The Grow Up group show at the newly opened Lazarides Rathbone features a stunning list of some of today's hottest names in urban art: Lucy McLauchlan, Invader, Jonathan Yeo, Todd James, David Choe, Antony Micallef, Bast, Charlie Isoe, Vhils, JR, Boogie, Faile, Nicole Mackinlay Hahn, Blu, Polly Morgan, Conor Harrington, Zevs, Mode 2 and Miranda Donovan. Aside from the fact that Grow Up is a kick ass exhibition chocked full of invigorating works; the show is also an awesome excuse to go check out the new Lazarides flagship gallery. Located in London's trendy and up market district of Fitzrovia, this new Lazarides gallery (they still have their spaces in Soho and Newcastle) occupies a massive five-storey Georgian building.
Many of the works on show in Grow Up demonstrate an unflinching awareness of the pratfalls of capitalist culture and an ultimate disdain for the niceties of polite culture - all very timely and topical considering the economic malaise we seem to be in these days. One might even get the sense that some of the showing artists actually are reveling in the collective financial anxiety of the moment. Pieces such as the favela photography of JR cast little sympathy for the plight of bankers and the masters of globalization but show the constant struggle of folks who (whether global markets are on a high or a low) always seems to bear the blunt of it.
On view until the 25th of June, Grow Up is mature viewing at its finest.
-- Chris Osburn
All Images Courtesy the Artists and Lazarides Gallery
Images from Top to Bottom: (David Choe, I like my waffles sprinkled with deep throat tears, 2009; Faile, Whispers of Faile, 2008.)
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