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'Every Day is a Miracle'
Posted on: Wed, 8 Jul 2020
Art Below unveils its first gallery exhibition since January. 'Every Day is a Miracle' opens on 16th July at Ad Lib gallery...a fantastic new 3000 sq foot 2 floor gallery space on Fulham Road (nearest tube Parsons Green). The summer exhibition opens on 16th July and runs for ten days and will be spliced with four different evening events to make it possible for as many people to see the work without the gallery ever becoming crowded (in line with current COVID government guidelines).    

The exhibition is part retrospective looking at some of the most iconic billboard posters from Art Below's 15 year life span including Ben Eine, Sarah Maple, Billy Childish and Alison Jackson as well as work from the Art Wars collection by artists including  Hayden Kays, Philip Colbert, Orlanda Broom and Joe Rush. 

Most importantly the exhibition celebrates and unveils new work by James Ostrer, Karen Bystedt, Anna Kenneally, Tom Lumley, Jeffrey Robb, Ben Eine, Ru Knox, Pauline Amos, Nasser Azam and Mikey Voice.

A section of the exhibition is specially dedicated to the work of underwater photographer Terry Arpino who sadly passed away in April.    Terry was a frequent exhibitor of Art Below from the start (2006) and is greatly missed.  RIP Terry.

For further information on Art Below's Summer Exhibition 'Every Day is a Miracle' please contact info@artbelow.org.uk
Art Below's First Exhibition of 2020
Posted on: Tue, 14 Jan 2020
ART BELOW'S FIRST EXHIBITION OF 2020 WILL PRESENT THE WORK OF GIA STRAUSS AT SOHO'S REVUE GALLERY
23rd - 30th January 2020, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE
PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 23rd January, 6.30 - 9pm. RSVP rsvp@artbelow.org.uk
Art Below is proud to announce their first exhibition of 2020 'Behind Closed Drawers' by London based artist, Gia Strauss.  
In this exhibition Gia Strauss walks the line between the genderless idioms of sexual Marxism and the objectification of the female form.  
Curated by Ben Moore this exhibition will be the first solo show in Gia Strauss' career. Opening on Thursday 23rd January, the exhibition will be held at the Soho Revue Gallery. 
Much of Strauss' work has been described as controversial, in particular the focus she has placed on aspects of the female form. Her work includes consumption scenes in which the most delicate of female body parts are savoured and consumed by gourmets. In this way Strauss has attempted to highlight the plight of the disadvantaged in society, especially women.
When Strauss first arrived in London (over 8 years ago) she supported herself as a burlesque performer. This facet of her life is often expressed in different ways in her work. As part of her work and personal interest the artist has developed a strong passion for pole dancing and has since become an outstanding performer.
Gia Strauss, together with her pole dancing partner, will perform costumed pole dance routines at the gallery where Art Below have installed two poles specifically for this exhibition. These performances will take place during the private view on 23rd and on the following evening of Friday 24th January.
The exhibition's curator says: 'I think the Revue gallery lends itself really well to this kind of performance not only for gallery visitors but also for the passer by... I  feel like this part of Soho will enjoy being reminded of the brilliance, beauty and romance of the 'Old Soho' and the pole dance performances will hopefully act as a celebration and inspiration to all those who see it'
Over the last three years Art Below has supported Gia Strauss, featuring her paintings across billboard space on the London Underground. Her work has often been considered controversial. Last year, Transport for London refused permission for her painting to be shown on the Tube.
Strauss commented at the time: 'My work featuring the two thousand year old statue, Venus de Milo was considered politically incorrect in our highly sensitive, gender-oriented society.'
In her performance art Strauss' work often includes costumed performances, juxtaposing rituals of conventional society with a surreal twist alongside obscure backdrops. Her most notable performance pieces include The Misogynist and Gluttons that have subsequently been made into short films viewable online.
Gia Strauss says 'Surrealism is said to represent the epitome of an artist's imagination. Adhering to the Surrealist philosophy.... I attempt to portray different facets of myself and my life in my films and paintings.
In addition to painting, filmmaking and performance art, Gia Strauss also has a compulsive passion for piano composition. Her great uncle was the classical composer, Richard Strauss.
Gia Strauss is at present working full time towards a PhD in philosophy.

Private View: Thursday 23rd January, 6.30 - 9pm. RSVP rsvp@artbelow.org.uk
Press information: For more information and images please contact info@artbelow.org.uk
Visitor Information: Soho Revue Gallery, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE
Opening times: Open Daily 11am - 6pm
Web Links: www.artbelow.org.uk/artists/giastrauss www.straussart.co.uk www.instagram.com/artbelow.org.uk

Art Wars 9 Opens at Old Brompton Gallery
Posted on: Thu, 5 Dec 2019
The 'Art Wars 9' exhibition presents new and existing star wars inspired art by artists including Mr Brainwash, Alison Jackson, Hayden Kays, UnSkilled Worker, Nettie Wakefield, Ben Eine, Philip Colbert, Bran Symondson, Joe Rush, Stuart Semple and Schoony.  

Artists have been provided with a Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet, with the brief of transforming it into a piece of art:  'Turning the Dark Side onto the Art Side'. The exhibiton also includes Star Wars inspired paintings and drawings.
 
'Art Wars 9' opens at London's Old Brompton Gallery, Kensington on Thursday 12th December with a private view 6 - 9pm followed up with another celebratory event a week later to coincide with the cinema release of Star Wars 9 on 19th December.  
 
Art Wars is curated by Ben Moore and will raise funds for the Missing Tom Fund which Moore set up to support the search for his brother Tom who has been missing since 2003.   
Ben Moore says 'The announcement of Art Wars 9 comes in the wake of Tom's 48th birthday on 5th December... This time of year is always tough for the family who would love to be re-united with Tom for his borthday and the Christmas season, but I remain optimistic about the future and very keen that 2020 be the year that I find my brother ...  I hope this exhibition gives me the wind in my sales in terms of strength and funding to make it happen... I am deeply thankful to all the artists who have taken part'
 
Since launching Art Wars at Saatchi Gallery in 2013, the initiative has garnered support from major artists worldwide including Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, J&D Chapman, Alison Jackson, Joana Vasconcelos, David Bailey, D*Face and Retna. Art Wars has travelled to Sweden, Dubai, Miami and Los Angeles and been the headline feature in numerous art fairs including The Other Art Fair, Moniker Art Fair, and Red Dot Art Fair.
 
Damien Hirst says of Art Wars: I saw a cartoon  where a stormtrooper is sat in a chair with his head in his hands looking depressed with a thought bubble coming out if his head saying 'those were the droids we were looking for'. So many people today can find that funny and it really shows you how massively all encompassing and ubiquitous Star Wars is....' 
 
www.artwars.net
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