Back to street art with a really good show: Urban Invasion at West Bank is definitively a must see exhibition if you love street art and stencils.
Let’s start with the live painting and installations outside the gallery: it was really good (and instructive) to see David Walker, Inkie and Fin DAC while painting, and I honestly think their three canvases were some of the best of the show. In particular I really liked Fin DAC’s one (on the right): great technique and so expressive even if it’s “just” a one-layer stencil work. Also outside there was a nice “lettering installation” by Zeus: I really appreciate when graffiti is pushed outside its boundaries.
While watching I’ve also seen the best moment of the evening: few kids sit behind the artists talking about the artworks and making comments and critiques (“technically talking this one is the best, because it has a more free style”!!!), with Inkie explaining them the different styles of the artists. From one side it was great to see kids so interested in art and from the other side I really appreciated the way Inkie dealt with them, making the kids even more interested in what was going on.
After seen the live painting we moved inside the gallery and, even if really too crowded, I enjoyed the many artworks by Ben Slow (my favourite piece, on the right), K-Guy, Bleach, Grafter, Osch, Ben Allen, David Walker, Fin DAC, Inkie, Matthew White, Best Ever and many more. I have to say big names, amazing pieces; of course I didn’t like all of them, but really many of them: as usual I liked Ben Slow’s and David Walker’s, but also Fin DAC’s and Grafter’s ones. Lucy Sparrow with her installations and sculptures was a nice surprise: I’ve never seen anything from her before but I’ll definitively dig around to find more stuff.
My “best of the evening” anyway has been Inkie: live painting, nice canvases inside and great talking with the “young critics”!
As said before the gallery was really crowded, so I couldn’t fully enjoy all the pieces, but I’m really glad I’ve been there and I think I’ll go back to take some more pictures. In the meaning time here the pictures we took last night.
A special thanks to Laura Moreno who took almost all the pictures.