London's StolenSpace gallery will bring together two exhibitions of work by revered female street artists Miss Van and Olek this month.
In gallery one, Miss Van will exhibit a new body of work entitled 'Glamorous Darkness'. While in gallery two, Olek will showcase never-seen-before photographic works and an installation entitled 'Let's not get caught, let's keep going'.
Miss Van maintains the signature aesthetic of her 'poupées' (dolls), yet evoking a darker poetic mood. Magical and dreamy, her muses pose in an ambient nature, singing or interacting with each other. They emerge from their loosely painted backgrounds like visions or dreams. The colours Miss Van has used in these paintings also adds to the dream-like quality, some bright and vivid, some softer, more natural. The masks are still the main elements, her characters are adorned with masquerade-style, animal-like masks, adding mystery and strength. Some with bird-like beaks almost like protection to their delicate features, a sharp contrast to their soft sensual curves.
With Olek's 'Let's Not Get Caught, Let's Keep Going' By Olek, it pays homage to Miss Van and focuses on the masks which appear in both their work. Although Olek has worked with masks herself in both her artworks and performances for years, she brings Miss Van's painted masks to life in crochet. Along with these new works, Olek will cover the gallery from floor to ceiling in her signature crochet.
Olek's exhibition title borrows itself from a Thelma and Louise film quote which reminds the artist of her friendship with Miss Van: "Vanessa truly is a person who you can steal horses with."