It’s a Thursday evening in Mayfair. There’s the whiff of money in the air. There’s always the whiff of money in the air.
If you’re an up-and-coming artist then, there probably aren’t many better places to debut. LA-based Hijack did just that last night, showing at the Mead Carney gallery on Dover Street. He’s a street artist who appears to take the tried-and-tested stencil style and blends it with phrases like ‘You’re never too young to dream big’ or ‘The sky is not the limit’.
Borderline corny in sentiment perhaps, and some would argue that the work is hardly ground-breaking in style, yet the show definitely still had some stand-out pieces. Check out the dude smashing a heart into a sheet of rusted aluminium or the ice cream van with Maggie chowing down on a Mr Whippy (apparently the Iron Lady had a hand in the development of Mr Whippy ice cream, hence the link…plus it’s ‘van week’ on speed-blur, so this is totally appropriate).
Street art’s pretty big in the fine art world now and judging by the number of dots next to pieces at this show, Hijack is only going to grow in stature. The sentiments in his work are positive; you can imagine that being a welcome vibe that will get people happily lapping his stuff up.
Incidentally, Mr.Brainwash (google him if you don’t know) was supporting the show, but keeping it low key in comparison. So we’ll keep coverage here low key too. These are some of the pieces he was showing;
Big thanks to me old mucker Rob, and to Gayle for putting on the night.