This summer Imitate Modern will be paying homage to the arts in a wider sense, in RHYTHM, our upcoming pop-up group exhibition, launching with a private view on 1st June.
As the name suggests, rhythm and music are the uniting themes for the multidisciplinary show which features icons of the music industry including Prince, David Bowie, Elvis and Michael Jackson, as well as celebrating the vitality and universality of music in our everyday lives.
RHYTHM promises to kick-start the summer with an explosive mix of colour, styles and mediums combining photography, abstract paintings, sculpture and portraiture, all united behind the show’s title piece; ‘Rhythm’ by Ed Ball. In aiming to bring rhythm into the visual realm, Imitate Modern’s diverse selection of artworks have been created by resident artists, loaned from private collections and will introduce newcomers that we are excited to be exhibiting for the very first time, including:
Tattoo and visual artist Hate has long been a favourite of celebrities including Amy Winehouse, Alexander McQueen, Boy George and Pete Doherty, giving him a unique insight and experience of the music industry and some of its biggest stars. Hate’s progression from body to fine and pop art has seen him become highly collectable, setting himself apart from the crowd with pieces such as ‘Diva Las Vegas’.
Surrealist and photographer, LaChapelle is well-known for his thought-provoking and unforgettable works, using the notion of celebrity to provide a tongue-in-cheek social commentary. “Archangel Michael: And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer” featuring Michael Jackson cast as a misunderstood angel and martyr, has been loaned from a personal collection for Imitate Modern’s RHYTHM.
Infamous bad-boy of photography, Shields is revealing his softer side with images from his ballet series, juxtaposing delicate ballerinas with gritty surroundings, fashion brands and the controversial smoking motif that often features in his work. RHYTHM has been interpreted within the movement and grace of classical dance, combined with Shields’ youthful and defiant style.
RHYTHM is encapsulated in the show’s title piece by Ball, whose unique style is created through a technique of ‘painting music’. The colours, lines and movement within Ball’s works are inspired by specific songs and albums, which he paints along to, visually representing the rhythm and beat with breathtaking results.
Considered the pivotal work in his career, Rhythm was created while immersed in Goldie’s ‘Incredible Sound of Drum ‘n’ Bass”.
“A bit like when you are dancing to an amazing track, you are with the groove and you just don’t care because you are lost in the sound, beat, and rhythm! … It just all came together for me with this piece, on this special day I discovered the cathartic experience of painting to music. That day I lost myself in paint music and colour” - Ed Ball
All artists featuring in RHYTHM:
Henry Hate, David LaChapelle, Tyler Shields, Ed Ball, Cartrain, Lukas Avalon, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh, Cody Choi, Oliver Dunsch, Schoony, Day-z, Triana Terry, Rich Simmons, Paul Oz, George Morton-Clark
|ABSTRACT ART 23 March – 2 April||London||
03/23/2017 to 04/02/2017
|TOASTED: A ‘Pop-Up’ Show by Toaster||London||
03/23/2017 to 04/02/2017
|Helen Johnson: Warm Ties||London||
02/01/2017 to 04/04/2017
|Moffat Takadiwa - Say Hello to English||London||
03/16/2017 to 05/06/2017
|Stine Deja 'Cyphoria'||London||
03/22/2017 to 04/22/2017
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