Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery is pleased to present Phantasmagoria, an
exhibition of paintings, prints, drawing, installation and sculpture.
The title for the exhibition, Phantasmagoria will be themed around the
ongoing cycles of sub-cultures and counter cultures, their art, and it’s
eventual fuelling of canons of mass assimilation by fashion and media to
the point of vulgarity and its serendipitous decaying of objective and
social meaning in tribal and underground arts.
The exhibition brings together new and existing works: Jon Burgerman,
Shin Tanaka and Boicut are global illustrators and custom designers.
Isaac Cordal’s, Follow the Leader depicts debased failings of Western
leaders. James Unsworth’s and Andrew James Jones’s work subscribe to
horror and the grotesque that preserves the integrity of their art. Anwot
makes art, taking inspiration from fetish clubs and the sex scene.
Re-assembled pieces and new works from David Shillinglaw, pay homage to
cult culture and philanthropy, Martin Wollerstam depicts corporations as
monsters attacking the world and Roman Klonek prints are of mechanical
cartoons and environments defined by logos. Otto Schade and Oliver
Winconek paintings of surreal iconography can easily be found in the most
fashionable parts of London’s East End. Dave Anderson and Agent
Provocateur’s work satires fashion and commodity culture. Rebecca
Strickson, incorporates contemporary art with creative industries, such as
Nexus group and creative culture group, Soho House. Commissioned pieces
by Todd Ryan White echo the psychedelic posters and record covers of Anton
Kelly and Stanley Mouse. A new Matt Small sculpture addresses lost
identity and inadequacy in youth culture.