LAZARIDES AND THE OLD VIC TUNNELS PRESENT HELL’S HALF ACRE
Old Vic Tunnels
Lazarides Gallery is delighted to announce their upcoming collaboration with The Old Vic Tunnels. Staged within the recently discovered labyrinth beneath London’s Waterloo station, ‘Hell’s Half Acre’ will be a ground-breaking series of installations launching 12th October 2010.
Bringing the vision of Steve Lazarides to one of London’s most arresting performance spaces, the maze of tunnels will be converted into a large-scale evocation of Dante’s literary masterpiece Inferno. Visitors will explore the nine circles of Hell through the contributions of artists including: George Osodi, Antony Micallef, Polly Morgan, Jonathan Yeo, Conor Harrington, Christian Lemmerz, Vhils, Paul Insect, Mark Jenkins, Boogie, David Choe, Doug Foster, Zak Ové, Todd James, Bäst, Ian Francis and many more.
Artists will provide their own interpretation of hell with freedom to reference both Purgatorio and Paradiso from the trilogy of The Divine Comedy. Through the curatorial direction, interaction with the exhibited works—paintings, sculptures, video pieces, performance and mixed media installation—is encouraged and part of this thrilling multi-sensory experience.
Highlights of the exhibition include for the very first time 3-dimensional installations by Conor Harrington and Jonathan Yeo, a new exclusively commissioned film by Todd James/ REAS, the powerfully chilling photographs of George Osodi and Boogie, with a surprise finale by Paul Insect.
Hell’s Half Acre is a subterranean journey into hell as envisaged by a group of young, cutting edge artists. It’s a vision of our hellish society under coalition rule, inspired by Dante’s Inferno.
— Steve Lazarides, Owner, Lazarides Gallery
"The Lazaridies Gallery is a force of nature, a global phenomenon and I mean that in a epic way! 'Sell Out' shows in Los Angles, Miami and this October, at the Old Vic Tunnels here in London. I can't wait"
—Hamish Jenkinson, Director, The Old Vic Tunnels
Working outside conventional practice and the contemporary art system, Lazarides welcomes a broad audience to an extensive exhibition programme, off-site projects and online exhibitions and collectives. Lazarides supports and develops the work of a group of artists who collectively, defy categorization.
Founded in 2003 by Steve Lazarides, Lazarides represents over 30 of the most exciting and innovative artists working today including Antony Micallef, Faile, JR, Vhils, Stanley Donwood, Charlie Isoe, Mode 2, Paul Insect, Kelsey Brookes, Conor Harrington, Invader, Mark Jenkins, BAST, 3D, Jonathan Yeo, David Choe, Lucy McLauchlan, Jamie Hewlett, Miranda Donovan and Zevs.
The gallery programme runs across exhibition spaces in London and Newcastle: Lazarides Rathbone, presents over ten solo and group exhibitions each year, while Lazarides on Greek Street, Soho welcomes over ten thousand visitors annually to smaller presentations and film screenings, as well as being home to publications, prints and artistic ephemera. The large-scale Newcastle space, opposite Baltic Gateshead, runs a rotating programme of projects and exhibitions from emerging artists and new practitioners. In addition to their extensive programme Lazarides has also presented numerous exhibitions outside the UK most notably Banksy's Barely Legal in Los Angeles (2006), Antony Micallef’s Impure Idols in Los Angeles (2007) and The Outsiders group show, New York (2008) and a series of four exhibitions in LA Summer 2010.