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Cock 'n' Bull Gallery Serves Up Street Art In Damien Hirst Restaurant

11-06-2013
 
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The Cock ‘n’ Bull gallery and Street Art London will host a major collaboration between world-renowned street artists RUN and Dscreet. 'A Foot in the Door': RUN and Dscreet will juxtapose wall paintings with drawings, painting and sculpture, leading the viewer to reassess the role of environment and context in contemporary art. All of this will take place in the basement of Tramshed the restaurant famous for thick steaks and chicken served with the feet on!  and oh yes the big Cow & Chicken tank created by bad boy artist Damien Hirst.

Initially brought together to work on the outer doors of Tramshed, RUN and Dscreet have come together once more to reframe their work and explore ideas of interiority and exteriority in the art world today. Questioning how street art is perceived by bringing their work into the gallery, they play with the concept of the door as a literal means of crossing from one space into another and as a metaphor for changing perceptions. Turning their practice inside out, their work leads a viewer to see beyond the surface.

At the entrance to the exhibition is a door on which RUN and Dscreet have collaborated. Framing the exhibition and marking the transition from the exterior to interior space, this door invites viewers to walk through to the other side, entering into a thought provoking space where paintings collide with murals.

A Foot in the Door: RUN and Dscreet has been organised and curated by Richard Howard- Griffin and Hannah Zafiropoulos of Street Art London. The exhibition will also include two new limited edition screen print editions from the artists that will be on sale in the gallery and through Salted Prints.

On the 27th July, the exhibition becomes the backdrop for a totally unique experience. Diners will gather in the gallery, where the art comes out of the frame, off the walls and onto the plate. HIX LIX art dinners allow diners to enjoy a four course bespoke menu created by Mark Hix and his team in reflection of the work on display. This is a new, exciting way to engage with art and food; an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary.

Street Art London is an organisation that works alongside street and graffiti artists across London and the world. Street Art London’s principal objectives are to facilitate and support links between artists, institutions and the public by organising festivals, public commissions, lectures, and exhibitions. Street Art London routinely facilitates large scale public murals across London and curates a 128 square metre wall in the heart of Shoreditch, East London by inviting a different international street artist to paint it each month. Recent projects in 2013 include organising two large-scale festivals of international street art in Chichester and Dulwich, hosting iconic Berlin Wall artist Thierry Noir’s first visit to London and staging public lectures at Somerset House. Founded in 2011 by Richard Howard-Griffin, Street Art London

Cock ‘n’ Bull gallery is located in the basement of the Tramshed, providing a space for a wide range of artists from the established to the undiscovered to exhibit their work. It is a celebration of Mark Hix’s love for art and hunger for innovation and creativity, a vision shared by Rebecca Lidert, the Gallery Manager. Open every day from 11am-6pm, the exhibitions rotate every 4 weeks along with bespoke events centered around each exhibition, including the hugely popular Hix Lix art dinners. Cock ‘n’ Bull also holds talks, discussions, dinners, poetry nights, workshops and more, insuring that it’s rarely static and there is always a dynamic energy in the space.

RUN is a London based Italian street artist whose works can be seen adorning street cor- ners from China to Senegal. His recognisable style shows a level of detail and complexity rarely seen in street art today, evidenced through his vivid rendering of interlocking hands and faces in bright, arresting colours. RUN is interested
in street art as a language of communication, creating playful characters that speak to diverse audiences on multiple levels. The expansive scale of his works captivates the viewer, affecting a renaissance of muralism that reaches beyond the boundaries of street art.

Dscreet is an Australian street artist whose signature owl characters have been a mainstay on the London street art scene for years. Transitioning from the graffiti scene, his artistic alter ego is inspired by cartoon and comic imagery. On a deeper level, he explores the owl as a symbol of perception that lends itself to multifarious interpretations in many different cultures worldwide. Dscreet is also a talented filmmaker, and will exhibit a new film in the gallery during the show.

Mark Hix owner of Tramshed is known for his original take on British gastronomy. After 17 years as Chef Director at Caprice Holdings, he opened his first restaurant in 2008, the distinguished Hix Oyster & Chop House in Smithfield. Hix has since opened
a further five establishments to great critical acclaim, including his latest venture Tramshed. Voted Best Meat Restaurant in the Time Out Eating and Drinking Awards 2012, Tramshed’s menu is simple, revolving around perfectly cooked chicken and steak. Mark Hix is known for his love of art and Tramshed features specially commissioned artwork by Damien Hirst and it’s own art gallery, the Cock ‘n’ Bull. Hix is frequently lauded as one of London’s most eminent restaurateurs with an unrivalled knowledge of ingredients with provenance. Mark has a monthly column in Esquire, a weekly column in The Independent, and is the author of a number of cookbooks on British cuisine.

Street Art London -  Tramshed Rivington St  - 11 - 6pm daily, 28th June - 25th July 2013

Cock 'n' Bull Gallery Serves Up Street Art In Damien Hirst Restaurant


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