures.  Through toying with unconventional materials such as ink on kitchen towel, RUN also reinvents the standardization of block colour, challenging the traditional boundaries of street art.

Like RUN, Dscreet explores the way graffiti has progressed to mainstream art. Through his film installation, we are met with mantras such as ‘the worlds a stage’, serving to highlight the way our environment can provide a platform for individual creativity. The Australian street artist’s recognisable owl motif has been a part of the London scene for years and can be seen as a clear influence in his work. Dscreet toys with the cultural conception of curiosity and perception through morphing both personal and aged photographs of people into owls. He blurs the boundaries of race, age and class to simply convey the universal thirst for knowledge.

All in all, both artists provide something fresh to the street art scene, both bringing new mediums and concepts, and reinventing their existing iconographic techniques to create an infusion of culture and enlightening subtext.

The exhibition runs from 28th June – 25th July 2013

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