AboutHeld in conjunction with TAG Fine Arts
John Cake and Darren Neave are growing up from their 'The Little Artists' project, and moving on from the Lego recreations of iconic sculptures such as Hirst's Shark Tank and Emin's Bed.
Their latest work identifies with the actions and strategies of Martin Kippenberger.
Core to this is the 'Smurf', the iconic blue character, created by Peyo in Belgium 50 years ago they have become an image understood world-wide but whose name is different in every language.
As in the cartoon or comic-strip, when speaking, 'Smurf' can be used to replace a word in a sentence but understanding is not lost.
A continuing theme in Cake and Neave's work is their interest in aggressive branding, logos, sponsorship and merchandise, and poignantly for them, the 'Smurf' and National Garages were the first commercial product tie-ins they were conscious of.