BLOOMIN’ REALITY is a bold pop-up show taking place in the heart of London for just three days this Christmas, bringing together some of the hottest urban artists on the scene right now. Visit Noho Showrooms 14 – 16 December or celebrate at the opening night party, 13 December, 5 – 10pm.
As days grow colder, the show looks towards the festive season and to brighter spring days as we come back into bloom in the new year – dispelling a world of seemingly endless negativity through colour, light-heartedness and in many cases pure smile-inducing jest. The bright lights of Regent Street have nothing on this roster!
Supported by NAAR Mag and Michele Maalouli Jewellery, BLOOMIN’ REALITY features six artists working in a variety of diverse materials, from Lauren Baker’s mesmerising neons to Tommy Gurr’s decommissioned road sign stencils. Celebrated urban artist Catman presents recent spray paint works on used skateboards and Robin Coleman will exhibit several of his signature mixed media pieces. Shuby’s colourful hand-painted and silk screen printed works will be on show as well as brand new works created in London by popular Lebanese artist Jules Bakhos.
Each of the artists has been selected for their light-hearted yet exacting commentary on modern reality, as well as the vibrant aesthetic qualities in their work that allows for broad appreciation quite apart from the academizing often imposed by looking too deeply into the art historical, social, political and economic values of a work. The world today needs positivity and the word blooming reflects just that.
“This is the urgency: Live! and have your blooming in the noise of the whirlwind.” (Gwendolyn Brooks)
Of course, ‘blooming’ has an alternative sense for us Brits too, in its purpose to add firm but often humorous emphasis – just refer to the Collins dictionary!
“Bloomin’ ’eck, that was a marvellous show!”