TYPE is a new exhibition at the Hang-Up Gallery where you'll be able to see a witty collection of rare and sought-after artworks from some of the most exciting British artists in the contemporary art world: Harland Miller, David Shrigley, The Connor Brothers and Banksy.
Running from 16 March until 6 May, the show portrays the incredibly persuasive power of language and British humour in art, with these four groundbreaking artists highlighted as prime examples of how they're using text and black humour to make a statement. They cleverly employ sarcasm to portray the absurdity of everyday life. By using text combined with image, they are able to communicate with their audience in ways that are both immediate and subtle, and as a nation who isn’t afraid to laugh at themselves, we are lapping it up.
Mike Snelle from The Connor Brothers says, "Anyone claiming to be a genius certainly isn’t, and any country bestowing on itself the accolade of the greatest nation on earth clearly has some narcissistic tendencies. Thankfully in the UK (these days), we are aware of our own mediocrity. The British are known for their dark self-deprecating humour and this reflects the art we make. It is also a useful distraction from our inability to draw well."
In this increasingly insane world, we're looking for comedy wherever we can find it. Type highlights the fact that humour, when used correctly, allows artists to not only make us laugh, but shift our perspective on the world. After all, it is said that laughter decreases stress hormones and promotes an overall sense of wellbeing. Who doesn’t want that in their private collection?
TYPE launches at the Hang-Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8AD, from 16 March to 6 May 2018. Discover more at hanguppictures.com.