New York based artist Pyramid Oracle is back in London for a solo show over at Dalston’s BSMT space, there’s been a lot of fresh paste-ups around town, pieces up on streets on walls already marked by paint and paste and the clutter detritus of modern life, the busy walls of East London, the imagery is familiar to anyone paying attention to the outdoor walls of London over recent years of course, how would it transfer on to the walls of a gallery? Dalston is the perfect place for a Pyramid Oracle, the walk through the late afternoon stench of humanity that is Ridley Road Market, Kingsland Road unblighted by gentrification (for now), the chaotic colour of the people, the shops, the remains of the fruit stalls strewn across the pavement in the summer heat….
Oculus is the tittle of a show by Pyramid Oracle “showcasing a collection of intricate and symbolic works that examine the dimensions of the human spirit, and the complex world that it inhabits”. There’s certainly a spiritual energy in the marks made and the face drawn, and yes symbolic should that be your thing, not sure how intricate it is, more of a primitive energy, an expansive set of movements, certainly a little different where most so-called street art really isn’t. Actually to call it street art does it a disservice, this is work of an artists who uses the street as both inspiration and gallery and down here in the basement that is BSMT Space the mostly black and white work translates rather well. The vital energy remains, the more human portraits stand out in amongst the symbolism and the more “spiritual” work – the primitive line, the energy, the economy of mark…
“By exploring the metaphysical, Oculus seeks to capture the often imperceptible geometric systems that permeate through all of nature and revisit venerable means of understanding the great mysterious architecture of the universe” – make of that what you will, the thing that holds this body of work and this show together inside the confines of the gallery is the energy, the primitive appreciation of people, the almost positively naive humanity of the drawing and painting – it does feel like drawing, and it does draw on a spirit. Some of it feels like space rock, some of it almost tribal – tribes of New York, tribes of East London, the spirit of those Dalston streets, a good energy should good energy and spirit be your thing… (sw)
Click on an image to enlarge or run the fractured slide show The show is on at BSMT Space, 5d Kingsland Road, Dalston, London, N16 until August 24th