Andipa Contemporary is delighted to announce a new solo exhibition: Concrete Ocean, by renowned urban artist Slinkachu. Left floating in flimsy boats on puddles the size of lakes, or clinging onto seemingly giant paving stones, in danger of being trodden underfoot by the casual passer-by, the figures in Concrete Ocean address the artists trademark theme of loneliness and disillusionment engendered by the city environment. The dry wit of his observation and the deceptive sweetness of his scaled down figures make Slinkachu's works absorbing, strong and engaging.
Named as one of the "100 Leading Figures in Urban Art" by Patrick Ngyuyen and Stuart Mackenzie in Beyond the Street (2010) Slinkachu creates tiny installations around the city using reworked railway model figures that he then records photographically. For Concrete Ocean the artist will, for the first time, bring seemingly uprooted street installations into the gallery where they will form islands in the concrete ocean.
Concrete Ocean follows the artist's internationally acclaimed Little People Project in 2008, Little People in the City. The street art of Slinkachu, published by Boxtree (Pan MacMillan), with a foreword by author Will Self (2008), The Old Vic and Punchdrunk's collaboration, Tunnel 228 (2009) and in 2010 the highly successful exhibition Extraordinary Measures at Belsay Hall, Northumberland, alongside Ron Mueck, Matt Collishaw and Mariele Neudecker, in which the artist took a humorous look "at the obsession we have with the day trip, that English hobby which often provokes the full range of emotions" and saw 55,000 visitors, along with the Amsterdam launch of BIG BAD CITY by Lebowski Publishers.
Concrete Ocean is the second exhibition of Slinkachu's work to be shown at Andipa Gallery and follows Whatever Happened to the Men of Tomorrow (2009) which focused on the relationship between an old, bald, superman and the city which now rejects him.
The Concrete Ocean limited edition prints will be released on 2 March 2011.